Entercom Portland’s alternative station, 94/7 FM (KNRK), announced today that Foster the People and Sir Sly will perform at The Best Show of the Year…So Far – Part 3!
“With two great bands supporting an even better cause, this event will really be the best show of the summer,” said Mark Hamilton, program director, 94/7 FM, Entercom Portland.
Two dollars from every ticket sold will go to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation which support the efforts of non-profit organizations focused on community health, the environment, arts and education and social change. This year, 94/7 FM’s Vitalogy donations will benefit the MyMusicRx program at Children’s Cancer Association, which provides musical support to children and teens in hospitals. With sister stations 99.9 FM (KISW) and 107.7 The End FM (KNDD) of Entercom Seattle, 94/7 FM has raised more than $200,000 for the Vitalogy Foundation since the beginning of the partnering in 2015.
For more information about the Vitalogy Foundation and the charities it supports, please visit https://pearljam.com/acts/vitalogy.
For more information about The Best Show of the Year…So Far – Part 3!, please visit www.947.fm.
For more information about Children’s Cancer Association, please visit joyrx.org.
About Foster The People
Foster the People was founded by Mark Foster in Los Angeles in 2009. The group achieved success with the 2011 release of their debut album Torches, which has sold nearly two million albums and over ten million singles worldwide. Torches features the #1 hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” which was declared “the year’s anthem” by SPIN, and also spawned the chart topping singles “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls),” “Houdini,” and “Helena Beat.” Foster the People garnered three Grammy nominations for their monumental debut, including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Houdini.”
Foster the People’s sophomore album, Supermodel, was released on March 18th, 2014. Produced by Paul Epworth and recorded in various locations around the world, the album reached number three on the U.S. album chart. Two singles, “Coming of Age” and “Best Friend”, hit the Top Ten of the alternative chart.
About Sir Sly
Hello, this is Hayden from Sir Sly and I am writing the press release for our new single “High.”
At first, we used a biographer and they did a nice job–in fact, my favorite quote said that our new song “turns a hotel-room panic attack into a creative breakthrough” (true!). Still, I wanted to give you a bit more background, in chronological order, formatted by bullet points:
April 20, 2014: It’s a day off on tour with The 1975. We’re colonizing a beige, spartan room at the Courtyard Marriott in Oakland. Landon, our frontman, steps out for a smoke.
Shortly thereafter, he becomes one with the universe. Additionally, my man sprawls out on the bathroom tile, smiling, scared, and stoned, naming off a list of people to whom he must give this newly discovered, all-encompassing, cosmic love.
September 16, 2014: The trip subsides, we finish the tour, and release an album called You Haunt Me. It does pretty well. My Mom tells all her friends about the time we played Conan, and how she heard us on the radio.
Deep inside, I’m a little disappointed because I read somewhere on the internet that we were supposed to be the next Coldplay, yet I still drive a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with a check engine light.
Over the next six months, we start, and later abandon, a sophomore album full of minimal electronic songs. The lyrics are mostly outward facing, obtuse, anxious. It was good, but Jamie xx we are not.
June 2015: Back at square one and thinking hard about words like “sonic” and “identity,” Jason makes a round, booming instrumental in his studio in Costa Mesa. I cobble together a sampled, sauntering drum beat on a bus in Italy. Landon comes up with this sticky melody that’s part talking, part singing, all feel. We get in a room and they meld together.
It ends up being a revisionist retelling of that April 2014 night with a wink and some rose-colored glasses, borne of a desire to have a song to dance to every show.
I play it for an anonymous Uber driver and he’s all in. My Dad hears it and says it is “poppier” than our old stuff. My brother loves it and posts it to his Instagram months before it’s released because he thinks it’s already out.
Now: “High” comes out. “It’s an upbeat anthem about ego death” lead singer Landon Jacobs told the biographer, while I was on the other line of the conference call. “It really opened up the honesty of the record.”
Fittingly, it’s the first song from a forthcoming album that is lived-in, loose, and against all odds, a celebration. Thanks for listening.