UK band Foals will wrap up their fall tour with Bear Hands and KIEV this Wednesday (11/9) in Chicago. It took them through the NYC area over the weekend with shows at NYC's United Palace Theatre on Friday (11/4) and New Haven, CT's College Street Music Hall on Saturday (11/5). I caught the NYC show and our photographer was at the CT stop. Pictures are in this post.

The band opened United Palace with their typical lead-off song "Prelude" which nicely segued into "Snake Oil," one of the better cuts off 2015's What Went Down. Throughout the night, the band played a nice balance of all four albums, and many fan favorites, including the easily danceable "Red Sox Pugie" off Antidotes, or the climactic "Spanish Sahara" off Total Life Forever.

The venue itself was the best part of seeing Foals live this time around; the large space of United Palace, mixed with its beautiful architecture, made ballads like "Give It All" more enthralling, and heavy rockers such as "Providence" all the more pummeling.

After playing an extended version of "Inhaler," the band's final song of their main set, they quickly returned to play two more songs for the encore: a one-two punch of the mosh-ready "What Went Down," and usual closer "Two Steps, Twice".

As far as energy is concerned, Foals are unparalleled by most. Singer Yannis Philippakis (who stage dived twice) was masterful at getting the crowd out of their seats and dancing around, even if everyone next to the stage was separated by rows. (Openers KIEV came out during the New Haven show encore to wrap Yannis in a glittery cape.) The band was consistently tight, rarely slipping out of groove, and poured every ounce of energy they had into each song.

Setlists from both United Palace and College Street Music Hall (which were very similar though not identical) and fan video are below.

SETLIST: Foals @ United Palace Theatre, NYC 11/4/2016
Prelude
Snake Oil
Olympic Airways
My Number
Blue Blood
Give It All
Mountain at My Gates
Providence
Spanish Sahara
Red Socks Pugie
Late Night
A Knife In the Ocean
Inhaler
Encore:
What Went Down
Two Steps, Twice

SETLIST: Foals @ College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT 11/5/2016
Prelude
Snake Oil
Olympic Airways
My Number
Providence
Give It All
Spanish Sahara
Red Socks Pugie
Late Night
Mountain at My Gates
A Knife In the Ocean
Inhaler
Encore:
What Went Down
Two Steps, Twice

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photos by P Squared