Vampire Weekend’s Sunday stroll with actor and director Steve Buscemi during a New York City Easter parade suddenly makes more sense. Buscemi will direct a live-streaming video of the band’s April 28 show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom, Rolling Stone reports. The first concert webcast of the American Express Unstaged series’ fourth year will come ahead of the Lollapalooza headliners‘ new LP Modern Vampires of the City, due out on May 14.
Vampire Weekend have already previewed three LP tracks live for Canadian TV and shared the studio versions of “Diane Young” and “Step.” Previous Unstaged pairings include Jack White with director Gary Oldman, Duran Duran with David Lynch, Arcade Fire with Terry Gilliam, John Legend and the Roots with Spike Lee, My Morning Jacket with Todd Haynes, and, until weather intervened, the Killers with Werner Herzog.
Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio also told RS the follow-up to 2010’s Contra will be more New York-centric than previous albums. “Our first record was heavily New England in reference, our second record was heavily California in reference, and this record has the most New York references,” he’s quoted as saying. “I think there’s a sense of geography and travel, and maybe coming-back-home closure in a way that you find in a trilogy.”