Interview: Kimbra breaks from Gotye’s shadow with ‘The Golden Echo’

Kimbra still sees concertgoers with puzzled looks on their faces at her shows. People who’d heard her sing on one song, bought tickets, and were surprised to hear something other than stripped-back, emotional pop. That is only one tool in her tool chest. There are also electronic influences, as well as R&B, jazz, soul and even a bit of hip hop. The 24-year-old native New Zealander, who kicks off her tour at the Independent on Monday, is willing to accept the challenge of winning fans over for a second time. “Look, this is a track that Gotye wrote,” she said, [...]

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Review & Videos: Foster the People brings pumped-up beats, Mayer Hawthorne and Kimbra to the Greek Theater, 6/29/12

About two-thirds of the way through Foster the People’s sold out show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley Friday evening, frontman-keyboardist Mark Foster noted his band is just a handful of shows away from No. 300. That’s 300 concerts since the band went from throwing “Pumped Up Kicks” at anyone who would have it, for free, online – 15 months ago – to a stage show that now includes multiple projection screens, giant blow-up album art characters, a marching band and a flame-headed emcee who oversaw the festivities through the mouth of a tribal-tattooed face projection. Anyone who’s seen Foster [...]

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