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King of One Medium

by Rich Conaty

Unless you're a Record Head (Shellac Division), or of a certain age (AKA "deceased"), you may know Rudy Vallee only from Preston Stuges' pictures or a TCM showing of "How to Succeed in Business..." But those significant roles were predicated on Vallee's initial fame on the radio. And Rudy was huge! Vallee was the archetypical crooner. He was handsome. And he played the saxophone. His career as a band leader began not long after leaving Yale in 1927. The following year he was working at the "Heigh-Ho Club" in NYC.

UKNY On FUV For July 26: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Edition

by Kara Manning
OY's mysterious Lleluja-Ha and Joy Frempong (photo by Zoe Noble)

The Glasgow 2014 Commonweath Games are underway until August 3, with nearly 5000 athletes from 71 nations and territories competing in 17 different sports. At 11 tonight, in honor of the 20th anniversary of this iteration of the Games (originally founded 84 years ago as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada), UKNY will dwell on music from some of those Commonwealth countries, like Scotland, South Africa, Nigeria and New Zealand. Included in that international lineup is music from Wunder Wunder, OY (pictured), Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tiny Ruins, Owl John and much more. Plus, a small salute to the Tour de France too, which concludes at Stage 21 tomorrow in Paris. Will Italy's Vincenzo Nibali take home the yellow jersey?

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For July 26

by Marshall Crenshaw
Charlie Haden (courtesy of the artist's Facebook page)

For most of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll hear the music of the now late Charlie Haden, and the now late Tomas Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, who of course both passed away back on July 11. True, I acknowledged them both last week and played some of their music, but it wasn't enough, not for me anyway. In between hearing from these two great and now departed souls, we'll hear a little bit from Somi, Vintage Trouble and of course much much more.  

Newport Folk 2014: Saturday

by WFUV Staff
Photo by Laura Fedele/WFUV

A beautiful Saturday in the park on the water, and Team FUV is here with our friends from NPR Music to upload music from the main stage, which we're archiving in the FUV Vault. Photos of all the action are going onto our Flickr stream and in the gallery below. We'll keep this page updated as we go.

On the Fort Stage Saturday: Nickel Creek, Deer Tick, Shovels & Rope, Pokey LaFarge, Aoife O'Donovan

There were a couple of surprises on the Quad stage, including Austin big band The Oh Hellos, who had the place jumpin', and New Orleans guitar dynamo Benjamin Booker. Shakey Graves shook the Harbor Stage, another fine Austin representative. More to come!

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For July 26

by WFUV Staff
Tom Petty (courtesy of the artist,

On tonight's edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin Scelsa explores Hypnotic Eye, the brand new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album which is due out on July 29. Vin has also been catching up on his reading since returning from summer vacation: a recently published New Yorker piece by humorist Jack Handey (you may know of Handey's "Deep Thoughts" from "Saturday Night Live") inspires Vin to channel his inner Sam Elliott (think of Sam's character "The Stranger" in "The Big Lebowski," but with more of a Jersey accent) in a dramatic reading of Handey's "Tales Of Old Santa Fe."

Plus music new and old from Jenny Lewis, Jenifer Jackson, Chris Smither (backed by ID faves Rusty Belle), Eric Friedlander, The Felice Brothers, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Les Nubians and the proverbial many more. And last, but not least,  a warm "adios" to actor James Garner, now appearing in his old "Maverick" costume at the After Party in eternity.