Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times
Foster the People's mix of Euro-chic electronics, snappy choruses and soulful beats have helped the band become the breakout Los Angeles act of 2011. Driven by the hit single "Pumped Up Kicks," the band's debut, "Torches," debuted in the Top 10 on the U.S. pop charts. That was back in late May. At the end of August, the band was still in the Top 20.