First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day. Listen to J Mascis' Tied to a Star streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on August 26 via Sub Pop.

First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time. Listen to Cloud Boat's Model Of You streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 15 via Apollo Records.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending July 6

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TAS Top 20 alums tUnE-yArDs, The War on Drugs and Strand of Oaks make a hasty return to the chart.

Dean Wareham: FUV Live

After making music for almost 30 years with three bands—Galaxie 500, Luna and Dean & BrittaDean Wareham finally released a solo album earlier this year, produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Aficionados of Wareham's previous rock incarnations won't feel any seismic shifts on his self-titled record; in fact, the album embraces all phases of the songwriter's storied career. This spring, Dean Wareham visited WFUV to share some of those new compositions and tossed in a classic Luna song, "Lost in Space," too. Watch videos of Dean Wareham live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or catch it on The Alternate Side on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, July 4, at 11a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

Freeman Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On July 22

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Aaron Freeman, ex of Ween, might have released an unconventional solo debut in 2012 covering the songs of Rod McKuen, but he's back in a brand new band. That group, called Freeman, releases its debut on July 22,  a collection of Aaron Freeman's first original songs in over seven years, most inspired by spirituality and his newfound sobriety. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Freeman's show at Mercury Lounge on the very day the album comes out, July 22. Enter the giveaway by this Sunday, July 6, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to see a new band make its New York debut.

Jagwar Ma Ticket Giveaway: Webster Hall On July 30

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Aussie trio Jagwar Ma played the Glastonbury Festival this past weekend (Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa also joined them for three songs) and soon the blissed-out dance rockers will head back to North America for a tour, still in support of their auspicious 2013 debut Howlin'Jagwar Ma will be at Webster Hall on July 30 so if you're in the mood for a midsummer's night raving, you can win tickets from The Alternate Side for the show. Just enter by this Sunday, July 6, at 5p.m. EDT.

The Wytches Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On July 24

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Brighton's The Wytches mine the darker hues and stormier squalls of fuzzed-out psychedelia on their powerful debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, which comes out in the States on August 26. An absolutely kinetic live band, The Wytches will play two dates in New York in late July and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to The Wytches' show at Mercury Lounge on July 24. Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see this explosive young band by this Sunday, July 6, at 5p.m. EDT.

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