Nutshell Concert Review: Vampire Weekend – Pitchfork Music Festival 7/15/12

Photo: Tom Cruze – Chicago Sun-Times

After spending the last few weeks off, Nutshell decided to make a comeback with our first ever concert review. We chose one that would be easy to talk about, and that those of you in the Chicago area may have already heard about.

Vampire Weekend entered this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park backed up with only two performances this year (Pitchfork was the third, and is the final scheduled performance for them to date). Festival performances also seemed light years away for the quartet, with frontman Ezra Koenig saying it had been “a looooong time since [they’ve] played festivals” after they stepped onto the Green Stage on Sunday night. And how could they start the set with anything other than two-minute, fast paced Contra track “Cousins” to get the crowd amped up. The band fired through a 16-song set that was capped off with a 4-song encore. Heavily filled with songs from VW’s self-titled debut (the only track from Vampire Weekend that wasn’t featured was “Bryn”), the band looked in top shape, especially considering they’ve barely been on stage this year. The set hit all ends of Vampire Weekend’s spectrum, and it even included the heart-warming “I Think Ur a Contra” and created an amazing atmosphere to finish the show under the night sky. Koenig also promised to fans that after last night’s show, the band was on their way to finish their third studio album, with an untitled new track being played in the middle of the set. The encore was a 4-song backtrack to Vampire Weekend, with all four songs being oldies but goodies.

Vampire Weekend’s Pitchfork set was a solid jumping-off point for Nutshell Concert Reviews, with a great crowd and a set that used the vast majority of the band’s repertoire. The band (keyboardist and guitarist Rostam Batmanglij in particular) got everybody in the audience involved, being sure to keep them on top of all of the “oh”s, “ah”s, and “chah”s needed to make the songs sound spot on. This concert is given an A by Nutshell Music Group. And yes, it was worth braving the sun and 90+ degree heat to see this show up close.

Here’s the setlist for Vampire Weekend’s Pitchfork show, 7/15/12:

  1. Cousins
  2. White Sky
  3. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
  4. M79
  5. Run
  6. Holiday
  7. California English
  8. A-Punk
  9. Horchata
  10. I Stand Corrected
  11. I Think Ur a Contra
  12. Untitled New Song
  13. Diplomat’s Son
  14. Campus
  15. Oxford Comma
  16. Giving Up the Gun
Encore
  1. One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
  2. Mansard Roof
  3. The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance
  4. Walcott
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Posted on July 16, 2012, in Concert Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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