Many comparisons to be made after Foxfire's first of two CMW performances at the Dakota on Friday (they open for Dengue Fever at Sneaky Dee's on Saturday). OK, not many comparisons, but two.
First, with the he-she back-and-forth plus horns/keys and more than five people on stage, Foxfire are but a glam version of Stars. And just like Stars, there's an overly theatrical male vocalist who, despite all his prancing about on and off stage, can't steal the star from his band's very capable female vocalist. In Foxfire (used to be Foxfire Forest, but name changed presumably to avoid confusion with Fox Force Five), the theatrical male is Neil Rankin, and the underused heroine is Hannah Krapivinsky. Despite this bit of spotlight positioning, Foxfire are a surprisingly cohesive, exuberant, and slightly gimmicky funk band.
Second, Rankin looks kind of like Rufus Wainwright, and that counts as a comparison too.
See NOW story on Foxfire here.