Fleet Foxes @ the Hollywood Bowl

Fleet Foxes @ the Hollywood Bowl

For those of us still mourning the passing of summer, the fall has brought with it something to be thankful for; the Fleet Foxes have returned after more than a six-year hiatus. On Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the indie folk band took the stage (along with dream pop brethren Beach House) to perform tracks from their third studio album “Crack-Up”. Critics have given the album a mixed reception, but fans have embraced the band’s return. The entire North America leg of their tour is nearly sold out. It seems the short attention span of today’s social media culture has had little impact on the band’s popularity.

It’s a perfect autumn evening at the Hollywood Bowl…the kind the venue is famous for. The dim stage lights and fog effects set the tone for the band’s return. As they calmly take the stage, emerging from the shadows, frontman Robin Pecknold jumps into the air raising a fist. It’s a clear indication to the crowd that his long absence is over and he’s ecstatic to be performing once again. The band opens with the first three songs from their new album, then gradually settles into a setlist that’s a careful arrangement of their current work alongside the songs that made them folk heroes.

The earthy melodies and vocal harmonies have the audience transfixed. The spell is broken for a brief moment when a fan yells for the band to play “Corduroy”. Robin laughs at the comment. His wavy hair and unshaved complexion has likened him to the Pearl Jam frontman. But that’s where the comparison ends. The Seattle music scene still famous for introducing grunge to the world has evolved, and the Fleet Foxes are the current incarnation of that evolution. The sludgy guitar riffs and angst-filled lyrics of the grunge era have now given way to acoustic parts and harmonizing. There is however one thing that remains constant…flannel.

As the evening moves on, the band delivers new arrangements of “Mykonos”, “Blue Ridge Mountains”, and “Helplessness Blues”. It’s the closest the Bowl will get to seeing a mosh pit on this evening. The venue has provided the perfect setting for Pecknold and company to debut their latest achievement. It’s clear to everyone that the Fleet Foxes have entered the next chapter of a story that’s far from over.


For those of us still mourning the passing of summer, the fall has brought with it something to be thankful for; the Fleet Foxes have returned after more than a six-year hiatus. On Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the indie folk band took the stage (along with dream pop brethren Beach House) to perform tracks from their third studio album “Crack-Up”. Critics have given the album a mixed reception, but fans have embraced the band’s return. The entire North America leg of their tour is nearly sold out. It seems the short attention span of today’s social media culture has had little impact on the band’s popularity.

It’s a perfect autumn evening at the Hollywood Bowl…the kind the venue is famous for. The dim stage lights and fog effects set the tone for the band’s return. As they calmly take the stage, emerging from the shadows, frontman Robin Pecknold jumps into the air raising a fist. It’s a clear indication to the crowd that his long absence is over and he’s ecstatic to be performing once again. The band opens with the first three songs from their new album, then gradually settles into a setlist that’s a careful arrangement of their current work alongside the songs that made them folk heroes.

The earthy melodies and vocal harmonies have the audience transfixed. The spell is broken for a brief moment when a fan yells for the band to play “Corduroy”. Robin laughs at the comment. His wavy hair and unshaved complexion has likened him to the Pearl Jam frontman. But that’s where the comparison ends. The Seattle music scene still famous for introducing grunge to the world has evolved, and the Fleet Foxes are the current incarnation of that evolution. The sludgy guitar riffs and angst-filled lyrics of the grunge era have now given way to acoustic parts and harmonizing. There is however one thing that remains constant…flannel.

As the evening moves on, the band delivers new arrangements of “Mykonos”, “Blue Ridge Mountains”, and “Helplessness Blues”. It’s the closest the Bowl will get to seeing a mosh pit on this evening. The venue has provided the perfect setting for Pecknold and company to debut their latest achievement. It’s clear to everyone that the Fleet Foxes have entered the next chapter of a story that’s far from over.
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