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  • Foxygen

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Foxygen is an American indie rock duo originally formed in Westlake Village, California, in 2005 by Jonathan Rado and Sam France.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Rado and France started the band in high school when both were fifteen. After their formation in 2005, the band played wildly experimental music, which featured many influences from 60s psychedelia and avant-garde. They self-released many EPs between 2007 and 2011, only a few of which are still available. In early 2011, they were 'discovered' by famed producer Richard Swift after handing him their Take the Kids Off Broadway EP at a Mynabird's show in New York. The EP was also self-released at some point in mid-2011. The group were later signed on to Jagjaguwar Records and their first studio album, Take the Kids Off Broadway, was released by Jagjaguwar on July 24, 2012. On January 22, 2013, Jagjaguwar released Foxygen's second album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. This album was produced by Richard Swift and recorded at his National Freedom studio earlier this year. "Shuggie," the first single from the record, was released on October 4, 2012. In March 2013, Foxygen was named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW. Rado was among the "friends" that contributed in 2013 to The Flaming Lips' "The Time Has Come To Shoot You Down…What A Sound," a reworking of the Stone Roses debut album.

On 17 April 2013, Foxygen released their 2007 album Jurrassic Exxplosion Phillipic to the public for the first time. On July 25, 2013 Elizabeth Fey's tumblr was used to write an article on Pitchfork saying that the band was breaking up. This was found to be untrue.

Sam France, Jonathan Rado, Shaun Fleming, and Justin Nijssen have all reported independent recording projects.

The band has recently gained a reputation for its unhinged live shows and maniacal behavior of lead singer France, whose antics include hitting himself in the face with a microphone, climbing stage equipment, accosting hecklers and speaking in non sequiturs. On Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10:36 PM CST, during a performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, vocalist Sam France fell off the stage during the first song of the show, only to appear some time later being carted off by EMS, where he was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Critical reception[edit]

The Entertainment Weekly staff wrote, "We just can't stop playing the scruffy psych-rock duo's Rolling Stones-obsessed album with the appropriately exuberant title We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic." In January 2013, Pitchfork Media cited Foxygen under "Best New Music" in their review of the new album.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

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