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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.


Beck returns to New York with a show at Madison Square Garden on July 19, supporting 2017's Colors, an upbeat kaleidoscope of an album that the #FUVEssentials artist describes as "not retro and not modern."


As Radiohead returns in July 2018 for a four-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, we're celebrating the music of this beloved #FUVEssentials band.


Phoenix is a beloved and much-needed ambassador of French joie de vivre in the States. As the band returns to New York for a five-day residency at Brooklyn Steel, we're celebrating the quartet as one of our FUV Essentials.


[Update for June 7, 2018: On what would have been Prince's 60th birthday, the much-missed musician is being remembered via a panoply of events, ran