Fleet Foxes & The Walkmen played two nights @ the Chicago Theatre (Night 1 pics & setlist)
Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot was in attendance:
In the last year, the band has toughened up as an instrumental force, stepping into bigger spaces with canny use of dynamics - from near-stillness to stirring crescendos. They affirmed that prowess at the Pitchfork Music Festival last July, commanding Union Park in a far different way than they had in 2008 when the performance was all about their hushed interplay and stunning vocal harmonies.
On Friday, the lustrous counterpoint vocal melodies that first established the band's reputation were once again at the forefront. A cappella harmonies are a rare thing at many rock concerts - most bands don't have the firepower or the confidence to pull them off consistently. But they're a crucial part of Fleet Foxes' arsenal, producing a half-dozen moments when the audience seemed to hold its collective breath as the sextet's voices turned the theater into a cathedral.
More pictures of both acts and Friday's setlist are below..
The Walkmen (by Josh)
Fleet Foxes (by Grant)
Fleet Foxes - Chicago Theatre 9/30 Setlist:
The Plains/Bitter Dancer
Sim Sala Bim
White Winter Hymnal
He Doesn't Know Why
The Shrine/An Argument
Blue Spotted Tail
I Let You
Sun It Rises
Blue Ridge Mountains