From 2006: One of the great voices in rock n' roll, Dion, went back to his roots on the album 'Bronx in Blue,' and back to his hometown for a conversation with WFUV's Dennis Elsas.
From 2009: K'Naan's debut album won 'Rap Recording of the Year' honors at the Junos in 2006, and the Toronto-via-Somalia followed that up with the album, 'Troubadour.' Positivity, protest poetry, melody, roots, rap, and more come together in his songs, and he shared a few of them live during an interview with host Alisa Ali at FUV.
From 2012: Few expected the reunion of Dinosaur Jr. to stick, but almost 7 years later, the album 'I Bet On Sky' found the band more assured and nuanced than ever before. Distortion and feedback are still prime ingredients, so it's nice to know some things never change. Hear for yourself, as Russ Borris welcomes J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph to Studio A.
From 2011: New York City mainstay Garland Jeffreys has been a respected song-crafter for over 40 years, but for about 20 years, we didn't hear anything new from him here in the U.S. That changed with the album 'The King of In Between,' and Garland joined host Darren DeVivo in FUV's Studio A to talk about the songs, and the wait.
From 2009: With his album '24 Hours,' Tom Jones, as usual, adjusted to the times by working with some new names and sounds. He also spoke with FUV's Rita Houston about challenging his audiences from day one, and working with the production team Future Cut to continue the trend in his new material.
From 2012 and FUV's Russ Borris: "Supergroup' gives the impression of a bunch of musicians who are passing time between their regular gigs to play around a bit. A distraction, of sorts. Nothing could be further from the case with Divine Fits: Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs/Wolf Parade and Sam Brown of New Blood Turks. When the band stopped by WFUV, we talked about the dreaded 'supergroup' moniker, the origins of the band and where they see this whole thing going. Make no mistake: Divine Fits is no side project. This is a great band with a great record, 'A Thing Called Divine Fits.' Pretty great session, too.'
From 2012: This gifted pianist, composer and ace musical trickster has built an unusual career, spanning classical, jazz, rock and rap, but on his album, 'Solo Piano II,' Chilly Gonzales returned to the keys. On a visit to FUV, he proved that he's also a fascinating and opinionated conversationalist, so it was a mix of talk and beautiful live tunes during this session with host Alisa Ali.
From 2011: After playing a supporting role in his father Paul's music, James McCartney stepped out on his own with his debut EP 'Available Light.' In addition to his father, McCartney draws on influences as diverse as PJ Harvey, The Cure, Nirvana and Neil Young, whom he covers on the album. He shared that cover and more acoustic versions of the songs in Studio A with host Darren DeVivo.
From 2011: Iron & Wine’s album, ‘Kiss Each Other Clean,' is a little more produced than some of Sam Beam's past work, but the songwriting and Beam’s whispery voice are still there. Host Rita Houston welcomed the band to FUV to perform a few of the songs live in Studio A.
From 2012: It's hard to think of a more intriguing story in the last several decades of rock, than that of Sixto Rodriguez. The underground Detroit folkie was made famous on the other side of the globe for 15 years before he even heard about it. The amazing story is detailed in the documentary, 'Searching for Sugar Man,' and host Rita Houston was lucky enough to get a visit from the man himself at FUV.
From 2009: When Rosanne Cash was a teenager, her father, Johnny Cash, was worried that she was straying away from her roots, and wrote her a list songs that he considered to be a part of her family genealogy. More than three decades later, Rosanne stopped by FUV's Studio A with her producer and husband, John Leventhal, to chat with host Rita Houston about her father's list, and how it led to her album, appropriately titled, 'The List.'
From 2012: Veteran rocker Graham Parker has never left the scene, but it's been over 30 years since the classic days with his band The Rumour. Now they're back, their songs are in the movie 'This is 40' and they have a great new album, called 'Three Chords Good' - their first in 32 years. So listen in for live tunes and a good chat, as Darren DeVivo welcomes Graham Parker & The Rumour to FUV.
From 2012: The North Carolina collective Lost In The Trees follows wherever the musical mind of Ari Picker leads, and in the case of their album - 'A Church That Fits Our Needs' - the territory is somber yet transcendent, in its tribute to Picker's late mother. Hear how the lush orchestration of the album translates live, as the band joins FUV's Russ Borris in Studio A.
From 2012: Will there be whistling or violin or looping? You never know what you might find on an Andrew Bird album, but FUV's Alisa Ali got some of the details and the story about 'Break It Yourself,' when she spoke with Bird at Merkin Concert Hall.
Take the elastic rhythms of Charlie Musselwhite's harmonica and top it off with Ben Harper's killer guitar licks and soulful vocals, and it conjures up something of an old juke joint: sometimes wretched, sometimes treacherous, but always a gas. They're in NYC tonight, their new album is 'Get Up!,' and from a great hang FUV's Eric Holland had with the guys at Avatar Studios, you can hear that magic live.