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FUV Essentials

So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Elliott Smith

Remembering Elliott Smith, on what would have been his 50th birthday on August 6, 2019. He forged haunted whispers and delicate guitar into astonishingly intimate songs ... and he's one of our FUV Essentials.

Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia passed away nearly 24 years ago, on August 9, 1995, but his legacy continues to jam in the afterlife. He would have turned 77 on August 1, 2019 had the fates been kinder (and his appetite for self-destructive habits quelled), you could easily imagine him still on tour with the Grateful Dead. We're remembering his music, with and without the Grateful Dead, as one of our FUV Essentials.


FUV Essentials artist Beck looks ahead to a new album, Hyperspace, and hits the road in 2019 for a tour with Cage the Elephant and Spoon.