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XPN Fest Recap: Lucy Dacus breaks through the simulation on the River Stage

Lucy Dacus | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

Lucy Dacus had a big day at Newport Folk Fest yesterday, and was coping not only with losing her voice, but with whatever the mental state is that comes from meeting Dolly Parton. But even though she was existing in what she called an “alternate thread of the simulation,” and didn’t feel like any of this was real, she kept the energy high throughout her River Stage set, winning over a crowd of old and new fans with her thoughtful indie rock. Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus walks the line between pride and shame in Fourth of July inspired single “Forever Half Mast”

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg | courtesy of the artist

For the third installment of her holiday-themed single series, Lucy Dacus has shared a Fourth of July inspired track. The song follows her cover of “La Vie en rose“, released for Valentine’s Day, and her Mother’s Day/Taurus Season inspired “My Mother & I“. “Forever Half Mast” is a colorful and hopeful contemplation on the dissonance we, as Americans, often experience. The chorus sees Dacus attempting to console a troubled America and reassure her that “yes you’re evil, but you’re not that bad.”  Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus continues 2019 singles series with “My Mother & I”

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

Lucy Dacus shared a new song, “My Mother & I,” in honor of both Mother’s Day and the Taurus astrological season, during which she and her mom will celebrate their birthdays. With the soft, guitar-driven track, Dacus takes a heartfelt look at her relationship with her mother and the many things they share.

This is the second track in her 2019 song series, which will eventually make up an EP. We last heard her cover of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” around Valentine’s Day, and she will continue to mark special occasions with new songs — a mix of covers and originals — throughout the year. Continue reading →

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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 →