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Album of the Week: Vampire Weekend

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May 03, 2019 Editors Bookmark and Share

Vampire Weekend have released a new album, Father of the Bride, today via Columbia/Spring Snow and it’s our Album of the Week. Find into on the album below, as well as on two runner-ups that were almost our Album of the Week. Below that are streams of other notable albums released today.

Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride (Columbia/Spring Snow)

Father of the Bride is Vampire Weekend’s fourth album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. Since then founding member/producer Rostam Batmanglij left the band as a full-time member.

Previously Vampire Weekend shared two songs from Father of the Bride: “Harmony Hall” (which was #2 on our Songs of the Week list) and “2021,” as well as a video for “Harmony Hall.” Then they shared two more songs: “Sunflower” (which features Steve Lacy of The Internet and was one of our Songs of the Week) and “Big Blue.” Then they shared a video for “Sunflower” directed by actor Jonah Hill and featuring comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld and rapper/visual artist Fab 5 Freddy. Then they shared another two songs: “This Life” and “Unbearably White.” “This Life,” which features backing vocals from Danielle Haim of HAIM, was also one of our Songs of the Week. Album track “We Belong Together,” a duet with Haim, made this week’s Songs of the Week list.

Vampire Weekend Tour Dates:

05/17-05/19/19 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
05/25/19 - Middlesbrough, UK - Big Weekend 2019
06/05/19 - Toronto, ON - RBC Echo Beach
06/07/19 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
06/08/19 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Pavilion
06/09/19 - Minneapolis, MN - The Armory
06/11/19 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
06/12/19 - St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre
06/14/19 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
06/15/19 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
06/16/19 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
06/18/19 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
06/21/19 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
06/22/19 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/23/19 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
06/26-06/30/19 - Shepton Mallet, UK - Glastonbury Festival
07/01/19 - Dublin, Ireland - Trinity College
07/2-5/19 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07/5-7/19 - Ewijk, Netherlands - Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
07/11/19 - Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival
07/12/19 - Lisbon, Portugal - NOS Alive Festival
07/27-07/28/19 - Detroit, MI - Mo Pop Festival
08/16/19 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
08/17/19 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
08/18/19 - Dallas, TX -The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
08/20/19 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
08/21/19 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
08/24/19 - Miami, FL - James L. Knight Center
08/25/19 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
08/27/19 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
08/30/19 - Norfolk, VA - Ted Constant Convocation Center
09/03/19 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
09/04/19 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
09/06/19 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09/08/19 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS
09/25/19 - Vancouver, BC - Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
09/27/19 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
09/28/19 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Edgefield
10/01/19 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/02/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10/03/19 - San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
10/06/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
10/08/19 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
11/07/19 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall
11/08/19 - Manchester, UK - O2 Victoria Warehouse
11/09/19 - Manchester, UK - O2 Victoria Warehouse
11/11/19 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
11/13/19 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
11/16/19 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
11/18/19 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11/19/19 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live

Album of the Week Runner-ups:

Barrie: Happy to Be Here (Winspear)

Brooklyn five-piece Barrie released their debut album, Happy to Be Here, today via Winspear. Barrie’s leader Barrie Lindsay wrote the album’s songs late at night alone in her apartment, plays various instruments on the album (guitar, piano, synth, and bass), and co-produced the album with Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear). But Barrie is not simply a solo project, the band also features Dominic Apa, Spurge Carter, Noah Prebish, and Sabine Holler, who had to record her backing vocals remotely from Germany due to visa issues. The band members are from all over, having previously lived in Boston, Baltimore, Upstate New York, London, and São Paulo via Berlin, but came together in New York. Barrie’s pleasing dream pop/indie pop that would appeal to fans of Yumi Zouma, among others.

“The scaffolding of this album is moving to New York and finding these people that make up the band,” Barrie said in a press release announcing the album. “We’re very different, but we cover each other’s gaps personally and creatively, and are eager to learn from each other.”

Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD)

Big Thief released a new album, U.F.O.F., today via 4AD, their first for the label after two albums on Saddle Creek. The “F” in U.F.O.F. stands for “friendship.” The album is the follow-up to 2017’s Capacity and 2016’s debut album, Masterpiece. Last fall singer/songwriter/guitarist Adrianne Lenker released a new solo album, abysskiss, via Saddle Creek. Lenker and the rest of the band (guitarist Buck Meek, bassist Max Oleartchik, and drummer James Krivchenia) recorded the album at Bear Creek Studios in rural western Washington. The album was tracked live with engineer Dom Monks and producer Andrew Sarlo.

A previous press release stated that lyrically, ”U.F.O.F. is a dream in the dark,” adding that “characters and scenery interact outside of time. Names of mystery women appear, then disappear. Cruelties flash. Pronouns meld. There is a darkness here, but it’s not one to be feared.”

Lenker added: “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this. If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in denial.”

Also Released This Week:

The Dream Syndicate: These Times (ANTI-)

Editors: The Blanck Mass Sessions (Play It Again Sam)

Filthy Friends: Emerald Valley (Kill Rock Stars)

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: There Is No Other (Nonesuch)

L7: Scatter the Rats (Blackheart)

Tacocat: This Mess Is a Place (Sub Pop)

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