Indie rockers Vampire Weekend first emerged from New York City in 2006, playing gigs around their college campus at Columbia University. The band quickly earned a following thanks to their unique sound that combined elements of indie rock with Afro-pop inspired melodies and well-read lyrics, resonating with NY audiences and fellow students alike. After spending some time working on their local fanbase, the band decided to hit the road, and in 2007 embarked on their biggest tour to date. Their journey and performances caught the attention of a record label, and in 2008 Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut album was born, reaching the top of the charts and becoming the year’s most popular indie release. In the years since their breakthrough debut, the band has release two additional albums, Contra and the Grammy winning Modern Vampires of the City, with their fourth, Father Of the Bride having come out in 2019. Vampire Weekend’s unique style and genre blending melodies have helped define music of the 2010s.