Posted in music | pictures on May 14, 2013

photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis

Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
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"I ate a CD once," admitted Foxygen frontman Sam France Monday night onstage to a full room at Knitting Factory. It was one of many probable falsehoods he told the crowd, but sometimes it's funny cause it's untrue. This was the first of three Foxygen shows in NYC this week and a Red Bull Sound Select show that BrooklynVegan curated (that's us). It was also the cheapest at only $3.00 and with four bands, a DJ and a comedian host on the bill.

France is a very charismatic frontman (my friend remarked "he's got a Jarvis Cocker thing going on") and even if you aren't totally in love with their album, with its many nods to late '60s rock, it's hard to deny Foxygen put on a very entertaining show, messing with the Red Bull sign included.

We chose the other three bands on the bill to be in tune with the pysch side of Foxygen's music. Openers Prince Rupert's Drops are in the mushroom tea variety, with harmoniously baroque pop stirred with extended jams. Amen Dunes, who played third, is more spacey, working on pure vibes at times. Songs too, but definitely Damon McMahon's music is more about floating with than active participation.

In between was LODRO and it was my first time seeing them despite their reputation for endless local gigging (like DIIV who they opened for two days earlier). They were definitely my personal favorite of the three, and the trio -- who pronounce their name "low-dro" -- make a strong impression. While best know for her stint in party rockers Friends, Lesley Hann is a commanding presence here, and maybe just a little intimidating. It could just be their intense brand of creepout blues (think Nick Cave, The Cramps' version of "Fever") is dead serious and pretty badass, aided in no small part by drummer Jigmae Baer and guitarist/singer Jeremy Cox. All three are also in Royal Baths though LODRO seems to be the focus now. Deservingly.

Chris Gethard, who days earlier was letting Zach Galifianakis give haircuts to strangers on his show, made for a very funny host, and I had fun DJing in-between sets.

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows (not to be confused with Red Bull Music Academy shows) -- always only $3 -- happen each month this year and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (for instance Fake Shore Drive just announced their next one in Chicago and Bun B recently headlined one in Austin)

More photos from our show at Knitting Factory are below.

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Prince Rupert's Drops

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Bill on DJ duty...

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Chris Gethard

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Comments (18)

crowd looks dull.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 4:43 PM

Foxygen are a bunch of wankers, one of the worst shows i've ever seen... get your shit together for god's sake... it' s like a shittier version of ariel pink

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 4:55 PM

>>it' s like a shittier version of ariel pink

ha ha, that's like saying a suckier version of the Mets.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 5:04 PM

Singer needs to stop posturing and rambling and learn to sing. Terrible show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 5:49 PM

amazing record, live show could use work

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 5:52 PM

FRIENDS!

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 6:25 PM

thank god it was only 3 dollars!

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 6:33 PM

The first three bands seemed bored and were meh overall, but Foxygen, or rather the douchebag lead singer, turned it into a straight up amateur hour shitfest.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 6:43 PM

please don't call it "the knit."

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 8:16 PM

someone at bkvegan must have a crush on leslie hann #boneralert

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 9:22 PM

she probably has a hairy, dirty pussy living at market hotel, i heard she once tribbed with sam urbani in front of everyone

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 9:23 PM

Towards the end some dude just yelled "Fuck you..." like two or three times. They deserved worse, but glad someone spoke up!

Posted by AP Smith | May 15, 2013 11:15 AM

Nice, he stayed all the way to the end of the show to yell at the singer, totally admirable and believable story... Thanks for sharing your troll imagination

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2013 12:48 PM

this post = bv sucks their own penis

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2013 2:20 PM

just in case you were wondering, foxygen sucked last night as well. Maybe next time the singer could wait till after the show to get blackout drunk.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2013 2:48 PM

Live music is great to download. To actually mix with the flotsam and jetsam small shots of NYC... I THINK NOT.

Posted by HollaMan | May 18, 2013 3:53 PM

yes! stop posturing and rambling and learn to sing.

Posted by Imoveis | July 23, 2014 9:59 PM

Man this is one of those songs that can really make you happy´╗┐

Posted by Kaihes | September 30, 2014 6:22 AM

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