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Foxygen For The Win

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It’s nice to see the indie-rock duo Foxygen acting normal for once.

The band — which Jonathan Rado and Sam France formed in high school — has a harried past, filled with temporary break ups, onstage meltdowns, and even farewell tours. But it’s now been 12 years since they formed, and they’re still churning out new albums, like January’s Hang, so that’s a good sign. And boy, what a stellar record Hang is.

Written and produced entirely by Rado and France, the album, which is the band’s fifth, is filled with swirling, sugary pop ditties and groovy psych-rock tracks, with features from the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd and members of the baroque pop quartet Lemon Twigs. A whopping 40-piece symphony orchestra pops up on practically every track, and the record is analogue as fuck, using a grand total of zero computers in its making. It’s lush, textured, and chock-full of distinctive sounds. What more could you want from an indie-rock album?

Foxygen
At 9 p.m., Friday, April 7, at the Independent. $25; theindependentsf.com

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Jessie Schiewe @j_schiewe

Jessie Schiewe was the Music Editor for SF Weekly from Fall 2015 to Summer 2017. She is now the editor and publisher of OK Whatever (www.okwhatever.org), an online publication dedicated to all things weird and strange. You can send her mail at jessie@okwhatever.org.

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