Watch Rostam Play New Song “In A River”

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Former Vampire Weekend producer Rostam has released one solo album, last year’s Half-Light, since stepping out on his own, and lately he’s been spending his time doing stripped-down covers of classics like “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Fairytale Of New York,” and “Pink Moon.” But he seems to have some new material … More »

Rostam – “Bike Dream” Video

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Rostam has shared a new video for “Bike Dream,” a track off his debut solo album, Half-Light, that came out last year. It’s a co-directing effort between himself and Dan Newman. Appropriately enough, it features a lot of Rostam traveling by bike through various cities, and it also has a lot of Rostam walking … More »

Vampire Weekend Turns 10

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“The kids don’t stand a chance,” Ezra Koenig sang, closing out Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut — released 10 years ago today — with a pronouncement of hopelessness for all those Columbia undergrads bound for Wall Street. Never mind that Vampire Weekend were still kids, too; just look at those baby faces in their old videos! … More »

Rostam – “Pink Moon” (Nick Drake Cover)

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Last year, Rostam Batmanglij released his debut solo album, Half-Light, and he’s taken the occasion to cover a few songs in the ensuing press cycle. Over the last few months, he’s offered up covers of Bob Dylan and the Pogues, and his latest takes on one of his major influences. Rostam covered … More »

Watch Rostam And His Mom Cook A Persian Meal

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‘Tis the season for wholesome videos, and who doesn’t love one that features a really cool mom? If ever Rostam needed to be humbled about his lengthy list of accomplishments, all he’d have to do is go home, where his mother — who happens to be award-winning cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij — … More »

New Vampire Weekend Album Is Inspired By Kacey Musgraves, Features Ariel Rechtshaid And Rostam

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When Rostam announced that he was leaving Vampire Weekend to focus on his solo career, fans couldn’t help but wonder what that might mean for VW LP4. Rostam and Ezra Koenig have both repeatedly reassured everyone that Rostam would still be involved, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about … More »

Rostam – “Fairytale Of New York” (The Pogues Cover)

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The Pogues’ pathos-drenched 1987 reel “Fairytale Of New York” is one of the all-time great Christmas pop songs, but thanks to Shane MacGowan’s inimitable slur-gargle and the hard F-bomb that guest Kirsty MacColl drops, it’s not the sort of song that anyone can comfortably cover. But former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij is … More »

Rostam – “Like A Rolling Stone” (Bob Dylan Cover)

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A few months ago, Rostam Batmanglij released his first solo album, Half-Light, and he recently stopped by the SiriusXMU studios to perform a stripped-down set in which he covered a classic. Hear the former Vampire Weekender’s sweet and subdued take on Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” below. [videoembed size=”full_width” alignment=”center”][/videoembed] Half-Light is out … More »

Rostam announces 2018 North American tour dates, shares live KEXP performance

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In an effort to help his North American fans finally stop picturing Ezra Koenig singing his songs, Rostam “Solo Artist 4 Life” Batmanglij — also known less imaginatively as “Rostam” — has announced that he’ll be providing the ULTIMATE visual aid to his newly-ish released first solo album Half-Light by hitting the road for his first-ever solo tour of North America.

…And by “tour of North America,” I guess I mean that he’s also touring the rest of the world (again, to be clear: S-O-L-O) for the remainder of 2017 first (find those dates down below, too). But starting January 29, 2018 in Atlanta? Shit. You bet your ass that he’ll be “continuing through February with stops in Nashville, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, and concluding in Los Angeles.” Doesn’t really git more North American than that, now, does it?

(BTW, tix to all the 2018 shows are available this Friday, October 20, with “special pre-order offers” extended to “those following Rostam on Spotify” starting TODAY.)

…And by “solo,” I guess I more mean “with a bunch of other musicians and visuals” also probably on the stage. You see, “if you’ve never seen me perform, it’s always with strings — usually a string quartet —, live percussion, and video projections,” Rostam says. “I’m so psyched to see you out there on the road in January, February, and throughout 2018.”

I know. It’s sorta confusing. But for a handy sneak peak into the whole “solo but not solo since I’m on stage with more people than ever” configuration to come, you can watch Rostam’s live rendition of several tracks from Half-Light on Seattle’s KEXP down below. You should be all-good then, right?

Rostam on tour, 2017-version:

10.19.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre (supporting Haim) [SOLD OUT]
10.28.17 – San Pedro, CA – Growler’s Six
11.01.17 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Avant Garde Festival
11.03.17 – Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany – Rolling Stone Weekender
11.05.17 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
11.06.17 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
11.08.17 – Oslo, Norway – BLå
11.09.17 – Sweden – Bar Brooklyn
11.11.17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Small Room)
11.14.17 – London, UK – The Courtyard Theatre [SOLD OUT]

Rostam on tour, 2018-version:

01.29.18 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
01.30.18 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records
02.01.18 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
02.02.18 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (Sanctuary)
02.05.18 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
02.06.18 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
02.08.18 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Theater at The Andy Warhol Museum
02.09.18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Ladies Literary Club
02.10.18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
02.12.18 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
02.13.18 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02.14.18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
02.16.18 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
02.17.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
02.19.18 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
02.20.18 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
02.21.18 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02.24.18 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »