A current band pursuing a grab-bag sound that comprises much of the popular rock 'n' roll, psych-flavored folk, and theatrical flower-child music of the 60s and 70s is treading a slippery slope—skidding off the road into trippy early-Sesame Street
musical programming is a very real risk. That actually happens more than once on Foxygen
's upcoming We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
(Jagjaguwar); "Oh Yeah," for instance, sounds like it was inspired by the hokey pokey. But while many other revivalists obsessed with that era sound convoluted and self-indulgent, forcing together elements of the Stones, Elton John, Dylan, Iggy, Springsteen, and the stanky, travelin' hippie who plays acoustic guitar on the street corner, the bicoastal duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France—who've been playing together since high school—are skilled enough weirdos that they can wield multiple instruments (accordion, piano, xylophone) to bring all those elements together in fun, gnarly melodies. And they can do it without scaring off the free-spirit haters. —Kevin Warwick See also 3 PM. Of Montreal headlines; Wild Belle and Foxygen open.