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

April 17, 2010 |  8:42 am


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