Above: Vampire Weekend shows some Phish pride at Bonnaroo in 2008. Photo by Julie Schnee

Vampire Weekend will perform
at three New York venues this January. The gigs will coincide with the release of the band’s sophomore album, Contra. The run will kick off January 17 at the United Palace Theater, a venue located not far from the quartet’s former Columbia University stopping grounds. The following night, January 18, Vampire Weekend will return to New York’s Webster Hall—a venue the band first played with Animal Collective in 2007 and outgrew on its own in 2008. Finally, the band will return to the Bowery Ballroom on January 19 for the first time in two years for an extremely intimate show. Contra will be released on January 12. Look for a feature on the band in the February/March issue of Relix.