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Free Energy: WXPN's May 2010 Artist to Watch

When Philadelphia's own Free Energy formed in 2008, they lived in relative darkness before deciding to step into the light a year ago. Upon their arrival, the five piece outfit was met with an enormous amount of buzz, and with the release of their debut album, they are taking the rock world by storm in 2010.

Their fun spirited rock has a reminiscent appeal to it, as if pulled right from a batch of 70's records. So while their heady and raw sound is fringed with familiarity, it managed to distance the group from a huge pool of emerging indie rock bands. Fusing elements of 70's glam, power pop, bubble gum, and arena rock, the band unabashedly embraces poppy hooks and boy-girl romance, wooing critics and fans with their exuberant and joyous take on life. That take won the attention of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who produced the band's debut album, Stuck on Nothing, for DFA Records. The album's spring arrival saw the band quickly catapulted to the national stage, with stellar SXSW performances cementing what fans knew all along: Free Energy's "hopelessly hopeful" music is not only jam-packed with fun,it's also really good.

See Free Energy at this summer's XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront on Friday, July 16, 2010! Here's the full lineup for this year's Festival.

See Free Energy
May 8 at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster
May 28 at First Unitarian Church w/ Minature Tigers and Jukebox The Ghost
July 16 XPoNential Music Festival

Recent Release: Stuck On Nothing
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Label: DFA Records
Origin: Philadelphia