Vampire Weekend, the band people love to love, love to hate, but most likely – hate to love, or at least admitting to, returned to Denver on Friday night for a riotously fun evening of focused showmanship that easily made for one of the best shows of this young year. Walking onto the stage accompanied by the booming beats of classic hip hop anthem, “Let Me Clear My Throat”, the young, preppy gentlemen of Vampire Weekend appeared eager to poke fun at themselves with exaggerated, self conscious arm waving. Though, it may have been they looked exactly like what every other white kid looks like when waving their hands in the air – unnatural, uncomfortable, dorky, etc. Either way it definitely was not what anyone expected right out of the gate. I’ll give them props for producing a genuinely lighthearted icebreaker moment while eliciting “WTF” faces from those of us who (over)analyze these types of things. Well played sirs, well played.