Following the release of their newest album “Hang” this past January, California indie rock duo Foxygen, composed of Jonathan Rado and Sam France, headed out on a national spring tour. The Hang Tour kicked off late last week and made a stop at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis over the weekend.
The only opener for the evening was Australian indie act Gabriella Cohen. Cohen is supporting her first solo full-length “Full Closure,” which was recorded in ten days alongside bandmate Kate Dillon. Cohen, who also fronted rock band The Furrs, struck First Avenue with moody and emotive guitar melodies and sultry vocals. Also on stage with Cohen and Dillon were Arun Roberts, and Danni Oglilvie, each adding to the honestly glowering atmosphere. Cohen and co. performed with quiet and moving intensity, setting the stage for Foxygen.
When it was time for Foxygen to take the stage, the touring members took the stage while Rado and France strutted on stage, before kicking off their set with “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.” As Foxygen played through their first song, it became clear that this duo are not only exceptionally musically talented, but are also excellent performers. France dominated the stage with a charismatic strut and an emotive vocal performance and Rado kept up the momentum with his own on stage antics, including climbing on top of his piano setup to play a guitar solo.
Playing songs from primarily “Hang” and “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic,” Foxygen threw it back with “Make it Known” off of their 2012 album “Take the Kids Off Broadway.” Foxygen threw in a surprise in their set, as the duo played “Hang” in its entirety, right in the middle of the set and sandwiched between older hits. As “Hang” utilized a full symphony orchestra in its recording, the duo brought along seven touring members to fill out the sounds of the new album in a live experience, including a three piece brass section, drums, bass, and additional keys, guitars, and vocals. Even with nine people on stage at once, Foxygen was able to artistically combine the sounds of all touring members into a unified emotive force. As the beginning of the Hang Tour is underway, Foxygen prove that their performance is one that will not soon be forgotten.