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A Piece of Bert Berns

by John Platt
Jenny Anderson

"Cry Baby," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," "Hang On Sloopy," "Here Comes the Night," "I Want Candy," "Piece of My Heart," "Tell Him," "Twist and Shout" - all big hits of the '60s, performed by artists as varied as Solomon Burke, The Exciters, Janis Joplin, and The Strangeloves. What do they have in common? They were all written or co-written by Bert Berns. Never heard of him?

Newport Folk 2014: Friday

by WFUV Staff
Jenny Lewis Photo by Neil Swanson/WFUV

Team FUV is back at Fort Adams State Park to transmit molecules of music and pixels of photos across the interwebs back to New York. Friday was an absolutely beautiful day, weather-wise and otherwise. We're here with our friends from NPR Music to send home audio of the main stage sets, which we're archiving in the FUV Vault. We'll keep this page updated as we go.

On the Fort Stage Friday: Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, Devil Makes Three, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

We also got to run around and enjoy sets from the other three stages, with highlights from Wisconsin's Phox, our hometown friends Lake Street Dive - who brought their friend Mavis Staples out to sing "Bad Self-Portraits" - and the great Communion Records showcase on the (indoor!) Museum Stage, which included Hozier, Willy Mason and Bear's Den. See the photo gallery below for the emotion, the sweat and tears, the colorful festy getups, and a really cute dog named Annie.

Question Of The Day: Morning Song

by Morning Show

Well it's a beautiful morning here in New York, and our Question Of the Day is inspired by it. Simple and sweet, we want to know what your favorite morning song is! Leave your comments below and we'll spin a set after 9.

Here's what we played:

The Moody Blues "Dawning is the Day"

Ray Charles "Oh What A Beautiful Morning"

Spyro Gyra "Morning Dance"

The Rascals "A Beautiful Morning"

Joni Mitchell "Chelsea Morning"

The Antlers - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

This Brooklyn trio first started making real traction in 2009 when they released their third full-length album, Hospice. As the title suggests, that record dealt with some pretty weighty subject matter, but it was presented in such a moving way that it was impossible not to get swept away by it. Since then, the band has continued to hone their craft of creating stirring sonic landscapes. Their latest release, Familiars, is a thoughtful and deliberately-paced collection of songs that instills calmness and warmth. It’s an enveloping release that rewards multiple listens. The Antlers recently visited Studio A to play us some of their new material and to talk about their new record. 

Rita's Preview: Newport Folk Festival 2014

by Rita Houston
Ryan Adams photo by Alice Baxley

Three solid days of live performance and music discovery await us at the venerable Newport Folk Festival. The high-quality lineup — in the most beautiful setting — is what sets Newport apart on the ever-growing festival landscape. This year, the announced artists were great even before they added the big headliner names (Ryan Adams, Jack White, Norah Jones and Jeff Tweedy) — imagine, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Jenny Lewis and Jimmy Cliff all playing in the same weekend! Amazing, and we can expect collaborations for sure. Making it all even more special, Newport will honor the mighty Mavis Staples for her 75th birthday to close out the festival on Sunday evening, and I bet Norah Jones and Jeff Tweedy (and who knows who else) will be joining in that celebration. No one will be leaving Newport early.

To focus for a bit on the discovery element, for those many fans who'll be at Fort Adams this year, here are some must-see artists from my list who you may not yet be familiar with:

Friday: Phox - A new band from Wisconsin fronted by a completely engaging lead singer, and Lake Street Dive - FUV faves who are capturing more fans with each appearance.

Saturday:  Check out Willie Watson for straight up, old-fashioned country sounds and J Roddy and the Business for some driving "classic" rock; welcome Shakey Graves, a one-man band from Austin, where you've got to be really good to stand out; Lucius - New York's own highly entertaining and accomplished band bringing their harmonies to the harbor skies; and Benjamin Booker - a punky young guy from New Orleans, another place it can't be easy to make a name for yourself.

Sunday: Catch the unforgettable voice of Hozier - a poetic, powerful new artist from Ireland; and give a listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff's quirky folky sounds.