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Little Feat album covers

Little Feat's Bill Payne: Q&A

September 23, 2023|Don McGee
Don McGee chats with Little Feat's Bill Payne
Ray LaMontagne (photo by Samantha Casolari, PR)

Ray LaMontagne: Cavalcade Q&A

September 17, 2023|Paul Cavalconte
Listen: A conversation with Ray LaMontagne.
Pachyman's Pachy Garcia (photo by Abraham Recio, PR)

Pachyman: Q&A

September 14, 2023|Kara Manning
On his new album, inspired by reggae's lovers rock and Puerto Rico.
Priya Ragu (photo courtesy of Warner Brothers, PR)

Priya Ragu: UKNY Q&A

February 07, 2024|Kara Manning
A chat with the rising Swiss-Tamil musician.
The Last Dinner Party (photo by Charles Gall, PR)

The Last Dinner Party: Q&A

February 07, 2024|Kara Manning
Listen: A chat with the fast-rising London band.
Lenny Kaye with Eric Holland on the 50th anniversary of Nuggets (photo: WFUV and Rhino)

Lenny Kaye: Guest DJ Mix

February 07, 2024|Eric Holland
Listen: 50 years of Nuggets
Romy (photo by Jon Wilkinson, PR)

Romy: UKNY Guest DJ Mix

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
Listen: The xx's Romy joins host Kara Manning
Joy Oladokun (photo by Brian Higbee, PR)

Joy Oladokun: Juneteenth Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
"Being proudly LGBTQIA, to me, is about the potential lives it will save."
Hannah Jadagu (photo by Sterling Smith, PR)

Hannah Jadagu: Juneteenth Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
"To me, Juneteenth is a reminder of freedom."
Abraham Alexander (photo by Elle Caerbert, PR)

Abraham Alexander: Juneteenth Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
Abraham on his auspicious debut album and Juneteenth.
Meshell Ndegeocello (photo by Charlie Gross, PR)

Meshell Ndegeocello: Juneteenth Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
Read: Conversation about her new album and a 30-year-old classic.
Madison McFerrin (photo by Justin French, PR)

Madison McFerrin: Juneteenth Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
"Juneteenth means freedom."
SASAMI (photo by Angela Riccardi, PR)

Sasami: Five Essential Albums

March 16, 2022|Kara Manning
Multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth chose records that reflect a heavy-metal-and-Fleetwood-Mac adventure.
Aurora (photo by Isak Okkenhaug, PR)

Aurora: Five Essential Albums

March 14, 2022|Kara Manning

As WFUV honors Women's History Month, we're also heralding a handful of "Ascending Women" musicians who are making their own...

Mia Berrin of Pom Pom Squad (photo by Sammy Ray Nelson, PR)

Pom Pom Squad's Mia Berrin: Five Essential Albums

March 10, 2022|Kara Manning
We ask "Ascending Women" about the music that shaped their own path.
Laufey (photo by Blythe Thomas, PR)

Laufey: Five Essential Albums

March 08, 2022|Kara Manning
We ask "Ascending Women" about the music that shaped their own path.
Lady Wray (photo by Sesse Lind, PR)

Lady Wray: Five Essential Albums

March 03, 2022|Kara Manning
We ask "Ascending Women" about the music that shaped their own path.
Ibeyi's Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz (photo by Suleika Muller, PR)

Ibeyi: Five Essential Albums (Plus One)

February 21, 2022|Kara Manning

As FUV honors music pioneers over the next month, we also reached out to a new generation of rising artists like twin...

Gabriels, l-to-r: Ari Balouzia, Ryan Hope and Jacob Lusk (photo by Julian Broad, PR)

Gabriels' Jacob Lusk: Five Essential Albums

February 17, 2022|Kara Manning
Rising artists honor music pioneers for Black History Month.
Theon Cross (image courtesy of Grandstand Media, PR)

Sons of Kemet's Theon Cross: Five Essential Albums

February 15, 2022|Kara Manning
Emerging artists honor music pioneers during Black History Month.
Algiers (photo by Christian Högstedt/Courtesy of the artist)

Algiers' Franklin James Fisher: Five Essential Albums

February 10, 2022|Kara Manning
Honoring Black musical pioneers
Brittney Spencer (photo by Nicki Fletcher, PR)

Brittney Spencer: Five Essential Albums

February 07, 2022|Kara Manning
Honoring music pioneers for Black History Month
Genesis Owusu (photo by Daniela Federici, PR)

Genesis Owusu: Five Essential Albums

February 01, 2022|Kara Manning
Rising artists honor music pioneers for Black History Month.
The Lemon Twigs' Michael D'Addario and Brian D'Addario (photo courtesy of the Beggars Group, PR)

The Lemon Twigs: Five Essential Beatles Songs

February 08, 2017|Kara Manning
Brian Paul D'Addario on love for the Fab Four.
Jealous of the Birds' Naomi Hamilton (photo courtesy of Big Hassle, PR)

Jealous of the Birds: Five Essential Cat Power Songs

December 17, 2018|Kara Manning
Naomi Hamilton is a big fan of Chan Marshall, and explains why.
Tom Waits (AP Photo via Marketwired)

Tom Waits

December 06, 2018|Darren DeVivo
A musician of endless vision, invention, and reinvention. [Playlist]
Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack (photo by Shervin Lainez, PR)

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner: Five Essential Björk Songs

November 21, 2018|Kara Manning
"Discovering the music of Björk when I was a teenager changed the course of my life."
Shannon Shaw (photo by Alysse Gafkjen, PR)

Shannon Shaw: Five Essential John Prine Songs

November 15, 2018|Kara Manning
With a keen love for the effortless twists of his observant lyricism.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls (photo courtesy of Propeller Publicity, PR)

Indigo Girls: Five Essential Joni Mitchell Songs

November 07, 2018|Kara Manning
Emily Saliers: "Picking five essentials from Joni Mitchell is torture."
Paul Weller (photo courtesy of the artist)

Paul Weller

November 01, 2018|Kara Manning
Some songwriters never get the international due they deserve. [Playlist]
Jimi Hendrix (image from promotional photo of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, via Wikimedia Commons)

Jimi Hendrix

October 08, 2018|Kara Manning
On earth for a fleeting moment in time, he left a legacy of volcanic grace and brilliance. [Playlist]
Cat Power (photo by Stefano Giovannini, courtesy of the artist)

Cat Power

October 05, 2018|Kara Manning
We honor this late night consoler of the lonely, sculptor of intimate masterpieces. [Playlist]
Marlon Williams (photo by Steve Gullick, PR)

Marlon Williams: Five Essential John Prine Songs

September 28, 2018|Kara Manning
The New Zealander's canny understanding of the legacy of his forebears gives him an eclectic range.
1968 (Collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)

The Essential Music of 1968

September 20, 2018|Dennis Elsas
Essay and playlist from Dennis Elsas
1978 (collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)

The Essential Music of 1978

September 13, 2018|Paul Cavalconte
Essay and playlist from Paul Cavalconte
1988 (Collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)

The Essential Music of 1988

September 06, 2018|Russ Borris
Essay and playlist from Russ Borris