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Check out recent live studio sessions along with remote concerts. Can't find what you're looking for? View the complete archives.

Skye Steele and Leo Sidran - Sunday Breakfast - 2015

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

Violinist Skye Steele and drummer/guitarist Leo Sidran (son of Ben Sidran) are both New York City-based singer-songwriters who have been influenced by their travels abroad (Skye in Brazil and Leo in Spain) and have extensive experience as sidemen. In advance of their appearances at my March edition of On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall, they performed songs from their most recent albums and compared notes on their careers.

Matthew E. White - FUV Live at BRIC Arts Media Center - 2015

by Carmel Holt

The Richmond, Virginia-based Spacebomb Records, founded by Matthew E. White, is not only a label, but a recording studio, production company and a collective. It's a model based on Stax or Motown, complete with with a house band, choir, string section, and arrangers. That kind of expansive setup could be a risky proposition in this day and age, to say the least. But when White and his cohorts recorded his 2012 debut, Big Inner, it was meant to serve as a showpiece for what the group could do. No one predicted that the album would put Matt in the spotlight, least of all Matt himself.

After two years of touring and critical acclaim, White is back with an even grander calling card, his sophomore release Fresh Blood. To properly launch the album, it was only right to perform it as it was recorded. Matt and most of the Spacebomb crew—the eight-piece horn section, a gospel trio (Resound), and White's own band, joined by a local 15-piece string section—came to BRIC Arts Media in downtown Brooklyn to premiere the songs from Fresh Blood.

BC Camplight - FUV Live - 2015

by Kara Manning
When Brian Christinzio, who records as BC Camplight, completed the tour behind his second album, 2007's Blink of a Nihilist, he tumbled into a deep depression. Then living in Philadelphia, the singer and songwriter embarked on what he wistfully calls a "master class of self-sabotage." He stopped writing for over three years and struggled to survive (barely) financially. Finally, a serendipitous exchange with a longtime fan in Manchester, England convinced Christinzio to take a wild leap of faith, pack a bag, and move to that gritty and grey northern city, which he now calls home.
Manchester has inspired scores of bands—like The Smiths, New Order, Elbow and the Stone Roses—and it saved BC Camplight. Christinzio's third album, How To Die in the North, is a Seventies soulful, lyrically thorny and smartly-crafted album that earned him a record deal with Bella Union and the fresh start that this New Jersey native needed and deserved.

Tor Miller - FUV Live - 2015

by Alisa Ali
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tor Miller released his first EP, Headlights, last month. His impressive debut has a carefully crafted minimalist sound and Tor's mature lyrics have been compared to great acts like Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley. This former New York University student, who is just 21, recently stopped by Studio A to talk with me about his debut EP. He also performed some songs live in studio.  We’ll hear that performance and conversation during this episode of FUV Live.

Shakey Graves - FUV Live - 2015

by Carmel Holt
Alejandro Rose-Garcia has covered a lot of ground in his young life. An aspiring actor with a deep-seated love for songwriting, he initially spent a few years living between Austin and Los Angeles, while pursuing an acting career. There were some notable successes, including a recurring role on the TV series “Friday Night Lights," which provided him the means to move to New York. Once here, Rose-Garcia found his way to the Monday open mic nights at the SideWalk Cafe in the East Village, where he dubbed himself Shakey Graves. He became a one-man band and soon recorded his 2012 low-fi folk debut, Roll The Bones, in a friend’s Brooklyn apartment.