VuHaus, Aggregating Best of NPR, Launches Today
May 13, 2015 at 11:36 AM (PT)
VuHAUS' coalition includes some of the nation's top musical tastemakers, including KCRW/LOS ANGELES, KEXP/SEATTLE, WFUV/N.Y., WXPN/PHILADELPHIA, KUTX/AUSTIN and KTBG (THE BRIDGE)/KANSAS CITY. More station partners will be announced in the coming months.
VuHAUS showcases in-studio live sessions with COURTNEY BARNETT, performing “Avant Gardener” in HALLOWEEN costumes; BECK delivering a show-stopping performance of “Blue Moon” (KCRW), and INGRED MICHAELSON adding moving new dimensions to her indie hit "Girls Chase Boys" (WFUV).
Fans can also discover unsigned and small-label artists championed by their local radio stations, like KANSAS CITY’s THE WIND AND THE WAVE and PHILADELPHIA’s STRAND OF OAKS. Local stations curate pages for cities including N.Y., L.A. and KANSAS CITY featuring spotlights on local artists, video playlists, and the latest live performances and music videos.
VuHAUS PD MARK ABUZZAHAB, formerly PD of KKXT-FM (DALLAS/FORT WORTH), pointed out that non-commercial radio stations have become the country’s leading engines for music discovery, handpicking local, emerging and established artists to play live music in their studios and on location.
"VuHAUS’ member radio stations have established a stunning track record for being crossover-hit makers and a launching pad for new artists,” said ABUZZAHAB. “Artists have made their studios the first stop when they are on tour or want to debut new music, and the result is the type of mesmerizing performances you’d never experience at a concert hall, music festival or on TV.”
Other feature highlights include
ARTIST OF THE WEEK – An artist currently blowing up at one of its member stations, or celebrating a new album release, tour or breakout appearance, VuHAUS will feature a playlist of one artist’s most enthralling performances. The ARTIST OF THE WEEK will also program their own playlist from VuHAUS’ video archives. The inaugural ARTIST OF THE WEEK is MELBOURNE-based singer/songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT.
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT – Highlights a band or artist based in a VuHAUS member station’s market. The feature includes an interview with the artist/band, an article about them by the local station, and a video playlist of their hottest gigs. VuHAUS’ inaugural LOCAL SPOTLIGHT artist is DANIELLE NICOLE from KTBG THE BRIDGE in KANSAS CITY.
PLAYLISTS – Curated playlists by VuHAUS, artists and member stations – like TRIPLE CR5OWN, featuring the best three live performance videos selected by each member station, and NON-COMM, featuring artists performing at the nation’s largest Adult Alternative music festival, including BEST COAST, BRANDI CARLISLE and JAMES McMURTRY.
“Non-commercial radio stations like KCRW have been uncovering the best new artists and music for decades,” said KCRW Pres. JENNIFER FERRO. “We're thrilled to join with VuHAUS and like-minded stations across the country to bring our musical treasures to a wider national audience."
To celebrate its launch, VuHAUS will stream three days of live performances from the NON-COMMVENTION, the premier national gathering of contemporary non-commercial radio stations and the music industry, beginning today at www.vuhaus.com/live. Download the mobile app from either iTUNES or GOOGLE PLAY. VuHAUS received initial support from the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.