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Nickel Creek - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo
Nickel Creek photo by Brantley Gutierrez

The “indefinite hiatus” of this talented trio has officially ended. Nickel Creek's new album A Dotted Line was released earlier this year and it marks 25 years since Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins started making music together. Chris, Sara and Sean spoke with host Darren DeVivo and performed a few live songs ahead of a big Beacon Theatre show this spring, and they'll continue the tour into the summer with stops at Celebrate Brooklyn and the Newport Folk Festival.

Amos Lee - FUV Live at Hill Country Live - 2013

by Carmel Holt
Amos Lee, photo by Laura Fedele

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.

John Grant - FUV Live - 2013

by Russ Borris

In the early '90s, John Grant formed the Denver based group The Czars. The band enjoyed a fair amount of success and critical acclaim, but they never sold enough records to keep keep the project going, so the band eventually dissolved in the early 2000's.

John took some time off from music but came back to it a few years ago when he released his solo debut, Queen Of Denmark. He's now on his sophomore solo release, called Pale Green Ghosts. The album is deeply personal, delving into some very tough subjects but it never becomes overwhelming due in large part to the dark humor he infuses into the lyrics and the musicality of the songs.

Bear's Den - FUV Live from Electric Lady Studios - 2014

by Kara Manning

Over the course of two fine EPs, Agape and Within/Without and, at long last, a debut album, Islands, Bear’s Den has established itself as a folk rock force of nature, crafting emotionally complex, dynamically arranged songs that soar, swoon and sob. The hard-working London trio— singer/guitarist Andrew Davie, vocalist/banjo player Joey Haynes and drummer (and Communion Records co-founder) Kevin Jones—has toured with Laura Marling, Daughter, the Vaccines and Mumford and Sons, exploring the richly textured nuances of their sound.

Field Report - FUV Live at Rockwood Music Hall - 2014

by Russ Borris

Chris Porterfield's latest album as Field Report is beautifully written and produced, filled with warmth and subtlety. Marigolden is one of my favorite records of the year and it's our New Dig this week, so I was psyched to hear the new songs in live performance. Chris brought the new incarnation of Field Report to Rockwood Music Hall in an exclusive show for FUV Marquee Members. Many didn't know much about the band going into the show, but clearly left as new fans. During the show, Chris talked about his changed relationship with alcohol, the nuances of writing and recording and some of his inspiration surrounding Marigolden.

Erin McKeown - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt
Erin McKeown, photo by Caroline Inzucchi

Erin McKeown doesn't perform on acoustic guitars. However, she does write on one, and she recently recorded an entirely-acoustic companion to her most recent album, Manifestra, so that the lyrics could take center stage. Today she returned to Studio A with a Gibson Hummingbird guitar that has been with her since she was 12, ahead of a show at the Rubin Museum where she'll perform with it for the first time.

Fly Golden Eagle - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Ben Trimble was inspired to start the band Fly Golden Eagle after spending countless hours with his boss’ vast record collection, which included everything from rock to roots. Luckily he found a crew of like-minded musicians right in his home base of Nashville. With Mitch Jones on keys, Richard Harper on drums and Matt Shaw on bass, the band’s line-up was complete. Their most recent release, Quartz, is a 26-song opus inspired by the 1973 film, The Holy Mountain. The songs cohesively reflect the band's varied musical influences and tell a vivid story.

Highasakite - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Like a brooding Nordic Noir novel, Highasakite's second album, Silent Treatment, brims with menacing chapters: tracks bearing bellicose titles like "The Hand Grenade," "Iran" and "Darth Vader" don't promise a sweet outcome. But the Norwegian quintet's sound, as darkly conceived as it might be, is elevated by lushly cinematic, often upbeat arrangements, urged forward by Ingrid Helene Håvik's pensively pretty vocals. It's not surprising that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a fan (or that Highasakite recently covered one of his songs).