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Music, All Shook Down Baio Represents the Maturation of the Vampire Weekend Crew at TIMF

Baio Represents the Maturation of the Vampire Weekend Crew at TIMF

If you're not already in the know, Baio is the solo project of Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio. And if his Saturday afternoon set on Treasure Island Music Festival's Tunnel Stage showed us anything, it's that he has a…
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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Respond to Caitlyn Jenner's Big<i> Vanity Fair</i> Reveal

Musicians Respond to Caitlyn Jenner's Big Vanity Fair Reveal

If you left the house yesterday — or looked at the internet for longer than three minutes, or had the television on for five, or spoke to another human at all — then you will have already seen Caitlyn Jenner…
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Music, All Shook Down Vampire Weekend Releases a Reggae Cover of an Italian Classic. Uh Oh.

Vampire Weekend Releases a Reggae Cover of an Italian Classic. Uh Oh.

In the multitude of songs in the world that never ever needed to be re-recorded by anyone, "Con Te Partirò" is high on the list. "What's "Con Te Partirò"?" you may be asking. Well, believe us when we say that,…
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Music, All Shook Down The High Five: Your First Batch of New Songs From 2014

The High Five: Your First Batch of New Songs From 2014

New year, new group of songs to enjoy and dissect. This very first High Five of 2014 is a joyous affair. From Painted Palms' eruptive jingles to Linnea Olsson's taut cello work all the way down to Danny Brown's unexpected,…
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Music, All Shook Down Vampire Weekend Keeps Its Distance at the Fox Oakland, 4/17/13

Vampire Weekend Keeps Its Distance at the Fox Oakland, 4/17/13

By JAMES ROBINSON Vampire Weekend Tanlines Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: The Vampire Diaries, Interview with the Vampire, Twilight and True Blood (but not, however, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Vampire Weekend, punching its ticket on a…
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Music, Hear This White Arrows: Show Preview

White Arrows: Show Preview

Genres: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Musicians often foam at the mouth when forced to broach the subject of stylistic categories, but terminology is crucial to conversation. The smart folks devise their own terms to steer the…
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Music, All Shook Down President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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Music, Hear This Blisses B: Show Preview

Blisses B: Show Preview

Face it: Your life is a series of numbers, a cycle of digits — basically, one big pile of difficult math. And rarely is that fact explored with such exacting sincerity as it is on Thirty Days, Sixty Years, the…
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The Top 6 Weirdest Actor Cameos in Music Videos

What did we do on Christmas after we'd eaten a mountain of food and watched a giant stack of movies? Looked for actors in music videos, of course! Here are six of the weirdest cameos big-name actors have made in…
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Music, BeatBox Magic System: Show Preview

Magic System: Show Preview

If Vampire Weekend's diluted West African highlife music or Diplo's sloppily remixed Angolan bass aren't your thing, Côte d'Ivoire's Magic System offers a compelling Afro-club antidote. Formed in 1996, this quartet plays zouglou, an Ivorian pop-dance style built with steady…
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Music, All Shook Down Eight Great Moments In Musical Punctuation History

Eight Great Moments In Musical Punctuation History

Courtesy nationalpunctuationday.com​September 24 is National Punctuation Day, at least according to a guy with a cape in Northern California. (He's still probably cooler than Lynne Truss.) Today is the day that we brittle purists may with impunity box the ears…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week In Bewildering Band Names: Deafheaven? Spidermeow?

This Week In Bewildering Band Names: Deafheaven? Spidermeow?

Maybe it's to be expected on a week ending with the Folsom Street Fair on one side of the city and Oktoberfest by the Bay! on the other, but noodle-scratching contrast reigns free this week. Below are ten bands or…
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Music, All Shook Down Death To Same-Looking Album Cover Art

Death To Same-Looking Album Cover Art

Faded colors. Simple compositions. Sans-serif fonts. No, we're not spec'ing out the latest American Apparel ad. We're voicing dissatisfaction with the same-fest that is the 2010 cover art aesthetic. It arguably sprouted last summer with chillwave, when the laid-back visuals…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Vampire Weekend and Abe Vigoda at the Fox

Last Night: Vampire Weekend and Abe Vigoda at the Fox

Vampire WeekendThe Fox TheaterApril 19, 2010Better Than: getting bitten by a vampire wearing high-tops, skinny jeans, and shaggy bangs.Last night, the Columbia grads of Vampire Weekend, led by frontman Ezra Koening and his impressive falsetto, waltzed out on stage to…
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Music, All Shook Down Get A Streaming Preview of the New Vampire Weekend

Get A Streaming Preview of the New Vampire Weekend

San Francisco seems to love Vampire Weekend. The band comes to town, the show quickly sells out. The New York pop prepsters also inspire a love 'em or hate 'em outpouring of opinion, though (the recent New Yorker piece on…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Not So Silent Night at Oracle Arena

Friday Night: Not So Silent Night at Oracle Arena

View more photos in Christopher Victorio's "Not So Silent Night @ Oracle Arena."Not So Silent Night w/ Muse, AFI, 30 Second to Mars, Vampire Weekend, and MetricFriday, Dec. 11, 2009Oracle ArenaBetter Than: What else is there to do on a…
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Music, Reviewed The Dodos&nbsp;

The Dodos 

When we last heard from the Dodos, the blogosphere had fingered the band as the Bay Area's answer to Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes. Those who listened beyond the jaunty "Fools" heard in 2008's Visiter a left-field masterpiece that was…
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Music, Afropop in 2008

Afropop in 2008

Who knew back in January that when Vampire Weekend tinkered with soukous' guitar-driven dance rhythms on its self-titled debut, the band would set the tone for the next 12 months? In many ways, 2008 was the year Afropop fully cracked…
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Music, Reviewed Islands

Islands

Since his days with the Unicorns, Islands' mastermind Nick Thorburn has revealed himself as equal parts pop genius, musical theater admirer, neo-vaudevillian, and humorous storyteller extraordinaire. With Arm's Way, he has refined these traits, crafting an eclectic, albeit scattered album…
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Music, The Bookish Bunch

The Bookish Bunch

You can be guaranteed three things in reading about Vampire Weekend. First, there will be a mention of esoteric references in the nascent Brooklyn quartet's lyrics and song titles. Next, you'll probably find a description of the members' appearance as…
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