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The National's Scott Devendorf: Five Essential Grateful Dead Songs

It's fair to say that Scott Devendorf, of The National and LNZNDRF has been living and breathing the music of the Grateful Dead for a lifetime. The bassist, who wrote about his "Five Essential Grateful Dead Songs" for FUV, worked with his bandmates from the National on the epic, five-hour, 59-track Day of the Dead covers compilation which came out in the spring of 2016.

Larkin Poe: Five Essential Elvis Costello Songs

Sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe not only have a fine career of their own — they released their bluesy, rocking second album Reskinned earlier this year (and did an FUV Live session too) — but for the past handful of years, the Atlanta duo has also regularly toured and collaborated with Elvis Costello since meeting him at North Carolina's Merlefest in 2007. Larkin Poe also have an insightful perspective on his songs as frequent observers and participants, so the sisters kindly pulled together their "Five Essential Elvis Costello Songs" for FUV Essentials.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Five Essential Steely Dan Songs

When Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson was recording the band's critically acclaimed 2015 album 'Multi-Love,' one of his big influences during the making of the record was Steely Dan. When FUV asked Nielson if he might have time between gigs to write about some Steely Dan tracks that meant a lot to him, he sent along this discerning list that included some deeper album tracks.