Entries tagged with: Foxygen
As mentioned, Foxygen have a new album coming out in October and will be touring then as well, with shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8 and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). There is a BrooklynVegan ticket presale for the Webster Hall show that starts today at 10 AM. Password is STARPOWERRADIO.
All Foxygen tour dates here.
Foxygen will be back with a new album this fall, Foxygen...And Star Power, which will be out October 14 via Jagjaguar. It's a whopper -- 24 tracks! -- and you can check out the ELO-ish (by way of Nick Lowe)
The band will also be on tour this fall, with two NYC shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8 with tourmates Dub Thompson and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). Tickets to both shows are currently on AmEx presale and will be on sale to the general public on Friday (8/1), Webster Hall at 10 AM and MHOW at noon.. You can also get tickets to the Webster Hall show via a BrooklynVegan presale which starts Thursday (7/31) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.
West Coast dates are with Steve Gunn opening, and others are with Gary Wilson. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Brian Wilson, the mastermind behind The Beach Boys, turns 72 today (happy birthday Brian!), so it's good timing for a Beach Boys cover, which we've gotten from Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming's Diane Coffee project. One might argue there there are about 300 better options, but he has taken on "Kokomo," the 1988 hit that Brian actually had no part of (but certainly sounded like it was trying to recreate his style). Shaun said of picking this song, "Kokomo has always been one of my favorite summer songs. For as long as I can remember I've played it in my head as a slightly darker tropical tune."
You can listen to his darker (and sax-less) take on the song in this post, below...
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.
...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.
One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.
We mentioned that Real Estate would be playing the 2014 Woodsist Festival in Big Sur this August and now details have been announced. The two-day fest happens again at the Henry Miller Library on August 5 & 6. In addition to Real Estate, there will be performances from Woods, Angel Olsen, White Fence, Foxygen, Skygreen Leopards and more. Tickets go on sale April 15 at noon PST via Woodsist and Folk Yeah.
Woods play the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at Baby's All Right on April 22 (RSVP) and then headline Bowery Ballroom on May 16 (tickets) as part of their tour.
Full 2014 Woodsist Fest line-up below...
Flaming Lips in San Francisco in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Big Beatles fans The Flaming Lips will be taking their love for that band even further when they release a full cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Future Heart points out. It follows the band's full-album covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and The Stone Roses, and includes some big name guests including Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch and others. No release date, but stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne of Steven Drozd of the Lips joined Miley at her Tulsa show this past week (like they did in LA last month) to perform "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1)." You can watch a video of that below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tavito Nanao is a singer-songwriter that represents the new flow of music in Japan. He has led the Japanese music scene since his debut with many controversial works including the 3-disc "911FANTASIA," in which he depicted the world since Apollo 11's landing on the moon to 2051, many years after the Iraq War. He also continues to surprise audiences with his one and only live performances. Overground, he is known as a gifted melody-maker, while underground, he organizes one of the largest improvisation events in Japan. The Hyakunin-kumite ("karate kata with 100 people") event, in which Nanao goes one-on-one in improvisation with all performers of the night, is a very popular event that attracts audiences by the thousand each time.What do Dirty Projectors, Foxygen, and Guardian Alien all have in common? Well, current or former members of each band are sharing a stage with Japanese singer/songwriter Tavito Nanao for his first two NYC shows next week. Diane Coffee (the project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, who was also a voice actor on "Kim Possible" as a child), and Deradoorian (former Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian) will be playing with Nanao for his NYC debut at Pianos on October 29.
Then Eartheater (aka Alexandra Drewchin of Greg Fox's band, Guardian Alien, who have an A/V show coming up), will be joining him for his second-ever NYC show at Cake Shop on October 30 with Greg Barris and The Forgiveness and Bodega Bay. Tickets to the Pianos show are on sale now, but no advance tickets for the Cake Shop show. Check out the flyer for both below.
For Diane Coffee, the Pianos show is the first date on their tour which runs through late November. All dates on that tour are listed below. It's also the day (10/29) that their debut album, My Friend Fish, is being released via Western Vinyl. You can stream that album's single, "Hymn," which is a similar type of psychedelia to Foxygen, below.
Meanwhile, Foxygen play their second of two NYC shows tonight (10/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are sold out.
All Diane Coffee tour dates are listed, along with videos and more, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
White Fence, Jonathan Rado @ Glasslands - 9/23/2013
White Fence continues to churn out kinetic proto-psych with confidence and abundant energy. Tim Presley's supporting band seems to be the same group that he had at SXSW '12, and at Glasslands they were tight and in perfect sync -- certainly necessary to keep up with the quick chord and tempo changes in the music. For instance, we're streaming "Baxter Corner", a song that is two minutes on record but live is stretched out to almost seven -- a lengthy high-tempo jam that features the talents of each member of the quartet. The setlist contained quite a number of older songs, but also featured a heavy dose of the newest White Fence album Cyclops Reap (Castle Face Records). After this outstanding show, we hope it won't be another eighteen months before we see White Fence again. - [NYC Taper]White Fence headlined a garage/psych oriented Converse Rubber Tracks show at Glasslands last week (9/18) with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and an opening set from '90s-style indie rock trio Dead Stars. Pictures from that free show, including ones of White Fence and Rado's setlists, are in this post.
NYC Taper was on hand to record White Fence's set and you can stream a song from that below and download the whole thing over his way.
As we just mentioned, Dead Stars will be Nirvana for Halloween at 285 Kent on 10/30.
More pictures from Glasslands below...
Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.
Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.
Foxygen @ Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Foxygen, who were just in NYC for a free River Rocks show (and will be back this fall, see below), have had a few PR stumbles this year but now have suffered a literal one. Frontman Sam France, who has been prone to climbing things onstage of late, fell off a stage monitor during the band's first song at Minneapolis' First Avenue last night (7/29), toppled into the crowd, injuring his leg. From a firsthand report to Citypages:
It was a short set. The band had only just started the first song, "On Blue Mountain," when outrageous Sam France started his aggressive set that turned out poorly, too quick. While engaging with the audience, seemingly overtaken by performance, France leaned on the front monitor, which seemed to tip forward. He fell toward the crowd was apparently injured as a result of hitting the front barricade railings.France was carried out on a stretcher and the show was indeed canceled. He's having surgery today, which has canceled the band's upcoming shows in Vancouver (8/1) and Seattle (8/2). From the band's Twitter:
At first it wasn't clear if he was hurt or where he was because an audience member that resembled him grabbed the microphone. The band continued to play for a few moments and then security became present. Jonathan Rado regretfully informed the crowd, "If we have to cancel, we'll come back and make it up to you, okay? We love you. Sorry."
Still a chance that @pickathon shows will happen, though they might be subdued performances. It all depends on healing & travel time. On the bright side, Sam will probably have a cool cane or something.Foxygen were on tour with Chicago's Twin Peaks, who will be in NYC in October.
Meanwhile, Foxygen have just announced two NYC shows in the fall: Bowery Ballroom on October 21 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 22. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon with an AmEx presale Wednesday (7/31) at noon.
Feel better, Sam, and we wish you a speedy recovery. Foxygen tour dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Foxygen @ Pier 84, 7/25/2013
As Foxygen said goodnight to the Pier 84 crowd on Thursday (7/25), Jonathan Rado said, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet." In a year for the band that has had more than a few ups and downs, it was still probably a very weird day for Foxygen as, the day before, former touring member Elizabeth Frey (who is dating singer Sam France) had written a lengthy Tumblr post about her time in the band, alleging tensions and turmoil between Rado and France. She also says she and France are forming their own band:
Well we are going to start our own band (not saying it is replacing Foxygen). It sickens to me to see how Sam has been walked all over. He isn't the type of person to plot out things or think about business, he is just a real musician who is an amazing songwriter. I don't think he was ready for all the craziness that being a popular band gives you. It's been hard for us as a couple facing al these trials and tribulations but ultimately it has made us stronger.The band aren't breaking up, but the River Rocks show was subdued compared to other recent shows. Maybe in part as France's predilection for scaling stage scaffolding was squashed by security who put up blocking tape around anything climbable. Pictures from their set are in this post, and we'll post a separate set for openers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and The Aves soon.
While it's probably too early for details on the new project from Fey and France, Jonathan Rado has a solo album, Law and Order, which will be out September 9 via Woodsist. Like with Foxygen, Rado mines the past for inspiration. It's weird and wooley (and definitely screams "solo album") but it's not without big hooks. "Faces," the first single, is pretty catchy and you can stream it below.
More pics from Foxygen at River Rocks are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...
"Climbin'" Sam France of Foxygen, Firefly Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Foxygen's Sam France is a wildcard frontman, prone to funny anecdotes, nonsequeitors and the occasional outburst, fully diving into his performance. And sometimes the crowd. He's also fond of climbing, as seen in the above picture from their performance at last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (which he did without incident). A similar excursion up the scaffolds the next day at Wilco's Solid Sound Fest wasn't tolerated as much by security there. Loyal BV reader Joe wrote in with this report:
The only bullshit that went on was when Sam from Foxygen started climbing a stage truss (mind you it was the smallest stage at SS). A security guard ran over and ripped him down (see video below)...The video doesn't show it - but they exchanged words after Sam got back up to his feet...Video of the incident is below.
...Given the SXSW incident - I honestly thought Sam was going to storm off. But no - he handled it like a pro and even made light of it.
Foxygen's next NYC show is a free one on July 25 at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 as part of the River Rocks 2013 with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down opening. The band have announced some fall tour dates as well -- no additional NYC show, at least not yet -- and all are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Public Enemy / Foxygen / Django Django / Dave Hill & Billy Jones at Firefly Day 1
When hyperactive Foxygen singer Sam France appeared on stage, he came running and screaming.The Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its second year, with three days of music in the woods of Dover, Delaware. Friday (6/21) kicked things off with sets from Django Django, Dr. Dog, Calvin Harris, Foxygen (a wild set as usual), Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Though we missed him, Schoolboy Q played a set instead of Earl Sweatshirt who cancelled. Dan Deacon was there Friday too, but we didn't stick around for his late night set. Pictures from what we did catch on Friday are in this post.
He also had an admission as his first words: "I have mental problems, they told me."
A few minutes later as he climbed about 10 feet up the side rigging of the Porch Stage, jumping off and landing hard, it was hard not to think, "Was he telling the truth and should someone be up there babysitting him?"
The band's raucous and wild reputation preceded them thanks to spastic shows and France's meltdown at South By Southwest in March when he yelled at a fan and cut a set short. Foxygen's European tour was then cancelled.
But the band has bounced back and has been putting together solid shows reveling in the band's '60s rock pastiche, which makes their songs a hide-and-seek of nods to songs from an earlier era. - [Delaware.com]
Like most festivals, Firefly featured multiple tents and stages and one of them was the Soundwave Tent where comedian/musician Dave Hill and BV contributor/musician/all-around swell guy Billy Jones hosted two hours of live BrooklynVegan Blog Radio each day from 1 - 3 PM. On Friday, Django Django and Dr. Dog stopped by for live interviews, with Toby from Dr. Dog also performing acoustically for the crowd. Meanwhile, many coveted Django Django bassist Jimmy Dixon's Screamadelica shirt.
Pictures from Saturday and Sunday of Firefly 2013 are coming soon. More from Friday below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Foxygen @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
Foxygen just wrapped up a three-night NYC run, that began with the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13) and a second night there (5/14) and finished last night (5/15) at Mercury Lounge. Anybody hit the second Knit or Mercury Lounge show? Anyone go to all three? We've got a second set of photos from the RBSS show, including ones of openers Amen Dunes, LODRO, and Prince Rupert's Drops, in this post.
Foxygen will spend their summer on the festival circuit, playing Pitchfork, Woodsist and Solid Sound amongst many others. That also includes another stop in NYC at the free River Rocks show on July 25 with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. All tour dates are listed with more pictures from KF below.
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
Foxygen / LODRO @ Knitting Factory 5/13/2013
"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.
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...