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Vampire Weekend Perform “Gen X Cops” and “Capricorn” on SNL: Watch

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Vampire Weekend appeared as the musical guest on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

The trio delivered polished renditions of “Gen X Cops” and “Capricorn,” two songs from their latest album, Only God Was Above Us. Seated center-stage with a piano, vocalist Ezra Koenig carried the rising and falling melody of “Gen X Cops,” performing the lyrics with a look of urgency in his eyes.

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For the second song, “Capricorn,” Koenig donned a parlor guitar, and a small string section providing the driving engine on the verses. On the choruses, a growling guitar line entered, coloring the arrangement with its distorted wail. Watch both performances below.

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Vampire Weekend are currently on the road in support of Only God Was Above Us, which arrived this past April. Up next, they’ll perform at Primavera Sound Barcelona, followed by shows across the US. Check out the full list of their upcoming tour dates, and grab tickets here.

Elsewhere during last night’s episode of SNL, the cast celebrated Mother’s Day with a cold opening honoring their actual mothers, while host Maya Rudolph channeled “mother” with a musical-themed monologue. Rudolph also once again spoofed Beyoncé appearing on Hot Ones.

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