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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.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson: Five Essential Steely Dan Songs

Unknown Mortal Orchestra released its fourth album this year, Sex & Food, a record that found singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson traveling the globe. And yes, a jazzy hint of Nielson's beloved Steely Dan gently ripples through new tracks like "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays" and the tender "Hunnybee."

The Decemberists

The Decemberists is a band that has never shied away from its restless eclecticism, passion for language, bold theatricality, and fascination with the endless cycle of life and death.

Led Zeppelin

The band marks its 50th anniversary in 2018, but don't count on a reunion. Instead enjoy Robert Plant's solo album, a new 368-page illustrated book, and plenty of celebratory Zep-releated events.

Sylvan Esso: Five Essential David Bowie Songs

Deep in heart of Sylvan Esso's "Radio" lurks a clue to one of Amelia Meath's favorite David Bowie songs, "Blue Jean." Since Meath has already confessed to one of her most beloved Bowie tracks, FUV wondered if she had four others she might want to write about for "Five Essential David Bowie Songs" for FUV Essentials. She most certainly did!

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