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FUV Vault: Live Concerts

Listen on demand in the WFUV Media Player. Shows listed alphabetically by first name.

Shawn Colvin at Holiday Cheer for WFUV - Live Concert - 2012

Shawn Colvin flew in from her current hometown of Austin to perform at Holiday Cheer for FUV and it was great to have Shawn back in town. A big part of her career started here in NYC and what a treat it was to have her onstage at The Beacon Theatre. Shawn played a solo, acoustic set that included 2 new songs, 1 classic and 1 cover. Her masterful guitar playing shines throughout. Shawn is one of the best songwriters out there and such an interesting person, as you'll see in her backstage chat with FUV's Eric Holland.

Listen to Shawn's set below or all of Holiday Cheer for WFUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre, online anytime.

Special thanks to Fairway Market and to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Shearwater - Live at SXSW - 2012

Jonathan Meiburg was in great voice Friday afternoon for the WFUV showcase at SXSW. Shearwater, the band he founded with Will Sheff out of Okkervil River in '99, has seen a burst of attention come their way this year for their 8th album, Animal Joy, which they did a big chunk of for the FUV live broadcast.

It was a cool set, after starting out with a deeper cut they went into the first half of Animal Joy, in sequence. There's a real arc to the songs, they create an atmosphere that slowly builds to a grand finish -- which you can see the video of the last song, below.

The crowd did what you do during a deep, cerebral, prog-rocky performance: They sat, rapt, nodding their heads, and we agree. Yes, yes.


Set List:

  • The Snow Leopard
  • Animal Life
  • Breaking the Yearlings
  • Dread Sovereign
  • You As You Were
  • Insolence

Shelby Lynne - Live Concert - 2003

'FUV Favorite Shelby Lynne, live in a Members Concert from Fordham University, featuring stripped-down versions of songs from 'Identity Crisis' and a conversation with Rita Houston. (October 29, 2003)

Shelby Lynne at Holiday Cheer for WFUV - Live Concert - 2012

Longtime FUV fave and friend Shelby Lynne started her Holiday Cheer for FUV set with the opening 2 songs from her breakthrough album, I Am Shelby Lynne. Shelby's always transported listeners back in time with her vintage sound, and in a solo, acoustic setting, her incredible voice was able to fill up even more of the room.

Hear Shelby's performance below and see some of the backstage scene, as Shelby catches up with FUV's Eric Holland. You can also listen to all of Holiday Cheer for WFUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre, online anytime.

Special thanks to Fairway Market and to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Shovels and Rope - Live Concert - 2012

We headed to Electric Lady Studios for an FUV Live show with this husband-and-wife duo from Charleston, South Carolina. Shovels & Rope takes inspiration from forebears like X and The Cramps, but they've got their own brand of folky cow-punk that's both raucous and tender. Their terrific debut album, O' Be Joyful, recently came out, and we thought a live set was in order too.

[recorded: 08/24/12]

Sigur Rós - Live Concert - 2012

Sigur Rós could be forgiven for sounding better on record than in concert. The Icelandic band's songs either billow out deliberately or stomp majestically, and in every case entail the building of layers upon intricate sonic layers. Plus, singer Jónsi — he of the otherworldly voice, singing mostly in a ghostly language of his own devising — is no Mick Jagger when it comes to calling attention to himself. He's created an air of shyly vulnerable mystery that seems antithetical to showmanship.

And yet it's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's great live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Just last year, that experience was documented in a gorgeous DVD/CD package called Inni, which showcases both Sigur Rós' epic sonic sweep and an ability to complement it with gripping, enveloping visuals. Now, the band is touring to support this year's gorgeous Valtari — making its first live appearances in four years — and playing career-spanning two-hour shows like this July 31 concert at New York City's Prospect Park as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn series.

The group's first album since 2008 — Jónsi released the effervescent and uplifting solo album Go in the interim — Valtari returns to the roots of Sigur Rós' moodily slow-building, almost impossibly pretty sound. Though it occasionally builds up to a furious clamor, most notably in "Varúð," Valtari floats around in a dreamy sweet spot: calming but portentous, with every moment milked for maximum drama and beauty. On the live stage in Brooklyn, Sigur Rós indulges in its specialty, as it fuses uncommon delicacy with uncommon power, while compromising neither.

[by Stephen Thompson]

 

Set List
  • "Ekki múkk"
  • "Varúð"
  • "Ný batterí"
  • "Í Gær"
  • "Vaka" (Untitled 1)
  • "Sæglópur"
  • "Svefn-g-englar"
  • "Viðrar vel til loftárása"
  • "Hoppípolla"
  • "Med blóðnasir"
  • "Olsen Olsen"
  • "Festival"
  • "Hafsól"
  •  

Encore:

  • "Glósóli"
  • "Popplagið" (Untitled 8)
  •  

 

Credits

Audio engineers: Ed Haber, Josh Rogosin, Kristin Mueller and Damon Whittemore. Photos: Ryan Muir. Special thanks to Celebrate Brooklyn, BRIC Arts and Bowery Presents.

Steve Earle at Holiday Cheer for WFUV - Live Concert - 2012

Steve Earle only needed a subway to get from his home in the West Village to The Beacon Theatre for Holiday Cheer for FUV. Of course, he's logged many miles living his life as an artist, always gathering inspiration from life's experiences.

At the show, Steve performed a solo, acoustic set that included a brand new song, before joining Lucinda Williams for a few songs too. In between, he talked with FUV's Russ Borris backstage. Check out that conversation and Steve's set below, and listen to all of Holiday Cheer for WFUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre, online anytime.

Special thanks to Fairway Market and to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Steve Forbert- Live Concert- 2007

Darren DeVivo hosts this special broadcast featuring Steve Forbert, recorded in May 2007 at The Cutting Room in Manhattan. [5/29/07]

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell - Live Concert - 2013

The new album, Love Has Come For You, pairs the banjo chops of Steve Martin with the warm, melodic voice of Edie Brickell. Hear how that combination translates live in this memorable (and yes, funny) FUV Live show where Steve and Edie were joined on the City Winery stage by The Steep Canyon Rangers, as well as the album's producer, Peter Asher.

[recorded: 04/23/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.
 

Suzanne Vega - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends in 2014 was rich with musicians who bring a storyteller's character-driven perspective and an empathetic eye to the soulful architecture of their songs. We're so happy that one of New York's most poignant and potent lyricists, Suzanne Vega, performed at this benefit concert for the station. Suzanne joined her friend Conor Oberst as well as Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson at the Beacon Theatre.

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Suzanne Vega has released eight studio albums, from her 1985 self-titled debut to her most recent album—and first release in seven years—Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles. Not unlike her late friend Lou Reed, Suzanne lyrically captures the jagged rhythms, grey vistas, pavement dramas and restless tumult of New York City and its denizens. She looks beyond the five boroughs too, but never forsakes her steely honesty, dry wit and a soft, sometimes wounded heart.

A cavalcade of melancholy romantics, sharp-tongued misfits, and misbegotten dreamers roam and ruminate throughout Suzanne's songs as if lost souls in a Chekhovian play. Some innocently rue half-filled cups of coffee on a rainy day, only to become part of Manhattan mythology ("Tom's Diner"); others wistfully yearn for an elusive lover ("Gypsy"), burn with febrile desire ("99.9F") or cloak themselves willfully in black, like "outlaws and dancers" ("I Never Wear White").

Suzanne's scope of influence is not limited to other folk rock artists either. Producer Danger Mouse reached out to her for 2010's Dark Night of the Soul, his collaboration with the late Sparklehorse. Transplanted Briton Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, is a devout fan, telling the New York Times last year: "Suzanne Vega is a big influence of mine, and I don’t talk about it a lot. The first three albums particularly, the storytelling, the texture of her voice, it’s definitely something I’ve always thought about."

She's certainly been a big influence on WFUV and much beloved by our listeners for a long time. At Holiday Cheer for FUV Suzanne played two beautiful songs from Tales from the Realm of the Queen of the Pentacles, accompanied by album producer and co-writer Gerry Leonard on guitar. Later in the evening, she also joined Conor Oberst on her own song, "Headshots."

Hear Suzanne's performance below, or read a full show recap and listen to all of Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre. You can also hear individual performances from the rest of this year's Holiday Cheer line-up:


Special thanks to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

Suzanne Vega- Live Concert- 2007

Twenty years after 'Tom's Diner' painted a picture of New York City's Upper West Side, Suzanne Vega creates an album's worth of portraits on 'Beauty and Crime' -- her first release in 6 years. Tonight, hear the new songs and more in a special City Folk Live concert recorded at Bennett Studios in New Jersey, hosted by Rita Houston. [5/14/07]

Taj Mahal- Live Concert- 2008

It's a special FUV Live performance by the 'Maestro' Taj Mahal and his trio, recorded at The Cutting Room in NYC and hosted by Claudia Marshall. [9/30/08]

The Felice Brothers - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

The Felice Brothers are not only longtime favorites of WFUV, but the prolific New York folk rockers are good friends of Conor Oberst. They've toured with him and recorded their 2014 album, the rollicking Favorite Waitress, at Omaha's Arc Studios, co-owned by Conor and Mike Mogis. So it made perfect sense for The Felice Brothers to join Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends. Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, and Jonathan Wilson rounded out the starry lineup for our 2014 benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre.

Surprisingly, Woodstock's the Felice Brothers—Ian Felice, James Felice, Josh Rawson, Greg Farley and David Estabrook—had never worked on a full album in a proper recording studio before Favorite Waitress, famously opting for a converted chicken coop and other rural DIY options. But in the midst of a bitter Nebraska winter, tucked away in a professional studio, the Felice Brothers might have seized upon the strongest realization of their muscular, versatile and galvanizing live presence on their fifth official album.

At Holiday Cheer for FUV, The Felice Brothers brought an easygoing vibe to their set, playing songs from Favorite Waitress, like "Meadow of a Dream," "Lion" and "Take This Bread." They also brought out Conor and trumpeter Nate Walcott for a good-natured version of "Wonderful Life" too.

Hear The Felice Brothers' performance below, or read a full show recap and listen to all of Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre. You can also hear individual performances from the rest of this year's Holiday Cheer line-up:


Special thanks to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols - 2012

The Festival of Lessons and Carols - A one-hour performance by the Fordham University Choir and Bronx Arts Ensemble, recorded live at the Fordham University Church.

The Highline Sessions at Del Posto II - Live Concert - 2013

I often say that I major in music with a minor in food, so putting together "The Highline Sessions at Del Posto" with restaurateur, winemaker and FUV Member, Joe Bastianich, has been a labor of love to say the least. The series is a benefit for FUV and a benefit to the ears and taste buds of everyone in the room. In the latest show, Joe and his band The Ramps performed as part of a line-up with John Pizzarelli, Gaetano Valic, The Lone Bellow and Josh Ritter. Listen to highlights here.

[recorded: 01/20/13]


Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

The Irish Arts Center's An Irish Christmas

The Irish Arts Center's "An Irish Christmas", live at Fordham University, featuring Mick Moloney and a host of other traditional musicians, plus special guests Filipino singer Grace Nono, jazz artist Tamar Korn, and Dan Barry of the New York Times. Hosted by WFUV's Kathleen Biggins.

Act One

  • Tunes
  • The Holly & the Ivy
  • Carol of the Birds
  • Air: Cape Breton tunes
  • Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake
  • Set of 3 Filipino Chant Songs – Grace Nono
  • Briar and the Rose – Grace Nono
  • Miss McCleod’s Reel with Broom Dance – Niall O’Leary
  • Christmas in the Trenches – Liz Hanley
  • Tunes with dance

Act Two

  • Tunes
  • Interview with Dan Barry
  • Tamar Korn (3 Songs)
  • Polkas
  • Macdara Vallely - Kavanagh Poem
  • The Wren Song
  • Encore: The Girl That Broke My Heart/My Love is in America/Christmas Eve

The Little Willies - Live Concert - 2011

It's a performance by The Little Willies at The Bell House in Brooklyn, featuring songs from their forthcoming album, 'For The Good Times.' [recorded 10/30/11]

The Lone Bellow - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

A Brooklyn trio with a heroic take on country soul and the sweetest harmonies in the borough, The Lone Bellow has been on WFUV's radar for a long time. A favorite of our canny program director Rita Houston, she brought them to FUV Live at Zankel Hall in 2013 for their Carnegie Hall debut. In fact, The Lone Bellow's Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist were originally slated to be part of FUV's Holiday Cheer back in 2012, but were sidelined at the last minute due to illness.

Happily, The Lone Bellow returned for Holiday Cheer for FUV 2014 with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre, joining a stellar lineup that also included Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

Georgia-bred Zach Williams first began writing his bewildered and often heartbroken lyrics after his wife took a terrible fall from a horse, seeking strands of hope and healing as he sat in an Atlanta hospital during an emotionally wrought time. After he and his wife moved to New York, an early band incarnation as Zach Williams and the Bellow was eventually streamlined as The Lone Bellow.

Word-of-mouth spread on this surprising Park Slope group and their vivacious take on Americana, flush with lamentations which seethed with beautiful, brutal honesty but were robust and catchy. They got early local support from WFUV and built a national profile via NPR Music. By the time The Lone Bellow's self-titled debut album (which was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall in a mere three days with producer Charlie Peacock) was released in January 2013, they were already the subject of a New York Times profile.

Ahead, The Lone Bellow have a sophomore album in the works for 2015, Then Came The Morning, produced by Aaron Dessner of The National.

Hear The Lone Bellow's's performance below, or read a full show recap and listen to all of Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from The Beacon Theatre. You can also hear individual performances from the rest of this year's Holiday Cheer line-up:


Special thanks to MSG Entertainment and The Beacon Theatre.

The Lone Bellow - Live Concert - 2013

About to ride a wave of discovery and excitement out onto a national tour, Brooklyn's The Lone Bellow squeezed one last WFUV show into their schedule at Manhattan's City Winery. We've been there from the beginning, watching their fans multiply with each show and each spin on the radio.

You'll instantly hear what makes this band so interesting -- a rare combination of raw talent, passion and great songs. Zach, Brian and Kanene are joined by a rhythm section for a wonderfully rich set that draws mostly from their recently released debut album. John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery" gets The Lone Bellow's power harmony treatment as part of their set, and we all get to hear a new, unreleased song.

The show came to a close with a rocking version of "The One You Should've Let Go," leaving everyone in the room exhilarated, satisfied and sweaty!

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

The Lone Bellow - Live Concert - 2013

A lot is about to change and quickly for this trio of Southerners who now call Brooklyn home: The Lone Bellow has yet to perform outside of New York, but their debut album is already charting on iTunes. They just quit their day jobs this week so they'll be able to go on tour. You'll see in this performance why they're bound to connect with new fans on the road. Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are natural, passionate live performers who play and sing in close harmony with startling confidence.

Their debut album, The Lone Bellow, was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall, closing the place for three days and nights. This FUV Live show took place on the same stage, which might explain just a little of the magic.

[recorded: 01/08/13]

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Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

The Thrills - Live Concert - 2003

We introduce you to great new rock band from Ireland, The Thrills, in an exciting live performance from the Bottom Line in New York City. (October 27, 2003)

Tom Waits Tribute Concert- Live Concert- 2004

'29 Dollars and An Alligator Purse,' a tribute concert to Tom Waits, live from the New York Guitar Festival, with host Rita Houston. Special thanks to the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Trampled By Turtles - Live Concert - 2012

Minnesota band Trampled By Turtles made the Billboard bluegrass chart with their latest album, but they definitely have rock in their roots. The guys spoke more about their history - and their brand new album 'Stars and Satellites' - during an FUV Live show at the Ace Hotel in NYC, hosted by Alisa Ali. [recorded: 04/16/12]

Valerie June - Live Concert - 2013

Valerie June draws on the rich wellspring of American roots music to create her fresh modern take on the blues. Her love of the blues tradition is clear, but her own life experiences — from growing up in Jackson, Tennessee to living in her current home of Brooklyn — fully inform her songs. This FUV Live performance from City Winery is one of the most musically wide-ranging sets I've heard in a long while. From her solo songs to full band arrangements with trumpet, this show is a rewarding listen and marks the arrival of a new artist worth knowing about.

[recorded: 08/14/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Vic Chesnutt- Live Concert- 2007

Vic Chesnutt performs live at Fordham University's Flom Auditorium in conjunction with the WFUV News documentary 'Musical Abilities,' hosted by George Bodarky. [5/9/07]

Wax Poetic at CMJ - Live Concert - 2012

One of many bands nurtured by the East Village club Nublu, New York's effortlessly-chill Wax Poetic has been around since the '90s, but the group has shifted lineups over the years. Guided by composer Ilhan Ersahin, the current incarnation of the band features Sissy Clemens and Gabriel Gordon, who were on hand for Wax Poetic's cool, silky set at WFUV and The Alternate Side's CMJ showcase on October 16.   

Wax Poetic's smooth new album, On a Ride, which came out in September, also includes guest vocalists like Natalie Walker, Jovanotti and former Wax Poetic member Norah Jones.

[recorded: 10/16/12]

WFUV at SXSW: Charles Bradley

Don't be afraid of a little sweaty soul music, it's good for you.

Among the Daptone Records artists who travelled to Austin for 2013’s SXSW music conference, Charles Bradley (@Charles_Bradley) stands out as an amazing story in a field of pretty amazing stories.

A 1962 James Brown concert at the Apollo is cited as the spark that brought out the fiery performer in a young Charles, who spent decades performing in relative obscurity — principally as Black Velvet, a James Brown tribute artist.

It wasn’t until he was in his 60s that he was discovered as an original performer, building a reputation as "The Screaming Eagle of Soul" and releasing his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, at the age of 63. (He is the subject of a documentary, Soul of America, that premiered at SXSW in 2012.)

His second album, Victim of Love, comes out in April. In the meantime, enjoy this performance from the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage show from SXSW 2013 — listen to audio of the full set, below, and watch a video for "Why Is It So Hard?," above.


WFUV's South by Southwest 2013 music coverage is graciously supported by TuneIn.
Funding for WFUV’s ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

WFUV at SXSW: Dawes

L.A.-based Dawes (@DawesTheBand) is well-rooted in the Southern California folk-country-rock world, it’s in their blood. But they’ve seen a whole lot more of the world since releasing two big albums and doing some big touring.

With the help of producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Kings of Leon), and with their career under their own control via HUB Records, Dawes is reaching outside their world for new influences. Expect them to show up on their third album, Stories Don’t End, due in April.

We caught up with the band during their SXSW 2013 Austin dates right in the middle of a two-week tour of independent record stores across the U.S.; they're about to go on the road with Bob Dylan and then embark on their own tour, and they’ve spent their spare time fighting malaria in Rwanda.

But some things about Dawes you can count on: The big-picture lyricism of Taylor Goldsmith, their energetic live shows (brother Griffin Goldsmith makes the best drumming faces you’ve ever seen), and a basic warmth that makes you smile as you sing along with the Dawes songs stuck in your head.

Here's the set (listen, below) that Dawes played at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage at SXSW 2013, a collaboration between FUV and stations in Philadelphia (WXPN), Minneapolis (The Current), Dallas (KXT) and Austin (KUTX), and video footage of "From a Window Seat," above.

We’re particularly excited for this release at FUV thanks to our fun relationship with them and their music: Dawes played at our Holiday Cheer for FUV 2011 show; they did a live session and interview in Studio A in August of 2011; WFUV’s Best Songs of 2011 Listener Poll placed them at positions 2 and 3 with "A Little Bit of Everything" and "Time Spent in Los Angeles"; and they’ve got a song on our FUV Live 15 CD of best studio performances.

We also spent time with Dawes on the road in 2012, when NPR Music recorded their performance at the Newport Folk Festival.
 

WFUV at SXSW: Divine Fits

Britt Daniel (of Spoon) met Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs) in 2007. They kept in touch, played some shows together, and the musical romance eventually moved on to California to blossom into the so-called ‘supergroup’ Divine Fits (@DivineFits), with the addition of Sam Brown on drums and Alex Fischel on keys.

They went public in 2012 with A Thing Called Divine Fits, and their first, surprise public performances were in Austin, Texas, where we meet up with them now for the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage at SXSW 2013.

FUV’s Music Director Russ Borris says, "‘Supergroup’ gives the impression of a bunch of musicians who are passing time between their regular gigs to play around a bit — [but] Divine Fits is no side project. This is a great new band.”

Daniel and Boeckner share songwriting duties for the Divine Fits, and vocals as well – and as you can see in this performance, they also share a blistering stage presence and some serious guitar skills.

And for Dan fans: Boeckner recently scored a film soundtrack, for John Cusack's Adult World with Emma Roberts, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Watch: "Shivers" from the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, SXSW 2013, above
Related Link: Divine Fits in WFUV’s Studio A [09/10/12]


WFUV's South by Southwest 2013 music coverage is graciously supported by TuneIn.
Funding for WFUV’s ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

WFUV at SXSW: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

There’s some deep history behind all this. In 1975, Emmylou Harris (@SoEmmylouHarris) released her major-label debut, Pieces of the Sky, and Warner Bros. Records said they’d record her if she’d "get a hot band." Emmylou had already done one of Rodney Crowell's songs, and she asked him to go out on the road; thus they formed the duet partnership at the center of The Hot Band.

That lasted until Rodney Crowell (@RodneyJCrowell) released his debut in 1978, and they’ve each since enjoyed stellar careers in the alt-country world.  In 2007, Emmylou wrote, "we've been talking for 34 years about doing a duet record, and I swear we're going to do it.” If it worked once, can it work again?

Yep. Old Yellow Moon is the album.

Emmylou is probably the most sought-after duet partner on the planet. Many of us first heard her voice as part of a duet team with a male voice. If that’s your thing, you’ll find joy and comfort in this collection of tunes — new ones, except for that original song that brought them together.

Watch Emmylou and Rodney at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage at SXSW 2013, with the Kris Kristofferson song "Chase the Feeling," and listen to the whole set below.

Related Links:

WFUV and Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell:
Words and Music performance and interview, 2013

WFUV and Emmylou Harris:
First-ever WFUV Artist of the Year at our 2008 Annual Gala (apparently the highlight for her was getting to meet sportscaster Vin Scully)
Words and Music, 2011
Words and Music, 2008
Words and Music, 2007
• With Daniel Lanois - Words and Music, 2007

WFUV and Rodney Crowell:
• With (poet and author) Mary Karr - Words and Music, 2012
Words and Music, 2011
The WFUV Pop Quiz: Rodney Crowell


WFUV's South by Southwest 2013 music coverage is graciously supported by TuneIn.
Funding for WFUV’s ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

WFUV at SXSW: Iron and Wine

Sam Beam is back again in 2013, but he's wearing a different suit. The absolute master of the hushed and lovely modern ballad, live performances of Iron & Wine (@IronAndWine) have become a more dynamic affair over the past few years, mixing in global influences: African-flavored guitar, Sun-Ra licks.

Each of his albums is like a new chapter (Kiss Each Other Clean has the energy of pop; The Shepherd's Dog is more jazzy, etc.) Two songs have crept out in advance of his upcoming full-length release, and we’re all waiting to see how the new material fits together.

Iron and Wine’s recent move to Nonesuch Records (home of legacy artists like Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Randy Newman and more), known for fostering true artists with long-term careers, bodes well for fans who are excitedly anticipating whatever direction Sam decides to go in next.

For his set at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage show, Sam gave us several new songs in solo acoustic mode, and was gracious enough to also take requests from the (over-the-moon) audience, bringing several favorites out of the vault.

Watch: "Naked As We Came" from the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, SXSW 2013, above, and a new one, "Winter Prayer," below.
Listen to the whole set, below.


WFUV's South by Southwest 2013 music coverage is graciously supported by TuneIn.
Funding for WFUV’s ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

WFUV at SXSW: Pickwick

Seattle’s Pickwick (@PickwickMusic) found themselves in a crowded scene of folk-rock until they busted out in a soul direction, thanks in no small part to the big fat vocals of lead singer Galen Disston.

Of all the Public Radio Rocks artist picks, this is the new, young band we're picking to be a future hit.  A public radio discovery thanks to our sister station KEXP, they’re about to release their debut record, Can't Talk Medicine, after a year of putting out singles as vinyl 45s.

The soul icing on their rock cake brings more than just a vocal style, though. As guitarist Michael Parker told KEXP: "I think what we’ve all identified with and draw from on those classic 60′s &70′s soul records is the combination of passion, groove, and melody that the artists from that time seemed to possess. The energy on those old R&B/Soul tunes is undeniable. Those folks put 100% of themselves behind the vocal and the performance. It’s really inspiring stuff to listen to. On top of that, it’s music that forces you to interact with it physically. I don’t know know of anyone who can listen to the opening riff of a song like “Superstition” without bobbing their head or tapping their foot. Nick Drake is great, but his music doesn’t make you do that."

Rounding out the 6-piece combo is Kory Kruckenberg, Michael’s brother Garrett Parker, Cassady Lillstrom and Alex Westcoat.

Watch: Video of "Hacienda Motel" from the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, SXSW 2013


WFUV's South by Southwest 2013 music coverage is graciously supported by TuneIn.
Funding for WFUV’s ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

WFUV at SXSW: Vampire Weekend

Indie rockers who bonded over a love of punk and African music at Columbia University in 2006, Vampire Weekend (@VampireWeekend) still call New York City home through a wave of success following their first two releases. The four members — Ezra Koenig (lead vocals, guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keys, guitar), Chris Tomson (drums), and Chris Baio (bass) — busted out with their first self-titled album in 2008, then Contra in 2010.

Their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, is due out in May. Koenig has described it as "darker and more organic" than the others, and "very much the last of a trilogy" — we’ll see what that means.

Vampire Weekend closed out the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage with a blistering set that had a couple thousand fans (the ones lucky enough not to get turned away at the door) jumping around with enough enthusiasm to make the floor actually shake. In a conference center.

Watch Vampire Weekend at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, SXSW 2013 with "Unbelievers," and listen to the whole set.


WFUV's South by Southwest 2013 music coverage is graciously supported by TuneIn.
Funding for WFUV’s ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Wilco - Solid Sound Festival - 2013

Wilco at Solid Sound Festival 2013

What's better than a night of Wilco under the stars? Two nights!

The band headlined both Friday and Saturday nights at their Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA., but the shows couldn't have been more different.

It was their first ever all-request, all-covers set on Friday night (more here) and Saturday brought a full-on rocking set for true Wilco fans. It was a sold out show under the super moon, full of deep tracks and rarities. They opened with "I Got You (At the End of the Century)" and closed with "Dreamer of My Dreams."

With this festival, the guys in Wilco are not only the headliners but the curators, and manage to create a refreshing climate of artistic community and shared appreciation of modern art and music. You can hear all it bouncing off the Supermoon and back, below.

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

 

Wilderness of Manitoba - WFUV Live - 2011

The Wilderness of Manitoba is actually from Toronto, and honed their lushly-orchestrated sound during a few homegrown jam sessions. Now they've released their debut album, 'When You Left The Fire,' and they spoke more about it with host Rita Houston during an FUV Live show at MSR Studios. [6/3/11]

Willy Mason - Live Concert - 2013

Willy Mason’s career has been an amazing series of important connections and relationships (or as he put it, “accidents”). It began with his initial discovery by a friend of Conor Oberst, which led to his subsequent tour with Bright Eyes and the release of his debut, Where Humans Eat, on Oberst’s Team Love Records. Since then Willy has earned the admiration and support of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, collaborated with Lianne La Havas on her Mercury-prize nominated debut, and recorded a few of his parents’ songs with Brendan Benson in Nashville, which resulted in a Record Store Day release. Now he has been signed by Communion Records - the label of Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons - and his third album, Carry On, will be released in the U.S. in August. Willy shared material from Carry On and a couple of his parents’ songs during this intimate and engaging FUV Live performance at The Living Room.

[recorded: 05/13/13]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

Woody's Children 45th Anniversary Concert


Every five years, we try to do something special on Woody's Children, and for our 45th birthday, we really hit the jackpot. The late, dearly loved Pete Seeger had planned to be there, and of course was deeply missed, but with us were such music masters as David Amram, Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters (Abigail & Lily Chapin), Emma's Revolution (a.k.a. Pat Humphries and Sandi O), Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Special guests Nora Guthrie and Doug Mishkin added other highlights, as did our wonderful "house band" of Jon Cobert and Michael Mark.

It leaves me very nervous about how we can possibly top those incredible two hours when it comes time for our 50th birthday; meanwhile, I'm proud and pleased to have the show alive and well and living here in the WFUV Archives.

[Recorded at Symphony Space: 01/17/14]

Pictured (L to R): Holly Near, Nora Guthrie, Christine Lavin, Noel Paul Stookey, host Bob Sherman, David Amram, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Sandy O and Pat Humphries of emma's revolution.

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.

World Party - Live Concert - 2012

World Party has created some of the most melodic and meaningful songs since their start in 1986, and in this FUV Live broadcast from City Winery many of their best ones come to life. Karl Wallinger, backed by a duo of violin and guitar, was in great voice and chipper spirits. Joking with the crowd between songs and treating us to a set list of classics including "Put the Message in the Box," "Ship of Fools," "Is It Like Today" and my fave, "Sweet Soul Dream."

[recorded: 09/17/12]

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