Searching for Foals Balloons videothe companion clip to one of my favorite songs on the U.K. quintets excellent debut, Antidotes (released here in the States by Sub Pop)on YouTube, I accidentally typed foal instead of foals. Within a few moments I was watching, with much fascination, a six-minute video from Britain titled Birth of a Foal, in which a man pulls a foal from a prone, stabled horse to the overdubbed strains of the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush duet Dont Give Up. Afterward, I found the Balloons video, and for a while I couldnt decide which I preferredthe horse nuzzling and licking its newborn as it struggled to take its first steps, or the way the youthful, art-schoolish members of Foals wear their instruments practically under their chins as they romp through knotty, battleship-tight, infectious dance-rock thats typically compared to Gang of Four and Battles but to me often sounds a lot like our very own Minus the Bear, except fronted by the dude from Bloc Party instead of the dude from Jawbox. Ultimately I chose Foals over foals, because while the latter makes you sit in your chair and go Awww . . . , the former makes you jump up and around and go Woooo!!
Fri., May 30, 8 p.m., 2008