The rise of Vampire Weekend

| Their name sounds like a Goth band, but Vampire Weekend has a history of not being what they seem -- four Ivy League-educated musicians who write brainy songs that are also infectious. Anthony Mason visits the group whose latest album has debuted at number one.

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