Music Features

1988 (Collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)

The Essential Music of 1988

September 06, 2018|Russ Borris
Essay and playlist from Russ Borris
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.
CSNY in 2008  (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

August 13, 2018|Kara Manning
A band that, as either a quartet or trio, defines this country's counterculture soul. [Playlist]
Caroline Rose (photo by Matt Hogan, 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)

Phoenix

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]
Laura Marling in Studio A

TAS In Session: Laura Marling

September 12, 2011|Kara Manning

Laura Marling's first two albums garnered her critical huzzahs, Mercury Prize nominations and even a Brit Award, but her...

TAS SXSW Preview: Sharon Van Etten

February 18, 2011|Kara Manning

Singer and songwriter Sharon Van Etten quietly released one of the more extraordinary albums of the last year, the mutable...

Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean album cover

TAS In Session: Iron & Wine

February 14, 2011|Kara Manning

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam decided to change things up a bit for his fourth proper studio album, Kiss Each Other Clean. The day...

Laurie Anderson: 2010

September 29, 2010|Kara Manning

Genre-defying musician and theatrical innovator Laurie Anderson has been one of New York's most influential artists...

The Walkman's Hamilton Leithauser in Studio A

TAS in Session: The Walkmen

September 20, 2010|Kara Manning

The Walkmen, who rose from the detritus of the defunct Jonathan Fire*Eater and The Recoys back in 2000, released their sixth...

Lawrence Arabia, Chant Darling album cover

TAS in Session: Lawrence Arabia

May 24, 2010|Kara Manning

New Zealand's punchy popsters Lawrence Arabia, who will be touring with Crowded House this summer, dropped by Studio A...

Tim Teeling

TAS in Session: Shearwater

May 17, 2010|Alisa Ali

Shearwater began as a side project of Okkervil River members Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg. Over time the two decided to...

Dr. Dog (photo courtesy of ANTI-, PR)

Dr. Dog's Toby Leaman

May 10, 2010|Kara Manning

Philadelphia's own grass roots rockers Dr. Dog released their sixth album Shame, Shame last month. The Alternate Side caught...

Monsters of Folk's Jim James and M. Ward

November 18, 2009|Alisa Ali

Discussing the bandmates' deep affection for one another, the mysteries of Conor Oberst's basement and the unique...