For April’s Sonic Sessions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brought glam rock group Foxygen to their main stage. Founded by duo Sam France and Jonthan Rado in 2005, the group has been touring in support of their album …And Star Power released in 2014. France’s unhinged dancing sprung him to the very edge of the stage to the screaming crowd while he and the equally enthusiastic back-up dancers kept up with the beat splaying their limbs wildly into the air. Rado focused on keyboards while occasionally standing on a chair to play guitar.
The group tore through their set with songs like “Hot Summer”, “Cannibal Holocaust”, and “Shuggie”. After a mock induction ceremony in honor of the Rock Hall’s Induction Week, Foxygen ended the night with a 2-song encore including crowd favorite “No Destruction” and “Everyone Needs Love”.
The show began with the extraordinary talent from Down Under, Alex Cameron, and his right-hand sax man, Roy Molloy. The duo impressed with synth-induced songs like “Happy Ending” and “Real Bad Lookin”. Molloy’s sax complimented Cameron’s Nick Cave-esque silky tenor and get-low-and-dirty dance moves.
Despite a meager crowd attendance at Tuesday night’s Reptar show at the Grog Shop, the Georgia, Athens-based band was able to fill the room with incredible sound, light and energy for the lucky show goers.The night was met with jokes, high fives and high-energy dancing as Ulicny belted out tunes like “Ice Black Sand” off of the recent release of Lurid Glow. During“No One Will Ever Love You” to which both he and saxophonist Walter “Bad Dog” Fancourt hopped off the stage to get close with the crowd. Keyboardist William Kennedy’s hair reached extraordinary heights as he headbanged his way through “Sea of Fertility”.
The 7 members also played songs off of their debut Body Faucets with favorite “Houseboat Babies”. The 2 song encore included a Kate Bush cover of “Hounds of Love” to which Ulicny joked “We will probably burn in hell for playing this song… WORTH IT.” The night ended with “Water Runs” as Ulicny sang off the stage surrounded by a mob of fans with their arms around each other singing along into the mic.
Omaha’s Icky Blossoms, led by singer Sarah Bohling, Nik Fackler, with Tilly and the Wall’s Derek Pressnall on guitar, warmed up the audience with their 80s electro-pop and punk-infused dream beats. With songs off of their self-titled 2013 release, including “Sex to the Devil” and “Cycle”, Bohling offered up her sweet vocals while Pressnall might have lost of a few pounds of sweat pummeling away on his guitar. During the punk-thrash “I Am”, Fackler howled into the mic with drummer Ryan Menchaca keeping the pace.
Icky Blossoms also unveiled a few new songs for their upcoming album including “In Folds” and the CSS-reminiscent “Living in Fiction”.