Tue November 3, 2009 at 5:48 PM
Soulful songwriter Ray Lamontagne sounded wise and weary beyond his years on his debut album "Trouble," and while that's a constant in his core sound, he's made a few changes on his new album, "Gossip in the Grain." One song started as a ballad and now features a horn section, and Ray explained a few other sonic differences during an interview with WFUV's Rita Houston.
Mon November 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM
During his prolific career as music writer, Elijah Wald has published books about bluesman Robert Johnson, folk artist Dave Van Ronk, and Mexican drug ballads. He dropped by 'FUV to talk with host Nora Flaherty about his latest and easily most controversially-titled book, 'How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music' and did a little spinning as a guest DJ.
Fri October 30, 2009 at 6:42 PM
The Alternate Side favorites 'White Rabbits' stopped by to play some live songs and talk about working with Spoon's Britt Daniel on their latest album 'It's Frightening...' But, as they told FUV's Alisa Ali, what's really frightening is the mess in their DUMBO, Brooklyn practice space.
Fri October 30, 2009 at 3:49 AM
Karl Denson got his start as Lenny Kravitz's sax player, but in his two-decade plus career he has gone from being a sideman to the master of his own universe—a tiny universe. While the Karl Denson Trio is in the jazz scene, his Greyboy All-Stars have the funk scene, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe have become major players on the jam band scene. And when Karl sits down with Claudia Marshall in FUV's studio A he talks about his new album, 'Brother's Keeper.'
Wed October 28, 2009 at 11:45 AM
While other Seattle musicians like Nirvana and Pearl Jam introduced audiences to grunge rock in the early 1990s Todd Snider was coming out of that same Northwest scene playing Americana music chock full of humorous lyrics delivered by a trove of hardscrabble narrators. He sat down in studio A with FUV's John Platt to discuss his latest album, 'The Excitement Plan,' which features more of his standard down on your luck characters and top-notch production from Don Was. (10/28/09)
Tue October 27, 2009 at 6:41 PM
Fans of Shrek or Zach Braff movies might know Imogen Heap better as one-half of the English electronic group Frou Frou, but she can craft complex cinemactic sounds without the help of Hollywood or a bandmate, as her last solo album 'Speak for Yourself' had two Grammy nominations. She stopped by WFUV's studio A for a live performance and chat with FUV's own Alisa Ali about her latest solo work 'Ellipse' which she crafted in her ancestral English country home.
Mon October 26, 2009 at 10:20 AM
Singer-songwriter David Mead has dabbled in big, pop production in his career, but stripped things back on his new album 'Almost and Always' to put the spotlight on lyrics and vocals. A solo set in 'FUV's Studio A had the same focus, as David joined host Claudia Marshall in a return visit.
Fri October 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM
When Mew formed outside of Copenhagen in 1994 they basically created the Danish Indie Rock scene. Recently, they were in town as the opener for Nine Inch Nails, and managed to stop by 'FUV's The Alternate Side to talk with Rich McLaughlin about their narrative-driven (and ironically titled) new album 'No more stories...'
Fri October 23, 2009 at 3:42 AM
Sondre Lerche was born in Bergen, Norway, but he grew up steeped in 80's pop music, and a love of The Beach Boys' era California sound. As he tells WFUV's Alisa Ali His new album 'Heartbeat Radio' is a record that shows off these affinities with lots of big sounds and production elements. In Studio A, he tries to recreate those big compositions using only his voice and an acoustic guitar.
Wed October 21, 2009 at 2:58 PM
Colin Hay, the Scotland born, Australia-raised singer-songwriter who fronted the band "Men at Work, has been a California man for many years. And he's out to prove it with his new solo album, 'American Sunshine,' which leads off with the song 'Oh California.' Colin gives us a live performance of that song, during a conversation with Claudia Marshall in WFUV's Studio A.