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Sunday, May 18,2014

Foals and Cage the Elephant, uncaged

Two headliners for the price of one

By Josh Gross
Josh Gross

I'll be honest: I didn't expect much going in to see Cage the Elephant at the Ogden Theater on May 18.  The opener, U.K. band Foals, with its equal parts luscious and vicious guitars that come off somewhere between Bloc Party and Interpol was what drew me in.

And Foals certainly delivered on my expectations, blasting out a muscular set with one helluva light show. Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis made some serious guitar faces as he thrashed around, singing with an unexpected savagery that cut through the soft lighting and twinkling guitars.

Foals are a typically a headlining act and didn't hold anything back for not having top billing.  

But Cage the Elephant, despite its generic and forgettable bar-band songs, brought its own thunder, primarily in the antics of frontman Matt Schultz, who has clearly studied up on his Rolling Stones and Rolling Stones-influenced bands. Schultz strutted and preened, singing with a sneer, and finishing with an Iggy Pop/Eddie Vedder/Yoga-studio influenced stage-diving display that included swimming atop the audience, climbing to the Ogden's balcony, diving back down, doing a headstand atop the crowd and then walking back to the stage on their hands, Iggy Pop style. It was every bit as impressive that he pulled it off as it was that he didn't slip a disc or puncture a lung in the process. 

I have no need of owning a Cage the Elephant record, but if they're coming through town again, I'll be there with bells on and my camera ready. 

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I'm surprised you didn't review J Roddy Waltson and the Business. In my option they stoll the show last night! Raw, gritty, real, Rock n Roll!!!! 

 

Wow. That is low. I though that you be more like Wow! cause folas is my jam. S seriously man, really listen to the music. It will change your life. Bye.

 

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Been rockin in Boulder since '93, love this town. Gotta say, wouls love to see foals play Bennie's on route 39!!!!

GO BENNY!!!

 

 

 
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