Foster The People have been making a lot of waves with their recent comeback. Not only did they create a massive mural in downtown LA (based on the cover art for their sophomore release, Supermodel), but they’ve also been announced as headliners for many an upcoming festival. On top of that, they have a headlining tour of their own in the works. Now, the band has released a new music video for their single, “Coming of Age,” comprised of teenage flashbacks and an ’80s vibe that would make John Hughes blush. Check it out below. (more…)
The 2014 Sasquatch! music fest, held each year in George, Washington, has announced its 2014 lineup. Unsurprisingly, we see a lot of familiar faces on the bill. Headlining this year is OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Frank Ocean, and Foster the People to name a few”and we do mean quite a few. Though the festival has previously taken place over just one weekend, this year’s 100+ performances have been expanded to a massive two weekend event over Memorial Day and July 4th weekends. Check out the full lineup below. (more…)
Foster the People have given back to the Los Angeles community in a pretty huge way”and we mean that literally. The trio is responsible for an enormous new mural in downtown LA, which is basically just a giant advertisement for their new album, Supermodel.
Frontman Mark Foster says about the mural, “Living down here the last four years, I’ve gotten to be part of a cultural renaissance. I feel like Los Angeles has given us a lot, and we wanted to give something back. There’s a lot of people who live down here, who walk past or ride the bus to work past that wall every day. They have no idea who we are, but they’re going to be able to see a piece of art that’s making their neighborhood more beautiful, even if they never listen to the band.”
The band played a free show in front of the mural, which was done by Dutch artist Young & Sick, last Thursday night, and their new music video for “Coming of Age,” shows a time-lapse video of the process.
“It happens to be the same art we’re putting on our record, but for me it was always something separate from the album itself,” notes Foster, “Music is an intangible thing “ it travels through the air. But there’s something powerful about something you can look at and touch. This was a chance to make something that’s going to stand independent of the music that we make.”
Check out the mural at 539 S. Los Angeles Street and catch the band on tour this spring.
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First, Foster The People break their three-year silence with a catchy new tune and the promise of a new album. Then, they tease us with the news that they’ll be making the festival rounds this spring. Of course, fans have been hoping for additional tour dates surrounding the festivals (how could we not?) and now we have them.
Hitting Las Vegas, Nashville, Boston, Tampa, Toronto, and all the other major stops in between, Foster The People will embark on a three-month tour in support of their March 18 release, Supermodel. Check out the dates below.
Between all the award ceremonies and summer festival announcements these past few weeks, we’re feeling pretty jazzed about all the regulars we’ve been seeing in the circuit. Adding to the run of festival announcements is Georgia’s Counterpoint Festival, with headliners OutKast, Foster The People, and Pretty Lights, along with supporting acts Matt & Kim, Sleigh Bells, and many more in the 75+ act lineup. The three-day fest will take place in Rome, Georgia from April 25th-27th at Kingston Downs. Check out the full lineup below. (more…)
To be honest, I was a little excited when I heard that Foster The People were coming out with a new album. After a few years of radio silence (literally), I can’t help but feel anxious to hear what they have up their sleeves. As if reading my mind, the band has confirmed a few festival dates this year, including Coachella, CounterPoint Music Festival, Big Guava Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Governors Ball in New York. Check out the dates below, and keep an eye out for their latest release, Supermodel on March 18. (more…)
Foster The People (anyone else mentally complete that phrase with “you love with love” or am I the only one who listened to James Taylor’s Greatest Hits too much when I was 13?) have debuted their new single “Coming of Age,” which will appear on their forthcoming album Supermodel, due March 14th.
I thought their last album was pretty schizophrenic. Not necessarily a bad thing (I personally dig records like that), just a divergent sound from song to song. This new one matches some of the band’s established vibe, but is more driving and built-for-radio. It doesn’t bear the slow slacker feel of their crossover hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” but it is pretty chilled out and dressed in ambient sound along with some prominent guitars. Cool song, check it out.
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The late ˜70s gave us a plethora of short-term disco stars who lived”and quickly died”by the groove, while the Tacos, the Kajagoogoos and the After the Fires of the early ˜80s, arrived wielding synthesizers and tressed for fifteen minutes and less of success. More recently, in 2005 and 2006, sensitive singer-songwriter guys Daniel Powter (Bad Day) and James Blunt (You’re Beautiful) helped usher out the pre-Rihanna/Katy Perry/Lady Gaga phase of pop.
In 2009, as a higher number of headlining newcomers than usual ascended to the summit (Lady Gaga, Jay Sean and Jason DeRülo, among them), at least one, Owl City”the act behind Fireflies”was bound to never fly anywhere near those heights again. And last year, with dance music dominating the airwaves more dramatically than it had since the aforementioned disco age, we got indie-pop with a beat for exactly one massive hit single, courtesy of Foster the People, who went all the way to No. 3 with Pumped Up Kicks.
Which of 2012’s first-timers so far are most likely to not still be succeeding by their next single? fun., the rock trio that recently spent six weeks at No. 1 with “We Are Young”? Or Gotye, who rode a quirky song and an even more oddball video all the way to the top?
At a quick glance, Gotye seems to have all of the trappings of a one-hit wonder. Interesting name that one might need a pronunciation key to get right? Check. Song that sounds unlike anything else on the radio? Check. A colorful video that jumps off the screen for reasons that have as much to do with the high concept as the song itself? Check.
Life is full of surprises, and sometimes, so is pop music. In recent weeks, it’s recovered its long-dormant ability to shock, or at least catch us off guard with the unlikely hit, or the unexpected comeback.
Several months ago, I never dreamed I would ever ask the question that is the title of this article. It had been more than twenty-five years since Lionel Richie’s commercial heyday, and on the charts, he had been succeeded by younger romantic leads in pop and R&B many times over (Babyface, Usher, Ne-Yo, among others).
Then came one of those surprise developments seldom seen in pop anymore: On Billboard magazine’s Top 200 album chart for the week following the March 26 release of Tuskegee, Richie’s first studio album since 2009’s Just Go (which didn’t make the US Top 20 and failed to go gold), he debuted at No. 2 with first-week sales of 199,000 copies, right behind Madonna’s latest, MDNA.