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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.

The Duhks - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

The Duhks are a critically acclaimed Canadian string band, who bring together a world of influences, including Appalachian, Celtic, and Cajun music, to their diverse mix. Formed in 2002 in Winnipeg by banjo player Leonard Podolak, they went on hiatus in 2010, but returned with a new album, Beyond the Blue, this year. Leonard and the current lineup, which includes original singer Jessee Havey, made their first visit to WFUV in six years for this session for the Sunday Breakfast.

Islands - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

After the dissolution of The Unicorns in 2004, members Nicholas Thorburn and Jamie Thompson formed the new band Islands a year later. Since then the band has gone through several musical and line-up changes, with the only constant being Nicholas Thorburn. Ski Mask is the fifth full-length album from Islands, and Thorburn describes it as, “a summation of Islands, everything we’ve ever done distilled into one record. It's basically an essential introduction to Islands—it's everything we've ever been about." The band stopped by Studio A to perform some songs from Ski Mask and you can check those out here.

Charlie Mars - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

This modern troubadour from Mississippi has been making music since 1997. He takes a minimalist approach to his songs, stripping back any unnecessary sounds and getting right to the heart of the matter with his thoughtful lyrics and expressive voice. Mars explains his approach by saying, “I want to write records that are handwritten letters, not emails. I want to be a part of people making music and connecting, not computer tricks.” Charlie's new album, The Money, is out today and we’ll hear my conversation with him and some live performances of the new material on this episode of FUV Live.

John Doe - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali
With a career spanning almost 40 years, John Doe has an impressively varied catalogue of music under his belt. He was a co-founder of the influential  punk band X which started in the '70s. In the '80s he put out a rockabilly album with his band The Knitters and in the '90s he began his solo career with a country record called, Meet John Doe. In 2011, John Doe released his ninth solo record, Keeper, and realized that he’d made more albums on his own than with his previous bands. It was then that he had the idea to release a collection of his solo work. “I wanted to convey the idea of the best: this far,” he says. “This is not ‘I’m done, I’m over, this is the best I’m ever gonna do.’ This is more like a celebration of the not-so-distant past.” Earlier this year, Yep Roc released The Best of John Doe: This Far and we had the privilege of hosting John in Studio A for an FUV Live session where he performed some of the songs from the record, which you can watch here.

Stars - FUV Live at Rockwood Music Hall - 2014

by Russ Borris
Stars photo by Gus Phillippas

One thing I've always appreciated about Stars is that there is more than meets the ear. Their songs can be catchy and bouncy, but if you listen a little closer, the lyrics may be telling a different story. Their new album No One is Lost is our New Dig this week and the band recently performed and exclusive live set for and audience of WFUV Marquee members at Rockwood Music Hall.  The band was in solid form premiering a bunch of the new songs including the title track which boasts the line "put your hands up cuz everybody dies" over a super fun beat. Only Stars can pull that off. Co-singers Torq and Amy told great stories and even worked in a great version of FUV favorite "Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It."

[recorded: 10/6/14]