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David Bromberg (photo courtesy of Calabro Music Media, PR)

David Bromberg: Q&A

August 30, 2023|Don McGee
Don McGee's "Mixed Bag" conversation with David Bromberg.
Bully's Alicia Bognanno (photo courtesy of the artist, PR)

Bully: Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
Bully's Alicia Bognanno on music and mental health.
Pom Pom Squad's Mia Berrin (photo by Sammy Ray Nelson, PR)

Pom Pom Squad's Mia Berrin: Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
Mia on Mental Health Awareness Month and the Sound Mind Music Festival.
Paul Cavalconte and President Tania Tetlow (photo courtesy of FUV)

Tania Tetlow at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest 2023: Q&A

August 30, 2023|Paul Cavalconte
Fordham President Tania Tetlow reports from Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
Ruston Kelly (photo by Alysse Gafkjen, PR)

Ruston Kelly: Q&A

August 30, 2023|Kara Manning
Ruston Kelly on Mental Health Awareness month and his new album.
FUV's Russ Borris with Martin Gore (photo courtesy of FUV)

Martin Gore of Depeche Mode: 2023

August 30, 2023|Russ Borris
Listen: Martin Gore on all things 'Memento Mori.'
Say She She (photo by Kaelan Barowsky, PR)

Say She She

November 30, 2022|Kara Manning
Say She She on #FUVCheer and their debut album, 'Prism.'
Eugene Hütz (photo by Michael Avendon, PR), Sunny War (photo by Joshua Black Wilkins, PR) Andrew Bird (photo courtesy of Loma Vista), Stephen Sanchez (photo by Meredith Traux, PR), and Amanda Shires (photo by Michael Schmelling, PR)

What I'm Grateful For: 2022

November 23, 2022|Kara Manning
Five artists discuss gratitude and giving.
The 1975 (photo by Samuel Bradley, PR)

Matty Healy of The 1975

November 07, 2022|Alisa Ali
In conversation w/ Alisa Ali
Fantastic Negrito's Xavier Dphrepaulezz (photo by Travis Shinn, PR)

Fantastic Negrito

June 20, 2022|Kara Manning
"I don’t know about others but I think it is exhausting begging someone to accept or validate you."
Obongjayar's Steven Umoh (photo by Bolade Banjo, PR)


June 20, 2022|Kara Manning
"Anything that brings our people together in joy is a beautiful thing."
Brandi Thompson of Brandi and the Alexanders (portrait photo by Ry Marie Images, PR)

Brandi Thompson of Brandi and the Alexanders

June 20, 2022|Kara Manning
Brandi Thompson on Juneteenth and songwriting.
Paul Janeway (front) and his bandmates of St. Paul and the Broken Bones (photo by David McClister, PR)

St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Five Essential Ray Charles Songs

February 01, 2017|Kara Manning
The octet St. Paul and the Broken Bones has a crafty way of writing retro-soul songs, like the fervent "All I Ever Wonder,"...
Margo Price (photo by Ford Fairchild, PR)

Margo Price: Five Essential Lucinda Williams Songs

January 25, 2017|Kara Manning
From an equally candid songwriting soulmate.
Jesse Malin (photo by Illaria Conte, PR)

Jesse Malin: Five Essential Replacements Songs

January 18, 2017|Kara Manning

As a New York punk ambassador, Jesse Malin kickstarted his career with Heart Attack and the legendary D Generation, and the...

Steve Gunn (photo courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)

Steve Gunn: Five Essential Songs from The Band

November 16, 2016|Kara Manning
A faithful fan writes about the quintet with warmth, keen observation and deep respect.
Larkin Poe (photo courtesy of Big Picture Media, PR)

Larkin Poe: Five Essential Elvis Costello Songs

November 02, 2016|Kara Manning
The duo has regularly toured and collaborated with Elvis Costello since 2007.
Julia Jacklin (photo by Shervin Lainez, PR)

Julia Jacklin: Five Essential Leonard Cohen Songs

October 19, 2016|Kara Manning
The artists share a poetic bridge.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Ruban Nielson in the center (photo by Neil Krug, PR)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Five Essential Steely Dan Songs

October 12, 2016|Kara Manning
"I got more into music, I appreciated [Steely Dan] more and more."
Hozier (photo by Alex Lake, PR)

Hozier: Five Essential Van Morrison Songs

October 05, 2016|Kara Manning
There's an undeniable bridge between the two Irishmen.
Robyn Hitchcock (photo by Laura Partrain, PR)

Robyn Hitchcock: Five Essential Van Morrison Songs

October 04, 2016|Kara Manning
London-born singer and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, the solo artist and founding member of The Soft Boys, was in his late...
Warpaint's Theresa Wayman (courtesy of the artist, PR)

Warpaint's Theresa Wayman: Five Essential Nirvana Songs

September 21, 2016|Kara Manning
List from a longtime admirer
Esperanza Spalding (photo by Holly Andres, PR)

Esperanza Spalding: Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs

September 14, 2016|Kara Manning
"[Aretha's] whole musical spirit speaks to me."
White Denim with James Petralli second to left (photo by Drew Anthony Smith, PR)

White Denim's James Petralli: Five Essential Led Zeppelin Songs

August 31, 2016|Kara Manning
A heartfelt and pretty hilarious essay
1998 (collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)

The Essential Music of 1998

August 30, 2018|Rita Houston
Essay and playlist from Rita Houston
FUV Reggae Essentials

FUV Reggae Essentials

August 24, 2018|Kara Manning
Reggae was a child of the Sixties, a supernova born of mento, jazz, ska and rock steady and more. [Playlist]
River Whyless (photo by Shervin Lainez, PR)

River Whyless: Five Essential CSNY Songs

August 13, 2018|Kara Manning
In a true bridging of multigenerational spirits.
Crosby Stills Nash Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

August 13, 2018|Kara Manning
Remembering David Crosby. [Playlist]
Caroline Rose (photo by CJ Harvey / PR)

Caroline Rose: Five Essential Radiohead Songs

July 10, 2018|Kara Manning
From one outsider to another.
Halo Maud's Maud Nadal (photo by Lola Pertsowsky, PR)

Halo Maud: Five Essential Phoenix Songs

July 05, 2018|Kara Manning
Artists who share the audacious magic of contradictions.
Phoenix (courtesy of Glassnote Records)


July 05, 2018|Kara Manning
Bringing endless élan, inventiveness, and indefatigable spirit. [Playlist]
Martha Plimpton (photo courtesy of the artist)

Martha Plimpton: Five Essential Aimee Mann Songs

June 21, 2018|Kara Manning
The actress, activist, and singer picks favorites from an artist she's covered extensively.
The Smiths

The Smiths

May 22, 2018|Kara Manning
The Smiths will always possess the mournful hearts of the Eighties generation. [Playlist]
Middle Kids' Harry Day, Hannah Joy, and Tim Fitz (photo courtesy of Domino Records, PR)

Middle Kids: Five Essential Damon Albarn Songs

April 29, 2018|Kara Manning
Drummer Harry Day cites Damon Albarn as one of his "favorite musicans in life" and outlines his top songs.
Damon Albarn (photo by Bill Ebbesen via Wikimedia)

Damon Albarn

April 25, 2018|Kara Manning
A visionary musician with a workaholic's tenacity. [Playlist]

Essential Songwriters

April 13, 2018|Kara Manning
The FUV on-air staff on songwriters we personally treasure and revere — plus a playlist.