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Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim — and therefore inspires lots of copycats — only to willfully retreat from the spotlight. This usually involves making an album designed to alienate mainstream audiences and/or distance the originator from the imitators. It also tends to create a vacuum… More »

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My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for “Stuck Like Glue,” a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily codified country radio landscape. I hadn’t paid close attention to mainstream country since I was a kid, but somehow “Stuck Like Glue” made its way into my browser and captured… More »

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Osheaga 2014: Lorde, The Replacements, HAIM, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, & More

More than most North American cities, Montreal gets it right when it comes to hosting music festivals. Fortunate enough to have a setting like Parc Jean-Drapeau, located in the heart of the city, a five-minute subway ride from downtown, the Canadian city is able to pull off a music-and-arts festival like Osheaga with relative ease. More »

By: Adrien Begrand / August 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Intervenes To Preserve Young & Sick’s Foster The People Mural

Recent BTW Young & Sick is perhaps better known for his visual art than for his music, having illustrated album covers for the likes of Foster The People, Maroon 5, and Robin Thicke. His greatest artistic coup so far was painting a giant mural of his artwork for Foster The People’s Supermodel in L.A. a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2014 - 11:23 am

Here’s Weird Al’s New Polka Medley Covering Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Macklemore, & More

Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine has noted several times lately that the polka medleys have always been the best part of Weird Al Yankovic’s albums, and he might have a point. Basically, in addition to numerous parodies and originals, Yankovic always stitches together a string of pop hits covered as ebullient traditional polka tunes; Here’s aMore »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Foster The People Working With Amber Coffman, Soko, Night Beds

Foster The People are arguably the most boring successful band on the entire planet, and years after “Pumped Up Kicks,” they are still showing up on festival posters in a bigger font-size than your favorite band. But they seem to be at least vaguely interested in becoming less boring. Talking to NME recently, the member… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2014 - 10:25 am

A$AP Rocky Covers “Pumped Up Kicks”

Today, A$AP Rocky did a live session for Zane Lowe’s BBC1 Radio show, where he played a rendition of his single “Goldie.” But luckily enough, for all of us, that wasn’t it! He also covered “Pumped Up Kicks.” He doesn’t know many of the words, though if I had to guess “Which critically-approved rapper i… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 1, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans (Smims&Belle Remix)” (Feat. Azealia Banks)

Smims&Belle is the new DJ project from Mark Foster and Isom Innis, two members of Foster The People. Judging by their first big remix, I’m delighted to note that they sound nothing like Foster The People. However, due warning: They do sound an awful lot like Swedish House Mafia or something. Credit them, however, with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2012 - 9:19 am

Grammys 2012 Comment Party!!

It’s the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the off chance you are experiencing something similar at yours, we have decided to put up a post for us all to congregate and talk shit about Adam Levine. This year’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Beach Boys To Reunite At Grammys… With Foster The People & Maroon 5

In December, we reported that elusive, damaged genius Brian Wilson was back together with the Beach Boys, the once-estranged group he’d helped to make great. This year, they plan to tour together and release a new album. And at this Sunday’s Grammys, Billboard reports that they’ll all perform together for the first time in decades. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 8, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Foster The People Confuse Jeopardy Contestants

Foster The People are arguably the big alt-rock story of the year — the band who managed to cross over to SNL and the Ryan Seacrest top-40 radio show without actually having to spend any actual time in the indie trenches. But even with $2,000 on the line, three of the geniuses on a recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2011 - 11:17 am

Watch Foster The People On Letterman

Last night, bewilderingly popular L.A. synthpoppers Foster The People turned up on the Late Show With David Letterman. As it turns out, they have songs other than “Pumped Up Kicks.” One of them is called “Helena Beat,” and that’s the one they played. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2011 - 11:17 am

Horrors, Twin Shadow On Lady Gaga Remix LP

Gaga is set to drop a slate of products on 11/21 and 11/22, including a remix CD, a deluxe repackaging of her 2011 LP Born This Way, a DVD of her Madison Square Garden Performance and a photo/art book called Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson. The remix CD, in particular, features Gaga reworks from the… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 21, 2011 - 3:23 pm

David Bowie (Jimmy Fallon) Covers “Pumped Up Kicks”

Here’s something we missed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the night before last. Fallon and guest Joseph Gordon-Levitt, apparently friends in real life, got together to sing karaoke and do impressions of other singers. Fallon, as David Bowie, sang Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” JGL, as Axl Rose, sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2011 - 10:48 am

Artist Polaroids From Lollapalooza 2011

Lollapalooza celebrated its twentieth anniversary in Chicago over the weekend with headline performances by Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Muse. It was the support acts, however, that really excited us. So like he did at Bonnaroo, our tireless photog/artist wrangler Graeme Flegenheimer (with help from The Impossible Project) distributed Polaroid cameras and film to 23… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 8, 2011 - 11:45 am

Weezer Cover “Pumped Up Kicks”

After teaming up with the Flaming Lips on the East Coast, Weezer headed West to the Pacific Amphitheater last night as part of the Orange County Fair concert series. The band added another cover to their collection by tackling Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” (which you can watch below) along with “Paranoid Android.” Check… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 5, 2011 - 9:38 am

And The Indie Song Of Summer 2011 Is…

Earlier this month we took a look back at “Indie” Songs Of The Summer 2001-2010 and asked you what 2011’s non-Katy Perry BBQ anthem should be. These were the top five tracks you nominated:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 30, 2011 - 2:53 pm