FUV's New Dig

Once a week we pick a new release and dig into it, on the air and online.

FUV's New Dig: The Both

by Darren DeVivo

The Both
The Both
SuperEgo Records

The Both is a new collaboration featuring two familiar names: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. It's a classic meeting of two artists who've traveled down similar musical paths.

FUV's New Dig: Future Islands

by Darren DeVivo

Future Islands
4AD Records

The very bright future has arrived. After evolving over eight years and three albums, Future Islands are poised to make their move and capture our hearts and souls. Their time is now.

Future Islands are a synth-pop trio: Vocalist Samuel T. Herring, keyboardist and programmer J. Gerrit Welmers, and bassist William Cashion. They all hail from North Carolina and were close friends long before they became a band. Today they call Baltimore home.

FUV's New Dig: The Hold Steady

by Darren DeVivo

Teeth Dreams
The Hold Steady
Razor and Tie / Washington Square / Positive Jams Records

The Hold Steady are based in Brooklyn. Their music was born on the streets. It was schooled in tenement apartments, neighborhood bars and the backseats of cars. It developed its streetwise attitude by observing life and experiencing what it’s like to be alive. It’s tough. It’s loud. It’s aggressive. It’s emotionally charged. And it’s real, just like the characters in the songs.

FUV's New Dig: The War On Drugs

by Darren DeVivo

Lost In The Dream
The War On Drugs
Secretly Canadian Records

One of the characteristics of an artistically successful album is the artist’s ability to create an environment in the listeners’ mind, a place that the listener can enter and explore.

FUV's New Dig: Elbow

by Darren DeVivo

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Concord Records

Since coming together in 1990 and bouncing through a few name changes, Elbow has earned critical and popular acclaim at home in Britain for their first five studio albums. Now in 2014, Guy Garvey (lead vocals, guitars), Richard Jupp (drums, percussion), Craig Potter (keyboards), Mark Potter (guitars and backing vocals) and Pete Turner (bass, backing vocals) have offered their fans their sixth full-length release.

FUV's New Dig: St. Vincent

by Darren DeVivo

St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Universal / Loma Vista / Republic Records

St. Vincent blurs the lines between innovation and accessibility. She tests, and even destroys, boundaries. The tension that results from such musical experimentation is what makes her music so infectious: Pounding dance rhythms come and go, synthesized blasts of sound pulse and throb, angular guitars cut and slice. All the nervous musical activity partially, but not totally, masks the wit and bite of the lyrics.

FUV's New Dig: Beck

by Darren DeVivo

Morning Phase
Capitol / Fonograf Records

Like a burst of brilliant light that overcomes the dark, Beck has returned with his first album in nearly six years: Morning Phase. He wasn't invisible in the years following 2008's Modern Guilt -- in fact, he was working on quite a few different projects, and endured a difficult time dealing with a spinal injury. Still, it was an unusual absence.

FUV's New Dig: Lake Street Dive

by Darren DeVivo

Bad Self Portraits
Lake Street Dive
Signature Sounds Recordings

Lake Street Dive, the surprise ace-in-the-hole of WFUV's 2012 Holiday Cheer concert, is back -- and they're poised to make their breakthrough, bringing harmonies and good time vibes to the masses. Bad Self Portraits is the new album from the quartet, coming on the heels of the 2012 EP Fun Machine and their 2010 self-titled full debut.

FUV's New Dig: Broken Bells

by Darren DeVivo

After The Disco
Broken Bells
Columbia Records

Broken Bells are back. The duo of Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse, and James Mercer, the frontman of the Shins, have returned with their second album, After The Disco. It's a contemplative collection of sci-fi pop that comes nearly four years after their self-titled debut album and almost three years after the four-song Meyrin Fields EP.