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Backstage with Foxygen

Music

Backstage with Foxygen

Foxygen's Sam France gets ready
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado gets thirsty
Groupies, or girlfriends
To the stage
Afterparty
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Photographer Cara Robbins was backstage with Foxygen when they played the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this fall

Jonathan Rado and Sam France began their musical career in 2004–both were still in high school–when they spawned their first garage band, The Fionas. Ten years, four albums and a mass of nasty tweets later, the unorthodox duo find themselves touring the stages of the world with their current vessel for their idiosyncratic tunes, Foxygen. Having just released the overall approved ...And Star Power album and with dates a handful of major venues left before the end of the year, 2014 may yet prove to be the biggest year for the post-psychedelic rock duo.

Foxygen are a virtual machine run by the combined madness of musicians Rado and France. They began in the form of garage band The Fionas, which Rado refers to as “kind of Doors-y, blue jams that 12-year-old kids do.” They self-released their first Foxygen EPs Electric Sun Machine and Catfood, Dogfood, Motor Oil in 2005, and followed up with their debut studio album Jurrassic Exxplosion Phillipic in 2007. Since then they’ve gone on to release their albums Take the Kids Off Broadway (2012), We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013), and most recently …And Star Power (October 14, 2014). The new concept-heavy double album features 82 minutes of what Rolling Stone called “skyscraping beauty…vaguely redolent of the Rolling Stones and Jesus Christ Superstar.” They operate more like rappers than rockers, releasing this much music in such a short span.

Foxygen’s journey to approbation hasn’t been all fanfare and applause. Foxygen’s performance at the 2013 Pitchfork Festival was, to put it short, denominated as terrible by both fans and critics alike. It took a minute, but the band is back in critical favor. And we have a contest to win tickets to see them live at The Roxy.