tUnE-yArDs: TAS In Session

One of the most unique acts to emerge over the last five years, tUnE-yArDs is helmed by singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus who, along with her longtime collaborator Nate Brenner, writes carnivalistic, polyrhythmic, genre-blurring music with gleeful abandon. This year, Garbus and her bandmates released their third album, Nikki Nack, and the deeply personal collection thrives on the band’s spirited Afrocentric beats, exuberant chants and jazzy, funked-out strut, all driven by the indefatigable charisma of a Mardi Gras krewe. Watch videos of tUnE-yArDs' visit to FUV's Studio A and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 1, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.


The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending June 22


Local favorites The Antlers settle onto the TAS Top 20 and there's no way that Morrissey can cancel his peaceful perch atop the chart.

Sally Seltmann: Five Essential Albums

While still using the moniker New Buffalo, Australian singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann released two albums and co-wrote Feist's massive hit "1234." Seltmann now records under her own name, when not juggling her other band, Seeker Lover Keeper, and she released the blissful, breezy Hey Daydreamer in March. Seltmann will play New York's Rockwood Music Hall on June 17. Since she's one of Australia's songwriting treasures and professes admiration for everyone from Tiny Ruins to Madonna, The Alternate Side thought it was a fine time to ask Sally Seltmann for her Five Essential Albums.

Strand Of Oaks Ticket Giveaway For Mercury Lounge On June 26


Philadelphia's Timothy Showalter, who goes by Strand of Oaks, releases his album Heal on June 24, an album that embraces such disparate tunes as the rocking "Goshen '97" (which includes Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis) and "JM," a tribute to the late songwriter Jason Molina. Listen to Strand of Oaks' Heal streaming live this week via FUV and NPR Music and enter to win TAS tickets to see Showalter and his bandmates play a late show at Mercury Lounge on June 26. 

White Hinterland Ticket Giveaway For Rough Trade On June 27


White Hinterland's Casey Dienel released her third, fiercely idiosyncratic album Baby earlier this spring, a record that illuminates the Massachusetts singer's dynamic vocals and feverish emotional excavation. White Hinterland and her tour de force, deeply personal songs will be at Rough Trade on June 27 with Heavenly Beat and The Henry Millers; enter by this Sunday, June 22, at 5p.m. for a chance to win.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Ticket Giveaway For Music Hall Of Williamsburg On June 28


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has seen a major lineup change, pretty much leaving frontman Alec Ounsworth the sole driving force of what remains of the quintet (drummer Sean Greenhalgh is still on board too). Supporting a new self-produced Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album, Only Run, Ounsworth and his recently recruited touring compadres will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 28 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig. Be sure to enter for a chance to win a pair by this Sunday, June 22, at 5p.m. EDT.

Kins: TAS In Session

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The Australian-born, London-based Kins is a guitar-pop band specializing in what its members call "the sound of doubt, detachment and muted aggression.” The Alternate Side has a soft spot for their smart single “Mockasin's" and a little earlier this year Kins visited the station for a conversation and live performance. Kins are headed back to New York, playing Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery on June 17 and Pianos on the Lower East Side on June 18. Watch videos of Kins playing "Aimless" and "Mockasin's" in Studio A and listen to the band's full session now in the FUV Vault.

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