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Elvis Costello Birthday Bash

by John Platt
Wikimedia

Is there a more protean musical talent than Elvis Costello? Think of all the great songs he's written, the genres of music he's explored, the collaborations he's pursued, the artists he's produced, even the fabulous TV series (Spectacle) he hosted.

UKNY On FUV For August 23

by Kara Manning
Kate Bush (courtesy of the artist)

Kate Bush fans once believed that they had a better chance of spotting a unicorn cantering down the street than ever seeing their beloved siren perform live again (her one and only outing had been 1979's six-week "Tour of Life.") So the return of Kate Bush this Tuesday, August 26, as she kicks off the first of 22 very sold-out shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo, is truly astonishing. The residency, christened "Before The Dawn," stretches for six weeks until October 1 and promises much to make her acolytes go weak at the knees, like the rumored inclusion of "The Ninth Wave" suite from 1985's Hounds of Love in her set. So on UKNY tonight at 11, the music of Kate Bush (and her admirers) steps to the forefront. In addition, new music from Kele Okereke, Deptford Goth, Eaux and Manchester's—or Madchester's—Inspiral Carpets, on the brink of releasing their first single in 20 years.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 23

by Marshall Crenshaw
Chet Atkins (courtesy Gretsch Guitars)

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a straight-up rerun. I'm not exactly on vacation—it's more like the opposite—but I'm away from my desk for the next couple of weeks with the Bottle Rockets, headed across Texas, up and down California, etc. The show is a salute to Gretsch guitars: it got lots of plaudits and kudos when it first ran, and it features the sounds of Sal Salvador, Billy Zoom, Mary Osborne, George Harrison, plus many many more.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 23

by WFUV Staff
Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Cover

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa highlights the new Joe Henry-produced Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, a reworking of the original, ground-breaking Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, released in 1964. This 50th anniversary tribute to Cash, America's champion of the rights of the powerless and abused, features Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson, Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Steve Earle, Norman Blake, Emmylou Harris and more, all backed by a fine "house band." Vin explores the original Cash recording too, along with the Smithsonian Folkways recordings of Peter La Farge, who was one of Bitter Tears' main songwriters and composer of "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" and "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow."