Out Foxed

By Tim Donnelly

S?eattle's Fleet Foxes will bring their psychedelic neo-folk sound to downtown's Spreckels Theatre May 6, but you'll have to be sly to score tickets-the Casbah-sponsored show sold out fast.

Before Starbucks introduced the Amish-looking Sub Pop Records act to caffeine junkies across the U.S., Fleet Foxes was floating around in music-nerd obscurity. Fast-forward to the present. The band's music has been featured on a handful of big-budget film soundtracks and praised by critics in publications including Rolling Stone and Spin. They've already sold out nearly half their current domestic and overseas tour dates, including all points along the West Coast.

Widely regarded as the band to see live, Fleet Foxes pay tasteful homage to the Beach Boys Pet Sounds era, infusing their tunes with cryptic, lyrical themes; lush, moody melodies; and cascading, four-part harmonies. Spreckels' ornate interior should provide the perfect setting for the band, which describes its sound as "Baroque harmonic pop jams." The venue's intimacy and acoustics round out the auditory massage.

The concert will likely include songs from the band's new album, Helplessness Blues, slated for a May 3 release.
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