Ryan Stowe on The VU Backstage

I don't think we could have dressed more disparately.

I don’t think we could have dressed more disparately.

Last night was one of the liveliest shows I can remember hosting–and a good thing, too, because we won’t be on the air again until March 15th.  Among the topics Ryan Stowe and I discussed were the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways project, the nascent rock scene in his native Houston, and the summer recording plans of his band, Mile 26.  Check out the full episode below!




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Brad Faskowitz on The VU Backstage

Good morning to everyone around the world, and good snow day to everyone in Nashville!  It may not be a blizzard dropping a foot of snow, but around Music City a good half-inch of wintry mix is enough to shut everything down.

What better way to warm your icy bones than listening to a great episode of The VU Backstage?  We had Brad Faskowitz on the show last night, and in his first interview and recording session ever, he absolutely amazed.  Check out the full episode here.

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Curtis Mercury–“Passin’ Me By”

For the first time all semester, we didn’t need to utilize the RVU Records studio for this week’s recording.  Curtis Mercury was able to dominate the mic in the broadcast room, and our amazing videographer Tony Xiao was there to catch his performance on camera.  Check out Curtis’ performance of “Passin’ Me By,” complete with an explanation about the song’s inspiration as the beat fades out.

Curtis Mercury on The VU Backstage

It’s about time we had a rapper on The VU Backstage.

Curtis Mercury spit some great lines last night on the show.

Curtis Mercury spit some great lines last night on the show.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a huge hip-hop scene at Vanderbilt, or in Nashville on the whole.  Though Vanderbilt Spoken Word attracts many poets and draws large crowds to its performances, it seems there’s a disconnect between lyricists and producers on campus.  Fortunately, however, we were able to procure a talented rapper for last night’s show, one who’s self-produced most of his material.  Curtis Mercury tore it up on the airwaves.




We had a great conversation as well.  Check out the full episode below, and be sure to follow The VU Backstage on Facebook and Twitter!

The Hart Strings–“Pocket”

This song was untitled when The Hart Strings played it on The VU Backstage this past Sunday.  All the same, it had me dancing behind the studio mic.  It’s a great indicator of where this rising band’s sound is proceeding; once staunch adherents to the Americana folk genre, the newly minted quintet is experimenting with more rock-based arrangements.  “Pockets,” though, has elements of jazz that give it a classy sheen on top of its insanely catchy melodies–and now it has a title.  Check out our video of the performance!

The Hart Strings on The VU Backstage

We had a great time last night with The Hart Strings!

We had a great time last night with The Hart Strings!

It appears that we’re getting close to the bottom of the pool of Vanderbilt artists, because this was our third straight week of reaching out across Hillsboro Village to our friendly neighborhood music commune, Belmont.  Not that it’s a bad thing, of course.  We once again were treated to some excellent music and engaging conversation, this time by The Hart Strings, a folk-rock quintet led by singer/songwriter Ted Hartog.  The band recently expanded to include a bassist and a drummer, and the sonic shift they’ve undergone in the intervening month is astounding when compared to their album Good Conversation, released two years ago.  We did indeed have good conversation on the air, and you can listen to it right here.  Hopefully, we’ll have video footage from the band’s performance on the website by Friday.

We’ll be off the air next week, busy rooting for Beast Mode and the Legion of Boom to run roughshod over the ball-deflating Patriots, but check back with us on February 8th for another great episode of The VU Backstage.  In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


Ben Whisler–“Wildcard”

Here’s some video footage from Ben Whisler’s appearance on The VU Backstage.  Enjoy!