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Mississippi Blues Project artist James Cotton grew up playing the blues, singing and carrying his legendary tunes on his harmonica. He joined Muddy Waters as his harmonica player back in 1954 - a gig winning the group a Grammy in 1977 - and though the two have since parted ways, Cotton has continued to enthrall audiences with his bluesy harmonica, distinctive voice, and gift for songwriting.

Diego Garcia knows how to mine romantic yearning in his work, and his new album Paradise continues to expand upon the romantic sound he has been shaping throughout his career. His music drifts listeners back to the 1970's with its soft melodic riffs and use of strings, delicate percussion, and Spanish guitars; Garcia's lyrics lay gently on top in such a way that sounds like the crescendo of softly sung Spanish and lull audiences into pure enjoyment with each melodic turn.

With a distinctive voice and a diverse repertoire of musical styles and colors, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins' new album Show Phaser is described as "a neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop," with innovative and thought-provoking lyrics and melodies. Her style is constantly changing, and that's what makes her an exciting artist - with Atkins you never know what's coming next, but you always know it will be new and interesting.

Man Man is known for their eclectic musical landscaping, for pushing the envelope, and being fearlessly unique in their musical execution. The group's fifth-full length album On Oni Pond takes their reputation to new heights, and with past performances at XPN's Free at Noon and at Union Transfer proving to audiences just how much fun they can be.

Zydeco musician C.J. Chenier adds his own flavor to the genre with his accordion, creative covers, and energy through the roof; in fact, his new album is so jam packed with energy it could power a small city! His album Can't Sit Down was recorded in one live session at Rock Romano's Red Shack Studio in Houston, Texas, and is a testament to the kind of fast-paced excitement Chenier is sure to bring to a live performance.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a 26-year old of Puerto Rican descent with marked influences from doo-wop and Motown to New Orleans soul to traditional country and folk. NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff's music "sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit," uniting audiences of all backgrounds with a common musical thread.

Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "the most welcome addition to pop music this year," with their debut LP WILDEWOMAN lauded by The New York Times as "an art school take on girl group soul." Since their recent debut, Lucius has become a quick favorite of XPN listeners, and makes an exciting and much anticipated addition to this year's lineup.

Fronted by Rhett Miller, Old 97's have long been an XPN favorite, blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk energy and delivery. The group has been making music for 20 years, and their new album "Most Messed Up" finds the Old 97's at their racous, boozy best, all swagger and heart.

Singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, and trumpet-playing guitarist Mike Olson met and formed Lake Street Dive at Boston's New England Conservatory, and has since come along way. They find themselves on the cusp of stardom, describing themselves as a "pop-soul juggernaut", with varied influences ranging from British Invasion Rock ("Bobby Tanqueray") to horn-drivin R&B; it is clear that Lake Street Dive is destined for greatness.

Founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman featuring twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, Trigger Hippy is a brand new, powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band ready to tear up the XPoNential stage. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the EP with the band, and bassist Nick Govrik. Trigger Hippy's early shows have already garnered acclaim, and this built-for-the-stage trio is sure to excite and entertain.

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