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Hearing Aid: 5 artists as ‘chill’ as Jack Johnson

Grab those lax sticks, bros. Jack Johnson is coming to town to play Boston Calling in May. The acoustic strumming Hawaiian seemed to be the odd man out when the lineup was announced last week, while at the same time, single-handedly made numerous fans pumped for the festival. Johnson has always been a solid festival choice, mostly because his music is so goddamn happy. He arguably launched a genre of feel-good folk in the 2000s, with artists like Donavon Frankenreiter, Matt Costa, and Joe Purdy seeing success, as well. Johnson is the one who continued to grow once that genre gave way to the popularity of sad-folk (see: Bon Iver) and stomp-folk (see: The Lumineers), and is still an enormous name in the music biz. More

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