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FUV Essentials

So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Tank and the Bangas: Five Essential New Orleans Songs

In 2019, everything is going Tank and the Bangas' way. The New Orleans band, winners of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert back in 2017,  releases its major label debut, Green Balloon, on May 3 via Verve Forecast. Frontwoman Tank Ball writes about what she loves about her NOLA's unique music in her "Five Essential New Orleans Songs," ahead of her band's appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 4.

The Cure

Robert Smith of the Cure is crossing a batch of significant events in 2019: he turns 60 on April 21; the Cure's debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, turns 40 on May 8; and as of May 2, 1989's Disintegration, will have comforted the melancholy for exactly 30 years. And there's a new album on the way this autumn — it's the Cure's year indeed.

Indigo Girls

There is a perfect yin-yang balance to the music of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, known as (the) Indigo Girls, and one of our FUV Essentials artists. As a duo that has broken barriers, they are sharp and caring cultural commentators and an example of how our differences make us better and stronger when we work together.

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