Foxygen electrifies the 9:30 Club

The experimental duo from California supported their latest album ‘Hang’

Foxygen electrifies the 9:30 Club

The California duo, Foxygen, brought its infectious pop energy to the 9:30 Club on March 22. Playing a relatively short 13-song set list, the group didn’t miss the mark on presenting its latest album “Hang,” released in January.

While the crowd was lacking energy at the start of the show, it was quickly remedied by the loose and free spirit of frontman Sam France. His performing style, reminiscent of Queen’s Freddie Mercury, is unique with his quirky dance moves and ghost-like makeup.

France and his female vocalist have a synchronicity on stage that worked perfectly for their hit “San Francisco” off of their 2013 album “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.” France’s vocals were raw, but his range and tenor were even more impressive in person, especially in “Upon a Hill” and “Avalon.”

Rocking on both piano and lead guitar was France’s instrumental counterpart Jonathan Rado. His gorgeous ballads on the keys in songs like “Rise Up” and “America” were constantly contrasted with guitar licks. Supported by a three-piece horn section, a phenomenal drummer and backup guitar and keys, the swelling sounds of “Hang” produced with a full orchestra translated to a fast-paced set list.

Three years after their last tour date in the District, France and Rado proved that they’re not just kids anymore. Foxygen’s ability to bring an audience to feelings of elation, nostalgia and melancholy prove that they are truly 21st century ambassadors and ready to shake up the norms.

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