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Oct 18, 2017

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) released his debut solo albumHalf-Light, this month via Nonesuch. Now he has announced some more tour dates that stretch into February 2018.  More

Nine Best Songs of the Week: St. Vincent, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rostam, Elbow + John Grant, and More

Plus Benjamin Clementine, Moses Sumney, Weyes Blood, Margo Price, Alvvays, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 08, 2017

Of late we've been presenting the eight best songs of the week, but last week we expanded it to a Top 9 because there were so many strong choices. This week we kept it as nine, but because we had trouble narrowing the list down in a week of solid new songs, but few obvious standouts.  More

Sep 06, 2017

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) is releasing his debut solo albumHalf-Light, next Friday (September 15) via Nonesuch.  More

Charli XCX Shares “Boys” Video with Mac DeMarco, Vampire Weekend, Mark Ronson, and More

Video for New Song Also Includes Diplo, Chromeo, Rostam, Jack Antonoff, and Many Other Boys

Jul 26, 2017

Charli XCX has shared a brand new song, "Boys," via a video she self-directed (with Sarah McColgan). In keeping with the song's title, the video features a bunch of well-known "boys." More

Rostam Announces Debut Solo Album, Shares “Bike Dream”

Half-Light Due Out September 8 via Nonesuch

Jun 14, 2017

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) has announced his debut solo album, Half-Light, and shared a lyric video for its new single, "Bike Dream." More

Rostam Shares Video for New Song - “Gwan”

The Former Vampire Weekend Member's Debut Solo Album is On the Way

Apr 26, 2017

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) has shared a video for a brand new song, "Gwan."  More

Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Announce Tour Dates

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Out Now via Glassnote

Oct 17, 2016

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) have teamed up and released a collaborative album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, on last month via Glassnote.  More

Listen: Stream the New Album by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Due Out September 23 via Glassnote

Sep 16, 2016

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) have teamed up and are releasing a collaborative album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, next Friday (September 23) via Glassnote (it's out today on vinyl).  More

Watch: Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Perform “A 1000 Times” on “Colbert”

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Due Out September 23 via Glassnote

Sep 13, 2016

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) have teamed up and are releasing a collaborative album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, on September 23 via Glassnote (it's out September 16 on vinyl).  More

Listen: The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam - “When the Truth Is…”

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Due Out September 23 via Glassnote

Aug 26, 2016

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) have teamed up and are releasing a collaborative album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, on September 23 via Glassnote. More

The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Announce Album, Share New Song

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Due Out September 23 via Glassnote, Listen to "In a Black Out"

Aug 05, 2016

Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) recently teamed up for the collaborative song "A 1000 Times." Now the duo has announced a whole album together and shared another new song, "In a Black Out," which is below.  More

Jul 22, 2016

Rostam Batmanglij recently announced that he had left Vampire Weekend and would be releasing music under his first name and shared a couple of solo songs. Now Rostam has teamed up with Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen (who have been on hiatus for awhile now) for a new collaborative song, "A 1000 Times." More

Mar 11, 2016

Rostam Batmanglij recently announced that he had left Vampire Weekend and would be releasing music under his first name. At the time he also shared a new solo song, "EOS." Now Batmanglij has shared another new song, "Gravity Don't Pull Me," and a video for it. The single is out now via XL and you watch the video below. More

Nov 16, 2015

Brooklyn's Ra Ra Riot have announced their new album and shared its first single, "Water," which features Vampire Weekend's Rostam BatmanglijNeed Your Light is the band's fourth album, the follow-up to 2013's Beta Love, and is due out February 19, 2016 via Barsuk. Below is the tracklist, album art, and "Water" (via its lyric video).

Apr 09, 2014

There’s so many amazing angles to this story that we’re not exactly sure how to unpack it.  More



Reviews

Half-Light

Half-Light

Nonesuch

Sep 15, 2017

It's hard to believe Rostam Batmanglij is only now releasing his debut solo album. A vital cog in Vampire Weekend until recently, he also collaborated with Hamilton Leithauser on last year's excellent I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, and scored The OA, a stylish and baffling Netflix sci-fi show co-written and directed by his brother. But believe it or not, Half-Light is the first time he's ventured out on his own. More