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The Austin 100: Lucy Dacus

Dustin Condren
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Courtesy of the artist

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Genre: Indie Rock

Why We're Excited: Lucy Dacus sounded like a fully formed artist when she first popped up on the national radar in 2016, but Historian still represents a massive leap forward. Take the six-and-a-half-minute breakup epic "Night Shift," which moves through several gripping phases en route to a knockout final couplet: "In five years, I hope the songs feel like covers / Dedicated to new lovers." It's barely March, but mark it down: Historian will make a lot of year-end Top 10 lists, both here and elsewhere.

SXSW Schedule:

  • March 14: NPR Music's Public Radio Showcase @ Stubb's (801 Red River St.)
  • March 16: Cheer Up Charlie's (900 Red River St.)
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    Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
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