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Soundcheck: Fol Chen @ KCRW's 'Morning Becomes Eclectic,' 7/20/09

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Last month, local art-rockers Fol Chen dropped by KCRW in Santa Monica for an in-studio performance and interview on Morning Becomes Eclectic hosted by Jason Bentley.

As recounted by the station, "Highland Park's Fol Chen have been attracting a lot of blog attention lately for their lo-fi dance sounds and cryptic identities. The enigmatic crew claim to have secret powers and list Prince, Scritti Politti, and Hot Chip among their influences. For their performance this morning, Singer Samuel Bing drew a black mask around his eyes and the band wore matching outfits. The crew not only segued their song "Cable TV" (a favorite here at KCRW) into Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You," but did a cover of Mariah Carey's track "Emotions." That is NOT an easy song to sing and it was quite a trip to watch the band dive in. They seemed to be having a lot of fun and their joyful elctro pop was meant for dancing."

Earlier this week, Asthmatic Kitty released the Fol Chen remix album The Longer U Wait, available free for download from their website.

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Tonight, Fol Chen joins Marvelous Toy, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, and The Henry Clay People for the Rock N Roll Summer Circus at The Echoplex. Also performing between sets are acoustic performances by Banjo-vi, Torch, Downtown/Union, Natural Disasters, The Damselles, Les Blanks, Balloon Bass, Oof Arted, Roadside Graves, and Eli Chartkoff from The Monolators (who will also be the evening's MC). In addition, "Dressing up is STRONGLY encouraged. Those who come dressed as clowns, mimes, wearing a moustache, face painted, or just something circus themed will get a FREE mix cd of all the bands playing, mostly new unreleased tunes (12 songs in all).... while supplies last of course." Doors at 8:00 PM. $10 at the door. 18+.