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FUV's New Dig: Brandi Carlile

by Darren DeVivo
Brandi Carlile (photo: David McClister)

The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Brandi Carlile
ATO Records

Brandi Carlile might be approaching the tenth anniversary of her self-titled debut album, but her fifth and latest studio effort, The Firewatcher's Daughter, shows this ambitious singer and songwriter's ongoing evolution as an artist and a person. Over the past three years, since the release of 2012's Bear Creek, Carlile has gotten married (her wife, Catherine Shepherd, is a former charity coordinator for Paul McCartney) and the couple became parents last year. Carlile's longtime bandmates and collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth—aka "The Twins"—have also started their own families. This strong sense of family has deeply influenced The Firewatcher’s Daughter, a collection of songs dwelling on ideas of home and companionship.

Two Gallants - FUV Live - 2015

by Alisa Ali
The San Francisco based duo, Two Gallants is made up of childhood friends, Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel.  With Stephens handling vocals and guitar and Vogel behind the drum kit, together they create a tight mix of blues, folk, country, and garage rock. Even after thirteen years together, Two Gallants continue to push the boundaries of what a duo can accomplish. Both sonically and thematically,the band’s fifth record, We Are Undone is possibly their heaviest outing yet . The song's topics range from the ills of consumerism to environmental disaster, all backed by pounding rhythms and captivating guitar riffs.

The Big Broadcast for March 1: I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. Maybe.

by Rich Conaty

First there was Billy "Uke" Carpenter. He sang, played the ukulele, and sometimes broke out in a "Popeye" voice, though there still weren't "Popeye" cartoons. Carpenter made his last records in early 1931. Then there was Billy Costello, who sometimes recorded as "Red Pepper Sam," and did wind up as the first voice of the famed sailor. Costello's recording of "Dinah" is part of the eighth "Big Broadcast" collection, which includes more on my "Carpenter is Costello" theory.

UKNY On FUV For February 28

by Kara Manning
Underworld at Royal Festival Hall (photo: David Rowntree, courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Tonight on UKNY at 11, a conversation with Karl Hyde of the influential electronic band Underworld, focusing on the recently remastered 20th anniversary release of the band's seminal 1994 album Dubnobasswithmyheadman. Hyde and his longtime compadre Rick Smith embark on a sold-out UK and European tour beginning on March 5 in Bristol and they'll be coming Stateside this June with one show announced thus far at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl. Karl discusses the unlikely road that led to this groundbreaking album and the potent role that New York City has had on his artistic life.

Also, brand new music from Meadowlark, East India Youth, Blur and more.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For February 28

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Shangri-Las, c. 1964

Due to my week being especially harried and hectic, tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a rerun, and I went way back in the archives for this one, from October 2011. The whole show is dedicated to the girl group sound and era. This music was created back in the 1960s but continues to cast its spell to this day. I did the show in the first place after having to miss the Lincoln Center concert, "She's Got the Power: A Girl-Group Extravaganza," which I'm told was, emotionally and musically, a killer.

Tune in tonight to hear The Luv'd Ones, Maxine Brown, Jackie DeShannon, The Shangri-Las, and many more!