FUV Live

The Hold Steady - FUV Live at Hill Country Live - 2014

by Dennis Elsas
The Hold Steady, photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV

One of the best ways to celebrate a new album from The Hold Steady is to experience the songs live, and a lucky crowd of WFUV Marquee Members got to do just that at Hill Country Live. Teeth Dreams is The Hold Steady's sixth album over their ten-year span, and it incorporates some significant changes that lead singer Craig Finn described to me as "The Hold Steady 2.0."

Amos Lee - FUV Live at Hill Country Live - 2013

by Carmel Holt
Amos Lee, photo by Laura Fedele

Amos Lee headed to Nashville to make his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, and the night before its release, he came to Hill Country Live to perform an FUV Live show for us. The full-band set featured most of the new tunes plus a couple of bonus songs, and the stories behind them ranged from amusing to poignant — especially when Amos explained the inspiration Levon Helm provided for the title track and life in general.

Nickel Creek - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo
Nickel Creek photo by Brantley Gutierrez

The “indefinite hiatus” of this talented trio has officially ended – both to celebrate the new album, A Dotted Line, and to mark 25 years since Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins started making music together. Ahead of their Beacon Theatre show next week, they talked with me about this latest album and performed a few of the new songs live.

Judith Owen - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Judith Owen is a vivacious, Welsh-born singer-songwriter, who, as a young woman in the UK, was drawn to the '70s Southern California sound of Carole King and James Taylor. She recorded her new CD, "Ebb and Flow," with some of the musicians who backed JT and Carole in the studio, and when she came back to WFUV, she brought along three of them - Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, and Waddy Wachtel - for a truly special session in Studio A.

Ages and Ages - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Led by frontman Tim Perry, this Portland, Oregon collective released its second album, Divisionary, this year. Harmonies and percussion are just part of the band’s uplifting sound and live is where it thrives. So we recently brought them in to Studio A to perform some of their music and to talk about the new record during this episode of FUV Live.

Warpaint - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

We have been caught in "The Undertow" of this L.A.-based band since 2010, when they released their excellent debut, The Fool. Warpaint's atmospheric sound captivated us and had us waiting with bated breath for the release of their follow up. Well, the wait is over and we now have a new self-titled release from the band. Warpaint still maintains that same spooky vibe that we expect from the band, but they've also incorporated some new sounds and a more meticulous approach to arrangement. Warpaint recently stopped by Studio A to play us some of their new songs and to talk about their new album.

Lo-Fang - FUV Live -2014

by Alisa Ali

Matthew Hemerlein is the man behind the moniker Lo-Fang. He is a classically-trained musician who likes to experiment with as many different sounds as he can. In fact, he played all of the instruments on his full-length debut, Blue Film. The album touches on a great variety of styles – from Pop to Krautrock. He recently stopped by WFUV to perform some of his songs and to talk about the new record.

Real Estate - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo

Back in 2011, I was introduced to the band Real Estate while listening to WFUV’s “The Alternate Side” in the car. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. There were jangly guitars and catchy hooks galore. Those are two music ingredients that are sure to get my attention every time! Hearing this band brought back memories of the guitar-based alternative bands that I played on WFUV in the mid 1980s. From that point on, their first two albums became favorites that could be found in my CD players fairly often. In recent years, Real Estate expanded from a trio to a quintet and now they are back with their third album, Atlas. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to spend some time with the band in the WFUV studios. Their in studio performance was flawless. Hear it for yourself!

Dan Wilson - FUV Live - 2014

by Rita Houston

Since his Semisonic days, Dan Wilson has spent a lot of time co-writing and producing, earning hits with a long list of artists like The Dixie Chicks and Adele. It hasn't left a lot of space for solo work, but he’s finally followed up his 2007 debut, Free Life, with a brand new album. It’s called Love Without Fear and it’s out today. Dan recently stopped by Studio A to share some new songs, to talk about the new record, and to give us a heads up on what else he's been working on.

Dan Croll - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

This British artist is schooled in songwriting and multiple instruments, falling somewhere in the middle of acoustic and digital in his sound. All the layers come together on his new album Sweet Disarray. Ahead of his Bowery Ballroom show this Thursday, he stopped by Studio A to perform some of his new songs and talk about the new record during this episode of FUV Live.