Amid the Middle Eastern décor and the smell of herbs at Fort Lauderdale’s The Culture Room, I sleepily stood on the second-floor HiBar ready to discover a semi-underground indie rock band on a school night. But Ra Ra Riot’s first concert in South Florida definitely kept me wide awake.
If you could sit through a Malawi-born vocalist-DJ duo called The Very Best that felt out of place outside of a dance club and Beach House, an atmospheric indie outfit with droning synths and a vocalist with an androgynous, nasally voice, you were handsomely rewarded by Vampire Weekend’s set at the Jackie Gleason Theatre this past weekend.
The sophomore slump is something that hits everyone from singers and musicians to college students. It’s usually unavoidable and accepted as a fact of life and art: a band’s second album probably won’t be as good as its first. Vampire Weekend, however, avoids that fate with “Contra,” its upbeat second album.
Get an inside look into the indie rock scene and some of it’s headliners.