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#SummerofFUV Music Guide

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.

Valerie June: Five Essential Bob Marley Songs

Valerie June's lyrics reflect a storyteller's rich sensitivity, colored with innate compassion and a keen social awareness, and they reveal not only her own journey, but the early impact of the musicians she loved as a child, like our FUV Essentials artist, Bob Marley. She wrote up her "Five Essential Bob Marley Songs" as FUV celebrates the Jamaican icon's legacy.

Bob Marley

On what would have been Bob Marley's birthday on February 6, FUV dives deep into this soul rebel's songs with their universal and enduring messages of love and resistance to injustice.

Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus: Five Essential Radiohead Songs

As an innovative, adventurous musician, one who deftly brings activism and bold theatricality to her work, it's not surprising that Merrill Garbus, who records as tUnE-yArDs, would find a strong kinship with Radiohead. Garbus and her bandmates have released a fourth album,  I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, in January 2018.

Hurray For The Riff Raff: Five Essential Lou Reed Songs

Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra writes from the sharp perspective of a native New Yorker, traversing a similarly socially outspoken, urban path as Lou Reed. Segarra has found inspiration in Reed's fearless lyricism, as she eloquently writes in her "Five Essential Lou Reed Songs."

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