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FUV Vault: Live Concerts

Listen on demand in the WFUV Media Player. Shows listed alphabetically by first name.

Aimee Mann - Live Concert - 2012

I don't know why Aimee Mann has a reputation of being prickly or cold. But everybody I told about my session says, "good luck," as though she might take off my head. On the contrary, I've found Aimee Mann quite warm in multiple meetings and interviews. She is funny, available and, no surprise here—very bright. A great conversationalist, in fact.

Today, she is exhausted, though. She's just recorded two videos and several "promotional" versions of her songs and is about to launch into a slew of interviews ... all BEFORE doing a show for an FUV audience at Electric Lady Studios. It's all making her a little anxious about delivering on all she's promised today, but Aimee is still in good humor and cheerfully launches into a spirited chat about her new record, Charmers. Her mood darkens briefly when we touch on the trouble the music biz is in, but her attitude towards those who steal music is "live and let live."

As for the new CD, it leans hard on her pop influences from the 70's, but those influences translate into something entirely fresh: broad musical gestures and (of course) her signature hooks. One highlight: a duet with James Mercer of the Shins.

Listen below for my conversation with Aimee, as well as trio performances of new and longtime favorites from her catalog.

[recorded: 06/27/12]

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Alabama Shakes - Live Concert - 2012

Alabama Shakes hails from a small town and grew up soaked in the sounds of Muscle Shoals. Anchored by mesmerizing frontwoman Brittany Howard, they've recently taken the music world by storm with their blues-drenched grooves and gritty appeal. To celebrate their full-length debut, Boys & Girls, they played a smokin' show at The Bowery Ballroom, and FUV was there so you can be too. [recorded: 04/11/12]

Alejandro Escovedo - Live at City Winery - 2011

Alejandro Escovedo made the trip to NYC to celebrate his 60th birthday with long list of special guests, including Willie Nile and Graham Parker (and our own Rita Houston). Hear the whole show as recorded live at City Winery. [1/22/11]

Alice Smith - Live Concert - 2013

Alice Smith has an intriguing combination of influences. Growing up between Washington, DC and a Georgia farm, this Fordham alum has developed a style that jumps fences, from rock to R&B and soul. Today she releases an impressive and nuanced second album called She, and Alice used her four-octave range to belt out a few of the new songs (plus covers of Cee-Lo and Jeff Buckley) during a recent FUV Live show at City Winery.

[recorded: 02/20/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Amos Lee - FUV Live at Hill Country Live - 2013

Amos Lee headed to Nashville to make his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, and the night before its release, he came to Hill Country Live to perform an FUV Live show for us. The full-band set featured most of the new tunes plus a couple of bonus songs, and the stories behind them ranged from amusing to poignant — especially when Amos explained the inspiration Levon Helm provided for the title track and life in general.

[recorded: 10/07/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Amy Ray - FUV Live at City Winery - 2012

Following Toshi Reagon's opening set, Amy Ray and her band (and special guest Lindsay Fuller) tear through songs from her album Lung of Love in an FUV Live show at City Winery.

[recorded: 04/15/12]

Amy Ray Concert - 2008

Amy Ray celebrates the release of her solo CD 'Didn't It Feel Kinder' with a concert at Housing Works Bookstore, joined by Brandi Carlile, Arizona, and... Rita Houston for a backstage interview. [8/6/08]

Angelique Kidjo- Live Concert- 2007

Lose the chair and get ready to dance, because tonight we go back to Angelique Kidjo's recent City Folk Live performance at The Cutting Room in Manhattan, hosted by Claudia Marshall. [5/1/07]

Angelique Kidjo- Live Concert- 2010

Grammy-winning Benin native Angelique Kidjo got the FUV Marquee members dancing at the City Winery during a live concert celebrating the release of her new album, 'Oyo.' (2/8/10)

Ani DiFranco - Live Concert- 2006

It's been over a decade since singer, songwriter, and activist Ani DiFranco toured the coffeehouse circuit, but at Joe's Pub in New York City, she took to the small stage once again. Hear songs from 'Reprieve' and more as host Rita Houston joins one hundred lucky fans for Ani DiFranco, recorded live at Joe's Pub. [10/10/06]

Arcade Fire - Live at Capitol Studios - 2013

Arcade Fire performs an NPR Music "First Listen Live" at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, featuring songs from the band's new album Reflektor, a couple of nice nods to Lou Reed, and a favorite from The Suburbs.

Set List

  • Reflektor
  • Flashbulb Eyes
  • Afterlife
  • Perfect Day excerpt/Supersymmetry/Satellite of Love excerpt
  • It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
  • We Exist
  • You Already Know
  • Normal Person
  • Here Comes The Night Time
  • Encore: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

[recorded: 10/28/13]


Ben Taylor- Live Concert- 2006

A special live broadcast featuring a singer-songwriter in his own right who happens to be the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon: Ben Taylor, with special guest David Saw. [2/20/06]

Beth Orton - Live Concert - 2006

Beth Orton and her band perform songs from her album Comfort of Strangers in a City Folk Live show at The Living Room.

[recorded: 07/11/06]

Blind Boys of Alabama- Live Concert- 2008

It's nothing but pure spirit, soul, and song as the Blind Boys of Alabama take to the stage for a WFUV show at The Cutting Room in New York City, hosted by Claudia Marshall. [1/28/08]

Blood on the Tracks- Live Concert- 2004

Written in My Soul from Me to You: Blood on the Tracks at 30. A Bob Dylan tribute concert with Joan Osborne, Ollabelle, Citizen Cope, Toshi Reagon and others, recorded at Merkin Concert Hall. Hosted by Darren DeVivo.

Brushfire Records Hootenany- Live Concert- 2008

Four members of the Brushfire Records roster -- Zach Gill, Zach Rogue, Neil Halstead, and Matt Costa -- take the stage together in a special 'FUV Live show at Fordham University's Flom Auditorium, hosted by Darren DeVivo. [8/11/08]

Calexico - Live Concert - 2012

With influences from Mexican music and Western Americana, the Tuscon-based band Calexico has been weaving their "desert noir" soundscape for almost 20 years now. Their eighth album, Algiers, comes out today and was inspired by New Orleans, where it was recorded. To celebrate, the band recently performed an FUV Live set at Hill Country Live here in New York City, and I had a chance to talk with Joey Burns about why the band decided on New Orleans and how they all balance being in Calexico with a long list of other projects.

[recorded: 08/07/12]

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Citizen Cope - Live Concert - 2012

The multi-talented Clarence Greenwood has spent the last 20 years perfecting his poetic and soulful approach to rock, and as Citizen Cope he's gained one of the most dedicated audiences around. Cope's fifth album, One Lovely Day, is out today, and to celebrate Clarence and a string quartet recently performed a fantastic FUV Live set at Electric Lady Studios. 

[recorded: 06/18/12]

Cliff Eberhardt- Live Concert- 2007

Cliff Eberhardt performs old favorites and new material from his latest album 'The High Above and The Down Below' in a special City Folk Live concert hosted by John Platt. Recorded in April '07 at the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut. [4/26/07]

Cory Chisel- Live Concert- 2010

Singer-songwriter Cory Chisel makes the trip from Appleton, Wisconsin to The Big Apple for an FUV Live show at City Winery (on his birthday), hosted by Rita Houston. [12/1/10]

Dar Williams - Live Concert - 2012

Songs inspired by Greek mythology, summer camp and Pete Seeger all find their places on the new release from songwriter Dar Williams, called 'In The Time of Gods'. Dar told many more stories about the making of her ninth studio album, and performed a mix of new material and longtime favorites in an FUV Live show at City Winery, hosted by John Platt. [recorded: 02/23/12]

Dar Williams- Live Concert- 2006

It's new songs and some longtime favorites, as Dar Williams performs in an exclusive broadcast hosted by Rita Houston. [2/15/06]

Dave's True Story- Live Concert- 2010

The witty, jazzy New York City band Daves True Story performs at Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ for an audience of WFUV Members. (April 21, 2005)

Dawes - Live Concert - 2013

L.A. band Dawes made its way across the U.S. (via a tour of independent record stores) to New York City to give a small audience of WFUV members a taste of their upcoming album, Stories Don't End, due out on April 9th. They played soon-to be-classics like "Someone Will" and "Hey Lover," as well as fan favorites like "Time Spent In Los Angeles" and "A Little Bit of Everything."

The crowd at Rockwood Music Hall sang along at the top of their lungs, and we expect that you'll be singing along at home, too. The night's host, FUV Program Director Rita Houston, briefly talked with frontman Taylor Goldsmith about the making of the new album, and we got a great story from Taylor about the coolest phone call he ever received.

As Rita wrapped up the show, the band surprised her and the audience by coming back on stage to perform a rompin' encore. You can hear everything that went down that night.

[recorded: 03/25/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Dayna Kurtz - Live Concert - 2012

Dayna Kurtz is a hidden gem. Not so hidden in the Netherlands, though, where she has been a star for years. So what do the Dutch know that we don't? Kurtz has a ferocious voice, a tremendous gift for writing honest, powerful songs and a one-of-a-kind ability to unearth obscure, vintage artists to cover.

She is a true talent and a true find and a true artist untainted by the marketplace. Hear Dayna and her band perform for WFUV Marquee Members at The Living Room in NYC.

[recorded: 08/14/12]

Deer Tick - Live Concert - 2011

Rhode Island band Deer Tick performs songs from its latest album 'Divine Providence' in an FUV Live show at Electric Lady Studios, hosted by Alisa Ali. [recorded: 10/4/11]

Diego Garcia - Live Concert - 2011

Host Rita Houston welcomes former Elefrant frontman Diego Garcia to the City Winery stage for an FUV Live performance featuring songs from his solo debut, 'Laura.' [recorded 10/25/2011]

Downtown Messiah- Live Concert- 2003

The annual holiday show from the Bottom Line, featuring performances from Dar Williams and Marshall Crenshaw, Jane Siberry, David Johansen, Vernon Reid and more. (Heard through PRI in 12/03)

Dr. John- Live Concert

Dr. John in concert, hosted by Rita Houston, live from B.B. King's Blues Club on Times Square.