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Damon Albarn
Foster the People: Pumped up, indeed
Foster the People: Pumped up, indeed

The time slot was an unforgiving one and the venue even worse. When Foster the People ambled onstage at noon on the final full day of the nearly weeklong South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, it was exhaustion rather than excitement that filled the convention center hall. The scant and weary crowd was hardly befitting for a band that would soon have a top 10 album in "Torches" and become the hottest thing going in Los Angeles. "To a spectator who knew nothing about the back story, we are a band that came out of nowhere," said the trio's leader, Mark Foster. Indeed, Neil Schield, owner of Echo Park's Origami Vinyl, said Foster the...