Vampire Weekend Keeps Its Distance at the Fox Oakland, 4/17/13

By JAMES ROBINSON

Vampire Weekend

Tanlines

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fox Theater, Oakland

Better than: The Vampire Diaries, Interview with the Vampire, Twilight and True Blood (but not, however, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Vampire Weekend, punching its ticket on a short jaunt between Coachella appointments, draws an odd crowd. The audience at the cavernous and grand Fox Theater in Oakland last night cut between young girls, preppy looking dudes, comparatively older-looking young professionals, and crossed-over indie kids out for a concert on a school night.

In 2008, when Vampire Weekend released its eponymous debut, the band was like a twee-Strokes: it did for summers on Cape Cod and Paul Simon's Graceland what Julian Casablancas' squad did for the Velvet Underground and dressing like you were in the Ramones. Yeah, it's a great album, but once red-hot, slightly derivative indie bands tend to age like child stars. A few albums in and Vampire Weekend is doing whatever the musical equivalent of sending sexually explicit texts to Drake is.

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