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Coachella 2010: Vampire Weekend proves that the kids are all right


There is something fresh and very now about the youthful and optimistic virility of Vampire Weekend. Taking the stage after an aged and somewhat (although deservedly) pompous Echo & the Bunnymen, the boys of Vampire Weekend looked very much like well-groomed hooligans on spring break in the Hamptons.

It's a look they have carefully groomed, and one that suits them more than ever as they establish themselves as one of the most promising going concerns of 2010. Their carefree world-music grooves were the perfect antidote to Coachella's earlier and heavier offerings. And throughout their set they maintained a palpable sense of wonder -- an I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-us shuck and jive.

"Thank you so much Coachella, you've been a wonderful crowd," said singer Ezra Koenig, looking every bit the roguish deer in the headlights. "You've been a very wonderful crowd. Is your weekend off to a good start?"

The crowd howled its approval.

"So is ours," said Koenig before launching into a revelatory rendition of "Walcott."

"Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod? Out of Cape Cod tonight?"

And for a brief but vital moment, we all breathed in the salty essence of the Eastern Seaboard's turned-up collar.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Vampire Weekend on the outdoor stage Friday. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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