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Sarah Tomlinson


British pop-punk quartet the Futureheads (right) displays a confidence and charisma far beyond its years. Just consider the band’s cover of Kate Bush’s ‘‘Hounds of Love’’ on its selftitled debut album or its rollicking live shows. Hailing from the backwater of Sunderland, band members met at the Sunderland City Detached Youth Project, which aimed to get kids off the streets by interesting them in music; they even wrote a cheeky safe-sex song for the organization. Their sophomore album, ‘‘News and Tributes,’’ again shows off their ebullient four-part harmonies and taut, new wave-flavored dance punk. Come early to see indie-rock darlings the French Kicks get the crowd moving and the ladies swooning.