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David Amram and The Amigos - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

David Amram is a true musical Renaissance man - classical composer, jazz musician, sideman for everybody from Dizzy Gillespie to Steve Goodman - as well as an author, activist, and indefatigable source of positive energy. On the eve of his 84th birthday, he shared memories of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Jack Kerouac, and his philosophy of life and performed songs with The Amigos Band on the Sunday Breakfast.

Spoon - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali
photo by Tom Hines

Spoon has been consistently churning out solid albums ever since its 1996 debut Telephono, and now the Austin-based band has released its eighth full-length album, They Want My Soul. The new songs see the band expanding its sound while still maintaining its unique style of smart and witty indie rock.

Ryan Adams - FUV Live at Electric Lady Studios - 2014

by Rita Houston
Photo by Laura Fedele/WFUV

Ryan Adams and his band performed an extensive set for FUV at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in the West Village. Ryan has worked at Electric Lady before, but his new, self-produced and self-titled album was recorded at his own funky studio called Pax Am. The performance debuted some new songs and revisited a few from his vast catalog, and the band is on point at every step, going from strident riffs to open-ended jams with Ryan in fine voice.

Matt Nakoa - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

Matt Nakoa grew up on a farm in upstate New York before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston. After establishing himself on the Boston music scene, he chose to move to Brooklyn, the new mecca for singer-songwriters. He returned to another upstate New York farm this past summer as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and I asked him to be part of the November On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall.

Damien Rice - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

For us, eight years of virtual silence from Damien Rice feels like a long time. But according to Damien, it feels like he just woke up from a snooze. After hearing him describe his journey, one might even call it an awakening. Following the exhaustion caused by his last album and tour, and painful breakup with singer Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice discovered that he had had everything, and was miserable. The subsequent years of healing and soul searching proved to be powerful teachers, as Damien has returned, not only with his most magnificently lush and moving album yet, but also with a new approach to life. Our conversation goes deep, as he describes finding a new, exceptionally open and receptive approach to the challenges of daily life, and how, with the help of studio/spiritual guru, Rick Rubin, he opened the floodgates to these new songs. Lucky for us, it sounds as if My Favourite Faded Fantasy is the beginning of a beautiful new chapter in the career of Damien Rice. 

Metronomy - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Despite the somewhat wistful, romance-wary lyrics scattered across the breadth of Metronomy's most recent release, Love Letters, frontman Joseph Mount is really quite content. In fact, when Mount and fellow band member Oscar Cash came up to FUV's Studio A for a stripped-down session, the singer, producer and lyricist revealed that he and his girlfriend were on the brink of welcoming their second child. It's a pretty rosy time for both Mount and Metronomy, on tour in South America this month. Still, there's a quirky, mournful quality to Metronomy's new record, one that still seems influenced—as was their 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated album The English Riviera—by the picturesque town of Totnes, Devon, where Mount was raised.

Lori Lieberman - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

Though she was born in Los Angeles and lives there now, Lori Lieberman actually grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. That left her isolated from 1960's American folk music, until her sister came home from college in 1968 with copies of albums by Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Joni Mitchell.

Paolo Nutini - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

One of Scotland’s biggest acts, Paolo Nutini has made multi-platinum selling albums and done several arena tours across Europe since 2006. He’s made his presence known in the United States too, performing at Terminal 5 and a sold-out show at the Apollo Theatre earlier this year. His recently released third album, Caustic Love, is a lively, retro-soul record filled with clever sampling and modern production, and it shows Nutini’s continuous evolution as a musician.

Panama Wedding - FUV Live - 2014

by Russ Borris

The New York City-based band Panama Wedding is the synth-pop ensemble behind the hit single, “All Of The People.” The exuberant pop song reached nearly one million plays on the band’s SoundCloud, and the mastermind behind Panama Wedding, Peter Kirk, believes their popularity has yet to peak. The band has released its debut EP, Parallel Play, and a full-length album is expected to follow soon.

Philip Selway - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Already known for his drumming and background vocal work with Radiohead, Philip Selway is finally being recognized for his songwriting talents. In 2010, he released his solo debut, Familial, which was a stirring set of largely acoustic-based songs. He is back now with his sophomore effort, Weatherhouse, and the new album shows the great growth and depth of his musicianship. The new album has a much broader sonic palette with more layers and textures than that of his previous solo work. The record actually feels like a natural extension of the Radiohead sound.