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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost - FUV Live Special - 2013

by Rita Houston
Don Was, Elvis Costello and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, photo by Neil Swanson

With Don Was, Elvis Costello and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in the same room, talk of music is inevitable, and it's sure to be seasoned with respect, history, and even a drop-in by Dave Chappelle. Together within the hallowed walls of Electric Lady Studios, their conversation turned to another meeting of musical minds: Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost.

'Folk Scare' at Town Hall

by John Platt
Joan Baez and Patti Smith, backed by the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and others

The late, great Dave Van Ronk used to joke about "The Great Folk Scare" of the early '60s. As "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," he was an intimate witness to it. Joel and Ethan Coen have made a movie,  "Inside Llewyn Davis," very loosely based on Van Ronk's memoir, going into limited release on December 6, with a soundtrack album, produced by T Bone Burnett (who compiled the landmark "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack for the Coens), coming out on Nonesuch on November 12.

Elvis Costello - Words and Music - 2009

by Rita Houston
It took Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, and some of Nashville's most talented musicians just 3 days to make the new album, 'Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane,' and his return to 'Music City' also let Elvis revisit his love of classic country. Hear how a few of the songs sound in solo, acoustic fashion, as Elvis talks with 'FUV's Rita Houston about the latest addition to his varied catalog. [5/27/09]

Elvis Costello - Words and Music - 2010

by Rita Houston
Seen as sort of an intellectual punk when he started out in the '70s, Elvis Costello has since proven again and again that he's not so simple to pin down. His new album 'National Ransom' is no exception, with production by T Bone Burnett and sounds that run the gamut from early country to jazz to chamber pop. Recently Elvis spoke with host Rita Houston and played some live versions of a few new songs, in front of an audience of FUV members at Manhattan's Avatar Studios. [10/19/10]