It’s been a while since we last heard from Foxygen, the eccentric California-based duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado. The group has stayed quiet since the release of their last album, 2014’s polarizing …And Star Power. But they’re back at it with their follow-up album Hang in January 2017 (via Jagjaguwar).
In December 2016 the group played a few shows to test out the new material and warm up for the much larger tour that awaits in the spring (included a huge show at Terminal 5 in March). This version of Foxygen was much different than the last time I saw them play, with only France, Rado and singer Jaclyn Cohen remaining from their previous incarnation. Replacing the previous lineup is a much larger version of the band that included a five-piece horn section. It makes sense, as the songs are pretty massive in scope, and sound different from anything that they’ve done before. Read the rest of this entry »
By Will Oliver, October 18th 2014 — with 1 comment
Last Wednesday night Foxygen tour through Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of their new album …And Star Power, which was released this week via Jagjaguwar.
This version of Foxygen is a totally different one than the one that broke out in CMJ 2012. Nowadays they pack a whopping total of nine people on stage, including three female singers/dancers, as well as a few extra guitarists (With Jonathan Rado mostly behind keys now). These days singer Sam France sports long blonde hair, which seems to trail behind him as he frantically runs around the stage jumping all around seemingly never keeping still. He kept this pace from the opening bit of “How Can You Really” all the way through to to the finishing touch of “Teenage Alien Blues.” Read the rest of this entry »
Next week Foxygen will return with their new epic 24-tack 84-minute album …And Star Power. It’s an epic release, and one that will surely bring thrilling performances to their current U.S. tour.
Tomorrow night they make their return New York to play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It’s the first night of two-night celebration, which also brings them to Webster Hall on Thursday night.
I’m excited to see what Foxygen’s new revamped lineup and direction means for their live show, something that will undoubtly brings feelings of the past and present to one delightful whole.
Tickets are sold out for MHOW tomorrow (there’s always stubhub) but Webster Hall is still on sale.
Foxygen had a wild 2013, one that most people will remember for all the drama that the band endured. Unfortunately all that seemed to overshadow the fact that they released We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, an album that landed on my best albums of 2013 list.
I assumed it would be a while before we heard new music from the guys, but that’s far from the case. They’ve announced that they got a new album on the way, and it’s an epic. It’s called …And Star Power and features 24-tracks, running at a lengthy 82-minutes. Wow. Read the rest of this entry »
Foxygen have released a tripped out, Jim Morrison-esque video for “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”, featuring lead singer Sam France freaking out while in a cemetery. It was directed by William Doyle.
Foxygen’s video for We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic highlight “No Destruction” is a good one. It shows the band in a famous lifestyle during a western-style era, as well as flashing back to their early days with some old home-movie footage. Check it out below, It was directed by Bryan Felber. Read the rest of this entry »
A few days ago I shared Foxygen’sTake Away Show performance of “On Blue Mountain,” without realizing they did another video with “In the Darkness” and “No Destruction.” Watch them play it while almost stealing fruit and scaring more crowds of school-children.
Foxygen performed a great take away version of “Blue Mountain” for La Blogotheque while the band was in Paris. It features them playing it while hanging out and smoking cigarettes with schoolkids. It’s pretty special.
Last October Foxygen delivered what would come to be my favorite performance of CMJ 2012. The band played in a tiny Chinese restaurant located on Canal Street and left quite the impression. Their set was an exuberant mix of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Bowie, that exploded into the night and left me wholeheartedly impressed. Last year they released the solid Take The Kids Off Broadway EP, which is an excellent release on its own, but their debut album We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic is the fully formed next step that should propel these guys to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »