Concert Review: Foster the People at the Grog Shop


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A band with teeth
  • A band with teeth

Technically, indie-pop band Foster the People is from Los Angeles. But singer Mark Foster is a Cleveland native who headed west nearly nine years ago. Last night, Foster's homecoming performance was greeted by sold-out audience at the Grog Shop.

By the time the band hit the stage shortly after 11 p.m., the Grog was filled with baby boomers, hipsters, bros, and tweens — all anxiously waiting to hear Foster play songs from their recently released debut album Torches.

The entire crowd danced and sang enthusiastically to every note and word Foster and his band played. They covered almost every song from Torches, as they jumped, banged, and grooved along to the music, earning the buzz currently swirling around them.

By the time Foster the People got to their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” fans were singing as loud as the band. Despite his California zip code, Clevelanders embraced Foster like he's still one of their own. Take that, LeBron. —Max Hayden

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