Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 19, 2011

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Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes, touring in support of their new Sub Pop album Helplessness Blues, played their first of two shows at United Palace Theater in NYC last night (5/18) with the Cave Singers. Pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

They do it again tonight, then appear on Fallon Friday, and finish the tour in Upper Darby, PA on Saturday. Fleet Foxes' other upcoming dates, mostly scheduled in July, now also include Austin City Limits in September. All of them are listed below.

You'll notice on the Wednesday night setlist it says "solo break." That's when Robin Pecknold came out and played "Oliver James" to lead off the encore. Robin, who toured solo with Joanna Newson not too long ago, released a free 3-song solo EP even more recently. That EP, which contains a duet with Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear and a Chris Thompson cover, can be downloaded and streamed, under the rest of the pictures, below...

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Fleet Foxes -- 2011 Tour Dates
Wed May 18, 2011 New York, NY The United Palace Theatre -
Thu May 19, 2011 New York, NY The United Palace Theatre -
Sat May 21, 2011 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre -
Thu Jul 14, 2011 Toronto, ON Massey Hall -
Sat Jul 16, 2011 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival -
Sun Jul 17, 2011 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre -
Mon Jul 18, 2011 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater -
Tue Jul 19, 2011 St. Louis, MO The Pageant -
Thu Jul 21, 2011 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium -
Fri Jul 22, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheater -
Sat Jul 23, 2011 Boise, ID Knitting Factory -
Sun Jul 24, 2011 Troutdale, OR Edgefield Amphitheater -
Sun Sep 18, 2011 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival

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Comments (63)

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Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:21 AM

SO PSYCHED FOR TONIGHT!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:21 AM

Such a beautiful theater, too bad the sound is not good and the drink system is ridiculous and expensive.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:27 AM

set times please!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:31 AM

what's security like? Heavy pat down? Assuming not wise to light up in there...?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:33 AM

I've never seen beer gouging like that before. $7 for 8 ounces of beer. can't believe were actually buying them.

show was great though, so was the sound on the floor.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:34 AM

not sure when cave singers came on but they ended around 8:40ish. Fleet Foxes came on stage at 9:10 and played just over an hour and a half.

Great show. Amazing band. I sat on the balcony. Wasn't too bad. Sound was pretty good. Just couldn't hear well when the band talked between songs.

Posted by p | May 19, 2011 10:36 AM

over

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:36 AM

no pat down at all

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:37 AM

lot of lumberjack shirts in that audienece

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:37 AM

There was pretty much no security there last night when I got there (8:50 pm). I didn't get checked at all.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:40 AM

SIM SALA BIM!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:43 AM

last night was so great. Sky came out afterwards and talks to the people next to me... marry me Sky

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:48 AM

but there is a lot of security inside the theatre. might be hard to light up.

Also.. sound totally sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:50 AM

Sweet shot of the dude walking up the stairs! We need more of those types of pictures.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:55 AM

Bim Skala Bim are way better.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 10:56 AM

I've never seen Fleet Foxes live but I am sure that they are pretty good.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | May 19, 2011 10:58 AM

You know what sucked? (Your Mom, that's what!) There is no pat down, so definitely bring in your 4 footer from Phish tour '97.

C'mon, people, you really thought the sound sucked? You know they have a sound that's hard to reproduce in a live setting, right?

Just to beat all you fucking whiners to the punch - I liked them so much better before they sold old. Back when they played my cousin's kitchen in Spokane. Amirite?

Posted by Feet Fox | May 19, 2011 10:59 AM

Dude Fall '97 was the bomb Phish tour!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:02 AM

I have an extra ticket to tonight's show, its free if anyone wants to come. Center Orchestra really close, my friend bailed on me last minute and I don't want to go alone. This isn't a joke.

Posted by Hector | May 19, 2011 11:05 AM

They ripped it last night, their music is SO hard to reproduce live, and they fuckin' KILLED it last night. The sound system took a while to get going, but once they got into their pocket it was sick. Fleet Foxes rule, they are musicians, and NYC loves them.

Posted by Your Mom | May 19, 2011 11:08 AM

"I've never seen Fleet Foxes live but I am sure that they are pretty good."

saw them at bowery in 08, they are very good live. going tonight, so pumped!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:16 AM

Hey Hector, how about an email address...that free ticket sounds nice.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:17 AM

It was a perfect 10 performance!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:24 AM

Highlight of the night other then Montezuma>He Doesn't Know Why was when a women stood up and started dancing while waving her baby in the air, ALA Rafiki and Simba, during Sim Sala Bim. Not a single other spectator stood up the rest of the night, hilarious.

Posted by Adam R | May 19, 2011 11:25 AM

is there place to grab drinks near the venue?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:43 AM

why the winter hat? was it snowing in there?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:45 AM

set times?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:45 AM

Yeah, that Montezuma right into He Doesn't Know Why standing ovation at the end was weird and wonderful. Helplessness Blues was the perfect ending, too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:45 AM

11:43, only if you wanna risk getting stabbed in the side.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:48 AM

some of the best live singing I've heard from a band

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:55 AM

is that catherine o'hara?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:55 AM

i was on the floor, and people were lighting up all over the place. so, do your thing i guess

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:56 AM

If you want to get a drink up there, I recommend you take the train a bit further to the end at 207th and then walk over to Indian Road Cafe. Good food and nice beer list. The train heading back down won't be crowded like the uptown train.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:56 AM

How cold was it in the venue?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 12:00 PM

the sound last night was actually pretty good. the bass levels were screwy in the beginning, but three songs into it the sound guys were able to fix the muddled bass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 12:15 PM

12:00 it was actually a little muggy in the venue especially in the common areas upstairs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 12:18 PM

amazing pictures - that place is gorgeous! i agree with 11:45am - that standing ovation was well deserved but strange that everyone sat down right after that for the rest of the show - odd
but it was nice to finally sit through a whole show and actually see the stage without dodging people who are taller than you are to get a good view

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 12:19 PM

doyoulikehueylewisandthenews@gmail.com for the free ticket

Posted by Hector | May 19, 2011 12:20 PM

A truly incredible, once-in-a-lifetime band.
And an absolutely gorgeous show in an inspiring space. Sound was not the best, but steadily improved throughout.

The only major problem was the crowd & staff — a nonstop, constant stream of ushers' flashlights and loud chatter, guiding people to seats through basically the whole show, DURING SONGS. Really didn't subside until almost the encore.

Between insanely late arrivals (like, halfway +) and constant beer runs, the vibe got very weird and distracting, over by us at least.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 12:34 PM

wow, zero hummus comments 50 posts in.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 12:47 PM

amazing show aside from the bass problems for the first few songs, which they worked out and managed to joke about as well...

killer venue... but fuck those beer prices... even by nyc standards that shit is rough.... the reason there were so many people making beers runs was because $15 got you a dixie cup...

Posted by w | May 19, 2011 1:02 PM

robin@fleetfoxes.com for the free ticket.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:03 PM

^ - Could this be the end of a weird era..?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:07 PM

Fall 97 Phish was actually a good tour - white funk period

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:08 PM

Fleet HuMEHus

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:15 PM

beer is always expensive, how were the hummus prices?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:17 PM

Did anyone purchase the fleet fox food processor at the merch table?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:46 PM

^ No, just the Fleet Foxes chick-pea masher. Old school.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 2:18 PM

i sat in first row of loge all the way over on the right and the sound was excellent, their harmonies were crisp and loud, instruments were clean and clear, one of the best shows this year... and yes, i saw them at the bowery in o8... last night was super...

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 2:50 PM

careful 10:59am... my mom was in attendance with me. and she was DELIGHTED. sound was rough for the first two songs but pretty much excellent beyond that..

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 3:42 PM

2:50, you must have sat right next to me, Row A Seat 4. I thought the sound was very good minus the first 2 songs and there also was a small hiss, The sow was great. The set list was great.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 4:02 PM

Good sow indeed

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 4:03 PM

Sound was good when it was Robin alone. With the entire band there was way too much low end in the mix in my opinion. Perhaps the floor was better, but up in lower loge it was way too bass heavy for my liking. Still an amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 6:01 PM

Sound sucked tonight.......they probably played well, but it was way too loud, so I can't be certain......

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2011 11:52 PM

One of england's loudest bands..........

Posted by DK | May 20, 2011 12:13 AM

Am I right in assuming Tripoli refers to The Shrine/An Argument off of the new album?

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 12:46 AM

"Am I right in assuming Tripoli refers to The Shrine/An Argument off of the new album?"

from montezuma to tripoli?

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 9:23 AM

Anybody know what that white electric guitar they were passing around was? Looked like an SG, but had 12 strings, and it looked like there were pegs at the bottom they were tabs/buttons rather than strumming it. Really cool sounding.

It's the one on the left in this image: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/fleetfoxes/united/14.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 12:11 PM

Couple typos on the last part of that comment, but you know what I'm saying.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 12:11 PM

12:11 - I think it was an old Hagstrom 12 string. A friend of mine had one and it looks to be the same. The "buttons/tabs" are probably the tone/volume/pick-up selector "sliders." They are pretty mod-friendly, so who knows what they did to the electronics.

http://uniqueguitar.blogspot.com/2010/02/hagstrom-electric-twelve-f-12s.html

I could be wrong though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2011 2:46 PM

The 12sting is something Robin's dad made. It's combo guitar/hammer dulcimer. He's calling it the guitarxophone. check it here: http://yfrog.com/62r6az

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 12:22 PM

Horrible show. Sound was awful. I couldn't see, couldn't hear and the NY crowd sucked. Someone told me to be quiet in between a song when I was speaking quietly to the person next to me. Someone else said "are you going to sit like that all night because I can't see."

Checker Cab Beer is worse than a skunked, warm Icehouse with a cigarette butt in it.

Worst money ever spent on a show.

Pretentious, uptight hipster losers ran wild...

Have a beer and enjoy it is a concert not a feature film. Life and music is not that serious.

NY sucks.

Good band though...

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 3:04 PM

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