Mark Foster and His People Deliver an Aural Odyssey

Rock in Rio USA, May 8

Photo by Erik Kabik

Photo by Erik Kabik

Arms wide on the opener “Pseudologia Fantastica,” Mark Foster looked angelic as he welcomed the audience with his signature falsetto. Though his Los Angeles-born band consists of three members—six for this live set—Foster carried the show with his chameleonic abilities. Against a backdrop of mesmerizing psychedelic visuals, he toggled between keyboards, guitar and vocals, also picking up drumsticks to boost the beat on “Call It What You Want.” And when he wasn’t bound to an instrument, he kept the energy high. Foster moved with swagger on “Miss You” and wailed like Tarzan against the rumbling bass of “Are You What You Want to Be?” “Let’s keep it going!” he said, jumping in anticipation after a guitarist’s six-string recovered from temporary technical troubles. Although audience excitement dipped after the group’s biggest hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster and his People picked it back up with a raucous rendition of “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls).” Then they … did stop. ★★★✩✩

Pseudologia Fantastica
Best Friend
Helena Beat
Coming of Age
Call It What You Want
Miss You
The Truth
Are You What You Want to Be?
Pumped Up Kicks
Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)

Photos by Erik Kabik

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