Tag Archives: Foster the People


Two Chances to Catch Knox Hamilton This Week

January 14th, 2015

As Knox Hamilton, Bradley Pierce (vocals, guitar and keys), Drew Buffington (guitar), Boots Copeland (bass and vocals) and Cobo Copeland (drums) have been making the kind of exuberant, dance-floor-ready rock that’s earned them comparisons to the likes of Foster the People and Phoenix. The Little Rock, Ark., four-piece (above, performing “Rightfully So” for WTTS FM in Indianapolis) are out on the road right now, and they arrive in New York City for a pair of shows—opening for Civil Twilight tonight at Rough Trade NYC
and to play the early show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.


Smallpools and Magic Man Play Music Hall Tonight

October 28th, 2014

Two pairs of friends—the East Coast’s Sean Scanlon (vocals and keys) and Mike Kamerman (guitar) and Oregonians Joseph Intile (bass) and Beau Kuther (drums)—met in L.A. while trying to launch music careers and formed the synth-inflected-rock quartet Smallpools. Their self-titled EP came out in 2013. And AllMusic calls their music “shimmery, Passion Pit–meets–Foster the People–inspired electro pop.” Smallpool (above, doing “Dreaming” for KROQ FM) are currently out on the road, touring with Magic Man.

Across the country in Boston, Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Lee (guitar), Justine Bowe (keys), Daniel Radin (bass) and Joey Sulkowski (drums) have been doing work as Magic Man since 2010, using synths and a heavy dose of guitars—although initially the band was just Caplow and Lee as a duo. The group’s first album as a five-piece, Before the Waves (stream it below), arrived this past summer. AllMusic also compared Magic Man (above, performing “Texas” for Hardwick Sessions) to Passion Pit and Foster the People and labeled the LP “modern pop crafted with a decidedly retro appeal.” See Smallpools and Magic Man tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.


Foster the People – United Palace – October 24, 2014

October 27th, 2014

Foster the People - United Palace - October 24, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Two Nights of Foster the People at United Palace This Weekend

October 22nd, 2014

Mark Foster (vocals, keys and guitar) had spent time in L.A. working on commercial jingles before he teamed up with Cubbie Fink (bass) and Mark Pontius (drums) to form Foster the People in 2009. A year later the trio found success when upon posting “Pumped Up Kicks” to their site it became an online sensation—and then a smash hit across the globe—which ultimately led to festival slots and eventually getting a record deal with the Columbia Records imprint Startime International. Their first full-length, Torches (stream it below), followed in 2011. BBC Music called it “a debut of MGMT-like magic to leave you pumped up for more.” Foster the People (above, performing “Best Friend” at this years’s Glastonbury) returned earlier this year with their follow-up LP, Supermodel (stream it below). According to PopMatters, it’s “a quantum leap forward.” And furthermore, the album “is a massive surprise. It is also achingly, devastatingly beautiful…. Forward isn’t always better. But for Foster the People, on Supermodel, it was the right direction.” The band’s world tour hits New York City this weekend for a pair of weekend shows at United Palace on Friday and Saturday. French singer-songwriter Soko opens both nights.


Young & Sick Brings His Soulful R&B to The Bowery Ballroom

June 18th, 2014

Dutch visual artist Nick Van Hofwegen is a double threat. Before releasing any of his own material, he was already in the music industry, designing album covers—under the name Young & Sick—for the likes of Maroon 5, Foster the People and Robin Thicke. But beginning in 2012, Young & Sick began putting out several falsetto-fueled digital R&B singles before his self-titled debut full-length (stream it below) arrived this spring. AllMusic notes that “with downtempo R&B crooning, smeary washes of synths and simmering beats, delivered with so much style and graceful soul that it leaps ahead of the pack to become something of a minor classic of the form.” Young & Sick (above, doing “Glass” for Hype Machine) has also been honing his live show this year, performing at SXSW and Coachella, prior to embarking on his own North American tour this month, which brings him to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.


Foster the People – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 17, 2014

March 18th, 2014

Foster the People - Music Hall of Williamsburg - March 17, 2014

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Foster the People – SummerStage – June 11, 2012

June 12th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com


Tokyo Police Club Comes Full Circle

June 11th, 2012

Tokyo Police Club – The Bowery Ballroom – June 10, 2012

The indie-rock universe has taken on an especially mercurial quality when the guys in Tokyo Police Club, the veritable old guard, find themselves headlining a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show just one night before warming up for Foster the People in Central Park. But this was the landscape outside, the fickle cultural one—the very same one that in 2006 elevated TPC from obscure basement band to playing Mercury Lounge to signing with Saddle Creek and beyond. Inside, the band was back playing a New York City rock club, a bit of nostalgia for a well-established group that in some respects had transcended spaces like this one.

As their new record steadily creeps toward the finish line, this was Tokyo Police Club’s first show “in a long time,” according to singer Graham Wright. So, suitably, they opened with something new. The song, one of the few the audience knew none of the words to, featured the signature lyric “Don’t look back,” a winking self-admonishment from a band ripping between its past and its future. Diving to 2006, they followed with “Nature of the Experiment,” the type of song that makes you remember where you were when you first heard it. The set oscillated among old, recent and new, featuring “Favorite Colour,” “Tessellate” and a new song with the words “I want to travel to the future” lodged prominently in its chorus.

The band finished the set with the twosome of “Breakneck Speed,” one of the best songs of 2010, and “Wait Up (Boots of Danger),” the first bringing the house to its fullest voice on the lyric “It’s good to be back, good to be back” before an explosion of high-fret guitar and keyboard. It was, perhaps, this tension between returning and moving forward, the old becoming new and the new becoming familiar, that stuck the set together, a sort of past and future tense architecture. And so it was no joke when the band encored with a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and then closed with their second-ever single, “Cheer It On.” Only a few people knew the words then but everyone knew them now, bringing the evening both back and full circle. —Geoff Nelson

The Bowery Presents Live Features We Barbarians

April 24th, 2012

David Quon (guitar), Derek VanHeule (bass) and Nathan Warkentin (drums) grew up in Long Beach, Calif., which is where they first began playing music together. And when their previous group disbanded, the trio, now based in Brooklyn, formed We Barbarians—and with their bluesy rock earned some pretty heady comparisons to Arcade Fire and early U2. Last summer the three-piece released the critically acclaimed EP Headspace, and while We Barbarians are gearing up to head to Europe in support of Foster the People, today they are featured on The Bowery Presents Live. See them, above, playing a quieter take on the anthemic “Chambray” and then watch them discuss why, despite the challenges, moving here from Southern California has been a good fit. And make sure you subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to stay in touch.


Foster the People – Terminal 5 – September 27, 2011

September 28th, 2011

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

(Tonight’s Foster the People show at Terminal 5 is sold out.)


Cut Copy Urges You to Move

August 12th, 2011

Cut Copy – Prospect Park Bandshell – August 11, 2011

Cut Copy lead singer Dan Whitford’s arms are perhaps the most expressive limbs in all of live music. With fists pumping and outstretched, open palms, his gesticulations closely resemble his lyrics. Take, for example, the chorus to “Hearts on Fire.” Onstage with his fellow bandmates, Whitford grasped for the crowd while crooning, “With hearts on fire I reach out to you tonight.” If the words didn’t move you, the music and dancing certainly would.

And so it was that on Thursday night at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Cut Copy along with openers Foster the People and Midnight Magic closed this summer’s Celebrate Brooklyn! series. The choice, while not obvious, positioned the Australian dance rockers as the final act to a lineup of talent that opened with Andrew Bird and included diverse bands ranging from the Books to the Heavy.

From the onset, Cut Copy wove new songs from the recently released album Zonoscope with older favorites. “Take Me Over” led to In Ghost Colours standout “Feel the Love.” And, while live the band mostly conjured a sound similar to its studio albums, “Where I’m Going” and “Pharaohs & Pyramids” are still best heard when fleshed out in concert. The samples and synths have a way of infecting the brain with an urge to move. And on a perfect late summer night, you couldn’t ask for a better compulsion. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | DianaWongPhoto.com