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WATCH // Foxygen Releases Official Video For “21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”

The title song from Foxygen‘s debut album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, gets a psychedelic and trippy visual from director William Doyle of Neighborhood Watch Films. Watch the video above or HERE on YouTube to see singer Sam France running around Calvary Cemetery in Queens summoning the spirits just as he does on stage.

That same stage energy ended the band’s summer tour a bit early when Sam had an accident at First Avenue in Minneapolis in July. Doctors confirmed he completely fractured his tibia and fibula and underwent reconstructive surgery.

However, they said they are confident he will be able to perform in time for Austin City Limits and Foxygen‘s October dates in New York City All fall tour dates preceding ACL have been cancelled. Read more to see those dates and the band’s performance of “Make It Known” at Pitchfork Music Festival this past summer below.
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US TOUR // UK’s Wolf People Add Dates To First Ever North American Tour

UK group Wolf People will embark on their first ever North American tour dates with label mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra in October! Their two week string of dates will take them around the East Coast, Canada and the Midwest.

We are proud to announce today that they have added new headlining dates in New York, Bloomington, IN, and Chicago. Check out the full list below with some backstory on the band and thoughts on the group from The Guardian.
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WATCH // UMO Premiere New “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” Video at VEVO, Announce SXSW Schedule

Just when you thought things could not get any weirder in comes Unknown Mortal Orchestra with a puppet-starred video for their “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark), ” a track off UMO’s recently released II. The video features some choice activities – watch ABOVE.

Not to be outdone, UMO will head to Austin next week for all the SXSW festivities! See their performance schedule below and check out all their tour dates HERE. They have also just added a free show at New York City’s Seaport Music Festival on June 28th.

SXSW DATES
03/13 – 5:30pm – Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop – KEXP Showcase
03/13 – 11pm – Scoot Inn – Life or Death PR Showcase
03/14 – 3:45pm – 1100 Warehouse – Pitchfork Unofficial Day Party
03/14 – 1am – Red 7 – Jagjaguwar Label Showcase
03/15 – 1:50pm – Stubbs BBQ – SPIN Media Official Party
03/16 – 5pm – Old Emos – Brooklyn Vegan

Love at First Sight/Song: Foxygen & CMJ

Foxygen are in the midst of taking CMJ 2012 by storm and no one is safe from their rock’n’roll ways. Tuesday night they donned their floral prints and gave Aquarium Drunkard’s No Jacket Required Showcase a shakedown that would make any grandmother proud (at least Sam France’s – she was there). It was their first ever New York City performance and certainly one to be remembered. VICE‘s Chad DePasquale was amongst the crowd and he writes, “Shimmering organ solos and visceral spaz attacks from the front man. Deep, evil, baritone laughs and glass-shattering screeches. It was all there, and the band easily stole the night, maybe even the entire week.” Read his glowing review HERE.

Foxy continue the fun tonight for the Hype Machine / Sonos showcase at Brooklyn Bowl. “However, those recordings, as strikingly out-there as they are, gave me no indication of the wholly unique and consummate performance these kids give on stage,” shares VICE. It’s no lie – Foxygen are meant to be experienced in person. They’ll also play Deli NYC’s Mostly Psych Showcase at Pianos on October 19 and FUZZNYC at 59 Canal St. the following night. GO SEE THEM!

How exactly did Foxygen come to name their band? Village Voice has all the answers.

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“Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, and Mick Jagger would be proud of him if not entirely annoyed.”- Pitchfork

“I thought Foxygen was the best thing I saw last night, a confident melange of late ’60s / early ’70s psych pop and glam that was exemplified by the closing number that seemed to merge “Under My Thumb” and “Suspicious Minds” into a new baby.” – Brooklyn Vegan

Bon Iver – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

 

 

The touring band for Bon Iver will be 9 members strong and include some of the best humans walking the earth. They are still putting the finishing touches on the live versions of the new Bon Iver, Bon Iver material, so Late Night With Jimmy Fallon offered to have Justin come on and perform the b-side to the “Calgary” 12″ – Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” with a dash of “Nick of Time.” Justin had a sweet couch interview with Jimmy and performed a little medley with Phil Cook on piano.

The interview video doesn’t show this, but it’s pretty awesome – as Justin walked out for his interview, and the Roots played the theme song from Northern Exposure. For all the Bon Iver n00bs – the name originates from an episode of Northern Exposure (one of Justin’s favorite shows). You can see the current cover of Billboard and the future cover of SPIN Magazine in the interview. Has a more GQ dude ever existed?

I was standing at the back of the room and almost passed out. So inspiring and incredible. Tears and hugs, guys, this is a special performance.

After the jump you can see some snaps from yesterday.  Please pre-order the new album HERE.

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Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
May As Well (Bonus Track) by Angel Olsen
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
How Can You Really by Foxygen
Cosmic Vibrations by Foxygen
Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black

Your Love Is Killing Me by Sharon Van Etten

Coulda Been My Love by Foxygen

Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices

Tiderays by Volcano Choir

Angel Olsen
Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits  w/ Lionlimb

Foxygen
Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

The Cave Singers
Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's  w/ The Devil Makes Three

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