ACL Spotlight: Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes were a late surprise addition to this year's Austin City Limits Festival, after taking over for Ingrid Michaelson. The Seattle band has already been to Austin a few times this year, once for SXSW and the other a SOLD OUT show at Mohawk in July. They've also toured with Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie. Very impressive for a band with a couple of EPs, Fleet Foxes (self-released) and Sun Giant, and just one album, Fleet Foxes released via Sub Pop.

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The five young members of Fleet Foxes are in their early twenties but their lyrics suggest otherwise. Their music draws influence from a number of great bands, but The Beach Boys and Crosby Stills & Nash seem to be the most apparent to me. This is a band I can honestly say is for fans of any age to enjoy. They blend folk, rock, and harmonies together so beautifully. A bunch of bloggers love them (including us), Pitchfork loves them, Rolling Stone loves them, Black Cab Sessions love them, Daytrotter loves them, we think you get the point!

Fleet Foxes - Winter White Hymnal (mp3)
Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood (mp3)
Fleet Foxes - He Doesn't Know Why (mp3)

We recommend checking out their Lillywhite Sessions from NPR and a live concert at the Black Cat in D.C. also from NPR featuring 12 songs.

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Here they are live on Letterman playing "Blue Ridge Mountains".

Here is Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold playing "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" during a set at London's ULU, June 11, 2008. (via Ragged Words)

Fleet Foxes at ACL
Saturday, September 27 (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)
On the AMD Stage

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