Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend show | EmilyMcCall.com

Vampire Weekend played a show in Dallas last night and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I’m not usually a big concert-goer, but Vampire Weekend is my favorite band, and I get a bit fangirl-y over their lead singer, Ezra Koenig, so I’d been counting down the days to this one–and it did not disappoint. I thought it was a perfect show: not flashy, not gimmicky, just a solid 90 minutes of great-sounding live music. And I’m happy to be able to report that Ezra’s voice sounds just as incredible in person as it does on their albums.

We didn’t have the best seats, but that didn’t stop me from shooting a few photos with my iPhone:

Ben and I had a really great time, and I even bought my first-ever concert t-shirt! Mostly because I love chintz, and Vampire Weekend is all over it:

Now I obviously think this band is tops, but a few people have mentioned to me that they’ve never heard of them before. I get it, they’re not radio superstars, but I implore you to check out their albums: “Vampire Weekend,” “Contra,” and “Modern Vampires of the City.”

The most recent one is my favorite, but all three are great from start to finish. And if you need further inducement to give them a try, I offer you these two amazing covers:

Vampire Weekend by Emily McCall on Grooveshark

The first is their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Going Down,” which just happens to be my favorite Boss song of all time. My favorite band covering my favorite Springsteen tune?? I listen to that one A LOT. And the second song is a cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” that they did for the BBC this summer–it’s better than the original!

Also, Ezra Koenig (@arzE) is incredibly funny and interesting on Twitter. So check him out, and Vampire Weekend too, if you haven’t already. You can thank me later.

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