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Photo Recap: Fleet Foxes and The Cave Singers at Tower Theater

For more photos by Eric Ashleigh, go to eAshleigh.com.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: tUnE-yArDs, Odd Future, Fleet Foxes, Damon And Naomi, Punk Rock Flea Market

FRIDAY, MAY 20
Merrill Garbus, who performs as tUnE-yArDs, sees things in a million shades of gray. Her lyrics and interviews are filled with more questions than answers. Is she borrowing—or stealing—her beats and yelps from African music? Should she sing about the political views that are inherently a part of her personality, or will she come across as preachy? Should she make her music more confrontational to avoid having it played in Urban Outfitters? And if her music is even more confrontational, will it alienate the listener? That kind of ambivalence could bog a musician down. But Garbus has an ability to ask questions powerfully. Layers of explosive percussion drive the music; her voice ranges unpredictably. The result is music that lies off the beaten path of current indie trends. tUnE-yArDs performs with Buke And Gass at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: Odd Future at First Unitarian Church (9 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Weird Al Yankovic at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $29.50-$59.50); Dredg + The Dear Hunter, Balance And Composure, The Trophy Fire at The Trocadero (7 p.m., all ages, $16); Small Houses + Chris Kasper, Tinmouth, Brittany Ann at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10)

SATURDAY, MAY 21
As one of the leaders of the folk-baroque resurgence, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes bring a harmony-laden, rustic approach to pop. The songs sound like hymns to rural Americana—they’re both a tribute and a wishful hope for a return to simpler time. Unfortunately, singer Robin Pecknold’s lyrics sometimes veer off into hokey territory, especially when he rambles at length about the poetry of snowflakes and sun-drenched orchards. But Fleet Foxes are highly listenable: both their first album and their latest, Helplessness Blues (which came out earlier this month), offer a dreamy, inoffensive soundtrack for an afternoon spent picking apples and wearing plaid. Fleet Foxes perform with The Cave Singers at 9 p.m. at The Tower Theatre; tickets to the show are SOLD OUT. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: Converge + Drop Dead, Trap Them, Burning Love, Cop Problem at Broad Street Ministry (7 p.m., all ages, $15); Damon And Naomi + Amor de Dias at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $12); Delco Nightingale + Sean Kershaw And The New Jack Ramblers at The Fire (9 p.m., $9)

SUNDAY, MAY 22
The Punk Rock Flea Market (10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3, 461 N. 9th St.); Neon Trees + The Limousines, Eastern Conference Champions at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $18); The Cars at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $60.45)

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Listen to a free stream of the new Fleet Foxes album; band to perform at Tower Theatre on May 21st


Fleet Foxes have a new album, Helplessness Blues, coming out on May 5th—and they’ll be stopping by the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 21st, while on tour in support of the album. Complete ticket information for the show can be found here. You can also stream the entire album over at NPR Music here. In their review of the album, NPR Music says:

Still making intricate folk songs with otherworldly harmonies, Fleet Foxes’ members clearly wrestled with the fear of repeating themselves in making Helplessness Blues. Ultimately, they wind up letting go and doing what they do best, and the results are outstanding.

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Fleet Foxes playing Tower Theatre on May 21st; download a new song and watch the band’s new video

Fleet Foxes are playing the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 21st. Their new album, Helplessness Blues, is being released on May 3rd. Below, check out their new video for the song “Grown Ocean.” And if you’ve yet to download the gorgeous “Helplessness Blues,” you can do so below.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop

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When Steve Lillywhite produced Fleet Foxes for World Cafe

Several years ago, acclaimed record producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews) produced The Lillywhite Sessions for World Cafe with David Dye. Working at WXPN and Avatar Studios in New York City, some of the sessions he produced included The Pretenders, Dr. Dog, and She & Him. Yesterday—with the release of “Helplessness Blues” (a new song by Fleet Foxes, which you can listen to and download below)—we were reminded of a session that Lillywhite did with Fleet Foxes back in July, 2008.

Listen to Fleet Foxes: The Lillywhite Session here

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop

Fleet Foxes release their new album on May 3rd on Sub Pop Records. The band plays the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby on Saturday, May 21st.

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