As the days get shorter and a comfortable chill starts to hit the air, reminders that summers over are everywhere. Im pretty sure someone forgot to send the memo to Vampire Weekend and Beach House, because Tuesdays sold-out show at Jannus Live was packed with about as much summery pop as anyone could handle in an entire season, let alone one concert. [All photos by James Ostrand.]
I unfortunately arrived just a bit too late to catch the opening act, The Very Best. Their unique mix of dance, hiphop, pop and traditional Malawi music would have made an ideal complement to Vampire Weekends Afro-Western sound. I also really enjoyed their 2008 release Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best, which featured samples from a slew of indie stars.
Indie darlings Beach House delivered a beautiful, though somewhat boring set before Vampire Weekend took the stage. Their music fit perfectly with the concerts theme of '80s-influenced summertime music, except where Vampire Weekend could score the soundtrack to a prepster comedy like Ferris Buellers Day Off, Beach House leans more towards the dark gloom of Less Than Zero. Even with Victoria Legrands otherworldly voice filling the courtyard during an epic rendition of 10 Mile Stereo, everyone around us was much more interested in the Rays game on Jannus many televisions. [Legrand pictured above right.]
The crowd snapped to attention as Vampire Weekend ran down the spiral staircase on Jannus stage and instantly launched into the upbeat Holiday off their most recent release, Contra. Encouraged by the strange dance moves of bassist Chris Baio (kicking his legs out like an Irish jig), everyone instantly started bouncing around joyfully and never stopped once all evening. [More + photo gallery after the jump.]