Whether its members see it as blessing or a curse, Vampire Weekend's early success placed the band squarely under a microscope. Since even before the release of its first album, Vampire Weekend's clever lyrics and use of worldly rhythms have commanded attention; fortunately, the group's fame hasn't waned as its music has become more dynamic and confident.
The New York band recently visited the West Coast for Coachella and took a night off to perform for a small audience of eager fans in Santa Monica for KCRW. The set included a handful of songs from the new Modern Vampires of The City, as well as classics that now seem wistful and carefree — listening feels almost like going back to school. You can watch the 12-song concert in its entirety right here, and hear an audio recording of the performance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.