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Second Stage: Foster The People

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The Californian indie-pop band hit the ground running after SXSW and a Hype Machine hit with "Pumped Up Kicks." Courtesy of Artist hide caption

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Foster The People

The Californian indie-pop band hit the ground running after SXSW and a Hype Machine hit with "Pumped Up Kicks."

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I hope your summer playlist isn't finalized yet, because here's one more essential track for the mix: "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People.  It's a laid-back, breezy song made for a top-down covertable cruise to the beach.

A killer melody floats lightly over a surf guitar lick as mellow as low-tide. Ambient synths echo a distant cicada buzz creating a hazy summer feel. It's an indie-pop jam that exudes sunny californian vibes.

Foster The People caught a big wave with love from Hype Machine listeners and a few key South by Southwest performances.  Attention from blogs created a rippling effect of praise with one comment noting "Pumped Up Kids" should be played in a similar situation to this scene in Hi-Fidelity.

But don't go looking for Foster The People on Myspace, check out Facebook instead. The unsigned band is committed to staying connected to its growing audience by crowd-sourcing its Facebook friends for tour locations, tweeting with updates, and offering free downloads via its official website.

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