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Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, more headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

New Orleans knows how to throw a good party. And the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival looks like it will be no exception.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Santana, Phish, Public Enemy, and more will join New Orleans jazz and funk acts like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Allen Toussaint at the annual music extravaganza, which runs over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Other highlights include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, and Chaka Khan.  In a nod to the indie rock turn the annual event has taken in the past few years, Foster the People and The Head and The Heart have also joined the lineup.

Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2012 and Arcade Fire paid a visit to the fairgrounds in 2011. Check out the announcement video below and get the full daily lineup on the festival’s site here.

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EW Interview: Vampire Weekend talk about their current tour, 'Breaking Bad,' and serenading One Direction

Vampire weekend have been touring nearly nonstop since their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, bowed at No. 1 in May. During their brief hometown stopover in New York City last week, we grabbed frontman Ezra Koenig and drummer Chris Tomson to catch up and toast their absent comrades at East Village bar Scratchers. (Bassist Chris Baio now lives in London, and guitarist/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij was visiting family.)

Read on as we talk DVDs, babies, and Steve Buscemi with Koenig and Tomson. And maybe get them a little bit drunk.

EW: You guys have played every festival from Coachella to Glastonbury this year, and now you’ve got dates through October, including a slot at Austin City Limits next month. That’s a lot of time on the tour bus — how do you pass the time?

EZRA KOENIG [sipping Patron]: I like to read, watch TV.

CHRIS TOMSON [drinking a pale ale]: There’s a real big movement within the band to read books on electronic devices. There’s been a real uptick in that lately. And in the past, we’ve done a lot of serial television shows. Either very occasionally collectively, but mainly on our own. Someone will go down into an Entourage hole or something like that.

EK: We do like the kind of lesser Owen Wilson movies. And there was a time when I was watching the first few seasons of Martin. I usually watch that before the show, and then later maybe watch some Sopranos or something.

CT: Actually, this next tour, when TV season starts up again, we’ll probably definitely going to set the bus DVR to Key and Peele. That’s coming back strong. We also like the show Nathan For You. Dude’s Canadian.

It must be hard to keep up with your favorite shows on tour. 

CT: Well, we’re going to be in L.A. on the day that the last Breaking Bad airs. And apparently — I don’t know anything about this, [bassist Chris] Baio told us about it — but at Hollywood Forever Cemetery there’s going to be a party where the cast is going to be there. They’re going to show the first episode and then the last one, with maybe a Q&A thing. So I think we’re all trying to hustle up and catch up so we can be ready if we can get into that thing. READ FULL STORY

Vampire Weekend will rock you -- then edit your free daily paper?

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Sorry, junior editors at the Metro newspapers — Vampire Weekend just got promoted ahead of you.

It’s been announced that the erudite foursome will “assistant edit” all Metro editions tomorrow, because everybody knows print journalism is where the real money is. (Sorry, band named Editors, guess you were overqualified.)

The one-day-only journalistic appointment at the newspaper chain (carried in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia) was described in the press release like so:

“Working together with the papers’ permanent editors, the band will choose subject matter to be covered by the publications while curating a special section devoted to the best foods of New York City.”

What’s next, Arcade Fire copyediting A.M. New York? Thom Yorke fact-checking Mother Jones? 2 Chainz executive-editing EW? (Yer out, Jason!) Let us know your dream musician-publication mash-up in the comments. We’d have Ryan Adams do it, but he’s busy making photocopies and getting us coffee.

Vampire Weekend bangs out carefree cover of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Listen here

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Looks like Robin Thicke and the indie world have a little back-and-forth brewing.

Recently, you may recall, the “Blurred Lines” singer took on the Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop by Thicke-ifying their hot single “I Love It.” Before that, Queens of the Stone Age took their own crack at “Blurred Lines” while performing for the BBC.

And now the latest volley comes from Vampire Weekend, who offer what’s probably the most fun, unbuttoned cover of Thicke’s No 1 hit. Check it out below:

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Vampire Weekend's 'Diane Young' video: Santigold! Chromeo! A masked man!

Here’s what Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young” (the song) is about: living hard, living badly, living until you die — just like living, man. Here’s what “Diane Young” (the video) is about: “The Last Supper,” shirtlessness, marijuana — and, like, celebrities.

Celebrities everywhere! Santigold, Chromeo, and Sky Ferriera all cameo, as do Dave Longstreth and Hamilton Leithauser and more, plus a man in a mask. It’s celebrity Whac-A-Mole.

The song is so good. The video is so weird. Watch it below:

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Charts: Vampire Weekend score second number one, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stay atop Hot 100, Daft Punk headed for big debut

If we’re in the midst of an indie rock recession, nobody told the dudes from Vampire Weekend.

The New York quartet just had their best sales week in history, as their third album Modern Vampires of the City moved about 134,000 copies in its opening week, easily netting them the top position on this week’s chart. It’s the second time the band has debuted in the catbird seat, as their second album Contra pulled off the same feat with 124,000 copies sold back in January 2010.

It was a big week for debuts, as the top three albums were all in their first week of release. Country icon George Strait’s 28th album Love Is Everything took the number two slot, while Demi Lovato’s Demi moved roughly 110,000 copies on her way to a number three debut.

Meanwhile, the Billboard Hot 100 has Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” as its number one for the third straight week. But Macklemore should keep his eye on the rearview, as Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” continues to surge and could be at the top spot by next week. Still, “Can’t Hold Us” has proven to be surprisingly robust, and its association with the NBA playoffs can’t hurt. Could “Can’t Hold Us” hang on for an extended run to become the official song of summer 2013? It’s entirely possible. That thing’s got legs.

Perhaps the most notable new entry on the Hot 100 is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which represents the French duo’s first track in the Billboard top ten. “Get Lucky” is quickly becoming one of the chart’s most-streamed songs, and it has been rapidly picking up radio spins around the country. It’s Daft Punk’s best chart showing by leaps and bounds: Their previous peak was number 61 (both “One More Time” and “Around the World” hit that number).

It could be a big summer for Daft Punk, as “Get Lucky” continues to climb while the group’s new album Random Access Memories could sell as many as 300,000 copies, which would easily nail down the top position on the album chart.

Read More on EW.com:
Album Review: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Demi Lovato’s new album ‘Demi’ now streaming online — read EW’s review here
Album Review: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Vampire Weekend's new album 'Modern Vampires of the City' streaming now on iTunes: Read EW's review here

Surprise! (Or not — who isn’t putting their album up on iTunes the week before physical release date lately?)

New York’s prep-rock royals Vampire Weekend are the latest to join the digital prerelease party today with a stream of their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City. Below, an expanded version of the review from EW‘s issue out this Friday.

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Let’s be real: A lot of you have already made up your minds about this band. Four fresh-faced Ivy League grads in boat shoes peddling Paul Simon-y songs with titles like “Oxford Comma” and “Diplomat’s Son”? Pfft. But even the most determined pffters, the holdouts who’ve spent the past five years ardently ducking the New York quartet’s slier-than-thou Benetton pop, will have a pretty damn hard time resisting this one.

This isn’t to say that Vampire Weekend’s third effort is a wild departure from their first two. Modern Vampires is still rife with all the sunny-day hooks, East Coast imagery, and blueblood signifiers you’ve come to expect. (Sample lyrics: “You got the luck of a Kennedy,” “Hannah tore the New York Times up into pieces.”) This time, though, the band spends less time admiring their own clever lines and throwaway quips. A new kind of focus is evident here, and the result is twelve tightly plotted, fully realized songs that share a common thread.

Even the geography is tighter. Never landlocked, Vampire Weekend sent postcards from Cape Cod, California, and beyond on their previous albums, but Modern Vampires is all but tethered to New York. Even when song characters manage to drift elsewhere, they seem to yearn for home. The stable sense of setting works in the band’s favor, freeing frontman Ezra Koenig up to explore deeper, more universal themes — like mortal anxiety. “Wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth/Age is an honor — it’s still not the truth,” he croons on “Step,” while on “Don’t Lie,” he warns all the young Turks,“There’s a headstone right in front of you, and everyone I know.” Looks like that pun at the heart of lead single “Diane Young” isn’t there just to be clever.

Of course, you don’t have to care about Koenig’s quarterlife crisis and poeticized NYC life; Lena Dunham’s might be enough for you. (Tellingly, the two are friends; Koenig recently made a cameo on Girls.) As with their previous albums, Vampire Weekend’s elegant under-the-chandelier pop and upper-crust punk rave-ups still provide subtext-free sonic pleasures all on their own.

But when everything here lines up the right way — and more often than not, it does — Modern Vampires is the perfect album for the coming Atlantic summer. Think of it like saltwater taffy: bright and sweet, with plenty to chew on.

Grade: A– 

Best Tracks: “Unbelievers” • “Don’t Lie”

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Vampire Weekend premiere new song 'Ya Hey': Hear it here -- VIDEO

A lot of champagne gets wasted in the new lyric video for Vampire Weekend’s newest song, “Ya Hey,” in which people move in slow motion and shower themselves with bubbly. All the time, the song’s lyrics scroll up the screen. This is the band’s third video for its upcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City (out May 7), following “Diane Young” and “Step.” Meanwhile, the band has also been playing “Unbelievers,” “Obvious Bicycle,” and “Everlasting Arms” in concert and on late-night shows. That’s half the album so far — and a bunch of new sounds to hear. Consider “Ya Hey” practically a VW ballad, driven by drums. Is it about God? It sounds so sad, in a we-have-so-much champagne kind of way.

Watch below. What do you think?

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On the scene at Vampire Weekend's AmEx 'Unstaged' concert in New York, directed by Steve Buscemi

Ivy League rockers Vampire Weekend have always been a unique musical math equation: One part house-party pop and two parts sonic safari, multiplied by Cape Cod plus keyboards, all squared by the new millennium.

The New York foursome took the stage at the Roseland Ballroom as part of American Express’ “Unstaged” series last night — its past alumni include Jack White, the Killers, and Coldplay, matched up with directors like Wernor Herzog and Gary Oldman; watch previous clips here — on the final night of the Tribeca Film Festival. And with the set’s turned-up bass drum and synchronized lights, the Roseland suddenly felt less like a rock venue than full-on dance hall. READ FULL STORY

Possible reveal of Lollapalooza lineup includes Phoenix and The Postal Service

Rumors are swirling that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, and The Killers just might be the chosen ones headlining Lollapalooza.

Two anonymous Twitter accounts have been slowly leaking names of artists who will be featured at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, and today the Chicago Tribune reported that the three-day event would feature the above bands as well as The National and The Postal Service.

The lineup hasn’t officially been announced yet, but The Killers are participating in Lollapalooza Brasil and according to their tour schedule, Phoenix will be geographically posed to pop in for a show in Chicago on those dates.

The other bands’ tour schedules show an opening during that weekend as well, so let’s say it’s safe to hope. Calls by EW to Lollapalooza organizers for confirmation were not immediately returned.

Early-bird tickets and special packages go on sale this week for the ninth Lolla festival at Grant Park. The festival runs August 2-4.

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Read more:
Mumford & Sons split four ways for ‘Whispers in the Dark’ video: Watch it here!
Phoenix to release new album in April
Vampire Weekend premiere new songs ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step': Hear them here

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