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RADIO DAYS

With the death of East Village Radio this year, there has never been a better time to support local radio stations. WFUV, noncommercial and operating out of Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx since 1947, makes it very easy. Their annual Holiday Cheer for WFUV benefit concert, 10 years strong, continues its tradition of consistently excellent lineups; this year is headlined by Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes — and his own solo — fame. Various-degrees-of-folk artists Natalie Merchant, the Felice Brothers, Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling, the Lone Bellow, and Jonathan Wilson — whose accolades and critical acclaim spill over the space we have to recount them — join Oberst at the picturesque Beacon Theater to celebrate the holiday season and WFUV’s legacy of music plus personality.

Mon., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., 2014

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Jonathan Wilson

A classic rocker to his core, Jonathan Wilson writes, sings, and plays guitar as though Charles Manson had never slayed the ’60s. His music is rooted deeply in the crafty experimentalism of CSN&Y and Roy Harper, and his excellent band jams like a Southern-fried Pink Floyd — none of which is meant to diminish his intense personal vision. Laaraji is a prolific musical mystic whose amplified zither earned him a spot in Brian Eno’s Ambient album series more than three decades ago.

Wed., Feb. 12, 8 p.m., 2014

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Father John Misty

Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tilllman has been touring the bejezus out of 2011’s terrific Jonathan Wilson–produced Fear Fun. But there’s new material on the way, and this is a solo version, so there will probably be even more amusing banter than usual in-between this ersatz guru-stripper’s gimlet-eyed musical observations draped in vintage Laurel Canyon arrangements.

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m., 2013

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Father John Misty

After abandoning the drummer’s stool in Fleet Foxes and mischievously transforming into his Father John Misty persona, Josh Tillman has succeeded in making SoCal rock interesting again. With the help of producer Jonathan Wilson (who plays an early set at the Merc), Father John’s ­Fear Fun offers a noir-tinged, gimlet-eyed overview of a small, precious slice of contemporary Los Angeles. The harmonies and arrangements are vintage Laurel Canyon, though, and Tillman’s voice flutters seductively just this side of tragicomedy.

Fri., May 18, 10:30 p.m., 2012