Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend to open this summer's Eden Sessions in Cornwall

Vampire Weekend are set to make a return to the UK this summer headlining the Cornish music event, Eden Sessions on June 24 with special guests Broken Bells.

The New York indie quartet first played the Eden sessions in 2008 when they were special guests to The Raconteurs.

Caught in the Net: Lots at stake with new album

When the Strokes emerged they set a template for indie bands arriving on a wave of hype only to find that the critics and the fans had moved on to the Next Big Thing by the time their second album arrived. Like the Strokes, Vampire Weekend (left) are a bunch of well-dressed, well-heeled New Yorkers. Their self-titled debut record, released in 2008, received both praise and reproach for their cherry-picking of Afro-pop influences and for their preppy style (personally, I liked how they looked and enjoyed about half of the album). Next week sees the release of Vampire Weekend's second LP, 'Contra' (reviewed opposite). For fans who can't wait until then, there has been much pre-release hype, some leaked songs and a great video for single "Cousins" (tinyurl.com/yfpojny). The record is currently streaming in full at tinyurl.com/2zgv8h. It follows in a similar vein to the first LP, a collection of charming pop songs but with an expanded palette of sounds and influences. While the band show signs of having staying power it will be interesting to see what reception 'Contra' gets from fans.

Album: Vampire Weekend, Contra (XL)

It's hard to listen to Vampire Weekend's second album without being struck by the resemblance to Paul Simon's Graceland, in a way which was never as obvious on their debut.

Vampire Weekend, Forum, London

A little over an hour into another ebullient performance by the most refreshing new band of the year, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig revealed that this was the longest concert they had ever given. A few minutes later it was all over, but it's doubtful whether anyone in the audience felt short-changed.

A whole new world for Franz Ferdinand

They took many by surprise when they joined Africa Express in Liverpool last week. Now Franz Ferdinand tell Elisa Bray they have fallen under the spell of Afrobeat