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Foxygen highlighted their glam-rock sound and aesthetic during their performance Saturday.

Foxygen highlighted their glam-rock sound and aesthetic during their performance Saturday.

Foxygen brings psychedelic sound and energy to the Majestic

Psychedelic rock icons Foxygen performed at the Majestic Saturday night, capturing an intense glam vibe with their impressive grooves and on-stage antics.

Songwriting duo Sam France and Jonathan Rado were accompanied by a seven-piece band featuring a grandstanding brass section, adding a new element of energy to their typically soft-rock repertoire. The set was anchored by fan-favorite songs “San Francisco” and “Shuggie” off their breakthrough album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, but found its heart in their more recent work released after the band’s 2014 magnum opus and reimagining, … And Star Power.

Foxygen’s oddball style of rock ‘n’ roll embraces ‘60s-style psychedelia within its joyful, poppy trappings. Whereas the band’s studio albums revel in carefree low-fi weightlessness, the sound on stage took on a denser, fuller voice. The three-piece brass section added intelligent harmonies and lines to each song, resulting in a fleshed-out funk appeal.

In nearly every song in the set, musical elements would dissolve away to a robust, fresh bassline. Singer Sam France would disengage from the audience to bring attention to the band as the brass layered into an intense, show-stopping groove. These breaks highlighted the strengths of the talented band, but after repeating this tactic in multiple songs, the grooves began to feel like a forced crowd-pleaser.

While it was altered in the musical performance, the weightless appeal of Foxygen’s albums, manifested itself in France’s near-transient movements. France would stumble about the stage, occasionally engaging in whimsical, choreographed dance moves. His glam-rock aesthetic appeared in the silky materials of his clothes and a full-face of theatrical make-up.

Clumsiness became a major part of his act as he mishandled microphone stands and tripped about. At one point, France let go of his light grip on the microphone, dropping it on a front-row audience member’s face. Despite the accident, his antics accented the trip-rock appeal of the music.

Foxygen’s onstage energy indulged in genres ranging from soft-rock to funk, charming the crowd with deftly crafted grooves and an engaging stage presence.

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