Vampire Weekend River Stage, Montreal QC, August 2

Vampire Weekend River Stage, Montreal QC, August 2
Photo: Pat Beaudry
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Indie pop darlings Vampire Weekend took to the stage with a blast of horn-heavy fanfare, and quickly launched into a smorgasbord of tunes from their three full-lengths. Singer Ezra Koenig navigated through the dense, reference-heavy lyrics with ease as many audience members sang along. The band was tight, as evidenced through the way they powered through the abruptly shifting opening song "Diane Young" from new album Modern Vampires of the City, and their synchronicity continued through slower songs, such as "White Sky" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," and quicker ones, including "Holiday" and "A-Punk." It was the faster tunes that transformed the crowd into a bopping dance party, shouting and grooving in a gigantic, gleeful mess. The set ended with a great pair of performances: penultimate song "Hannah Hunt" built from a sparse intro to a grand conclusion, complete with keyboards and slide guitar courtesy of Rostam Batmanglij, and led way to "Walcott" from the band's self-titled debut, providing a fun closer that found the band quickly changing mood, from upbeat, to quiet and pensive, and back to upbeat for a fun closer to an enjoyable set.