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.
Since Courtney Barnett first offered up her "Five Essential Bob Dylan Songs" two years ago, she's released a second solo album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, as well as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, 2017's Lotta Sea Lice. Barnett plays a benefit concert for BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn this Wednesday, July 25, broadcast live on WFUV 90.7FM and streaming live via the website.]
Courtney Barnett (photo by Pooneh Ghana, PR)
In May, Halo Maud's Maud Nadal opened for Phoenix during their five-show residency at Paris's La Gaîté Lyrique. She says that the French band is the most generous she's ever met — and she returned that generosity by choosing her "Five Essential Phoenix Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Halo Maud's Maud Nadal (photo by Lola Pertsowsky, PR)