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FUV Vault: Live Concerts

Listen on demand in the WFUV Media Player. Shows listed alphabetically by first name.

Laura Marling - FUV Live - 2013

On the same day that British folk musician Laura Marling was nominated for a Mercury Prize for her latest album, Once I Was an Eagle, she played a concert for WFUV at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn. During this episode of FUV Live, we'll hear that performance, which also includes an interview.

[recorded: 09/11/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Laura Marling - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

An astonishing singer-songwriter and guitarist, Laura Marling pens cathartic, conversational songs that deftly shift between ferocity and fragility. Just 24 years old, she's already released four critically acclaimed albums, three of which have been nominated for the Mercury Prize. She won the Brit Award in 2011 as Best Female Solo Artist and was nominated two other times for that honor. In 2014, Laura Marling brought her beautifully etched songs to Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre on December 8, 2014, joining Natalie Merchant, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

Like Conor Oberst, Laura's career began as a wise-beyond-her-years teenager, but she's always written with an uncanny maturity. Her lyrics are both covertly autobiographical and not, dissecting the complex nature of relationships with intuitiveness, vulnerability and sagacity. As we've observed in Laura's many visits to WFUV, especially her FUV Live concert at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn on a blistering hot September night last year (the day she was nominated for her third Mercury Prize), she doesn't merely perform her songs, but seems to experience them in that moment. Her most recent album, 2013's Once I Was An Eagle, flows seamlessly from track to track, a river of introspection, keen observation, wit and even hope rising from heartbreak.

Raised in pastoral Hampshire, England where her father owned a recording studio, Laura moved to London at 16. There she became a part of the fast-rising folk-rock movement that also spawned Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons (and yes, she once dated the frontmen of both bands). Laura has since relocated to Los Angeles—a surprising but logical move for a songwriter who has been compared to many Laurel Canyon troubadours, notably Joni Mitchell. Laura will release her fifth album, Short Movie, in March of 2015. At Holiday Cheer for FUV, she played a new song from that forthcoming album, called "Strange," as well as "Devil's Spoke" from 2010's I Speak Because I Can.

We've been entranced by Laura Marling for the past six years—her very first Stateside radio appearance was with Vin Scelsa on WFUV back in January 2008—and we are so pleased that she was a part of Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends.

Hear Laura's performance below, or read a full show recap and listen to all of Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre. You can also hear individual performances from the rest of this year's Holiday Cheer line-up:

Special thanks to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Lissie- Live Concert- 2011

Lissie's music is usually described as folk or Americana, but if you listen closely-especially to her covers of artists like Lady Gaga, Nelly Furtado, and Kid Cudi-you'll hear a lot of other influences too, along with a very powerful set of vocal cords. Lissie's full-length debut album Catching A Tiger is out now, and 'FUV's Alisa Ali talked with her backstage at a recent show at Manhattan's Hiro Ballroom.

Little Green Cars at CMJ - Live Concert - 2012

Little Green Cars, the young Dublin band that closed out the WFUV/TAS CMJ showcase on October 16 with a rousing set, just released their debut single, the anthemic stomp "The John Wayne," back in July. But thanks to rich, five-part Fleet Foxes-reminscent harmonies, catchy choruses and confident live sets that earned them enthusiastic grassroots support, Little Green Cars, its members all barely out of their teens, emerged as one of the most enthusiastically hyped bands of this year's CMJ Music Marathon.

They were duly anointed as one six "bands to watch" by the New York Times during CMJ week and the five friends seem destined for a swift ascent. Little Green Cars recorded their debut album, due out early next year, with producer Markus Dravs of Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons fame. If Little Green Cars songs like the gospel-tinged "River Song" and the yearning "Harper Lee" are any indication, they'll be spending a lot more time Stateside in 2013.

Read more about Little Green Cars and see complete coverage of WFUV and The Alternate Side's 2012 CMJ Music Marathon showcase here, supported by TuneIn. Listen to the world.

[recorded: 10/16/12]

Loudon Wainwright III- Live Concert- 2009

Loudon Wainwright III performs material from his latest album 'High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project' in a special FUV Live concert hosted by John Platt at City Winery. [8/24/09]

LP - Live Concert - 2012

You've probably heard this big-voiced, ukulele-wielding singer-songwriter, even if you haven't heard of her. Well, we'd like to change that. LP has written songs for Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, but it's her own super-powerful performances that are really earning attention. One show was this recent FUV Live set at Rockwood Music Hall, which featured songs from her EP, 'Into The Wild,' talk of LP's upcoming album, and a Roy Orbison cover.

[recorded: 10/04/12]

Lucinda Williams at Holiday Cheer for WFUV - Live Concert - 2012

Holiday Cheer for FUV headliner Lucinda Williams followed the lead of Shelby Lynne, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin and performed her first song ("Lake Charles") with just voice and guitar. It was a nod to the artform that sits at the core of her songs, which have been tugging at our ears, hearts and minds for years. Her set didn't stay quiet for long though... thanks to her killer band, and some help from Steve Earle too.

Re-live Lucinda's set below and and check out what Lucinda had to say after the show, when she talked with FUV's Eric Holland backstage. You can also listen to all of Holiday Cheer for WFUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre, online anytime.

Special thanks to Fairway Market and to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Lyle Lovett - Live Concert - 2012

Seeing a concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell is a surefire good way to spend a summer night. Seeing Lyle Lovett close out the 2012 Celebrate Brooklyn season on August 11 was something special, and WFUV and NPR Music were there to record the concert.

Whether he's backed by his Large Band or (in this case) his Acoustic Group, Lyle always surrounds himself with superb musicians. The core at Celebrate Brooklyn was a string quartet, comprised of a couple of youngsters - Keith Sewell on guitar and mandolin and Luke Bulla on violin - and a couple of longtime Lyle cohorts - John Hagen on cello and Viktor Krauss on bass - plus the legendary Russ Kunkel on drums. Like Lyle, they wore charcoal gray suits and ties and looked mighty sharp.

Lyle was classy, witty, and generous, giving his sidemen a chance to shine and bringing Arnold McCulloch, Aoife O'Donovan (who opened the evening with her band) and Kat Edmondson onstage for vocal turns. The evening was a mix-and-match of various combinations of three, four, or more musicians, and the set list, while drawing on his most recent CD, "Release Me, included plenty of faves from throughout his career. As always, there was barely a genre - country, folk, blues, swing, bluegrass - left untouched. The last few numbers - "That's Right You're Not From Texas," "White Freight Liner Blues" and the encore, "Can't Resist It" - showed what a juggernaut this group can be. He's been at this for nigh on 30 years, and Lyle remains at the top of his game.

Marc Cohn- Live Concert- 2007

From 'Walking in Memphis' to 'Listening to Levon,' Marc Cohn mixes favorites with new material from his latest album Join The Parade, during recent a City Folk Live concert at Bennett Studios in New Jersey, hosted by Dennis Elsas. [10/2/07]

Mark O'Connor- Live Concert- 2007

Recorded at Merkin Hall in New York City, Mark O'Connor performs his Johnny Cash-inspired trio for Piano, Violin and Cello 'Poets and Prophets,' and discusses the piece with host Claudia Marshall. [1/25/07]

Matt Costa - Live Concert - 2013

Matt Costa performs songs from his brand new, self-titled album in an FUV Live show at City Winery.

[Recorded: 01/23/13]

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Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.


Nada Surf - Live Concert - 2012

From the stage of Rockwood Music Hall, Nada Surf performs songs from its brand new album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, in an FUV Live show hosted by Russ Borris. [recorded: 01/25/12]

Natalie Merchant - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

One of Conor Oberst's labelmates on Nonesuch Records is Natalie Merchant, who released her sixth solo album, self-titled, in 2014. This quietly powerful and thoughtful record, rich with exquisite character studies and sunbeams of soulful reverie, marked Natalie's first collection of new, original songs in over 13 years.

We are so pleased that Natalie joined Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre, since she's always been beloved by this station and our listeners. She was a part of the extraordinary lineup which also included Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

From her early years with 10,000 Maniacs, breaking through in a platinum-selling way in 1987 with their third album, In My Tribe, to her eventual solo career which commenced with 1995's Tiger Lily, Natalie has always been a clear-eyed force of socio-political consciousness and plainspoken truth in her songwriting. She's as unique as Björk or Leonard Cohen in adhering to her uncompromised visionary path.

Natalie's passions are many and varied, but always centered on the compassionate scope of humanity: she has recorded an album set to 19th century children's poems (Leave Your Sleep) and reveled in feminine strength, wisdom and women's rights via dynamic albums like 1998's Ophelia and 2001's Motherhood. She has also made her mark beyond music as an anti-fracking activist and advocate for victims of domestic violence, directing the 2013 documentary "Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence."

Natalie Merchant is an important American songwriter who has made a difference for her thousands of fans who have grown up to her music ... and continue to pass along her message of fortitude and free-thinking to their children.

Hear Natalie's performance below, or read a full show recap and listen to all of Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre. You can also hear individual performances from the rest of this year's Holiday Cheer line-up:

Special thanks to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Neko Case - Solid Sound Festival - 2013

Neko Case live at Solid Sound Festival 2013

As much an interpretive performer as a songwriter, Neko Case (@NekoCase) has a reputation for being a dark but brazen carrier of a tremendous voice and crush-worthy beauty.

We first heard her power-pop vocals as part of The New Pornographers, which she slid into as an "honourary Canadian" after getting her art degree in Vancouver. The country-noir singer and multi-instrumentalist moved from there to Tacoma, then Chicago, then Vermont, and along the way built a solid solo career that first truly bloomed in 2006 with Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

Middle Cyclone from 2009 made it to #3 on the US chart, even while she spent more time recording and touring with the Pornographers. And in this Solid Sound performance she premiered a few songs from her upcoming release, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, which features guitar work from M. Ward.

Neko didn't have to travel far from her home in Vermont to get to Solid Sound for her set, right before Wilco on the big stage at Joe's Field. She did bring her dog Liza along for company, though.

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Nellie McKay- Live Concert - 2010

Nellie McKay interpreted songs by Doris Day on her last album, Normal as Bluebery Pie, but her latest record Home Sweet Mobile Home has her back writing her own quirky, funny, heartbreaking songs. Nellie talked with 'FUV's Rita Houston and played a show for an audience of 'FUV members at New York's City Winery. [11/22/10]

Nick Lowe - Live Concert - 2011

Back with his new album 'The Old Magic' and an upcoming tour with Wilco, Nick Lowe performs a mix of new and old songs (and magic) in an FUV Live show at The Living Room, hosted by Corny O'Connell. [08/18/2011]

Nick Lowe- Live Concert- 2007

Nick Lowe performs old favorites and new material from his latest album 'At My Age' in a special City Folk Live concert hosted by Darren DeVivo. Recorded in May '07 at Bennett Studios in New Jersey. [5/31/07]

Nicole Atkins- Live Concert- 2011

To celebrate her new album 'Mondo Amore,' Nicole Atkins and her band treat a crowd of FUV Marquee Members to a special FUV Live show at Rockwood Music Hall, hosted by Rita Houston. [3/22/11]

Norah Jones - Live Concert - 2012

Norah Jones takes the stage with her new band at Tarrytown Music Hall, celebrating her new album 'Little Broken Hearts'. And, FUV's Rita Houston talked with Norah backstage about the new songs, and her main collaborator on the project: Danger Mouse. [recorded 04/11/12]

Ollabelle- Live Concert- 2004

A lively concert with spirited downtowners Ollabelle, in an exclusive show for WFUV Members from the Living Room in Manhattan. (May 18, 2004)

Patty Griffin- Live Concert- 2004

The lovely, melodic storytelling of Patty Griffin - in an exclusive show for WFUV Members from the Cutting Room in NYC, April 2004.

Punch Brothers - Live at SXSW - 2012

You might not think of New York City as the center of the progressive-bluegrass world, but the Punch Brothers have made it so. Their third release - Who's Feeling Young Now? - was written here, and it feels like it. They did a lot of the new songs in their set for the WFUV SXSW Showcase on Friday afternoon, including their cover of Radiohead's "Kid A."

These five guys are such a tight band, they've logged so many miles together, and been buddies forever. FUV listeners know we've got a longstanding love affair with Chris Thile going back to Nickel Creek, and the Punch Brothers have spent a good chunk of their road time dragging large string instruments up to our Bronx studios (Words & Music 2012), and they played our holiday concert in 2010, and they're on the FUV Live 14 CD.

The Austin crowd went nuts for the show, giving them the kind of standing ovation you don't often see in a conference center.

Set List:

  • Flippen
  • Who's Feeling Young Now?
  • Clara
  • Kid A
  • Wayside
  • Movement and Location

Rachael Yamagata - Live Concert - 2011

After releasing the ambitious, two-part 'Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart' in 2008, Rachael Yamagata took the DIY route to make her new album, 'Chesapeake.' Fortunately, that route also led her to Electric Lady Studios for an FUV Live show hosted by Rita Houston. [recorded: 10/4/11]

Rebecca Pidgeon - Live Concert - 2011

Songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon performs songs from her forthcoming album 'Slingshot' in an FUV Live performance from Rockwood Music Hall, hosted by Rita Houston. [08/08/2011]

Red Horse- Live Concert- 2010

Singer-songwriters Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky team up as Red Horse on a new album, and in this FUV Live performance at Fordham University's Flom Auditorium, hosted by John Platt. [12/4/10]

Robert Randolph and the Family Band - Live Concert - 2013

Here is a live broadcast of an amazing FUV Live show with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. It was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side here in NYC. We were treated to a preview of some of the songs from the new album, Lickety Split, which comes out in July. The band also performed some classic songs from their catalog, including a very lively version of "I Need More Love." This show demonstrates the awesome control and skill that Robert Randolph has over the pedal steel guitar, and what enthralling performers he and his band are.

Almost everyone (including me) danced themselves into a sweat that night and we all left happy as clams. It was an absolute pleasure to host such a great night of live music. If you feel like hearing some "soul refreshing" music that will make you get up and move, I urge you to listen to this show.

[recorded: 06/10/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live at Radio City Music Hall - 2012

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are virtuosos who together make up arguably the most exciting touring two guitar group of any genre. The question of what genre they represent is not easily answered as they play acoustically with the tremendous speed and dexterity associated with groups like Metallica but with the finesse and technique of jazz and flamenco artists like Al Di Meola and Paco de Lucia.

On their latest album, Area 52, Rod y Gab expanded upon their duo format for the first time when they decided to follow a long held wish to travel to Havana and collobarate with local musicians. They were joined this past Friday at Radio City Music Hall by a handful of Cuban players who provided some extraordinary textures (especially with percussion) to Rod y Gab compositions.

When I spoke to Gabriela before the show, I had to work a little to hold it together as she is beautiful, loves Black Sabbath, and is one of the most innovative guitar players in the world. The interview will air soon. Here's the breathtaking performance from Friday.

- Eric Holland

Ryan Shaw- Live Concert- 2007

Good luck sitting still as Ryan Shaw and his band take the stage at The Cutting Room in Manhattan for an exclusive City Folk Live performance, hosted by Claudia Marshall. [11/27/07]

Sarah Jarosz- Live Concert- 2011

Acoustic music phenom Sarah Jarosz performs songs from her sophomore album 'Follow Me Down' in an FUV Live show at The Living Room, hosted by John Platt. [5/16/11]

Savoir Adore at CMJ - Live Concert - 2012

Brooklyn's Savoir Adore, a synth-pop quintet led by best friends Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro, self-released its sophomore album, Our Nature, the same day as WFUV and The Alternate Side's first CMJ showcase on October 16 — a perfect confluence of celebratory events.

The band, guided by Hammer and Muro's sweet vocal interplay and knack for luminous, lush arrangements, got the Living Room crowd dancing — or swaying exuberantly —  with buoyant tracks like "Dreamers" and the current single "Regalia," a vivacious gem that unabashedly embraces a Spice Girls-meets-Bananarama insouciance, but with Brooklyn-brash indie cool. 

In a moment of genuine adorableness, Savoir Adore even showed off some enthusiastic arm choreography for "Loveliest Creature," the song that inspired much of girl-meets-monster love story that serves as Our Nature's overarching romantic concept. Savoir Adore are touring the States this fall; Our Nature drops in the UK/EU on October 22. For more on the band, head to Savoir Adore's website.

See complete coverage of our 2012 CMJ Music Marathon showcase, supported by TuneIn. Listen to the world.

[recorded: 10/16/12]

Shawn Colvin - Live Concert - 2012

Shawn Colvin celebrates the release of her new album, All Fall Down, and her new memoir, Diamond In The Rough, in an FUV Live show at City Winery, joined by Buddy Miller, Viktor Krauss and... Emmylou Harris.

[recorded: 06/04/12]