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|Photo by Matthew Keever|
|Foster the People at House of Blues in September 2011|
Bayou Music Center, April 30
You can almost guarantee that all the kids with the pumped up kicks will line up outside Bayou Music Center Wednesday to catch a glimpse of indie-pop radio gods Foster the People. The band had only been playing together for a year when their catchy 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks" became a viral monstrosity, jumping from Sirius/XM's Alt Nation channel to L.A. alternative-FM bulwark KROQ and then scores of radio stations nationwide.
Afterward, band members Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius toured "Kicks" parent album Torches for ten months straight. Now here they come again, this time supporting the recent release of follow-up album Supermodel. ANGELICA LEICHT
To call Chaka Khan a singer-songwriter would be quite an understatement. Although technically correct, with a career spanning four decades and ten Grammy awards, it's more accurate to simply call her an artist. Even in her early days as a member of the funk group Rufus, Khan's dynamic talents were apparent when Stevie Wonder helped her pen the band's first major hit, "Tell Me Something Good," before she went on to shine as the voice behind popular hits like "Sweet Thing" and "Ain't Nobody."
Khan's catalog of music now stretches across seven musical genres -- pop, rock, gospel, R&B, country, jazz, and classical - and includes collaborations with all of the musical greats, from Miles Davis to Prince and Dizzy Gillespie. ANGELICA LEICHT
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