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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith - FUV Live - 2015

by Alisa Ali

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan is a very talented fella. His album Nice, Nice, Very Nice was nominated for a Polaris Prize and he had the (ehem) good fortune of winning a Juno Award for his last album, Oh Fortune. Dan is back again with his fourth full-length album, Club Meds, and I wouldn't be surprised if he finds himself on the red carpet for this one too. He'll have company this time, as this new album is billed as Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Although he's been playing with the guys in Blacksmith for a while now, he has finally made it official.

Johnny Marr - FUV Live - 2015

by Russ Borris
Johnny Marr (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Johnny Marr is most closely associated with his tenure in The Smiths, creating some of the most notable and long lasting guitar riffs in rock history. His 30-year-plus career, though, has taken him in a number of different directions with stints in Electronic, The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs as well as countless recordings as a session player.

The 2 Bears - FUV Live - 2015

by Kara Manning

Euphoric in sound and scope, The 2 Bears' sophomore album,The Night Is Young, picks up seamlessly from where the duo's 2012 debut, Be Strong, left off. Longtime friends Joe Goddard, a core member of Hot Chip, and Raf Rundell, formerly with the label 1965 Records, released a first album that brimmed with rapturous, intelligent house music that addressed both the unifying power of love and, surprisingly, the economic woes of the recession. Humor was also a vital element in their chemistry: in videos, festival gigs and Ibiza DJ sets, Goddard and Rundell delivered their club anthems while frolicking around in bear suits. It's not an approach that many bands could pull off, but the ursine-fixated pals managed to do it with dignity intact.

Katie Pearlman and Robert Bruey - Sunday Breakfast - 2015

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer
Katie Pearlman and Robert Bruey are two of Long Island's finer singer-songwriters, though neither hails from there. Katie is a New Jersey native, who started piano lessons at age 5 before developing a lifelong love of the drums a few years later. These days she's most often seen with a guitar or her two daughters. She left the latter at home with husband Jeff (a musician himself), but brought the estimable Mark Newman to accompany her in Studio A.

Manchester Orchestra - FUV Live - 2015

by Carmel Holt

For anyone who has experienced unexpected life challenges (and who hasn’t?), a common discovery is that it can be the best gift we could have hoped for. It can bring about accelerated growth, opportunities to try new things, and ultimately strengthen us. Andy Hull and his band, Manchester Orchestra, have clearly benefited from a forced restructure in the last couple years. After almost a decade, three albums, and relentless touring, they lost both their record label and their rhythm section, but it all set in motion a number of positive changes for this Atlanta, Georgia-based band.

East India Youth - FUV Live - 2015

by Kara Manning

Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2014 for his ambitious debut album, Total Strife Forever, East India Youth's William Doyle didn't initially set out to be a solo artist. Back in 2010 his band, Doyle and the Forefathers, was getting a fair bit of attention in Britain. But the young singer felt himself drifting from guitar-driven indie rock. On the side, Doyle was composing electronic music, inspired by Brian Eno and Steve Reich. That ancillary project received Doyle's full-time focus when his band broke up in 2012.

Wannabe Jalva - FUV Live - 2015

by Russ Borris

Hailing from Porto Alegre, Wannabe Jalva may not be exactly what you might expect from a Brazilian band.  Referring to their music as "space groove rock," the quartet just released an extremely impressive EP called Collecture.  The five songs are all so diverse and interesting, so I couldn't wait to hear and see them live.  When they came to Studio A for this session, the band proved to really tight.  After recently playing their first shows in the U.S. for CMJ, we talked about that experience, opening up for Pearl Jam at Lollapalooza Brazil, the differences between American and Brazilian fans and lots more.  This is most definitely a band to watch. 

[recorded: 10/28/14]

Nils Lofgren - FUV Live - 2015

by Dennis Elsas

Nils Lofgren is probably the only person who has played guitar or piano with all of these bands: Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Ringo’s All-Starr’s, and his new 9-CD/1-DVD box set, Face the Music, chronicles everything else about his amazing forty-five plus year career.

Butchers Blind - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer
Butchers Blind is a rockin' quartet from Bellrose, Queens (right near the Nassau County border) who came together because of a shared love of music. They were inspired by Wilco, not just musically, but by a line in "The Late Greats" that gave them their name:

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - FUV Live - 2015

by Alisa Ali

Back in 2009, I heard a clip of an amazing song in an Apple commercial. After some internet sleuthing, I discovered that the song, "Around the Bend" was by a Danish band called The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.  I got my grubby hands on their debut album, Fruit, and quickly fell in love with their quirky style which blended horns, bass, drums, guitars and pianos with out-of-this-world samples and the unique voice of frontwoman, Mette Lindberg. Later that year, Mette and her partner Lars Iverson stopped by Studio A with their band and performed a very loud, very funky version of their song, "The Golden Age". 

I've since been following their career and enjoying their music and I was very pleased to see that they have a new album! It's called Bring Us Together and it does that very thing.  The songs on there are outrageously catchy and fun. When FUV heard that Mette was going to be in NYC again, we invited her and her bandmates up to Studio A again and much to my delight, she chatted with me and played a couple of the new songs.  

[recorded: 10/22/14]