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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Jealous of the Birds: Five Essential Cat Power Songs

Jealous of the Birds' Naomi Hamilton's husky alto and voluptuous lyricism have raised inevitable comparisons to Cat Power. As it turns out, Hamilton is a big fan of Chan Marshall and explains why in her "Five Essential Cat Power Songs" for FUV Essentials. Marshall plays New York's Brooklyn Steel on December 18, 2018 and Hamilton is back at SXSW in Austin in March 2019.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell turns 75 on November 7,  2018, and there will be events to celebrate this astonishing singer and songwriter whose influence has transcended generations.