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FUV Live At CMJ: Horse Thief, Elle King, Son Little And Happyness

by WFUV Staff
Elle King photo by Laura Fedele

What a night! The third annual FUV Live at CMJ showcase at Rockwood Music Hall brought together four diverse artists and bands that bridged thousands of miles.

We kicked off with the yearning, beautiful anthems and sweet harmonies of Oklahoma's Horse Thief, a great set that stretched from the muscularity of "Devil" to the majesty of "Little Dust." Brooklyn-based, banjo-plucking Elle King blew us away with her gritty, powerhouse vocals and swaggering songs, like "Good To Be A Man" and her new single "Ex's and Oh's"—and surprised us too with a rowdy cover of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)." Son Little made us think with his introspective lyrics and soulfully moody songs like "Joy" and "Your Love Will Blow Me Away," drenched in dissonant textures and bold guitarwork. And London's Happyness were pure fuzzed-out fun, showing off their artistic range and quirky humor as they confidently switched from the tender, lo-fi prettiness of "Pumpkin Noir" to the blissful, sunny blast of "Anything I Do Is All Right."

We'll have much more later in the day—videos, streams, setlists and photos—but you can read more about the bands you heard on WFUV yesterday here. FUV Live at CMJ is supported by Squarespace.

Question of the Day: Keep on Truckin'

by Corny O'Connell
semi-trailer truck Shutterstock

On rainy days like today navigating the highways and byways can be especially challenging. So let's give it up for the folks who keep things moving no matter the weather - truckers. What are your favorite songs mentioning trucks and truckers? List them below and we'll send out a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

"WIllin'" - Little Feat

"Mighty Trucks at Midnight" - Bruce Cockburn

"Semi-Crazy" - Junior Brown with Red Simpson

"Six Days on the Road" - Rig Rock Deluxe

Dustin Reid - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali
Arthur Russell

Dustin Reid is the producer of a new album called Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. It’s a tribute album to the late cellist, composer and electronic pioneer, Arthur Russell. The album was released through Yep Roc Records and the Red Hot Organization, which is an international non-profit organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture.

Christopher Owens - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

We first became aware of the talents of Christopher Owens a few years ago through his band Girls. Their full-length debut was simply titled Album, and the dreamy songs on it recall warm and hazy California pop. Girls went on to release one more full-length album and an EP before breaking up in 2012. Without wasting much time at all, Owens got straight to work and released his solo debut, Lysandre, a year later. Incredibly, he has already made his second solo album.