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Foster The People :: Doug Fir Lounge :: 01.20.14

Portlanders had a rare chance to get up close and personal with Foster The People this week. While in recent years the band has played larger venues like The Roseland or McMenamin's Edgefield, this time around Mark Foster and the gang opted for a more intimate setting at the Doug Fir Lounge (a venue that Mark referred to as "the best kept secret in Portland") to preview music from their new album, "Supermodel," due to drop in March.

For Monday night's show, the band played a flawless set that was the perfect blend of new material and old favorites, well complimented by the energy of the crowd and lead singer Mark Foster's relentlessly positive stage presence. Midway through the show, he paused to dedicate to the show to his grandmother and talk about the band's ethos ("We're a band that likes to bring joy... I just want to celebrate life"). In addition to classics like "Houdini," "Pumped Up Kicks," and "Helena Beat," the band previewed quite a few songs off their forthcoming album, including their new single, the John Hughes-reminiscent "Coming of Age," before closing the show with "Don't Stop."

I've written about quite a few shows for Thoughts From Last Night, but very rarely have I seen a show where the stars aligned quite the way they did for Monday's show. (I may not have actually done the Judd-Nelson-in-Breakfast-Club fist pump at the end of the show, but I certainly wanted to.) While "Torches" may have already earned Foster The People a spot in the indie-rock firmament, the band has definitely come of age with their sophomore effort. (And if you missed this week's show, you're in luck - they'll be returning to The Roseland on May 22.

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01/24/2014 11:15AM
Foster The People :: Doug Fir Lounge :: 01.20.14
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02/06/2014 3:28PM
This had to be one of the best shows I’ve been to in Portland. Been keeping an eye on the band since and just stumbled across their new video for “Coming of Age”
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