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XPN Fest Recap: Foxygen gets weird on the River Stage

Foxygen | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Throw away what you believe a rock show should look like because Foxygen probably just redefined it. The California duo, made up of Jonathan Rado and Sam France along with their backing band, got a little weird on the River Stage in Wiggins Park Saturday afternoon. France came out with his shirt tied up in the middle of his gut, his eyes covered by heartshaped sunglasses, his hair red and his face and all white — whether it was sunscreen or some sort of makeup/paint is TBD. Jackie Cohen, who supplied backing vocals, tried kicking a beach ball off the stage and sent her shoe with it. Neither she nor France kept still for just about the entire set. Their movement, sometimes spastic but often quite rehearsed, sent waves of energy into the crowd, which was the largest it had been in the park so far this weekend. Continue reading →

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Listen to Foxygen’s cover of Jessica Pratt’s “On Your Own Love Again”

Foxygen | photo via artist’s Facebook page

With sparse percussion, twangy guitars, and a saucy, muffled saxophone, Foxygen’s cover spins a swanky, lush alternative to the simple and sweet folk original.

The song is a part of Amazon’s latest Songs of Summer playlist, which features 10 new tracks perfect for the season’s sunny shenanigans. Also included in the mix are Twin Peaks, Temples, and Nathaniel Merriweather. Continue reading →

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Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado is covering Springsteen’s Born To Run and that’s cool with us

via Pitchfork

Rock and roll eccentric Jonathan Rado of Foxygen has his work cut out for him juggling irony, sincerity and pure showmanship, and he always manages to keep those parts in fluid motion. For his latest undertaking — besides, you know, Foxygen’s fourth LP Hang and their upcoming appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival — Rado will cover Bruce Springsteen’s epic 1975 LP Born To Run in its entirety.

Despite the comical / ridiculous promotional photo with Rado’s face superimposed on both The Boss and Clarence Clemons, this project isn’t some goofball flight of fancy; he is doing it as part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious series, where contemporary artists cover classic albums in their entirety. Continue reading →

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A Sunday night Hang with Foxygen at Union Transfer

 

Foxygen | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Foxygen | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

California duo Foxygen was back in town Sunday night to get their fans’ week started off right, and to promote their new album Hang. Fans filled up Union Transfer quickly as the night began with Australian-songwriter Gabriella Cohen setting the mood. Cohen came on stage with band mate Kate Dillion to ease everyone in to her opening set with a quiet number. As the first song was wrapping up the rest of her band came out to keep the serenading vibe going while taking it up a notch at times. The whole set was filled with songs which flowed together brilliantly to grab the full attention of the audience.

The stage was then set with lights strung over the pianos, center stage was clear for maximum dancing room, and the crowd anxiously awaited the headliners to take the stage. When Foxygen’s set began, they got the audience intrigued by kicking off with a few old favorites, including “We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” and “San Francisco.” Continue reading →

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Foxygen joins the XPoNential Music Festival 2017 lineup

Foxygen | photo via facebook.com/foxygen

I know what you’re thinking: this year’s XPoNential Music Festival could not possibly get any better. What with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along headlining Friday’s show at BB&T,  Spoon, Amos Lee,Chicano Batman, and more headlining Saturday night, and Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more performing at Wiggins Park, it’s like a beautiful, musical dream come true. And we’re here to notch that that dream up another level by announcing that Foxygen is joining the lineup. Continue reading →

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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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New Music Show Preview with Jim James, Foxygen & more!

Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch | dannyclinch.com
Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch | dannyclinch.com

 

It’s time for our weekly get together to revel in all the great new music that’s coming out. Tonight, we’ve got some full-lengths to give a spin to from Kings of Leon and Norah Jones.  We’ll play a blistering new track from Cloud Nothings and XPN favorites Mayer Hawthorne and Hippo Campus return with new tunes too. Here’s what else we’ll be jamming on tonight …

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Batter Up: New Jagwar Ma, Foxygen & Mitski on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jagwar Ma | Photo courtest of Shorefire Media

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight with things for you to enjoy and things for you to look forward to. Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (and whaddya know, that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese! for a full two hour show that features the newly released second album from Australian rave-pop trio Jagwar Ma. Seeing how Jagwar Ma’s 2013 debut, Howlin’, was one of my favorite albums of that year (and continues to sound fresh), Every Now & Then is a much-welcome sequel. We’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix tonight are new tracks from Nashville guitar army Diarrhea Planet and Cleveland’s premier bedroom pop project-turned-punk crew Cloud Nothings, who both recently recorded live sessions in our studio to be shared in the coming weeks! Be on the lookout, too, for new things from Foxygen, Mitski, Nicolas Jaar and more…

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Free At Noon Flashback: Foxygen brings down the house

Foxygen | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Foxygen | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Experimental San Francisco rockers Foxygen showed that they were a force to be reckoned with at today’s Free At Noon show. With a packed house, the group played with seemingly-endless energy throughout their set, featuring backup vocalists performing synchronized dances and lead singer Sam France thrashing about the stage to their loud, soulful sound. Continue reading →