On May 14th, the indie rock band Vampire Weekend will release its third full length album: Vampires of the City. Stream it here on iTunes (you need iTunes installed, unfortunately) and preorder it.
Why, you ask? Because Rostam Batmanglij, whose multi-instrumental sounds join with Ezra Koenig’s yelps to form the core of the band’s sound, is a Georgetown native. His parents, Najmieh and Mohammad still live in the house he grew up in (Najmieh is a successful chef and author).
The Washington Post caught up with Rostam in 2008 before the band’s second album to trace his local roots. From memories of the Georgetown Reservoir to smelling pot at the 2000 HFSestival, Rostam’s local bona fides are secure (although one gets the sense he’s more comfortable in his current home in Brooklyn).
So go and support a local boy who made good.