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Foxygen Run Low on Enegery, Have Onstage Meltdown at SXSW 2013

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SXSW generally involves long, late nights of high-adrenaline performances, so it’s no wonder artists sometimes find themselves running on empty. That was seemingly the case for Foxygen last night (March 14) at Austin’s Red 7. Watch singer Sam France lose his cool onstage in the NSFW clip (on account of language) above.

“I am empty,” France tells the crowd, admitting he’s drained of energy. Some audience members then proceeded to give him a hard time, reminding him that it’s his job as a musician to deliver the goods, whether he’s exhausted or not. France’s reaction to the remarks was volatile, to say the least.

“Come onstage and talk to me about it, you f—ing coward,” he yelled. “Come on, get on the f—ing stage.”

Thankfully, he simmered down enough to get through a performance of ‘In the Darkness,’ after which he stormed offstage, to the bewilderment of the crowd and his bandmates. Eventually, he reappeared and apologized for his behavior, saying, “I’m sorry about what I said earlier to that guy. I wasn’t even talking to him. I was talking to myself.”

Foxygen managed to end their tumultuous set on a positive note, turning in an energized and ear-pleasing rendition of ‘On Blue Mountain,’ a tune from their album ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.’

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