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Foxygen at Terminal 5 (March 24, 2017)

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2017

Foxygen, the always evolving band led by longtime friends Sam France and Jonathan Rado, have come a long way over the years. We first caught them at a Chinese restaurant during their breakthrough moment at CMJ 2012. Here we are five years later, and now the band are headlining Terminal 5, all in support of their new album Hang, which was released earlier this year via Jagjaguwar.

This was a solid bill, featuring sets from Purr (formerly known as Jack + Eliza) and New York darlings Sunflower Bean. Purr said it was their second live show under the new name and band, and they played a solid set that certainly warmed up the crowd.
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Foxygen at Rough Trade NYC (December 1, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2017

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.
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Foxygen at Music Hall of Williamsburg (October 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 18th 2014 — with 1 comment

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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.”
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Foxygen

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 - And Star Power

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.
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