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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.

Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz, and world music to the Friday night stage at Wiggins Park. After playing together for more than fifteen years, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have won the hearts of music lovers all over the world, and are an exciting addition to this year's festival lineup.

The Emotionally Direct Songs of Melbourne’s “Hard-working Slacker” Courtney Barnett

Latin Roots: Nueva Trova from Cuba Transcends It’s State-Supported Origins

April 10, 2014 - Producer Aaron Levinson is back with a new Latin Roots segment on Nueva Trova, a style of music that started in Castro's Cuba in the 1960's but continues today. It started as a political music celebrating the ideals of the revolution but the music lives on, not just in Cuba but abroad.
It’s A New Beginning For Britain’s Kaiser Chiefs
Wild Cub –Straight Out of Brooklyn To Follow The Music To… Nashville!
The Free At Noon Doubleheader featuring the Black Lips and Boy George on Friday, is SOLD OUT. You can listen along, online or over the air.



Eighties superstar Boy George isn’t done performing. Though it’s been 18 years since his last album release in 1995, he's on a North American tour supporting his latest endeavor, This Is What I Do, released last January. The artist is also well-known for his work with the band Culture Club and is reportedly working on new material with them as well. After he performs at Free At Noon, Boy George will kick off his tour that same night with a stop at The TLA. Tickets can be purchased here.

Recent Release: This Is What I Do
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Label: Very Me Records


Photo credit: Mick Rock Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released their latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, this March with a twist on their garage rock sound. With it being their ninth full-length, the band decided to focus its sound following 2011’s Arabia Mountain by working with a producer for the first time during their career. Even though the band is mixing things up a bit, they’re keeping to their raw, gritty roots. The Black Lips are also known for their signature intense live shows, so catch them at next Friday’s Free at Noon or later that night at Union Transfer. Tickets for that show can be purchased here

Recent Release: Underneath the Rainbow
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Label: Vice Music


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