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Preview: Foxygen 

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the band coming to One Eyed Jacks Sept. 29

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Foxygen has issued two singles ahead of its October double release ...And Star Power (Jagjaguwar), "How Can You Really" and "Cosmic Vibrations," the album's respective second and fourth tracks. There are 22 others. It's so long, the first time I played it I had time to listen to side one, straighten up the house, take a shower, get dressed and still make it back to the couch for side four. Surely this still can't be on? When I left the room, the band was just delving into the title tracks (yes, plural — there are four in a row, a reprising sweet-pop suite distinguished by Roman numerals and subtitles like chapters in a Tolstoy novel); as I returned, my speakers were spitting out a hideously distorted child's voice, which flatlined into a buzzing bass tone, which plodded through a deathly heavy, genuinely scary three minutes of noise, which swerved headlong into a chugging three-minute coda of cathartic free rock. Only later did I realize that was all the same song. This is how Star Power works: Nothing begins and nothing ends. It's all the same song, like the back halves of Abbey Road and White Light/White Heat fused into an 82-minute sonic centipede by equally gifted and troubled juvenile delinquents. Bandmates since age 15, Sam France and Jonathan Rado are both the first and last songwriters that ought to be diving headfirst into the double-LP deep end: They penned one of 2013's best albums, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, as wobbly as it assured, then almost self-destructed in a miasma of cancelations, audience confrontations and infighting, staged and real. Peace & Magic was a grand statement writ small; Star Power is a series of mini stitches inflated into a dirigible. It's the kind of record that will be lauded as a cult classic and dismissed as bloated trash. Both sides are right. Dub Thompson opens. Tickets $16.


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