Tuesday, July 17 , 2018, 7:07 pm | Fair 71º


Paul Mann: Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen to Play Hot Double Bill at Santa Barbara Bowl

Indy folk pop band excels at live performances

Two great bands are set to play the Santa Barbara Bowl on Tuesday.

Headliners Fleet Foxes are an Indy folk pop band, originally from Seattle. The band has been developing a large fan base in recent years, including music legend Neil Young, largely due to their live performances. Fronted by lead vocalist and guitar player Robin Pecknold, the band’s intriguing harmonies are reminiscent of many of the folk heroes of previous generations. The band’s writing skills have also been praised by many critics as insightful and infectious.

The band’s debut album, Fleet Foxes, was voted the album of the year by Billboard’s critics’ choice awards in 2008. The long-awaited new album, released earlier this summer, is a more groove-based, instrument-intensive production. According to Pecknold, the album was influenced by Roy Harper’s psychedelic folk experimentation on the 12-string guitar.

“That will be the primary sonic distancing from the last record”, he said.

Equally as interesting, musically is the opening act, The Walkmen. This East Coast band has been producing its own unique amalgam of Indy pop, punk, surf music with bits of traditional jazz and blues thrown in for good measure.

The band’s solid performance at this year’s opening night of the massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., had thousands of frenzied fans dancing in delight. The veteran band with an impressive library, including six full-length albums, is another live-music favorite on the festival circuit.

There are still good tickets available for this powerhouse double bill. Click here for more information.

— L. Paul Mann is a Noozhawk contributing writer. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk or @NoozhawkNews. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >