Vampire Weekend consist of Ezra Koenig (vocals, guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Chris Baio (bass) and Christopher Tomson (drums). They met while attending Columbia University.
The four guys started the group in 2006 and worked on their first studio project as indie artists while working full-time jobs. The result is a self-titled mini album which was released after they graduated from college.
One of their songs “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” was ranked at No. 67 on Rolling Stone’s 2007 100 Best Song of the Year despite the fact that it hadn’t been released yet. The track was then dropped in 2008 as the band’s fourth single and was once covered by Genesis‘ former vocalist Peter Gabriel.
In 2008 also, they released their first major-label debut album “Vampire Weekend” via XL Recordings. It debuted at No 17 on Billboard Hot 200 and has sold more than 450,000 copies in the U.S. by the end of August 2009. Moreover, it was named the 5th best album of 2008 by Time and 56th Best Album of the Decade by Rolling Stone.
The band’s second full-length album, Contra, came in 2010 to critical acclaim. Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend’s third album was released in May of this year.
Special guest Sky Ferreira is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. Her first EP, As If!, was released in 2011 and her second EP, Ghost, was released in 2012 to positive reviews. Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” was named one of the best songs of 2012 by publications such as Pitchfork Media, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and Spin.