Fleet Foxes-Live at the Ladies Literary Club 10-09-2008

Fleet Foxes Live at the Ladies Literary Club

Ladies Literary Club Outside Entrance Picture

Laura and I visited the Ladies Literary club of Calvin College to see what Pitchfork has called the baroque folk rock band Fleet Foxes. The five piece played a succinct but moving one hour set in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan.

The venue is a beautiful Victorian building with a small stage. It seats around 250 people. It was great to be so close. After the Sigur Ros show I was frustrated because I was always trying to get somewhere where I could see.

The band played through most of their small (so far catalog) one full length album and one EP. The harmonies were dead on throughout the set. It was great to hear a band focusing so much on vocals and harmonies. They seemed very comfortable and chatted amiably with the crowd. They asked if it seemed funny to be sitting. I remembered Kevin Drew’s comments at the Broken Social Scene show from earlier this year. The band should have just told everybody to just stand up.

The video of Drops in the River included, *sigh* does not do the sound justice. I’d recommend checking out My Brightest Diamond in this venue. I have prior commitments, but the setting would be ideal.

Fleet Foxes, Drops in the River Live Grand Rapids 10.09.2008 from keith wikle on Vimeo.

This may be the last live show we see for a while. We’ve seen quite a bit of live music this year.

Sigur Ros
Wolf Parade
Okkervil River and the New Pornographers, and the National
Tyler Ramsey and Band of Horses
And of course Broken Social Scene
We also saw Mason Jennings

It’s been a good year for live music!!!