Last Night: Vampire Weekend and Abe Vigoda at the Fox
The Fox Theater
April 19, 2010
Last night, the Columbia grads of Vampire Weekend, led by frontman Ezra Koening and his impressive falsetto, waltzed out on stage to the tune of ... "Jump Around" by House of Pain. It seemed like an odd introduction. Until the sold-out crowd at the Fox began to do exactly as the music suggested, that is. The jumping rarely stopped throughout the show, as tweens, their parents, and seemingly everyone who attended the most recent MGMT concert (according to multiple overheard conversations), rallied hard for the growing indie pop sensation.
New York-based Vampire Weekend has a Paul Simon-esque, calypso sound going on, and its constantly upbeat riffs can be both catchy and annoying. But mostly, they're just annoyingly catchy. The band kept its sound dynamic, swiftly moving between ska, rock, and dub to keep the crowd's attention.