Onstage at New York's Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night (Jan. 19), Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig admitted that he had "a lot of toxins to get out," due to the previous night's post-show celebration. Considering the whirlwind that has followed the group's 2008 debut -- one that's carried all the way through to today, as its sophomore album "Contra" debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- Vampire Weekend certainly had a lot to celebrate. The Bowery show was the third and smallest hometown gig to promote the new release, and it only seemed right for the band to end at one of the venues that marked its initial success two years prior.
Amid guitars as clean-cut as the buttoned-up band members themselves, Koenig spouted lines like, "You'd remember drinking horchata/You'd still enjoy it with your foot on Masada" ("Horchata"), and "Walk to class in front of ya/Spilled kefir on your keffiyah" ("Campus"). He encouraged crowd participation in the back-and-forth shout of "Blake's got a new face" in "One," but fans hardly needed the prompting to sing along.