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FUV's New Dig

Once a week we pick a new release and dig into it, on the air and online.

FUV's New Dig: Conor Oberst

by Darren DeVivo

Upside Down Mountain
Conor Oberst
Nonesuch Records

Conor Oberst has been making a lot a terrific music for a long time, though he's only 34 years old — it's no surprise that he produced his first album at 13. Now this young-but-seasoned veteran is offering his fans one of the most personal works of his career.

FUV's New Dig: Ray LaMontagne

by Darren DeVivo

Ray LaMontagne
RCA Records

If you think you have Ray LaMontagne figured out, think again.

Ray LaMontagne is an artist willing to take chances. He isn't interested in staying in one place, locking his music to a safe and predictable vibe. His new album, Supernova, dispels any preconceived notions about what his music will be, or what it will sound like.

FUV's New Dig: The Both

by Darren DeVivo

The Both
The Both
SuperEgo Records

The Both is a new collaboration featuring two familiar names: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. It's a classic meeting of two artists who've traveled down similar musical paths.

FUV's New Dig: Future Islands

by Darren DeVivo

Future Islands
4AD Records

The very bright future has arrived. After evolving over eight years and three albums, Future Islands are poised to make their move and capture our hearts and souls. Their time is now.

Future Islands are a synth-pop trio: Vocalist Samuel T. Herring, keyboardist and programmer J. Gerrit Welmers, and bassist William Cashion. They all hail from North Carolina and were close friends long before they became a band. Today they call Baltimore home.

FUV's New Dig: The Hold Steady

by Darren DeVivo

Teeth Dreams
The Hold Steady
Razor and Tie / Washington Square / Positive Jams Records

The Hold Steady are based in Brooklyn. Their music was born on the streets. It was schooled in tenement apartments, neighborhood bars and the backseats of cars. It developed its streetwise attitude by observing life and experiencing what it’s like to be alive. It’s tough. It’s loud. It’s aggressive. It’s emotionally charged. And it’s real, just like the characters in the songs.

FUV's New Dig: The War On Drugs

by Darren DeVivo

Lost In The Dream
The War On Drugs
Secretly Canadian Records

One of the characteristics of an artistically successful album is the artist’s ability to create an environment in the listeners’ mind, a place that the listener can enter and explore.

FUV's New Dig: Elbow

by Darren DeVivo

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Concord Records

Since coming together in 1990 and bouncing through a few name changes, Elbow has earned critical and popular acclaim at home in Britain for their first five studio albums. Now in 2014, Guy Garvey (lead vocals, guitars), Richard Jupp (drums, percussion), Craig Potter (keyboards), Mark Potter (guitars and backing vocals) and Pete Turner (bass, backing vocals) have offered their fans their sixth full-length release.

FUV's New Dig: St. Vincent

by Darren DeVivo

St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Universal / Loma Vista / Republic Records

St. Vincent blurs the lines between innovation and accessibility. She tests, and even destroys, boundaries. The tension that results from such musical experimentation is what makes her music so infectious: Pounding dance rhythms come and go, synthesized blasts of sound pulse and throb, angular guitars cut and slice. All the nervous musical activity partially, but not totally, masks the wit and bite of the lyrics.