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Published: 2018/06/18

Vampire Weekend Preview New Music, Play Debut Album in Full in California

This past weekend, Vampire Weekend returned to the stage for their first proper, full-band show since 2014, playing both Saturday and Sunday nights at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, CA. The band filled the shows with cuts from their first three albums—including a full run of their debut on Saturday—plus a small preview of what’s to come for the group’s long-awaited fourth LP, which frontman Ezra Koenig has said is nearly finished.

Along with all of the full performance of 2008’s Vampire Weekend that kicked off Saturday’s show, the band also offered tunes like “Diane Young,” “Hannah Hunt” and “Step” from 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City and their live debut of Koenig’s SBTRKT’s collaboration “New Dorp. New York,” and they even welcomed guest iLoveMakonnen for his “Down 4 So Long” and “Tuesday.”

As Pitchfork notes, Vampire Weekend’s return to the stage saw the band’s recently confirmed new lineup—sans longtime multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij—which features Springtime Carnivore’s Greta Morgan on keys, vocals and guitar, and Human Natural’s Robert Jones on guitar.

The shows also included a hint of the new album, when Koenig shared a short snippet of a song called “Flower Moon,” which apparently will feature The Internet’s Steve Lacy on the new album version. Watch a clip of that preview here.

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