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The members of Fleet Foxes have been known to vocally oppose being defined as hippies. Sure, most of the band members have long hair and a couple of them have clearly invested some serious time in cultivating their beards, but something about the label doesn’t sit well with the band. Whichever subculture best defines Fleet Foxes’ looks aside, the Seattle-based five piece’s affinity for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young as well as a host of other late-’60s, down-home folky rockers certainly shines through in their songwriting. Describing themselves as purveyors of “baroque harmonic pop jams,” Fleet Foxes have recently found their way onto the Sub Pop roster alongside plenty of other similarly minded, and similarly bearded and attired, artists. Hippies or not, Fleet Foxes provide swirling, chorally tinged, and country-fried indie from the one-time home of grunge.
Fleet Foxes performs with Blitzen Trapper at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960.