Vampire Weekend is one of the most divisive bands to pop up in the past few years. Some say the band’s combination of Afropop and hip indie rock is danceable (which it is) and revolutionary (which is questionable). Others say the band is derivative, snobbish, and unworthy of the huge amount of attention they’ve received. Whether you love or hate Vampire Weekend, you can’t deny their popularity. Lately they’re everywhere you look, especially after the release of their 2010 album, Contra, which has already gone gold in the U.K. and Australia. If you’re immersed in the Indianapolis music scene, they’re gonna be crowding your space there too: Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and Dum Dum Girls are coming to the Indiana University Auditorium on Monday, September 6th to welcome students back to Bloomington.
|Video of Vampire Weekend performing “A-Punk” live at the 2009 Reading Festival; Vampire Weekend will be playing near Indianapolis at the IU Auditorium September 6|
Vampire Weekend burst onto the scene in 2007, when they released their hit single “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” to much critical acclaim from blogs and magazines alike. Within no time at all, Vampire Weekend was hailed as the “Best New Band” by Spin before their debut album even hit shelves. When their eponymous record finally emerged in 2008, it quickly went gold in Australia and the United States and platinum in the U.K. Vampire Weekend charted four different singles and cemented the band’s place as top buzz band of the year. Contra was released in January of 2010 and rocketed up to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. In a short two years, Vampire Weekend has gone from a no-name, no-record act to one of the most sought after indie rock groups in the market.
|Video of Vampire Weekend performing “Cousins” live on the David Letterman Show; Vampire Weekend will be playing at the IU Auditorium near Indianapolis September 6|
Also playing just outside of Indianapolis with Vampire Weekend will be dream pop outfit Beach House and Dum Dum Girls, an all-girl indie rock group. Beach House is one of those newfangled “chillwave” bands everybody’s blogging about these days, fusing surfy, 60′s guitars and vocal harmonies with reverb heavy, hazy shoegaze production, much like a happier version of Burnt Ones, an “electric sleaze” Indianapolis band. Beach House’s third album, Teen Dream, was released in 2010 and has garnered them plenty of attention, especially from Pitchfork and other trend-setting music sites. While Beach House hasn’t achieved the same amount of commercial success as Vampire Weekend, they’ve got more experience (Teen Dream was preceded by two other well received records) and a sizable amount of buzz behind them.
|Video of Beach House performing “Walk in the Park” live; Beach House will be playing with Vampire Weekend near Indianapolis Sept 6|
While Vampire Weekend and Beach House will certainly be the main Indianapolis attraction for the show on Monday, Dum Dum Girls will definitely entertain all attendees. The four piece indie rock group is made up of members Bambi, Dee-Dee, Jules, and Sandy Vu; they’ve released one EP and a full length, I Will Be, which came out earlier this year. I Will Be was a solid record that should translate pretty well to a live performance.
|Video of Dum Dum Girls performing “Rest Of Our Lives” live at SXSW; Dum Dum Girls will be playing at the IU Auditorium near Indianapolis Sept 6|
If there’s nothing interesting going on in the Indianapolis cultural districts next week, you might want to consider heading down to Bloomington to see Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and Dum Dum Girls at the IU Auditorium. It promises to be a packed and energetic show, full of hipsters, teen dreamers, and casual music fans drawn to the allure of Vampire Weekend. Vampire Weekend may not be the “breath of fresh air” that Indianapolis media seems to think they are, but their diehard fans and legendary reputation should make the show interesting to watch. Add the dreamy electro-shoegaze of Beach House and the energy of Dum Dum Girls, and you have a pretty admirable back to school celebration, better than anything you’ll find at an Indianapolis school.
|Video of Beach House performing “Lover of Mine” live; Beach House will be playing at the IU Auditorium near Indianapolis Sept 6|
This Indianapolis event takes place on Monday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. If you’re just a regular schlub off the street, the show will cost you $35, but if you’re an Indiana University student you get a special three dollar discount. Whether you adore Vampire Weekend or despise the ground they walk on, you’ll still have to hear about them from every corner of campus before, during, and after their show with Beach House and Dum Dum Girls this Monday, so you might as well get used to it or see what all the fuss is about.
Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Dum Dum Girls at Indiana University Auditorium
Monday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32 for students, $35 for public
Indiana University Auditorium
1211 E Seventh St
Bloomington, IN 47405
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