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WFUV at SXSW 2014: Phantogram

by Rita Houston

New York's Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter record their trippy street-pop tunes in a creaky old barn upstate, which gives their sound an airy, organic feel. As Phantogram, they've released two full-length albums and four EPs, and they drew on some old and some new for the Public Radio Rocks showcase at SXSW 2014.

We think they're due to have one of the big songs of the year with "Fall in Love" -- take a listen and see what you think.

WFUV at SXSW 2014: The Hold Steady

by Rita Houston

Brooklyn in the house! There isn't much that's more fun in this world than a Hold Steady show. The first note of their set at the Public Radio Rocks showcase worked like a dog whistle, bringing their sing-along fans to the Convention Center to squash into the photo pit and generally wreak merry havoc.

WFUV at SXSW 2014: Lucius

by Rita Houston

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We love Lucius.

The vocal team of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, whose voices blend like one,  are the center of the beautiful and enthusiastic combo that is Lucius. Dan Molad, part of the songwriting and production mojo behind the band, along with Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, round out the sound and vision.

WFUV at SXSW 2014: Damon Albarn

by Rita Houston

Damon Albarn gets a big crowd wherever he goes, and we think it's because nobody knows just what he's going to do next.

From the big-influence, critical darling days of Blur in the '90s, to the massive success of 'virtual band' Gorillaz, to The Good the Bad and the Queen project, Damon has kept evolving. His musical journeys with African artists, his two operas, and his work as a record producer expand his world - and ours - even more.

Cut Copy - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

To shake up the sound of their fourth album Free Your Mind, Melbourne's Cut Copy reached out to longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. The result is a sunny, expansive, mind-banding dance record that begs for summer festivals and blissful daydreaming on an Ibiza beach. Cut Copy plays two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on March 21 and 22, but around the time of Free Your Mind's release, I headed to an East Village studio to chat with Cut Copy—Dan Whiteford (vocals, keys, guitars), Tim Hoey (guitar), Ben Browning (bass) and Mitchell Scott (drums)—about the album's development, songwriting techniques, their affection for The KLF and other sundry fun facts.

Courtney Barnett - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

With her smart guitar chops, droll sense of humor, intricate lyrics and raconteur-style singing, Australia’s Courtney Barnett is one of the most exciting new artist discoveries over the last year. A set of impressive shows at the CMJ Music Marathon in October elevated Courtney as New York's new Aussie darling and she's sold out every gig she has booked here since last fall (with more appearances scheduled in June). The Melbourne singer's compilation of her early work, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, is out now, but Courtney is focused on finally recording her debut album. She is quick to point out that the EPs represent only a very nascent sampling of her songs.

Tinariwen - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

This Malian band has been around since the '70s. Their music is rooted in the Sahara Desert and combines elements of African folk with Western rock. Electric guitars feature heavily in the mix along with strong percussion, and the lyrics are sung in the band's native Tamashek tongue and focus on the tumultuous political environment that the Tuareg people are forced to deal with.

Cricket Tell the Weather - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Cricket Tell the Weather is an indie string band based in the New York area featuring bluegrass-inspired original songs, not to mention a highly original name. Prior to their appearance at On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall on March 11, they gave a preview of their captivating music in Studio A.

Sam Roberts Band - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Montreal-based Sam Roberts continues to find success in Canada and to work hard spreading the word here in the States. With his band’s new album, Lo-Fantasy, they take a step out of their rock-based comfort zone and onto the dance floor, as we’ll hear during this FUV Live session.