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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Warren Zevon

For his uncanny way with words, rambunctious wit, roller coaster rock 'n' roll intensity, complicated legacy, and the transformative way he finally taught all of us about the ephemeral magic of life, Warren Zevon is an FUV Essentials artist.

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.

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.