Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 10, 2013
Perennial Austin fave Vampire Weekend will be in town for a Stubb’s show on April 24, 2014. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through c3concerts.com and they most certainly will sell out.
The band was in town a couple months ago for Austin City Limits Festival 2013. They were supporting their fantastic release "Modern Vampires of the City" a complex and emotional indie pop gem that has floated to the top of many 2013 top albums list.
I reviewed their set during weekend one of the fest. It was fun. A solid set, a good end of summer dance party, but nothing earth-shattering. This was roughly the same response that I had when I reviewed the band at ACL Fest a few years earlier.
In retrospect, I’ve come to this (likely unpopular) conclusion: Vampire Weekend is not a particularly fantastic live band.
Don’t get me wrong, they are stellar musicians and I appreciate their music just as much as every other Pitchfork reader who owns more than one pair of colored skinny jeans. They’re good live. They play album-authentic renditions of their best songs that inspire crowds to dance. If your idea of a great concert experience is enjoying your favorite songs in a communal setting with friends and loved ones, by all means buy a ticket. They know what you want to hear and they will absolutely deliver.
But they don’t offer anything extra. The personal revelation, the unexpected cover, the heart on sleeve intensity, the extended break or unorthodox twist on a hit that will stick in your head forever. In my mind, those are the things that separate the good live acts from the amazing, unforgettable live acts. As their ACL set ended there was applause but it wasn’t riotous, then everyone booked to catch the next thing.
Nonetheless, if love the band and you’ve never caught them before, by all means get online Friday and grab your ticket. Many people will be clamoring to get them. I just won’t be one of them.