First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results. Listen to Toro Y Moi's What For? streaming on WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on April 7.

Theophilus London Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 16

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Brooklyn's experimental hip-hop provocateur Theophilus London recently released his second album Vibes, executive produced by Kanye West (also rapping on one track) and including a shipload of other producers too, like Club Cheval and 88-Keys. London embarks on a North American tour next week with Father and Doja Cat and will be landing at Bowery Ballroom for a sold-out show on February 16. The Alternate Side has stowed away some tickets to see Theophilus London; enter by this Sunday, February 8, at 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Helmet Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 18

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Hard-rocking Helmet and its sole original member Page Hamilton continue touring behind the 20th anniversary of the 1994 album Betty with a pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom this month. Hamilton and his cohorts will play the album, the band's third and considered an alternative metal-meets-jazzy blues classic, from start to finish. Helmet has sold out one of their two Bowery Ballroom gigs, on February 21, but The Alternate Side has a couple of pairs of tickets to the group's gig on February 18. Enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, February 8.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: TAS In Session

Back in 2009, an amazing song called "Around the Bend," by a Danish band called The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, appeared in an Apple commercial.  Their debut album Fruit showed off the group's quirky style and the unique voice of frontwoman Mette Lindberg. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour has a new album, Bring Us Together, and it does that very thing. The songs are outrageously catchy and fun. Watch videos of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour playing songs from Bring Us Together in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, January 30, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 1

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Five new releases from Belle and Sebastian, Matt and Kim, The Decemberists, Django Django and Sleater-Kinney shovel a path onto this week's snowy TAS Top 20.

Prinze George Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On February 10

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Maryland-spawned, Brooklyn-based trio Prinze George won't release their self-titled debut EP until March 3, but the buzzy young band embarks on a tour this winter, playing Mercury Lounge on February 10, along with Ayer. Kenny Grimm, Naomi Almquist and Isabelle De Leon make shimmering synth pop with a wistful undertow, like their gently percolating singles "Make Me," and "Victor." The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Prinze George and Ayer's February 10 gig; just enter by this Sunday, February 1, at 5p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Father John Misty Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On February 12

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Josh Tillman, best known as Father John Misty, has crowned his second album with the unlikely title of I Love You, Honeybear. He's recently gotten married, which might account for that dewy-eyed declaration. The lovestruck singer-songwriter will also be in New York during Valentine's Day week and what better gift for your own honeybear than a ticket to see Father John Misty at Rough Trade on February 12? The Alternate Side wants you to be a lover, not a fighter so we've set aside a handful of tickets; enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, February 1.

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