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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.

Robyn Hitchcock: Five Essential Van Morrison Songs

London-born singer and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, the solo artist and founding member of The Soft Boys, was in his late teens and twenties when Van Morrison released some of his most influential albums, like 'Astral Weeks' and 'Veedon Fleece.' Hitchcock came up with a list of some of his "Five Essential Van Morrison Songs" for FUV Essentials.

Esperanza Spalding: Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs

Esperanza Spalding's shapeshifting and erudite command of the many fusions between jazz, soul, rock, pop and gospel is a reminder of the versatility of one of her favorite musicians, Aretha Franklin. And as Esperanza Spalding enthuses in her observant and ebullient "Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs" for FUV Essentials, "[Aretha's] whole musical spirit speaks to me."