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Foster The People On World Cafe, July 7, 2011

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Los Angeles's Foster the People seemingly appeared out of nowhere, taking the blogosphere and Top 40 radio by storm with the viral single "Pumped Up Kicks," a breezy summer jam with a subtly sinister edge.

Bandleader Mark Foster grew up in Cleveland and moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. After years on the fringes of the industry, Foster and his band finally broke through with the polished, genre-hopping sound that made them this month's WXPN "Artist to Watch." Foster the People's debut album, Torches, is riding high on the pop charts and the band is playing a string of largely sold-out tour dates in the U.S. and U.K., including an appearance at Lollapalooza in August.

Hear the band perform songs from its new album on today's World Cafe. (link)



The Beatles "Within You Without You" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Jayhawks "She Walks In So Many Ways" Mockingbird Time
The Lemonheads "It's A Shame About Ray" It's A Shame About Ray
The Smithereens "Sorry" 11
Belly "Feed The Tree" Star
Foster The People "Houdini" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
Foster The People "Pumped Up Kicks" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
Foster The People "Helena Beat" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr "Simple Girl" It's A Corporate World
Emitt Rhodes "Live Til You Die" The Emitt Rhodes Recording
The Decemberists "Down By The Water" The King Is Dead
Fairport Convention "Tam Lin" Liege & Lief


James McMurtry "Painting By Numbers" Too Long In The Wasteland
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
Fleetwood Mac "The Chain" The Chain: Selections from 25 Years
Sharon Van Etten "One Day" Epic
The Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb" Forty Licks
Mayer Hawthorne "A Long Time" How Do You Do
Morrissey "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" Your Arsenal
Brian Eno "Been There Done That" Wrong Way Up
Ra Ra Riot "Boy" Orchard
My Morning Jacket "Holding On To Black Metal" Circuital
Phish "Chalk Dust Torture" A Picture Of Nectar
City & Colour "We Found Each Other In The Dark" Little Hell
Tegan & Sara "Back In You Head" The Con
The Cars "Sad Song" Move Like This