FUV Live

The Hold Steady - FUV Live at Hill Country Live - 2014

by Dennis Elsas
The Hold Steady, photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV

One of the best ways to celebrate a new album from The Hold Steady is to experience the songs live, and a lucky crowd of WFUV Marquee Members got to do just that at Hill Country Live. Teeth Dreams is The Hold Steady's sixth album over their ten-year span, and it incorporates some significant changes that lead singer Craig Finn described to me as "The Hold Steady 2.0."

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.

Lo-Fang - FUV Live -2014

by Alisa Ali

Matthew Hemerlein is the man behind the moniker Lo-Fang. He is a classically trained musician who likes to experiment with as many different sounds as he can. In fact, he played all of the instruments on his full length debut, Blue Film. The album touches on a great variety of styles – from Pop to Krautrock. He recently stopped by WFUV to perform some of his songs and talk about the new record.

 

Real Estate - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo

Back in 2011, I was introduced to the band Real Estate while listening to WFUV’s “The Alternate Side” in the car. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. There were jangly guitars and catchy hooks galore. Those are two music ingredients that are sure to get my attention every time! Hearing this band brought back memories of the guitar-based alternative bands that I played on WFUV in the mid 1980s. From that point on, their first two albums became favorites that could be found in my CD players fairly often. In recent years, Real Estate expanded from a trio to a quintet and now they are back with their third album, Atlas. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to spend some time with the band in the WFUV studios. Their in studio performance was flawless. Hear it for yourself!

Dan Wilson - FUV Live - 2014

by Rita Houston

Since his Semisonic days, Dan Wilson has spent a lot of time co-writing and producing, earning hits with a long list of artists like The Dixie Chicks and Adele. It hasn't left a lot of space for solo work, but he’s finally followed up his 2007 debut, Free Life, with a brand new album. It’s called Love Without Fear and it’s out today. Dan recently stopped by Studio A to share some new songs, to talk about the new record, and to give us a heads up on what else he's been working on.

Dan Croll - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

This British artist is schooled in songwriting and multiple instruments, falling somewhere in the middle of acoustic and digital in his sound. All the layers come together on his new album Sweet Disarray. Ahead of his Bowery Ballroom show this Thursday, he stopped by Studio A to perform some of his new songs and talk about the new record during this episode of FUV Live.

Sunday Breakfast - Spuyten Duyvil - 4/13/14

by John Platt

Spuyten Duyvil is a seven-piece band born in the Hudson Valley. They take their name from the creek that divides Manhattan and the Bronx, and their music from the American roots tradition — but with a lot of original songwriting and high-energy playing. Since breaking out as emerging artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, they've been building a fan base in Brooklyn and far beyond. It was a treat to welcome this fun-loving group back to Studio A.

Public Service Broadcasting - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

London-based Public Service Broadcasting is a bespectacled electronic duo who call themselves J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. Utilizing clips borrowed from archival propaganda movies, newsreels and educational films found in the British Film Institute and elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting makes humorous, uplifting and resonant music that is mostly instrumental with spoken samples serving as vocals. Songs have a historic flourish, ranging from World War II ("Spitfire") to mountain expeditions ("Everest") to the advent of color televIsion ("ROYGBIV").

FUV Live - St. Paul and the Broken Bones

by Carmel Holt

The seven piece band St. Paul and the Broken Bones is a new voice in Alabama soul, and they earn fans the old-fashioned way: by working really hard on stage.

Now the buzz is spreading further thanks to their brand new album, Half the City.

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

 

FUV Live - Holly George Warren - 2014

by Darren DeVivo

Alex Chilton was one of rock's great, enigmatic characters. He was singing on hit singles for the Box Tops while still a teenager. He was a driving force behind Big Star, one of the leading purveyors of the power-pop genre. He became one of forefathers of both the indie rock movement and the lo-fi sound. He was also a master of deconstructing all that he had accomplished. Then, suddenly, at the age of 59, he was gone.

Alex Chilton's life has been brilliantly chronicled by renowned author, journalist and music historian Holly George-Warren in the new book A Man Called Destruction: The Life And Music Of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops To Big Star To Backdoor Man. Holly has written and edited many fine books on rock and country music, and has overseen the publication of numerous reference guides for Rolling Stone magazine. As a fan of Big Star and a great admirer of the life and music of Alex Chilton, it was a thrill to get to meet Holly and talk to her about her latest book.