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FUV Essentials

So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

1968

For the last four Thursdays of the summer of 2018, it's #FUVTBT Throwback Thursdays. WFUV is rewinding decades, back to 1998, 1988, 1978, and 1968 — dipping back for day-long flashbacks with songs of that particular year and personal perspectives from FUV's DJs. For 1968, FUV's afternoon host Dennis Elsas turns the clock back 50 years to a watershed time in American history when politics, passions, and pop culture collided in a revolutionary way.

1988

For the last four Thursdays of the summer of 2018, it's #FUVTBT Throwback Thursdays. WFUV is rewinding decades, back to 1998, 1988, 1978, and 1968 — dipping back for day-long flashbacks with songs of that particular year and personal perspectives from FUV's DJs. For 1988, Russ Borris, FUV's music director and host of "The Alternate Side," goes back thirty years to an era of questionable fashion but wildly eclectic music.

1998

For the last four Thursdays of the summer of 2018, it's #FUVTBT Throwback Thursdays. WFUV is rewinding decades, back to 1998, 1988, 1978, and 1968 — dipping back for day-long flashbacks with songs of that particular year and personal perspectives from FUV's DJs. For 1998, Rita Houston remembers her early years at WFUV.

David Bowie

On what would have been David Bowie's 72nd birthday, we celebrate the life and music of our very first FUV Essentials artist.

Shannon Shaw: Five Essential John Prine Songs

Holiday Cheer for FUV: Live from the Beacon Theatre with John Prine, the Lone Bellow and Shannon Shaw will premiere on 90.7FM on Sunday night, December 23, at 5 p.m. EST and the show will also be available on demand. There will be rebroadcasts of the concert on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 6 p.m. EST and on Christmas Day, December 25, at 5 p.m. EST.

Jealous of the Birds: Five Essential Cat Power Songs

Jealous of the Birds' Naomi Hamilton's husky alto and voluptuous lyricism have raised inevitable comparisons to Cat Power. As it turns out, Hamilton is a big fan of Chan Marshall and explains why in her "Five Essential Cat Power Songs" for FUV Essentials. Marshall plays New York's Brooklyn Steel on December 18, 2018 and Hamilton is back at SXSW in Austin in March 2019.

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