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Check out a gallery of photos from the VuHaus SXSW showcase featuring Hinds, CHVRCHES, Lucius and more

Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

On Friday afternoon, the Public Radio Day Stage at Austin’s convention center hosted a fierce lineup of rock, electropop and soul with the VuHaus SXSW showcase. On the bill were Madrid-based indie rock four-piece Hinds, Brooklyn art-pop five-piece Lucius, Nigerian guitar wizard Bombino, UK soul machine The Heavy, Scottish dance-rock trio CHVRCHES and another electronic Englander, Jack Garratt, rounding out the lineup. You can watch videos from each artist’s set here, via VuHaus. Below, see a full gallery of photos from the day, care of The Key’s Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Lucius album Good Grief

Lucius | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN
Lucius | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

New York art-pop five-piece Lucius releases its sophomore LP Good Grief next week, and will headline Union Transfer on April 2nd to celebrate. To get warmed up, you can listen to the new album in its entirety now via NPR Music’s first listen series.

NPR’s Mike Katzif said Good Grief “captures life’s agonizing lows and triumphant highs.” Continue reading →

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Pack Your Bags: XPN favorites Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Lucius to play Eaux Claires festival in August

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Photo by John Vettese

The lineup for the 2016 Eaux Claires music festival, which takes place on August 12-13 in rural Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been released. Festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) have put together a fantastic bill, including Beach House, James Blake, Lucius, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and of course, Bon Iver. Continue reading →

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Watch Lucius get bizarre in new video for “Something About You”

Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist
Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop band and XPN favorites Lucius have premiered their new video for “Something About You”, a single from upcoming album, Good Grief.

The Brooklyn-based quintet, fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, released their first album, Wildewoman, in 2013. The band continues to experiment with electronic influences while not shying away from their catchy dance-pop tendencies. Continue reading →

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Listen to Lucius’ new song “Madness,” see them at Union Transfer in April

Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist
Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn art-pop five-piece Lucius returns this spring with a new album and tour, which wraps up with a headlining gig at Union Transfer in April.

The album is called Good Grief and the band worked on it with Shawn Everett, who also produced Alabama Shakes and Weezer. Vocalist Jess Wolfe in a statement says that the record is a reflection on being away from home for two years. Continue reading →

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Dance to the Beat: Belle and Sebastian and Lucius filled the Tower Theater with lush indie pop

Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann
Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann

Belle and Sebastian released their first album in five years, entitled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this past winter. The title reflects the attitude of the band’s new-found live energy: they’re at a fairly peaceful time in their career, and they really just want to dance.

Who can blame them? After years of dreamy, sleepwalking twee pop, the band has adopted a more accessible, club-worthy sound that still showcases their knack for songwriting.

Don’t like it? Well, Belle and Sebastian don’t care, simply because they’re Belle and Sebastian. They have the experience and magic charm to turn even the most top-40-sounding melodies into indie hits. Then they’ll just pull you up on stage and dance the negativity out of you. Literally. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Lucius perform an inspired set on the River Stage

Lucius | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
Lucius | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Brooklyn art-pop outfit Lucius started off a stellar night on the River Stage with a tight set and laidback banter, backed by a setting sun reflecting off of center city across the Delaware.  Frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig wore their “Pepto Bismol, Good ‘n’ Plenty outfits” just for Philly (check them out in the photos below) and were sincerely grateful to the XPN community for supporting them over the last year as they seriously rocked the crowd.

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Listen to #xpnfest band Lucius cover Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”

Lucius at Governor's Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius at Governor’s Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Lucius are releasing a limited edition 7″ single of “Genevieve,” featuring a cover of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” The band are playing the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru on Friday, July 25t at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. Purchase tickets here. Below, listen to the band’s near reinvention of the Tears For Fears classic.

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Governor’s Ball Day Two: The Strokes, Jack White, RJD2, Spoon, and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
RJD2 | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ramble John Krohn, aka Philly’s RJD2, tuned up the turn tables at Gov Ball. Today he’s spinning pop-up sets on the ferry to Randall’s Island.

Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Lucius | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →