Crazy like a small mammal in an open field at dawn, I made my way to Brooklyn for a Monday 11:10 p.m. set time to see English pop phenom Foxes at Baby’s All Right. While I loved the gig, this 45-year-old was not all right by the time that 9 a.m. meeting arrived. Taking a short break from Coldplay’s tour, Foxes, née Louisa Rose Allen, popped into town to headline the Neon Gold record label’s five year anniversary party.
I walked in while fellow label mates and shiny Sydney pop outfit Tigertown was on stage. A true family affair, the band is made up husband-wife duo Chris (guitar) and Charlie Collins (lead vocals), Chris’ brother Alexi on keyboard and sister Elodie on bass. It wasn’t until their last song, ‘Lonely Cities,’ that I recognized them. They’ve been on my CenterOrch 100 Spotify playlist for months. Then I spotted another pop couple, Jean-Philip Grobler and Patti Beranek of St. Lucia behind the deejay booth. Even MS MR‘s Lizzy Plapinger was bouncing about with her signature pink hair, even joining Tigertown on stage for a song.
Right on time, the adorable Foxes graced the stage to ‘Rise Up’ and ‘Body Talk,’ the lead single from her latest record, All I Need. Neon Gold took a chance on Miss Allen when she was a mere 23 years old by releasing her first single, ‘Youth.’ Four years later, she botched the vocals badly on that song — and fully owned it — God love her. The rest of her set was pretty much on point. ‘Holding On To Heaven’ and ‘Let Go For Tonight, solid singles off 2013’s Glorious, and ‘Better Love,’ ‘Amazing,’ ‘Devil Side’ and ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ were highlights from her new album. My favorite moment was her performance of ‘Cruel,’ the best and most unique song from All I Need. She wound down her set with ‘Clarity,’ her best known track as the featured vocalist on the Zedd hit single.
Despite the late curtain call on a Monday night, it was a total blast venturing out to East Williamsburg for fried green tomatoes and chicken biscuits at Pies-n-Thighs, jockeys full of bourbon at Dram, and a night of tigers and foxes at Baby’s All Right. ‘Don’t tell me my youth is running out. It’s only just begun.‘