Vampire Weekend: Two shows, two cities, two verdicts

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Last night I went to see Paste 4 to Watch artist, Vampire Weekend (the apparent darlings of SXSW) which I had said that I would not do during SXSW—not out of protest or anything, but because I had already seen them earlier that week in Atlanta, where they opened for The Walkmen at The Earl. But here was an interesting opportunity: to compare a “normal,” non-SXSW, non-NY show with a “hyped” SXSW one… all within 6 days. Here’s what I noticed...



Atlanta
SXSW


Opened for...
The Walkmen
DeVotchKa, Constantines


Opened with...
Mansard Roof
Mansard Roof

Wore...
Preppy sweaters
Preppy button-downs


Crowd size...
300ish
600ish


Crowd was...
treating the band like a museum exhibit; cautious, sober, intrigued
drinking the Kool-Aid; cheering, booty dancing, responsive


Band said...
it was excited to be kicking off its tour
it was exhausted and playing its last show of SXSW


Complimented...
the audience for its harmonies on “One (Blake’s Got a New Face)”
the small group of super-fans in the front, jumping up and down


Verdict...
Solid but young band that sounds the same when live or on CD, which isn’t a bad thing, thus deserving attention
Solid but young band that is way too young for this much hype, which is a bad thing, but a point that warrants attention

Just one girl’s opinion. Discuss freely in the comments section.

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