Foals: Live in Chicago, 4/26/11

Muruch’s Chicago reviewer Chelle and photographer Jen “Coble” Hopper were among the crowd when Foals performed at The Metro on April 26th. Chelle’s review and Coble’s photographs follow…

The Metro hosted UK’s Foals on Tuesday, April 26th. Out on a North American tour to promote their second full length effort, Total Life Forever, the set consisted of a balanced selection of tracks from both albums.

Much like the gradually building intensity of their songs, Foals’ live show begins with a quiet, careful control, and spirals out into a frenetic, rousing flourish. In the middle the audience is treated to a layered, powerful performance that walks a fine line between fragmented and completely cohesive.

There’s a quiet but powerful energy that Foals bring to their live show, one that exists only in glimpses on record. By the end of the set, front man Yannis Philippakis was literally climbing the walls and throwing himself into the crowd and his fellow band mates.

Foals are making rock music that exists just a step removed from what other acts are trying to do right now, and grandstanding antics aside, it’s working for them.

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Live Review: The Like and The Futureheads in Chicago

Freelancer Jen “Coble” Hopper was among the crowd at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on June 12th for live performances by all-female pop-rock quartet The Like and post-punk band The Futureheads. Coble’s review and photographs of the gig follow…

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This past Saturday, I caught The Like on the last date of their tour with headliners The Futureheads.

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Unfortunately, the Chicago crowd did not arrive ready to dance to The Like’s upbeat, 60’s-inspired pop despite its perfectly harmonious delivery.

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Singer Z Berg was all smiles and despite laryngitis a few dates ago, her voice was in top form for the night as the band delivered a nearly non-stop set.

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Their 60’s dance party was so devoid of stage banter that it only paused to share with us that that most of their tunes were off their new album Release Me – out this week!

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This all-girl foursome delivers a solid, rocking set and deserves more attention.

The Like – Fair Game (mp3)*

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Incidentally, high-energy headliner The Futurehead’s extra-long set did not seem to garner much more of a reaction from the disappointing Chicago crowd, who offered up cheers and some World Cup discussion but little more.

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