The music will start around 7 p.m. and last until 10. You’ll want to make sure you get there early, though, so you can get a good seat close to the stage-or a spot to dance if you prefer. The show takes place at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St.
Built around the twin inspirations of musicians Sam France and Jonathan Rado, Foxygen was born when they were both in high school. Their early work was influenced by more experimental sounds that incorporated psych timbres and avant-garde rhythms. The band released a handful of EPs in the years between 2007 and 2011, with their big break coming from producer Richard Swift, who discovered them after receiving an EP from France and Rado at a Mynabirds show in New York.
The band later signed on with Jagjaguwar Records and released their debut studio record, “Take the Kids Off Broadway,” in 2012. By mixing their collective obsessions with ’60s and ’70s rock touchstones, they were able to successfully explore these familiar sounds without feeling as though they were simply visiting these ideas for a brief period of time. Across that record, they develop an intrinsic understanding of what makes these particular sounds last for such a long time in people’s memories.
Their retro rock inclinations led them to some truly remarkable places, as the worlds they created on subsequent albums feel fully fleshed-out and filled with copious amounts of authentic rock ‘n’ roll theatrics. Follow-up records such as “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” and “… And Star Power” give the band a wide berth in terms of realizing their complicated and sprawling rock revelations. It isn’t always pretty (scattered and loose as it was at times), but the band never delivered anything less than a noise that is utterly fascinated by its own roar and rock.
Their latest album, “Hang”-released by Jagjaguwar earlier this year-finds the band collaborating with members of The Flaming Lips and The Lemon Twigs and accompanied by grand orchestral arrangements courtesy of Matthew E. White and Trey Pollard. With their penchant for elaborate and raucous rock intact, their manic rhythms and ear-catching melodies are best experienced live as they’re propulsively thrown from the stage.
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