“Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend

The two months between March 15 and May 15 this year comprise a rather fertile period for big-name indie-rock, with new albums by the Strokes (Comedown Machine, already out and well worth your time and money), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Mosquito, out April 16; lead single “Sacrilege” already out), Phoenix (Bankrupt!, out April 22; lead single “Entertainment” already out), and Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires of the City out May 14; lead single “Diane Young” and B-side “Step” already out).

And so here I am, highlighting the latter band’s cheery “Diane Young” as “Hipster Music That’s Actually Good.”  Usually I’d pick something significantly obscurer for this monthly feature, but whatever, I suspect that in some quarters Vampire Weekend is still considered a hipster band.  And yet they basically write and play pop music  — it’s just that they do it much better than today’s mainstream pop acts.  “Diane Young” is a terrific pop song — upbeat, catchy, and concise.  I can’t wait to hear the whole album and then see them at Firefly.

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