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Strand of Oaks - FUV Live - 2014

by Russ Borris

Tim Showalter is the mastermind behind the Philly-based band Strand of Oaks, and his latest album, Heal, is his most personal yet and it is our New Dig this week. Through the songs, he takes listeners on a journey into his past, to a time when he was singing Smashing Pumpkins songs to himself in his basement and rifling through his parents' record collection. It’s an album about falling in love with music. During a recent visit to Studio A, Tim talked with me about his favorite artists, from Black Sabbath to Phosphorescent. He also played some of his new songs for us live with his band, and we’ll hear that conversation and performance on this episode of FUV Live.

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.

tUnE-yArDs - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Considered one of the most unique acts of the 21st century, tUnE-yArDs is the music project headed by the multi-talented musician, Merrill Garbus.

Recently, Garbus and co. released their third album, Nikki Nack and the record proves once again their music is one of a kind. The new album thrives on the band’s strengths of funky beats and Garbus’s rain-dance style vocals.

The band recently stopped by Studio A to play us some of their new material and talk with about the record.

 

Jody Stephens - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo
Irwin Merkin, Darren Devivo and Jody Stephens, photo by Dennis Elsas

End of Love is a New York City band about to release its debut album, Ghosts On The Radio. The band first came together a little over ten years ago as a trio, but after a few years, the members drifted apart. Now End of Love is back with an expanded lineup which features drummer Jody Stephens (Big Star, Golden Smog and others) and guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, the Nels Cline Singers and more). I recently welcomed one of the original members of End of Love, Irwin Menken (who has also played bass with Lee Ranaldo, formerly of Sonic Youth), and the legendary beat of Big Star, Jody Stephens, to the WFUV studios to talk new music and classic power pop.

French Style Furs - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

French Style Furs is a new band that features Nathan Willet and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids as well as Nathan Warkentin of We Barbarians. Unlike these musicians’ past endeavors, guitar is used sparingly on the record to make room for bright synthesizers, horns and an abundance of backing vocals. The lyrics for these new songs were taken from the 20th century poet, Thomas Merton. French Style Furs have turned his introspective words into a rousing collection of songs on their debut album, Is Exotic Bait. The band recently stopped by Studio A to play us some of their new material and talk about the record. We'll hear that performance and conversation on this episode of FUV Live.

 

Ingrid Michaelson - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Our Staten Island Sweetheart, Ingrid Michaelson is back with another album of earnest songs featuring her trademark wit and reflection. On this new record, she brought in a whole family of musicians to collaborate with and according to Ingrid, this was one of the best decisions she could have ever made. Ahead of her Central Park SummerStage show here in New York City, she stopped by Studio A to share some of the new material and talk about the new record, Lights Out.

[recorded: 7/10/14]