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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: Phish

by Darren DeVivo
Phish photo by Peter Yang

JEMP / ATO Records

A studio album is a tricky proposition for any band that's built their reputation on live performance. The challenge is to retain the essence of what makes the band special within the confines of a recording studio. Such a band has to rise above the restrictions of the recorded work to capture a spontaneity that’s afforded them naturally on the live stage. They also have to manage it without audience energy coming back at them.

FUV's New Dig: Chrissie Hynde

by Darren DeVivo

Chrissie Hynde
Caroline Records

It's been 36 years since Pretenders came together in England, and over the course of their 10-album history, leader Chrissie Hynde has been the only constant member of the band. So it's interesting that at this point in her career, she's decided to release her first solo album.

FUV's New Dig: PHOX

by Darren DeVivo

Partisan / Knitting Factory / Onto Entertainment Records

PHOX is a new six-piece band from Baraboo, Wisconsin. If you're wondering, Baraboo is in southern Wisconsin, about 40 miles northwest of Madison, best known as the original home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. In fact, Baraboo is sometimes referred to as Circus City. While a circus is an attention-grabbing and flashy spectacle, PHOX is the complete opposite. They are gentle. They've been hiding in the shadows, waiting patiently to be discovered. PHOX have been together for a few years and are well established within the music community of Madison.

FUV's New Dig: David Gray

by Darren DeVivo
David Gray, photo by Jake Walters

David Gray
IHT Records

It’s always a pleasure to hear new music from British singer-songwriter David Gray. Coming four years after 2010’s Foundling, Mutineers has arrived, reminding us once again of what makes David so special.

It’s been 21 years since David quietly introduced himself with his debut album, A Century Ends. It was a humble start for David as he struggled to find a large audience for his first three albums. But that changed in 1998, when his White Ladder album topped the British album charts and went platinum here in the U.S. David now presents his tenth studio album, Mutineers.

FUV's New Dig: Jack White

by Darren DeVivo
Dan Winters photo

Jack White
Third Man Records/Columbia

Jack White is a modern-day Renaissance man.

He's a guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, band member, solo artist, music executive, store owner, inventor, snake oil salesman and a whole lot more. Now, Jack is back, and he's ready to unleash another sonic achievement, another eccentric accomplishment to his already remarkable career.

FUV's New Dig: Sharon Van Etten

by Darren DeVivo

Are We There
Sharon Van Etten
Jagjaguwar Records

Sharon Van Etten is one of those artists who can both express her deepest personal feelings and use her musical gifts to transform those intimacies into powerful songs. On her new album, Are We There, she guides us on a journey through debilitating love.

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.