Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective to perform joint show Saturday

The two bands both have orchestral music perfectly suited for a hot summer night

Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective to perform joint show Saturday

Courtesy of Merriweather Post Pavilion

Beloved indie folk band, Fleet Foxes, will stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion July 29 with the psychedelic, experimental pop Baltimore band Animal Collective.

The Fleet Foxes returned earlier this year with their first album in six years, “Crack Up,” in addition to a lengthy tour. Meanwhile, Animal Collective has been keeping busy by dropping a studio album in 2016, Painting With, and two EPs in 2017. Both bands are must-sees in their own right, but together the show will combine the two distinct sounds for a special concert.

Fleet Foxes’ second studio album, “Helplessness Blues,” 2011, received unprecedented claim and mainstream critical attention for a folk act in the 2000s. The album blended beautiful, complex harmonies and instrumentals with, at times, dark, existential themes.

However, the success of the album was in part, an unwanted thing for band leader Robin Pecknold, who decided to step away from the group in 2014 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Columbia.

The band teased “Crack Up” throughout 2016, generating an almost unheard of level of album anticipation for a non-Billboard Top 50 act. Crack Up features an older, wiser Pecknold, who is still searching for exactly what his place in the world is.

The show’s opener, Animal Collective, titled their most successful album to date “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” named after the iconic Columbia, Maryland, venue, where they later performed the album to an adoring home crowd. The album featured such standouts as “My Girls,” which serves as a beautiful, masterfully orchestrated love song to band member Panda Bear’s family.

This show is a rare treat for fans of either band, and will surely have a special feel as Animal Collective plays at the venue that helped shape their career, and Fleet Foxes plays a rare U.S. date.

Tickets are available here. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show.


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