Vampire Weekend premieres all-star "Giving Up the Gun" video

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On February 19, American band Vampire Weekend released a tennis-themed video for its single "Giving Up the Gun," off the chart-topping album Contra. Featuring cameos by actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, rapper Lil Jon, and Rza of the Wu Tang Clan, the video has already seen hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

In the surreal video, Jenny - who also appeared in the group's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" video - beats one tennis opponent after another. Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig told AOL music site Spinner.com, "'Giving Up the Gun' just means turning your back on aggression and selfishness. The heroine of the video isn't an amazing tennis player, but she has heart."

The "Giving Up the Gun" video was directed by The Malloys, whose other credits include videos for the Jonas Brothers, the White Stripes, and Sheryl Crow.







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