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Interview with Mark Foster of Foster the People — in Utah July 5

Published July 3, 2012 5:30 pm

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If Mark Foster has time, there's something he would like to do on the Fourth of July.The frontman of Grammy-nominated indie-pop group Foster the People would love to drive to Provo to check out the Beach Boys at the Stadium of Fire."They were one of my favorite groups when I was 6," Foster said in a phone interview. "My first show when I was 7 was the Beach Boys at the Blossom [Music Center], David Cassidy opened the show, [and] I started crying."Twenty years later, Foster the People headlined the same Blossom Music Center in Ohio after an incredible 2011, when the trio's debut single "Pumped Up Kicks" unexpectedly lit up the charts all summer.The song became the most popular song about school violence since Pearl Jam's "Jeremy." With distorted vocals during the verses and a bouncy, catchy chorus you couldn't shake from your head, the unlikely hit was something hipsters and tweens could agree on.The song changed the trio's lives in an instant, with a perfect example being its venues in Utah. In early 2011, the band performed at tiny Kilby Court. Several months later, it headlined the larger Urban Lounge. Now, the band will headline the much larger Saltair.

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Foster the People with Mayer Hawthorne & The County and Kimbra.When » Thursday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m.Where » Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, MagnaTickets » $28 in advance, $30 day of, at SmithsTix