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A popular Vampire Weekend song begins with a rather blunt question: “Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?” In the same vein, it’s been said that “nobody notices that stuff” — with “stuff” referring to punctuation, capitalization and other supposedly trivial matters. A certain former Daily Cal sports editor
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Outside Lands 2013

Well, it’s over, everyone. Another Outside Lands has come and gone. Nojo Fries — look them up, they’re delicious — were eaten, local brews were consumed and ears were ringing after listening to three days of music. Dreams came true when Paul McCartney signed the arms of two zealous fans,
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Tunesday: Pop Covers

It’s always interesting to hear artists cover the work of their peers, especially when it involves a mixing of genres and a crossing of musical boundaries. Inspired by Vampire Weekend’s recent cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjBhfh909Ww ),” this week I wanted to share some fun indie covers of
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Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City

With their third studio album, Columbia grads Vampire Weekend have solidified a style that they have been perfecting over the course of the last five years. Modern Vampires of the City isn’t so much a departure from Contra and their self-titled album; rather, it builds off of the two albums
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Vampire Weekend hits up Oakland

Vampire Weekend’s concert last Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Oakland was a performance straight out of the books. Front man Ezra Koenig and his Oxford-clad gang played their obligatory 75 minutes, opening shortly after 9 pm with their upbeat “Cousins,” debuting a few synthy new tracks and calling
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Outside Lands announces 2013 Lineup

Outside Lands is normally known for its stellar lineup of a wide variety of artists, and this year’s is no exception. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are heavy hitters this time around. However, this year has arguably the biggest headliner since Radiohead
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The night ended late watching Icona Pop and the Joy Formidable perform at Viceland.

Playlist of the week: SXSW standouts

The annual SXSW music and arts gathering took place in Austin, Texas, a few weeks ago for 10 glorious days in the sun. Known for its reputation as a hype-creator, the festival allows any band to apply to play a showcase and follow their big rock star dreams. It is
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Vampire weekend return with new singles, “Step” and “Diane Young,” name-drop Berkeley in the process

Vampire Weekend, our favorite group of collared-shirt Columbia grads, are back! Though these East Coast elites have often focused on esoteric topics (the one-two punch of “Mansard Roof” and “Oxford Comma” come to mind), their music is so bouncy, catchy and straight-up fun that any concern with pretentiousness is completely eviscerated.
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