In an unusual bit of luck the Fillmore was host to back-to-back performances from some the hottest indie acts this past Thursday and Friday night. Foster the People, currently holding the #3 spot on the Billboard charts with their song “Pumped Up Kicks,” headlined both nights. They were preceded by the dulcet, hypnotic sound of Cults, whom some of you may have heard on the opener for last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (there’s the consumer part). Cults is one of my favorite bands right now and their live show did not disappoint, despite lead singer Madeline Follin’s wicked cough.
Impressively added to the billing with only an EP to their name, the synth-punk band, Reptar, opened both nights. The young, stylish (barefoot, overalls, and cargo pants) group from Athens, Georgia have a strong stage presence led by keyboardist William Kennedy’s head banging and vocalist, Graham Ulicny’s surprisingly playful and ferocious vocals.
-Photographs by Julie Logan