Posts tagged ‘Fleet Foxes’

September 20, 2012

Life After Fleet Foxes: New Projects from Old Favorites at Neumos

While we witness the proverbial phoenix rising in many aspects of our lives, the world of music may in fact be the true aviary for such rebirth. Well before Wings took flight following the finality of the Fab Four and arguably to an even greater degree since, second acts for musicians have served as the ultimate silver lining for music fans bummed out by the demise of past favorites.

This week, here in Jet City, we’re thrilled to recommend two first-rate shows born out of a favorite local act of the not-too-distant past, Fleet Foxes.

While Poor Moon and Father John Misty have a shared past and similar foundational musical tendencies, these two bands offer fans something wildly different.

Poor Moon, a band that counts past Fleet Foxes Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott as founding members, embraces the love for rich harmony that served as the foundation of the Foxes sound and marries with it a love for retro-leaning melodies with pop flourishes. Their lyrics rejoice in the simple beauty of everyday life, and prove that simple arrangements are both elegant and powerful. The band will play Neumos tonight.

On the other side of the spectrum, Father John Misty frontman (and former Foxes drummer) Josh Tillman use his commanding vocal prowess as a largely dominant centerpiece of his sonically adventurous and often vaudeville-tinged tunes. While FJM certainly leans on tight harmonies from time to time, the prettiness of the backing vocals take a backstage to Tillman’s rich narratives of psychedelic misadventures and spiritual awakenings. Tillman and his band will play Neumos on Friday.

9/20 Poor Moon / Tom Eddy / Pollens @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: $12 :: 21+

9/21 Father John Misty / Jenny O. @ Neumos ::Doors at 8:00 PM :: $16 :: 21+

September 17, 2012

The 7 Best Seattle Shows of the Week [September 17]

If you’re not going to at least one of these shows, your friends might finally hold that intervention about you needing to reassess your claim about being a music fan. Another great week ahead. Top picks below.

9/18 (Tuesday) – Sondre Lerche @ The Crocodile

Norwegian singer-songwriter noted for his clever wordplay and his pop sensibilities

9/18 (Tuesday) – Animal Collective @ The Paramount Theatre

The most sonically adventurous, often polarizing group in Maryland’s history

9/19 (Wednesday) – Reptar @ Neumos

The Athens-based dance-pop quartet is back after their celebrated Concerts at The Mural performance

9/20 (Thursday) – Poor Moon @ Neumos

One of the finest Fleet Foxes side-projects you’ll hear all week

9/21 (Friday) – Father John Misty @ Neumos

The lauded, swagger-filled (post Fleet Foxes) alter-ego of Josh Tillman of Foxes and J. Tillman (solo) fame returns to his favorite Seattle venue

9/22 (Saturday) – The Raveonettes @ Neumos

Hook-laden, distortion-heavy rock from everyone’s favorite Danish duo from the past decade

9/22 (Saturday) – The Shins @ Paramount Theatre

Everyone’s favorite Portland-by-way-of-Albuquerque band featuring current pride of Seattle, Jessica Dobson

May 7, 2012

One of 2012’s Must-Sees: Father John Misty at Neumos Tonight

We’ve been fans of Josh Tillman for quite a while. From his solo stuff (as the more mysterious and melanchonic J. Tillman), to his time on the throne with the Fleet Foxes, we’ve always appreciated his commanding voice and his unparallelled musicianship.

His latest project, Father John Misty, goes above and beyond all his previous contributions in our book. With tinges of psychedelic rock layered over thoughtful folk rock arrangements and signature harmonies, the result is an album full of songs that are sad and dark, yet catchy and accessible.

While we don’t often quote descriptors cited by press materials, SubPop offered some great ones we feel capture a few more obscure dimensions of inspiration perfectly. Along with other apt comparisons, SubPop asserts Father John Misty’s lyrics elicit “the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.”

With a confidence and swagger we’ve never seen from him before, Josh Tillman has come into his own. And musically speaking, that’s a great thing.

Watch the two videos below to get a taste of what’s in store and don’t miss the live experience at Neumos tonight. We expect it will be one of the best shows of the year.

5/7 Father John Misty / Har Mar Superstar @ Neumos :: Doors at $8 :: Tickets are $13 :: 21+

April 11, 2012

The Week of Amazing European Acts Selling Out Seattle Continues: First Aid Kit

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have made quite the name for themselves in the handful of years that they’ve been musicians. Starting out with a demo in 2007, Johanna and Klara became the buzz of the music community the next year as the duo’s YouTube cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” spread far and wide – racking up 2.9 million views to date. Later that year, the sisters found themselves performing the same song in Holland with Robin Pecknold and co.

Since that time, the sisters known as First Aid Kit have delighted millions of fans with their folk-infused melodies laced with their close, heavenly harmonies through live performances and studio material. First Aid Kit also released an EP and two full length albums, the most recent the critically-acclaimed Mike Mogis-produced The Lion’s Roar from earlier this year.

The video that started it all…

4/11 First Aid Kit @ The Crocodile, 8pm, $14.50 incl fees SOLD OUT

December 16, 2011

Take a Break from Yuletide Overload with Yukon Blonde at The Croc Tomorrow Night

If your month’s been at all like ours, and we imagine it certainly has, December’s been overwhelmingly jam-packed well before you even thought about flipping over your calendar. While we can’t grant you gift of tranquility, though in this season of Festival yelling out Serenity Now! might not be our worst suggestion, we can attempt to ease your load of stress, year-end obligations and shopping with a recommendation of great live tunes.

Tomorrow night’s recommended band are a group Northern neighbors who happen to play some of the finest Canyon Rock that’s hit our ears for years. We were lucky enough to catch up with Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde in advance of their gig opening for the Fling this Saturday at the The Croc. Be sure to check out their excellent, yet heart-breaking video for “Water” below, scroll through our interview with bassist John Jeffrey and head over to your favorite, least-sketchy Belltown haunt tomorrow to take in the live experience for yourself.

We often hear a lot about the Portland and Seattle scene, for obvious reasons but are far less familiar with what’s going on up in Vancouver. How would you describe the scene and who are three bands our readers should check out right now… err..after finishing reading this interview?
Vancouver is good. Unfortunately we don’t know as much about it as we should. We’ve been on tour so much our visits there have been few and far between.

Our favorite bands from there, who are definitely worth checking out, are Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, Ladyhawk, Brasstronaut, Hannah Georgas, Sun Wizard, Chains of Love, Library..

Sorry that’s more than three but it’s hard to narrow it down.

Is there a usual process, or maybe even a few processes, that an idea goes from being just that to becoming part of a song?

Most of the time Jeff will present us with ideas, whether it’s just a section or an entire song and we’ll hash it out as a group. Jeff’s the architect and we’re the contractors.

How did you first meet up with The Fling and how’s the current tour going so far?

We first met The Fling in Atlanta for our first show together and it’s been a pleasure getting
to listen to them. It’s humbling to watch such a good band every night and they’re just as good people as they are musicians. It’s been great.

If you lived in an alternate reality where you forced to play the catalog of another musician/band for an entire year, which musicians or band’s works would you play?

Well, I can’t speak for the other guys, but if I were to be in an alternate reality I’d love to play another instrument in an improvised setting for a while. It would be amazing to play some music, or attempt to, of the obvious improvisational greats Miles Davis, Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman etc.

Any Seattle musicians or bands that you’re particularly enjoying at the moment?

Fleet Foxes are great obviously; I watched The Head and the Heart in Vancouver a while ago and thought they were awesome.

What’s next for you and the band through the end of the year and beyond?

Well, we have a few more dates left in the States and then we’re lucky enough to go to Australia to play a handful of shows. We’ll be bringing in the New Year in Brisbane!

12/17 The Fling / Yukon Blonde / TBD @ The Crocodile :: Doors at 8 p.m. :: $10

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