Monday, 26 January 2015 17:14

Indie Best Bet: Phox

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Phox
Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids
Feb. 21, 8 p.m.
$15, calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6282

So, what exactly is “Phox,” anyway? A new workout craze? A Hunger Games character? One of the forgotten Palin children? No – in this case, the Phox in question is one of the most buzzed-about indie pop bands of the new year. Hailing from ultra-hip Madison, Wisconsin, Phox released its eponymous debut album mid-2014, to massive critical acclaim.

While often listed under the shopworn alternative-folk label, Phox has already set itself apart from the competition, in no small part by winning prestigious slots on the SXSW and Lollapalooza lineups. And let’s not forget opening gigs for The Lumineers and Blitzen Trapper: a definite stamped seal of approval from the indie elite. After Saturday’s Calvin College show, it’s unlikely anyone in the house will be uncomfortable with shouting “Phox Rocks!” Or, you know, “Rox,” if you really want to get down and dirty with it.

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