Warpaint: TAS In Session

The second weekend of Coachella is upon us and Warpaint is on the bill. We've been caught in "The Undertow" of this L.A.-based band since 2010, when Warpaint released their excellent debut,The Fool. There is now a new, self-titled release which expands upon their atmospheric vibe. Although the band incorporated other sonic textures and a more meticulous approach to arrangment, Warpaint still maintains that same spooky vibe that filtered through their earlier work. Watch videos of Warpaint  performing in Studio A and listen to an interview with the band in the FUV Vault


NPR Music SXSW Showcase 2014

Tonight (and overnight), our friends at NPR Music return to Stubb's in Austin for their annual SXSW showcase, and you can stream live video here. If you missed St. Vincent when she was in town, this is a great chance to see her amazing live show. There's also U.K. punk from Eagulls, R&B from Kelis, and a preview of one of the artists set to perform at our Public Radio Rocks SXSW Day Stage on Friday: Damon Albarn. Check back tonight for live video, and keep tabs on Team FUV at SXSW.

First Listen: Kevin Drew, 'Darlings'

A member of Toronto's baroque-pop collective Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew can't help but write music that sprawls in satisfying, sometimes bone-rattling ways. Listen to Kevin Drew's Darlings streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on March 18 via Arts & Crafts.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending March 16


SXSW-bound bands and artists—like Eagulls, Dum Dum Girls, Temples, St. Vincent and Damon Albarn—hold strong on this week's TAS Top 20 chart.

SXSW Preview: Russ Borris Blog

Tags: SXSW 2014

SXSW gets bigger every year, with hundreds of bands descending upon the city of Austin. So how does an attendee separate the good from the not-so-good? WFUV and The Alternate Side plan to introduce you to bands we're pretty excited about, via live performances from Hotel San Jose, from Ages and AgesThe Strypes, Hozier, Thumpers, Allen Stone, Bear's Den and Mary Lambert of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” fame.  We’ll post videos of these performances starting Thursday. On Friday, we’re teaming up with other NPR affiliates for the Public Radio Rocks SXSW Day Stage show featuring Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Lucius, The Hold Steady, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith and Temples.  Listen in to the whole showcase Friday, March 14, on 90.7FM WFUV starting at noon, also streaming online.


Ticket Giveaway For Sam Smith At Webster Hall On March 24


Soulful Sam Smith, the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2014 poll and the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award, has already scored hit singles with Disclosure and Naughty Boy and is on the brink of releasing his own debut album, In The Lonely Hour, in late May. Not surprisingly, Sam Smith has sold out his show at Webster Hall on March 24, but The Alternate Side has tucked away a few tickets which could be yours if you enter to win by this Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m.

Win Tickets To Band Of Skulls At Warsaw On March 20


British rockers Band of Skulls release their new album, Himalayan, on March 31 — an album that bassist/vocalist Emma Richardson has described as possessing "big riffs and beautiful moments." Following the group's jaunt to SXSW this week, Band of Skulls head to New York for a sold-out gig at Brooklyn's Warsaw on March 20 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Just enter to win a pair by this Sunday, March 16, at 5p.m.

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