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Mark Foster was a jingle writer before “Pumped Up Kicks” made him a five-time platinum star. Which may explain why the guy knows his way around a hook. It may also explain why thousands braved the first full-on hint of fall’s descent in order to catch Foster and his Foster the People at Canalside on Thursday. The guy can write a pop song. And unlike so many of his peers,…

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The burbling and bubbling synths; the plethora of drummers bashing out pseudo-tribal beats; the indelible pop displayed by every chorus hook – it must be an indie-pop show in the 2010s, an era when sounds originally crafted in the ’80s, then largely forgotten for the next two decades, have come home to roost. A new generation of listeners who probably have never heard Kat…

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Foster the People, the indie-pop trio from Cleveland fronted by songwriter Mark Foster, will play a Canalside show on Thursday, Sept. 11. The group, a 2010 “it band” based on the runaway success of its indelibly infectious indie-rock/synth-pop hybrid hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” is touring behind its sophomore effort, “Torches.”This will…