Highasakite: TAS In Session

Like a brooding Nordic Noir novel, Highasakite's second album, Silent Treatment, brims with menacing chapters: tracks bearing bellicose titles like "The Hand Grenade," "Iran" and "Darth Vader" don't promise a sweet outcome. But the Norwegian quintet's sound, as darkly conceived as it might be, is elevated by lushly cinematic, often upbeat arrangements, urged forward by Ingrid Helene Håvik's pensively pretty vocals. Not long ago, Highasakite visited FUV and The Alternate Side's Studio A for a live session and a conversation. Watch videos of the band in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, October 17, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.  

Future Islands: FUV Live

Future Islands has spent a decade releasing albums that mix eclectic genres, from synth-splashed pop to harder-edged rock with a hip-hop heart. Yet after three albums, tireless touring and relocating from their native North Carolina to Baltimore, the trio erupted into mainstream consciousness this year with their fourth release, Singles, and via a galvanizing appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Future Islands recently travelled to the Bronx for an FUV Live session and conversation—well, mostly the chatty and effusive Herring spoke—about their early years in North Carolina, the group's place in Baltimore's Wham City art collective and their dazzling year. Watch videos of Future Islands in Studio A and listen to the session in the FUV Vault now.

Luluc: FUV Live

The Melbourne-via-Brooklyn duo Luluc first met on a chance encounter in 1999 while they were both traveling in Scotland. Back home in Australia some years later, they released their debut, Dear Hamlyn, which was praised by famed Nick Drake producer Joe Boyd.  Luluc's sophomore album is Passerby, guided by another high profile producer, Aaron Dessner of The National. Luluc's Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett paid WFUV and The Alternate Side a visit earlier this summer. Watch videos of Luluc's Studio A performance and listen to the entire session in the FUV Vault.  

Honeyblood: FUV Live

Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar of Honeyblood released their eponymous debut as a team earlier this year, but in mid-September, McVicar departed the band. Replacing McVicar on drums is Cat Myers (Tweeddale and Myers played their third live gig together in London on Tuesday). Earlier this summer, when Honeyblood was still singer/guitarist Tweeddale and drummer McVicar, the pair visited Studio A for an FUV Live session. Watch videos of Honeyblood in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, September 26, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Samsaya: FUV Live

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures. Earlier this summer, Samsaya released her self-titled EP (her second album, Bombay Calling, will be released in the near future) and she's been opening for Lily Allen in North America. However, Samsaya will have her very own headlining New York show this Monday at Mercury Lounge. Watch Samsaya and her bandmates' buoyant performance of "Bombay Calling" and the single, "Stereotype."  

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