Afro-beat indie rock band Vampire Weekend continues to rise with the 2010 release of their sophomore album, Contra. In 2007 they became one of the most buzzed-about indie bands with their first self-titled album—and they gave their local fans a thrill when they played at indier-than-thou venue Pappy & Harriet’s last November. The New York quartet met at Columbia University in 2006 and self-produced their first album, which launched a cultish fanbase across the states and across the Pond. On the strength of super-catchy tunes like “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “Oxford Comma,” Rolling Stone saw fit to rank Vampire Weekend tenth on its list of Best Albums of 2008. Pretty much everyone jumped on the VW wagon; they were the first band to grace a Spin magazine cover before their debut had hit the street, and their tracks have been featured in Gen-Y comedies like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. And we haven’t even gotten to Contra, the band’s follow-up album which, though released in January, showcased the song “Horchata” in late ’09 as a sneak peek sound bite that left fans hungry and eager for more. With bigger, louder drums and faster guitars, Vampire Weekend continues to maintain their steady groove. Though the band is selling out shows like nobody’s business, you might be able to catch this Fox Pomona set if you have secret connections—or try your luck at Coachella, where they’re booked for an April 16 performance.
Vampire Weekend w/Abe Vigoda at Fox Theater Pomona, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, www.foxpomona.com. Doors open 8PM. Tickets $27.50. All ages.