February 4, 2013


Vampire Weekend Finally Title Third Album, Reveal Tour Dates

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With just three months to go before Vampire Weekend's hotly anticipated third album drops, it was about bloody time the NYC indie outfit got around to naming it (and giving us the skinny on their upcoming tour). But instead of revealing the album's title the traditional route (press release) or even the 21st century way (Twitter), the quartet placed an ad in the New York Times which revealed Modern Vampires of the City as the name of their May 7 release. Sneaky!

But wait, does something feel… off? Does the idea of this venerated indie act being so obvious as to place "vampire" in an album title irk your subtle sensibilities? Fear not, faithless fans! The record's name is actually a reference to a solo track from reggae group Black Uhuru's singer Junior Reid. His classic track "One Blood" begins with him shouting "Modern vampires of the city hunting blood! Bloood!!" 

See? It's uber-indie after all. And yes, this is what happens when Ivy Leaguers have three years to name a record. Check out the tracklist, tour dates and listen to Reid's "One Blood" below.

Modern Vampires of the City Tracklist

1. Obvious Bicycle
2. Unbelievers
3. Step
4. Diane Young
5. Don't Lie
6. Hannah Hunt
7. Everlasting Arms
8. Finger Back
9. Worship You
10. Ya Hey
11. Hudson
12. Young Lion

Tour Dates

3/13-16, Austin, TX (SXSW)
4/12, Las Vegas, NV (The Cosmopolitan)
4/14, Indio, CA (Coachella)
4/16, Davis, CA (Freeborn Hall at UC Davis)
4/17, Oakland, CA (Fox Theater)
4/21, Indio, CA (Coachella)
5/15, Boston, MA (Agganis Arena)
5/17, Detroit, MI (The Fillmore Detroit)
5/19, Kansas City, MO (Midland Theater)
5/20, Denver, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
5/21, Salt Lake City, UT (Red Butte Garden Amphitheater)
5/23, Portland, OR (Keller Auditorium)