Vampire Weekend? Sounds like a fun vacation to me, but it's the name of a handful of young Ivy Leaguers (they met at Columbia U) who make music that's accessible not only to people wandering the halls of an ivory tower but even those living in its shadows.
The band's sound combines Afropop, punk, indie and classical music, and keen lyrics that include lines such as "Majesty's not overheard / Cryptographs can't stand the word," from "One (Blake's Got A New Face)"; "His Honor drove southward seeking exotica / down to the Pueblo huts of New Mexico / cut his teeth on turquoise harmonicas," from "A-Punk"; and "Why would you tape my conversations? / Show your paintings / at the United Nations / Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth," from "Oxford Comma." The combination of unique instrumentation and arrangements with the sometimes obtuse lyrics sharing space with pop-culture references has listeners fighting to decide which to concentrate on more: the words or the music.
The East Coast four-piece received more buzz than a hive of killer bees even before the release of their self-titled full-length album, which debuted earlier this year. Rolling Stone raved about their sound, calling it a "blend of ska, African music and New Wave pop that coalesces into addictive indie-rock tunes."
According to the Neurolux Web site, the show is sold out, which means two things: One, I'll probably be loitering outside the bar with a crowd of other people who didn't get tickets; and two, if the band's popularity continues at the rate it's currently going, I'm going to have to buy tickets for their next Boise show way in advance.
March 30 with Yacht, $12, 9 p.m., Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-345-0886.