Vampire Weekend plays at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Wednesday.
7:30 p.m. Arkansas Music Pavilion. $37 adv., $40 day of.
A lot of the hip young folks on today's scene dig this band called Vampire Weekend
. Near as I can tell, they're a quartet of young men who reside in Brooklyn, went to Columbia University, dress in a "preppy" fashion, sing about things like vacationing in Cape Cod and whose parents are probably classified by marketers as High Net Worth Individuals, or HNWIs.
The band plays music that is a bit like Paul Simon's "Graceland" in that it borrows heavily from African pop, but unlike Simon, VW has not, to my knowledge, enlisted any of the originators of this sound into their employ. Vampire Weekend's first two albums prompted some amount of hand-wringing and furrowed-brow criticism about "cultural appropriation" and other things that adjunct professors like to jaw about. The band's latest, "Modern Vampires of the City," is apparently their "serious" third album, the one where they shed the trappings of their earlier work and really come into their own, or, I don't know.
opens the show. She's a model from L.A. who was born in 1992 and recently made a music video with Terry Richards.