Foster the People continue to ride the wave from 2011’s Torches more so than gaining ground with this year’s Supermodel. Supermodel trades Torches’ studio-generated sounds for organic ones, pulled from various spots on the globe. The percussive African rhythms of “Are You What You Want to Be?” and the undulating Spanish guitars of “Nevermind” give way to modern-day psychedelia with the electric layers of “Pseudologica Fantastica” and the intricately shaped grinder, “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon.” In contrast, “Goats in Trees” and “Fire Escape” are wholly acoustic, the latter so stripped down, it feels unfinished. Supermodel is most like Torches’ crafted exuberance on the rumbling bass lines, pretty synths and candy-coated vocals of “Ask Yourself” and the warbling riffs of “Coming of Age.” Supermodel isn’t as instantly gratifying as its predecessor, but it’s a steady grower.

Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/14/14)

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