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Watch Rostam Perform “From the Back of a Cab” and Be Interviewed on “James Corden”

Changephobia Out Now on Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution)

Jun 10, 2021

Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend) released a new album, Changephobia, last week via Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution). Last night he was a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he was interviewed about the album and performed the album’s “From the Back of a Cab” More

Rostam Shares New Song “From the Back of a Cab” via a Video Featuring HAIM, Charli XCX, and More

Changephobia Due Out June 4 on Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution)

May 04, 2021

Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend) is releasing a new album, Changephobia, on June 4 via Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution). Now he has shared another song from it, “From the Back of a Cab,” via a video that features cameos from various other musicians and friends, including HAIM, Charli XCX, and more. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Japanese Breakfast, Remember Sports, Sinead O’Brien, Crumb, and More

Plus Rostam, Darkside, Prince, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 09, 2021

Welcome to the 13th Songs of the Week of 2021. Today we lost two giants of completely different worlds: Prince Phillip (married to Queen Elizabeth II) died at age 99, only two months before his 100th birthday, and influential rapper DMX lost his life at age 50 due to an apparent drug overdose. More

Rostam Shares New Song “Changephobia”

Changephobia Due Out June 4 on Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution)

Apr 06, 2021

Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend) has shared the title track from his upcoming album Changephobia, which is due out June 4 via Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution). More

Rostam Announces New Album, Shares New Song “4Runner”

Changephobia Due Out June 4 on Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution)

Mar 02, 2021

Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend) has announced that his second solo album, Changephobia, will be out June 4 on his own label Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution). He has also shared a new song from the album titled “4Runner.” More

Rostam Shares Self-Directed Video for New Single “These Kids We Knew”

Follow-Up Single to Last Year’s “Unfold You”

Feb 02, 2021

Rostam (full name Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend) has shared an animated video for a new single, “These Kids We Knew,” which was self-directed. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: The Weather Station, Deep Sea Driver, Jane Weaver, and More

Plus James Blake, Maxband, Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 16, 2020

Welcome to the 40th Songs of the Week of 2020. Last week we had a supersized Songs of the Week because it covered two weeks’ worth of songs. This week’s list is supersized because there were so many great tracks shared in the last seven days. Thus this week we’ve got a Top 12 (and could’ve easily had a Top 13 or 14) instead of a Top 10, as well as a lot of honorable mentions. More

Oct 14, 2020

Rostam (full name Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend) has shared a new song, “Unfold You,” via a video for it. Rostam self-directed the video, which features himself and actress Hari Nef (You, Room 104). More

Mar 10, 2020

Los Angeles sister trio HAIM are releasing a new album, Women In Music Pt. III, on April 24 via Columbia. Last night they stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the album’s recent single “The Steps.” They also took part in a short musical sketch with Fallon that joked about the embarrassment that comes from liking a year’s old Instagram post More

HAIM Share Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video for New Song “Summer Girl”

“Summer Girl” Co-Produced by Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid

Jul 31, 2019

Los Angeles sister trio HAIM have shared a brand new song, “Summer Girl,” via a video directed by previous collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood). Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid co-produced the song, which is out now via Columbia. More

Rostam Shares New Song “In a River”

Half-Light Out Now via Nonesuch

Sep 12, 2018

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) released his debut solo album, Half-Light, last year via Nonesuch. Now he has shared a brand new song, “In a River,” via an animated lyric video. The song is about skinny dipping in a river at night. More

Jan 30, 2018

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) released his debut solo album, Half-Light, last year via Nonesuch. Now he has shared a video for “Bike Dream.” More

Jan 24, 2018

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) released his debut solo album, Half-Light, last year via Nonesuch. Now he has covered Nick Drake’sclassic “Pink Moon” in a session for Spotify. More

Oct 18, 2017

Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) released his debut solo album, Half-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 album, Half-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 Batmanglij. Need 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

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Reviews

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