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2014

The now based in Brooklyn indie rock band formed in 2010 and debuted with the critically acclaimed Light Up Gold. They release their new album, Sunbathing Animal, today. Three of the four members are from Denton, Texas and the band’s music recalls Pavement, Velvet Underground, early Talking Heads. Website | Facebook
Strand of Oaks is the recording and performing name of singer-songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. They release their new album, Heal, on June 24th on Dead Oceans records. HEAL is Showalter’s coming out rock and roll record. His previous releases were more rooted in the singer-songwriter, indie-acoustic tradition.
May’s Artist To Watch is Sam Smith, a young (22 years old) British singer-songwriter already turning heads from his appearance on Saturday Night Live and a recent cover of his song “Stay With Me” on The Voice.
Andrew Hozier Byrne, AKA Hozier, is the Irish singer-songwriter who sings the emotionally moving “Take Me To Church,” one of XPN’s 2014 break out songs.
He’s just released his second EP, From Eden, with a full length to come later this year. He’ll be performing at this year’s Non-Commvention in May.
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Fronted by Rachel Price, the band has a fresh take on pop, R&B, blues, rock and soul influences. The band recently released their album, Bad Self Portraits. Recent appearances on The Colbert Report, Letterman, and a critically acclaimed performance at the “Another Day/Another Time” concert celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis concert last September at New York’s Town Hall has set this band into a rising star trajectory. The band’s songs offer a fresh and versatile take on pop, R&B, blues, rock and soul influences with lead singer Rachel Price’s confident voice at the center of the music. Simply put, Lake Street Dive are blowing up. Last month David Dye chose them as a World Cafe Next artist and they recently recorded a session for an upcoming Cafe. They play Union Transfer on April 2nd.

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The band releases its debut Sun Structures on February 11th and they will be on World Cafe the same day of the band’s record release.
The Districts are an impressive young four-piece from Lititz, in Lancaster County. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. Singer Rob Grote’s searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band’s smartly-arranged instrumental interplay.

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