preview: Fall movies on Lifetime

Set your DVR! Some interesting movies are airing on Lifetime this fall.

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The Wateher in the Woods

Starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans
Directed by Melissa Joan Hart
Written by Scott Abbott

Premieres October 21 at 8pm ET/PT

In this reimagining of the ‘80s cult classic, Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into idyllic Aylwood manor for the summer, Mrs. Aylwood  [Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston] thinks she looks a lot like her daughter who vanished 20 years before. The family is warned against entering the woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest. Jan starts to investigate the weird things which start happening.

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FLINT

Starring Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott and Marin Ireland
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by Barbara Stepansky

Premieres October 28 at 8pm ET/PT

Inspired by the Time Magazine story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn, Flint focuses on whistleblowers who exposed the environmental scandal. After discovering that Flint, Michigan water is contaminated and has been causing major illnesses to themselves and  their families, LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott) join forces to expose the wrongdoings committed by their government officials.

Lifetime has partnered with the United Way of Genesee County on a PSA, featuring the cast of Flint, to encourage viewers to donate to help the people of Flint. Funds raised will go to much needed short-term, immediate relief, including purchasing filters and bottled water, and long-term health and development needs for the children of Flint and their families. More information HERE.
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst

The Lost Wife of Robert Durst

Starring Katharine McPhee and Daniel Gillies
Directed by Yves Simoneau
Written by Bettina Gilois

Premieres November 4 at 8pm ET/PT

Based on the book A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst by investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst tells the story of Robert Durst’s first marriage. Kathie (Katharine McPhee) falls in love with real estate scion Robert Durst (Daniel Gillies). When Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends become concerned and disturbed that the police aren’t taking the case seriously. While Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his close friend, questions remain and The Lost Wife of Robert Durst explores what may have happened between Durst and Kathie.

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Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer

Starring Andreas Damm and Toni Garrn
Directed by Norman Stone
Written by Amber Benson

Premieres November 11 at 8pm ET/PT

Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer tells the story of the sprint runner dubbed the “Blade Runner” who rose to fame after winning a gold medal in Paralympics and being the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Oscar (Andreas Damm,)  had a fairy tale  romance with model Reeva Steenkap (Toni Garrn)  until he shot and killed her one morning. Told from the perspective of Reeva and her mother gives viewers a glimpse into what happened that night.

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I Am Elizabeth Smart

Starring Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy and Alana Boden
Directed by Sarah Walker
Written by Tory Walker
Narrated and Produced by Elizabeth Smart

Premieres November 18 at 8pm ET/PT

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Elizabeth Smart’s abduction. Part of a cross-network event with A&E, Lifetime’s I Am Elizabeth Smart is an authorized movie about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, told from her perspective and with her full participation. In June 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Ann Smart (Alana Boden) was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell (Skeet Ulrich). He brought her to an encampment where he and his accomplice Wanda Barzee (Deirdre Lovejoy) held Elizabeth captive. Elizabeth Smart narrates the movie and is also a producer

The two-part documentary special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography debuts on A&E on November 12 and 13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Runway recap: A Little Avant Garde [S16.Ep9]

Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 9 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judge: Kate Upton. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor and co-host: Tim Gunn.

Episode 9: A “Little” Avant Garde

The twin saga continues. After Michael storms off because Claire won, Margarita goes to find him while Batani starts to tell Heidi about the measuring that Claire [and Shawn] did. Michael tells Tim Gunn that Claire has a retractable ruler and measures garments back at the hotel. Michael comes back onstage. Heidi looks titillated that there’s a storyline, that there’s drama.

“Michael, Why are you running off the stage?” asks Heidi.
“I couldn’t stand here and listen to a win I think wasn’t well-deserved,” Michael responded.
“But are you a judge?” Yolanda asked.
“No but I see what goes on in the workroom and back in the apartments,” Michael stated.
Heidi: “I think you all borrow from each other.”
Nina says: “You all know your own strength and your own creative power.”

BATANI is OUT.

Meanwhile . . . Tim backstage: “If Claire used a measuring tape outside the workroom there will be consequences.” Margarita feels awful about how it all went down and how it made everyone look. She regrets not bringing up her concerns before the runway show. Talk in the green room is pretty tame. No yelling. No tears. Claire’s relatively composed. She’s a restrained upset. Tim comes in and with a crackling voice asks: “Is it true that you have had a measuring tape in your room?” Claire doesn’t look at Tim and in a monotone, responds: “I have a measuring tape.” Tim says: “Is it true that you have been measuring garments in your room.” Claire says that she has done. Tim says that they have to rescind the win and send her home. Dixie will now used dream machine Brandon’s design. Batani will stay after all.

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This week’s sponsor is something called Shopkins. Little kids come out with dolls in hand and get assigned to designers. The challenge is to create an avant garde look inspired by one of the young people’s favorite Shopkins “shoppie.” Shopkins will create a one-of-a-kind shoppie inspired by the winning design. Also a 5,000K cash prize. They have 30 minutes to consult with the children and to sketch and one day for the challenge with a budget of $300. Brandon’s kid wants him to put chocolate on and in the design. Brandon looks befuddled. Ayana doesn’t want to be safe anymore. Her design with tiers of ruffles looks amazing.

pr_1609_062917_bn_0034Amy gets behind because she chit-chatted with the girl instead of getting input on design. There’s a lighter mood in the workroom without the twins.

Tim comes in for critique. He likes Margarita’s smart idea. He tells Ayana “it’s a lot” and that she needs to edit. To Michael, Tim says: “You can’t hide anything with a look like this.” He tells Amy that her look is a mismatch of different looks and her textile looks like “cheap pantyhose.” He wonders why it’s taking Brandon so long: “This challenge is difficult for you isn’t it?” Of course Michael thinks that Brandon’s relying on Kentaro too much for ideas. Just STOP Michael! As Nina said, you need to just MYOB and do your thing. Of course more drama=more camera time.

Guest judge this week: Kate Upton

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Runway notes:
Brandon—pretty color and design
Batani—package
Kenya—another mermaid dress
Ayana—super cute
Kentaro—bridal
Amy—interesting lines
Margarita—flowing
Michael—futuristic disco

Heidi announces, “It was an amazing runway show. Very exciting.” So good that there are four high scores and only two low. Oh, and in his spare time, Zac Posen wrote a cook book, Cooking with Zac. If you follow him on Instagram you’ve seen his dishes.

SAFE: Kenya and Kentaro

HIGH SCORES:

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AYANA

Kate: “It’s a show stopper. I love the entire look.”

Heidi: “I love the imagination.”

Zac: “Surrealist Bo Peep. Fun. Expressive.”

Nina: “Sophisticated but child like.”

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MICHAEL —he explains that he wanted a disco ball melting away look

Nina: “It looks so well made.”
Kate: “I definitely want to go dancing in that look.”

Zac: “I totally got this liquid melting quality. It captures the imagination.”

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BRANDON

Brandon: “I think it’s really cool. I think it’s really great work.”

Nina: “I respect the fact that you kept to your aesthetic.”

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MARGARITA

Heidi: “I love this look. It is beyond stunning. It is like a cloud.”

Zac: “You can feel the sensuality and emotion in it.”

Nina: “I love that you took different fabrics with different textures and built this 360 explosion.”

LOW SCORES:

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BATANI

Heidi: “I’m not in love. A lot of scraps come together. It doesn’t look intentional.”

Nina: “It looks like you ran out of time.”

Zac: “I wrote down laundry day.”

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AMY

Heidi: “I was not the biggest fan of this look.”

Zac: “I don’t feel that it’s that risky.”

MICHAEL is the WINNER

Both BATANI and AMY are OUT

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Project Runway recap: Client on the GO [S16.Ep8]

Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 8 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judges: Yolanda Hadid and Sophia Stallone. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor and co-host: Tim Gunn.

Episode 8: Client on the GO

I know this is too little little too late but I watched this and just didn’t set up the post. for consistency i decided to post now.

Claire and Shawn have one hour to create a new garment. Claire says: “I am now in a position where my success will result in my sister’s failure. It is a torturesome feeling.” Shawn says: “It’s frustrating that it has to be us against each other.” In the workroom Shawn doesn’t know what to do and looks flustered while Claire is already working on something. Shawn breaks down and says she doesn’t want to do it and they get Tim and ultimately Shawn leaves and Claire stays.

DIXIE sponsored challenge. As dated as last week’s JC Penney sponsor. Although, people more likely to buy Dixie products than to shop JC Penney. Project Runway also uses Avon for makeup, previously pedestrian Mary Kay, so . . . Good job on making the show relevant.

Challenge: Dress a women on the go and create a custom print. Winning design will be on a DIXIE to-go cup and receive $25,000. “This is huge. This is life-changing,” says Margarita. They have 30 minutes with clients and 20 minutes to finalize a print. It’s a two-day challenge. Lots of Claire interviews so she’s going to BOMB and go home or win this challenge. They’ll be creating designs for friends and family of crew members. Claire gets the show’s executive producer’s best friend. Claire’s client says she has tons of nervous energy. Bet she got a briefing from her friend.

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Margarita notices that Claire seems to have draped a top that looks like the dress she made the week before. She’s getting quite upset by it. “She’s my friend,” says Margarita. “But she’s not my friend. A friend wouldn’t do that.” Ayana disagrees that it’s a knock-off. “We all do ruching at some point,” she notes. Amy says: “Interpreting fashion and being inspired by fashion is part of the process.” Claire’s print is cool. Her design isn’t earth-shattering but doesn’t look like an exact copy.

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Tim comes in to critique. He asks Kentaro if there’s enough of him in the design. “It just looks like a slip dress,” Tim notes. To Michael is says that his design can’t just be a “plain pant.” Tim likes Brandon’s top but not the skirt. He tells Amy to focus on the shirt she’s designed. He doesn’t like Ayana’s pants. And he asks Batani: “Where’s the print?” He tells Kenya that her peplum doesn’t look integrated. Tim tells Claire that her design looks “gimmicky.”

Claire thinks people are interacting with her less than when Shawn was also there. Michael’s thinks Brandon’s getting cocky. Kentaro and Brandon discuss the 25K prize while taking a break. Brandon says that it’s more than he makes in a year.

Michael says that Claire isn’t playing the game “right.”

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Runway notes: Cool design by Amy. Nice top by Brandon. Nice shape to Batani’s design. Margarita’s design looks off the rack. Great pants and print by Claire. Too short with Ayana’s design. Unflattering look by Michael. Don’t like the peplum skirt that Kenya designed. It’s unflattering. Kentaro’s design looks like pajamas.

Guest judges this week: Yolanda Hadid and model Sophia Stallone

HIGH SCORES:

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KENYA

Nina: “I love the color. I love the print.”

Zac: “The detailing throughout is exceptional.”

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KENTARO

Zac: “This is sublime. These colors just sang down the runway.”

Heidi: “You’re drowning her in 20 yards of fabric.”

Nina: “It is 360 degree elegance.”

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CLAIRE

Heidi: “I think she looks perfect head to toe.”

Zac: “This was the effective print and I think you have more creativity in you.”

Nina: “In terms of design am I blown away? Have I never seen this before? No.”

LOW SCORES:

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BATANI

Heidi: “I’m very confused when I see this look.”

Sophia: “Nothing is balanced.”

Nina: “This is a print challenge.”

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MICHAEL

Nina: “There’s too much going on and you didn’t take into consideration her proportions.”

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MARGARITA

Nina: “The dress looks like she’s a preppy lady and the top looks like she’s going to a cocktail party.”

Zac: “I like your print. That’s about it. I expect more from you.”

Margarita gets upset and says she was distracted in the workroom but that she “wasn’t raised to throw people under the bus.” In the green room, Michael says he doesn’t understand why judges said Claire’s look was basic but put her in the top. Well, Michael, the winning DESIGN gets on the DIXIE to-go cup. Drama makes good television. This season’s been lacking in it.

CLAIRE is the WINNER

Michael stomps off stage. Heidi asks what’s going on. Backstage Michael tells a producer that he came to play fair.

to be continued …

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book review: Sisters

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Sisters by Lily Tuck. Atlantic Monthly Press| September 2017| 156 pages | $20| ISBN: 978-0-8021-2711-2

RATING: ****/5*

In this well-crafted, potent novel, a woman shares her marital insecurities. The unnamed woman lives with her husband and his two children. Author Lily Tuck deftly brings us into this woman’s world and into her mind as she competes with her husband’s first wife. She questions everything about her relationship with her husband, from not having her own children [“The girl, slightly older, was hostile. Not having children of my own, I tried too hard to please them. I wanted them to like me– to love me–and I allowed them liberties that, in retrospect, I should not have.”] to not having the right career [“I have a career, but I am not a pianist or an artist. My career gives me some financial freedom, it gets me out of the house, but it is not all consuming. If I had to give it up tomorrow, it would not matter much. I am not passionate about my work.”] She explains that not having children even affected her relationship with her sister–“Eloise is a few years younger than I am and we have never been close. Less so once she got married and she had kids, reasons I suppose for her to act superior to me. I’ve met her kids. Her kids are surly and overweight.” She’s so obsessed with her husband’s first wife that she’s perplexed that he doesn’t seem to care about her past romances–“And despite my own reservations about speaking of it, I have to admit that his lack of curiosity about my love life was not flattering.”

–review by Amy Steele

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Grove Atlantic.

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Project Runway recap: The Ultimate Face-off [S16.Ep7]

Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 7 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judge: Asia Kate Dillion. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor and co-host: Tim Gunn.

Episode 7: The Ultimate Face-off

As annoying as the twins are I still feel empathy for them and perhaps it’s just good editing and producing. Claire’s freaking out about being in the bottom two twice. Shawn notes that she’s also been in the bottom. “I just want to get out of this rut and move toward the top where I belong,” Claire says. She’s been saying that for weeks so either she’s out or she makes a massive comeback. Although in past seasons I’m not sure anyone has been able to make it to the final four after being on the bottom for that many challenges.

This season isn’t all that interesting or surprising and it’s unclear how Project Runway can change up the show to make it more interesting. I like most of this season’s designers okay but nobody stands out that much. I look forward to Project Runway Jr. to return.

The designers are at JC Penney. This doesn’t scream fashion to me. As Andy Cohen said in his Andy Cohen Diaries it’s “low rent.” They’re in the menswear department so everyone freaks out a bit until Tim tells them that they’re not designing menswear but using menswear as inspiration. Cue the “boyfriend” sweaters, jeans, shirts etal. It’s a team challenge. The designers will work in teams of two. First they’re assigned JC Penney fabric. Yuck. The they pick teams and can’t pick someone who has the same fabric. The teams are: Kentaro and Brendon; Amy and Kenya; Claire and Shawn; Margarita and Batani; Ayana and Michael. They get 30 minutes to sketch and will get $100 for notions, trims and supplemental fabric at Mood. I have NEVER bought an item of clothing at JC Penney. The last time I entered a JC Penney was to look at a Sephora inside the JC Penney. A dirty, messy Sephora. At Mood it’s Swatch’s tenth birthday! So cute. He’s wearing a crown. There’s a cake.

Claire: “I think Shawn has relied a lot on me for the last challenge. It’s frustrating. I too want to succeed in this competition.” Brendon and Kentaro seem to be the frontrunners. Amy and Kenya say they respect each other and work well together. During the critiques, Tim tells Margarita that her design is “a lot of work.” He’s concerned about Amy and Kenya’s look being matronly. He tells Ayana her design “looks like a hospital gown.” He dubs Brandon and Kentaro the dream team as they have similar sensibilities, good skills and have both won. Margarita seems particularly spiteful and catty every time she’s interviewed about other designers. Michael hopes that being dubbed the dream team does to Brandon and Kentaro’s heads and they “crumble.” Tim tells Michael he doesn’t understand his look but notes: “I could be wrong. I’m an old fart.”

Shawn asks Kentaro if she can design a legging boot like he’d designed for the prior challenged. Model Liris gets in the mirror to say that she’s a 14 with a “badonkadonk” and that the twins aren’t used to designing for plus size. To be fair, as Tim said when they mentioned this, none of the designers are all that used to designing for plus size women.

Guest judge this week: actress Asia Kate Dillion [Billions]

Runway notes: Amy’s look is constructed well. The hoodies that Brandon and Kentaro designed are super cute. Batani’s look is lovely. Margarita’s dress is pretty. I’m not keen on any of the fabrics but I’m not the target shopper. Underwhelmed by this week’s runway.

Ayana and Michael are safe.

HIGH SCORES:

Kentaro design

Brandon and Kentaro

Heidi: “I’m in love with both of these looks.”

Nina: “I love the effortlessness. There’s a lot of versatility in these outfits.”

Zac: “Nice casual quality. By far the most cohesive on the runway.”

 

Margarita design

Batani design

Margarita and Batani

Heidi: “I love both these looks too. I am a huge fan of yours Margarita. The fit is so nice.”

Zac: “I’m in love with your dress. It is just a little bit different.”

Nina: “It’s so polished and sophisticated.”

Asia: “They look comfortable. They look effortless.”

LOW SCORES:

Claire design

Shawn design

 

Zac: “I don’t feel the cohesion. This t-shirt is just bad design. The world doesn’t need this.”

Nina: “Why do we need these clothes?”

 

Amy and Kenya

Amy design

Kenya design

Heidi: “Kenya, I think what you presented is too boring.”

Asia: “These looks feel like flight attendant uniform rejections of the 70s.”

Nina: “Even the way you styled these girls, they look old.”

Margarita is the WINNER

the twins will have a one hour faceoff challenge.

to be continued…

One of the twins will likely be OUT but we won’t find out until the next episode.

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new music: Bully

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Bully, “Feel the Same”

Grungy guitar and fervent, vulnerable, jaded vocals—a bit Juliana Hatfield, a bit Hole. It’s a short potent song with thoughtful lyrics. Singer Alicia Bognanno : “I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record –Losing – kind of says it all. After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.” In 2013, Bognanno, a music engineer, formed Bully with guitarist Clayton Parker and bassist Reece Lazarus.

The punk pop band’s sophomore album–Losing (Sub Pop)– will be released October 20, 2017.

Track Listing:
1. Feel the Same
2. Kills to Be Resistant
3. Running
4. Seeing It
5. Guess There
6. Blame
7. Focused
8. Not the Way
9. Spiral
10. Either Way
11. You Could Be Wrong
12. Hate and Control

 

Tour Dates:

11/02/17- St Louis MO – Off Broadway

11/03/17 – Iowa City IA – The Mill

11/04/17 – Minneapolis MN – Fine Line Music Cafe

11/06/17 – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon

11/07/17 – Chicago IL – Thalia Hall

11/08/17 – Detroit MI – Marble Bar

11/09/17 – Toronto ON –  Lee’s Palace

11/10/17 – Montreal QC – Bar le Ritz

11/12/17 – Boston MA – Great Scott (SOLD OUT)

11/13/17 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

11/14/17 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church

11/15/17 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall

11/17/17 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern

11/18/17 – Durham NC – Motorco Music Hall

11/19/17 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight

12/06/17 – Little Rock AR – Stickyz

12/07/17 – Dallas TX – Club Dada

12/08/17 – Austin TX – Emo’s

12/09/17 – Houston TX – Walter’s

12/10/17 – New Orleans LA – Gasa Gasa

12/12/17 – Birmingham AL – Saturn

12/13/17 – Atlanta GA – Terminal West

12/14/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

12/15/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

12/16/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

2/16/18 – Norman OK – The Opolis

2/17/18 – Santa Fe NM – Meow Wolf

2/18/18 – Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar

2/24/18 – Eugene OR – Hi-Fi Music Lounge

2/26/18 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore Cabaret

2/28/18 – Seattle WA – Neumos

3/1/18 – Spokane WA – The Bartlett

3/2/18 – Boise ID – Neurolux

3/3/18 – Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court

3/5/18 – Denver CO – Larimer Lounge

3/6/18 – Kansas City MO – Record Bar

 

 

 

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music news: Fleet Foxes online-exclusive Live from the Artists Den video

After a six-year hiatus and several days before releasing its third album, Crack Up, Grammy-nominated Fleet Foxes performed at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York as part of Live from the Artists Den. Live from the Artists Den is a critically-acclaimed television and digital music series best known for presenting secret concerts in non-traditional, often historic settings.

The episode airs this month. Check your local listings.

Regarding the band’s six-year hiatus, lead singer and guitarist Robin Pecknold explained: “I felt like I wanted just a broader range of experience as a person and a musician to draw from in direct and indirect ways, so it seemed like something worth being open-minded about.”

 

 

Fleet Foxes formed in Seattle, Washington in 2006. The band released its self-titled album in 2008 and Helplessness Blues in 2011.

Fleet Foxes is:

Robin Pecknold [lead vocals/guitar]

Skyler Skjelset [guitar, mandolin, vocals]

Casey Wescott [keyboards/ mandolin/ vocals]

Christian Wargo [bass guitar/ guitar/ vocals]

Morgan Henderson [upright bass/ guitar/ woodwinds/ violin/ percussion/ saxophone]

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