Vampire Weekend’s Jonah Hill-Directed “Sunflower” Video Features Cameos by Jerry Seinfeld, Fab 5 Freddy

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Vampire Weekend’s Jonah Hill-Directed “Sunflower” Video Features Cameos by Jerry Seinfeld, Fab 5 Freddy

Vampire Weekend’s “Sunflower” video is here, and it’s quite possibly the most New York piece of content we’ve gotten all year. The video is directed by Jonah Hill and boasts cameo appearances by Steve Lacy, who features on the song, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and graffiti artist and hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. Fans have been speculating about the collaboration ever since frontman Ezra Koenig, Lacy and Hill were spotted filming in Zabar’s, the iconic Upper West Side deli that appears in the video.

“Sunflower” is one half of the second pair of songs that Vampire Weekend have put out in anticipation of their fourth studio album Father of the Bride, the other being “Big Blue.” They previously released the songs “Harmony Hall” and “2021.” The new album arrives on May 3, and features collaborations with Lacy, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Danielle Haim, Jenny Lewis and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.

The video finds Jonah Hill continuing to explore his talents as a director after the release of his passion project mid90s last year. Lacy is fresh off his album cycle as the guitarist for The Internet and has been teasing the release of his debut solo album on Instagram since the beginning of this year. He also recently appeared as a producer and vocalist on Solange’s When I Get Home.

Vampire Weekend are following the release of their album by setting out on an arena tour starting in June. The run will take them through Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and Red Rocks Amphitheater, along with several high-profile festival appearances. Watch the video for “Sunflower,” revisit the band’s 2007 Daytrotter Session and check out their full list of dates below.

Vampire Weekend Tour Dates:

21 – London, U.K. @ EartH
22 – London, U.K. @ Islington Assembly Hall
23 – London, U.K. @ Islington Assembly Hall

17-19 – Gulf Shores, Ala. @ Hangout Festival
25 – Middlesbrough, U.K. @ Big Weekend 2019

05 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach
07 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
08 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Pavilion
09 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory
11 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
12 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
14 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
15 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion
16 – Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ascend Amphitheater
21 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater
22 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
23 – Dover, Del. @ Firefly Festival

01 – Dublin, Ireland @ Trinity College
02-05 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
05-07 – Ewijk, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
11 – Madrid, SpainMad Cool Festival
12 – Lisbon, PortugalNOS Alive Festival
27-28 – Detroit, Mich. @ USAMo Pop Festival

16 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Criterion
17 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
18 – Dallas, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
20 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live
21 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live
24 – Miami, Fla. @ James L. Knight Center
25 – St. Augustine, Fla. @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
27 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Fox Theatre
30 – Norfolk, Vir. @ Ted Constant Convocation Center

03 – Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
04 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
06 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
08 – Montreal, Que. @ MTELUS
25 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
27 – Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater
28 – Portland, Ore. @ McMenamins Edgefield

01 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl
03 – San Diego, Calif. @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
06 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
08 – Denver, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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