Photos by Joyce Lee
While I dabbled in Foxygen’s discography years ago, it wasn’t until last year when I decided to properly give them a listen, and with good reason. Jonathan Rado, half of Foxygen and a producer extraordinaire, helped enliven two of my favorite records last year — Whitney’s “Light Upon The Lake” and The Lemon Twigs’ “Do Hollywood.” After giving their old material and new album Hang, a listen, I trekked to Terminal 5 to see what made this Los Angeles band so buzzy years ago (and arguably, now).
After Sunflower Bean warmed up the crowd with breezy yet hard hitting songs from their debut Human Ceremony and teased the crowd with new material, Sam France and Jonathan Rado took the stage. The Angelenos played new hits, including “San Francisco,” “On Lankershim,” “Follow The Leader” and “Avalon.” Backed by a full horn section, France and Rado commanded the stage with showmanship and poise. France’s rambunctious dance routines, glittery make-up and mullet made it feel like the crowd was watching a new age Freddie Mercury in 2017 New York City. The duo surely impressed and surpassed expectations.