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Foals Hold Court Uptown at United Palace on Friday Night

November 7th, 2016

Foals – United Palace – November 4, 2016

Foals - United Palace - November 4, 2016<

Amongst a wave of British alternative bands that have made it in the States, Foals have broken out of a traditional narrative. PopMatters described the group’s transformation best: “Ten years ago, Foals could have likely been classified as an indie-rock group, but now they’re an archetypal case of indies going mainstream. The hip haircuts and clean guitar leads belie the fundamental radio-rock aesthetic in which Foals purvey.” Touring in support of their recent release, What Went Down, the lads headed way uptown to the United Palace to unleash on a packed house on Friday night.

In the ornate venue, strobe lights marked the band’s entrance as they jammed through an opening prelude. Frontman Yannis Philippakis provided a hearty greeting before delivering the guttural “Snake Oil,” which was accompanied by drummer Jack Bevan’s heavy beats. The first wave of collective handclaps began with “Olympic Airways,” but the cadence of striking hands continued throughout the evening, with very few attendees remaining in their seats. The anthemic call of crowd favorite “My Number” had the audience chanting, “You don’t have my number,” while the hypnotic “Give It All” reset the room.

An array of pink, blue and streaming bright white lights bathed the United Palace’s carved walls full of exotic places and creatures. Rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith quickly slayed the opening chords of “Mountain at My Gates,” bringing everyone back to some heavy rock. The performance ebbed and flowed as the melodic opening of a crashing wave gave way to the lull of “Spanish Sahara.” Philippakis, in true form, hurled into the first few rows for the encore, “What Went Down,” his faithful fans holding him up as if he were walking over them. He and Foals truly ruled over the palace on Friday night. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com

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Foals Play United Palace on Friday Night

November 1st, 2016

Formed in Oxford, England, more than a decade ago, FoalsYannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar, synths and vocals), Walter Gervers (bass and vocals) and Edwin Congreave (keys, synths and vocals)—are well-known for their unique mix of post-punk, dance music and New Wave. Following the release of several singles that earned them buzz-band status, Foals’ debut full-length, the melancholic Antitdotes (stream it above), produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, came out in 2008. AllMusic called it “not merely a lesson in post–New Wave noodling, but evidence of the power and excitement of the genre and music itself.” The band’s been busy recording and touring ever since. Their most recent full-length, What Went Down (stream it below), arrived last year, impressing the folks at Rolling Stone: “Their fourth and best album plays up a dark, bracing urgency.” And while their albums are terrific, Foals (above, doing “What Went Down” at this year’s Lollapalooza) are most known for their live performances. So go see them play United Palace on Friday night. Bear Hands and Kiev open the show.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Foals on 12/18

December 15th, 2015

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Foals wind down a short U.S. tour this week, which includes a sold-out appearance on Friday at Terminal 5. Want to go but don’t have tickets? Try to Grow a Pair from The House List. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Foals, 12/18) and a brief message explaining why you deserve something free this week. Eddie Bruiser, who knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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