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.
In May, Halo Maud's Maud Nadal opened for Phoenix during their five-show residency at Paris's La Gaîté Lyrique. She says that the French band is the most generous she's ever met — and she returned that generosity by choosing her "Five Essential Phoenix Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Halo Maud's Maud Nadal (photo by Lola Pertsowsky, PR)
The "U2 Experience + Innocence Tour" is bound for the New York area for four shows, playing Madison Square Garden on June 25, June 26 and July 1 and Newark's Prudential Center on June 29, as the Irish rockers support their latest album, Songs of Experience.
The Lumineers (photo by Scarlet Page, PR)
Ahead of performing two concerts at Bard College's Fisher Center of nothing but Aimee Mann covers, called "All the Presidents Mann," on June 29, actress, activist, and singer Martha Plimpton chooses her "Five Essential Aimee Mann Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Martha Plimpton (photo courtesy of the artist)