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Fostering a Follow-Up

Now that Foster The People is wearing out its “Pumped Up Kicks,” the group is stepping towards the future. And lead singer Mark Foster says the band already has a direction for its sophomore album. He told Billboard that music heads can expect a festive vibe.

"It's going to be really celebratory -- a lot like our first record [2011's 'Torches'] is, but in a different way,” he explains. “I think there's going to be more grit, and I think it's gonna be extremely percussive. I've been listening to a lot of the Clash lately, and a lot of '60s, the Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily."

Animal Collective to Drop 10th Album

Another year, another album from global psych-rockers Animal Collective. The super prolific group is slated to drop its tenth LP, “Centipede Hz,” on September 4. The band will follow that up with an extensive international tour, with the North American leg running from September 19 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle through October 5 at Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn. From there, it's off to Europe. And then, probably, another album.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros has been absolutely, well, magnetic lately. Last week, the hippy trippy band topped the folk charts with its latest album “Here” and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. But apparently, that's just the start.

The group, which recently stopped by NPR's World Cafe, has just re-launched its website and announced a headlining North American tour, beginning September 7 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, and wrapping up October 5 at Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! will provide support.

Rising Star: Phantasm

Fans of Phantasm, an up-and-coming indie-rock band from Philadelphia, might notice a change in the band's sound on its sophomore album, "Impossible Machines." That's because Phantasm dropped a band member, going from a quartet to a trio. In the process, the band elevated its sound to more of an arena-rock vibe.

“It took a little adjusting musically because the familiar conversation between four of us became three and left all these holes,” guitarist Steve Rosplock explains. “'Impossible Machines' is the result of feeling comfortable living in our skin as a three-piece."

The album features standout records “All I Need To Lose” and “Sho' Nuff," the latter of which will get the video treatment. Phantasm is slated to support the effort on a Northeast concert run with The Memorials, beginning August 23 at The Blockley in Philadelphia.

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