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And now, your full #XPNFest lineup: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Guster, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, and much more

clockwise from left: Elvis Costello, Guster, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, Blondie | photos courtesy of the artists

“When is the XPoNential lineup coming?” seems to be the question of the year over here at XPN HQ, and today we finally have a good answer for you: the full lineup is here. Right now.

We got a teaser of the 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru last week when we announced our Friday night headlinersHozier and Japanese Breakfast — along with the Wiggins Park lineup for that day, from Foxtrot and the Get Down to Dawes.

Today, the full lineup is here, capped by a headlining double-header on Saturday, July 27th with Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie at BB&T Pavilion. Sunday’s concert will take place entirely at Wiggins Park, and will feature festival-closing sets from Kathleen Edwards, Guster, and The Amy Ray Band. Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus is haunting, yet optimistic at Union Transfer

Lucy Dacus | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

When Lucy Dacus appeared onstage, there was an audible shift in the room, background murmur dying down to a rapt hush. “I’m from Richmond,” she said, introducing the song “Yours & Mine.” “I wrote this in frustration of where I live and to write myself out of the shame of being an American. I think you have to do things that make you active and feel like you’re participating in the good parts of the world.” The lyrics describe the disillusionment of returning home, that feeling of not belonging anymore. Much of her acclaimed album Historian grapples with similarly tough themes, asserting a stony optimism in the face of disaster. This resilient demeanor carried across the breadth of her Thursday night concert in Philadelphia.  Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus covers “La Vie En Rose” for holiday-themed EP

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

After a busy 2018, Lucy Dacus is approaching this year a bit differently. Throughout 2019, Dacus will unveil a series of unconventional holiday-themed songs, both covers and originals, that will culminate with an EP appropriately titled 2019.

The first song, a cover of the 1947 Edith Piaf classic “La Vie En Rose,” comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Singing in both French and English, Dacus gives the dreamy, romantic song an indie rock twist, trading in languid pace of the original for a more dynamic sound. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lucy Dacus will headline Union Transfer in March

Lucy Dacus | courtesy of Matador Records

After a busy 2018, Lucy Dacus has just announced her next tour, which will bring her to Union Transfer on March 21 for her biggest Philly show yet. The tour will take Dacus up and down the East Coast and through the Midwest, stopping in some smaller cities she’s never played before. She’ll be joined by illuminati hotties for the first leg and Mal Blum and Fenne Lily for the second leg. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus make their Late Night debut as boygenius with “Me & My Dog”

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

boygenius is one of those collaborations that feels too good to be true. The indie singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, met while on tour and since then have been making waves in the music world with their individual albums, as well as their new collective project. Continue reading →

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Hear Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus in supergroup form on the boygenius EP

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

After generating two months’ worth of buzz following the announcement of their new project boygenius, the three artists behind the supergroup have released their self-titled debut EP two weeks early. The collaborators, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, formed a fast friendship when they crossed paths while touring behind their individual solo material. When the trio of singer-songwriters finally booked a tour together, the idea to collaborate took form, and the result, a six-track EP under the name boygenius, is out today digitally. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus team up as boygenius

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

The three musicians behind the new project boygenius — Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — are well known individually for their solo work, but have evidently been thinking about joining forces for some time now. After some vague teasing of a collaboration, we finally know what the songwriters have been up to. They’ll release a self-titled EP as boygenius in November and have shared three tracks, “Bite The Hand,” “Me & My Dog” and “Stay Down,” that are available to stream now. Continue reading →

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Firefly On The Fly: Saturday shines with The Killers, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Lucy Dacus, Alex Lahey and more

The Killers | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Saturday is always the longest haul of Firefly weekend, and we took in a huge range of music today. Pop rock four-piece The Aces started us off on the Lawn Stage, with Philly singer-songwriter Ben O’Neill not far behind in the coffeehouse. A doubleheader of Australian rock featuring Middle Kids and Alex Lahey lifted up our afternoon.

Philly rockers Foxtrot and the Get Down performed a rare acoustic set, something they should get in the habit of doing — these songs sound like they were written to be performed in this intimate, elegant way. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Lucy Dacus brings Historian to World Cafe Live

Lucy Dacus | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Virginia native Lucy Dacus delivered an incredibly sophisticated performance, second to last on the upstairs stage for NONCOMM night one. Following the blowup success of 2018’s LP, Historian, it seems like the radio can’t get enough of her. Dacus was introduced tonight by NPR’s Bob Boilen, who called Historian his favorite album of the year.

Dacus’s set was amazingly smooth and well put-together. There were moments of incredible heaviness and incredible lightness, but the transitions between the two extremes was easy and effortless. She opened her set with her hit, “Addictions,” followed by “The Shell,” “Nonbeliever,” and “Timefighter.” During the latter especially, the crowd could not stop moving. The band really found its groove because they were pushing their time slow and definitely did not want to get off the stage yet. The guitar kicked it into high gear and the set instantly felt far from over. Continue reading →