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Robin Pecknold

There’s something pitch-perfect about a record called Helplessness Blues for the year 2020. Thematically, the 2011 album, Fleet Foxes second, is more about growing up and the specter of growing old, of disillusionment and becoming useless—a kind of Prufrockian love song from a young man. The ragged claws on Helplessness Blues belong to Robin Pecknold, the band’s frontman, songwriter, and major performer, who brought the Foxes back to the world stage in 2017 with a third album, Crack-Up. But today, on the winter solstice, Pecknold is playing a solo, acoustic virtual show after releasing Fleet Foxes’ fourth album Shore, written during quarantine and released into the world on the autumnal equinox. Shore is much more timely than its title suggests; it’s a record about “life in the face of death,” per Pecknold, and it’s Crack-Up‘s jaunty older cousin, written and recorded by a wiser man who’s had a decade to face down his fears about getting older and who realizes he can weather more storms than he initially thought. Celebrate the end of 2020 and the days growing lighter with Pecknold, who will be streaming from St. Ann and The Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, and buy your NoonChorus ticket through the 9:30 Club’s link to support local. The performance begins at 9 p.m. on Dec. 21; replays are available through Dec. 24. Tickets are available at noonchorus.com. $20.