Vampire Weekend

Rostam Batmanglij Quits Vampire Weekend: Read His Statement

“My identity as a songwriter + producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own,” he states.

Bianca Gracie | January 26, 2016 - 2:35 pm

Lady Gaga, Tegan And Sara, Goldfrapp, Vampire Weekend Nominated For GLAAD Media Awards

All those up for statues at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards were announced today, and altogether 93 nominees made the cut. The gay media-monitoring organization stages the annual event to honor outstanding representations of the LGBT community in areas of music, movies, TV, and web and print journalism.

In the Outstanding Music Artist…

Robbie Daw | January 30, 2014 - 9:27 am

Grammy Awards 2014: The Full List Of Winners

The 56th annual Grammy Awards kicked off at 8 p.m. on Jauary 26th at Los Angeles’ mammoth Staples Center, and before the televised event even hit the airwaves, awards were handed out to artists and personalities as varied as Michael Buble (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) and Stephen Colbert (Best Spoken Word Album), and albums…

Robbie Daw | January 26, 2014 - 7:35 pm

‘Girls’ Volume 2 Soundtrack Features New Miguel & Lily Allen Songs: See The Tracklist

HBO’s comedy Girls is back in full swing, and the show’s just-premiered third season is getting a second soundtrack on the heels of the successful first offering, which included pop gems like Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” and Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” both of which featured in memorable sequences on the show.

This time around, as…

Sam Lansky | January 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Covered By Vampire Weekend: Listen

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” summer domination is as neverending as this heat wave — now brainy indie dudes Vampire Weekend have covered the jam for BBC Radio’s Live Lounge. And it’s actually a pretty good match — the hit has a leanness that’s exhibited in much of VW’s catalog, and singer Ezra Koenig’s got the pipes…

Carl Williott | July 19, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Vampire Weekend Beat George Strait & Demi Lovato To #1 On Album Chart

When all was said and done, Demi Lovato’s Demi sold 110,000 copies out of the gate, enough to rack up the singers’ best sales week to-date, but not enough to snag the #1 position on the Billboard 200. That honor instead goes to Vampire Weekend, whose third LP Mondern Vampires Of The City moved 134,000…

Robbie Daw | May 22, 2013 - 10:10 am

Kanye West’s House Robbed While He’s On Tour: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Kanye West was robbed—and we’re not talking about his lack of an Album of the Year nomination at this year’s Grammys. The rapper’s Los Angeles home was burglarized while the rapper was in England for the European leg of his Watch The Throne tour. At least West doesn’t appear to…

Idolator Staff | June 14, 2012 - 5:00 am

Obama Would Like Fergie, Adam Levine & Lea Michele’s Endoresement

Is Obama a huge Maroon 5, Glee, and Black Eyed Peas fan? Maybe, maybe not — but he does want their endorsement on his 2012 re-election. The Commander-in-Chief already has stars like Lady Gaga on his team, but that didn’t stop him from releasing a “wish list” of celebrities he’d like on board as he…

Idolator Staff | January 16, 2012 - 1:25 pm

The Morning Mix: Adele Thanks Sarah Palin For Making Her A Success

Did You Hear?

:: Adele credits none other than Sarah Palin for making her a success in the U.S., since Palin appeared on the same episode of Saturday Night Live in which the British singer performed as the musical guest. It certainly helped that it was one of SNL’s most watched eps ever.

Becky Bain | January 13, 2011 - 5:20 am

Surprise! Vampire Weekend Cover Cheryl Cole’s “Fight For This Love”

When one thinks of the greats from overseas who have influenced American indie bands, naturally UK acts like Joy Division, The Smiths, the Stone Roses and Cheryl Cole come to mind. Or at least Cheryl Cole came to mind for 2010 chart-toppers Vampire Weekend, who turned out an impressive, toe-tapping cover of the Girls Aloud…

Robbie Daw | December 16, 2010 - 10:30 am

2010’s Best Music: MySpace Music Picks The Top 50 Albums

What do Kanye West and Nicki Minaj have in common with a bunch of great bands most people have never heard of? They’re all included amongst MySpace Music’s Top 50 Albums of 2010! The Grammys this ain’t, which is why you won’t find the likes of Katy Perry, Eminem, or Taylor Swift anywhere amidst MySpace’s…

Idolator Staff | December 3, 2010 - 4:09 pm

The Morning Mix: Justin Timberlake Gets ‘Social’

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:: Justin Timberlake plays Napster creator Shawn Fanning in David Fincher’s The Social Network (aka The Facebook Movie), which means we totally have a reason to post the trailer (other than the fact that this movie looks totally awesome). Also: Disney’s Brenda Strong is in the cast! Idolator…

Becky Bain | July 16, 2010 - 5:25 am

Kid Cudi Shows Off His Big Head In Converse’s “All Summer” Video

You’ve heard the song. You’ve probably worn the shoes. Now check out the video for Converse’s all-star song, “All Summer”, featuring Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast. In the clip, the three artists goof off in an apartment, wearing various huge paper-mache masks of their own faces, swapping…

Becky Bain | July 14, 2010 - 10:20 am

Kid Cudi And Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Create An All-Star “All Summer”

Converse, trying to still remain the cool and hip shoe brand among hipsters and scensters, rounded up Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, and challenged them to record a single together for their Three Artists, One Song series. The trio’s outcome is the track “All Summer,” and for…

Becky Bain | July 8, 2010 - 11:09 am

The Morning Mix: Justin Bieber’s Bird Tattoo Is For Keeps

Did You Hear?

:: Guess what! Justin Bieber’s bird tattoo is real (at least according to the photo above). Oh well, still not as bad as the mom who got inked in order to get Bieber concert tickets. [Best Week Ever]

:: Melissa Etheridge claims that her songs haven’t been featured…

Becky Bain | May 18, 2010 - 5:10 am

‘Eclipse’ Soundtrack Features Muse, Sia, Vampire Weekend And Many Indie Rock Acts

Taking a cue from Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the MySpace Music page for tween vampire fantasy Twilight Saga: Eclipse slowly revealed the bands featured on the film’s soundtrack every half hour for over six hours today. Hold on tight, spider monkey, and jump below to check out the track list of the soon-to-be-mega-hit soundtrack.  …

Becky Bain | May 12, 2010 - 5:30 pm

B.o.B And Janelle Monae Take On Vampire Weekend In “The Kids”

B.o.B obviously has got a thing for redheads—he recently waxed poetic to us about Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine—but it turns out the Atlanta rapper is also into hipster vampires. The “Nothin’ On You” artist sampled other Coachella-goers Vampire Weekend’s song “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” on the…

Becky Bain | April 21, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Coachella Guest Post: Whitney Port Explains How Celebs Do The Desert

It’s almost upon us: our annual trek to the California desert, where we feast on the musical banquet that is the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, headlined this year by Jay-Z, Gorillaz and Muse. You already know who we’re willing to suffer the sweltering heat for. But, as you might suspect, Coachella also enjoys…

Idolator Staff | April 14, 2010 - 12:18 pm

Vampire Weekend Enlist Their Celebrity Friends For “Giving Up The Gun” Video

While Nick Jonas travels the road as a solo artist and Kevin Jonas enjoys purity ring-free married life, Joe Jonas is keeping busy—the middle JoBro is one of a handful of celebrity guest stars in the new Vampire Weekend video for their single “Giving Up The Gun,” which also features Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, Lil Jon,…

Becky Bain | February 19, 2010 - 11:34 am

Listen To Lady Gaga’s “Fooled Me Again (Honest Eyes)”

Grammy winner and Armani muse Lady Gaga is creating more and more little monsters each day, and they keep turning up in the unlikeliest of places — lke indie-rock bands. Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij recently divulged to SIRIUS radio host/Rolling Stone writer Jenny Eliscu that he considers “pretty much everything” by Gaga a guilty pleasure.

Becky Bain | February 1, 2010 - 3:32 pm
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