First Listen: The Wytches, 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The British band borrows from the best to contextualize a sound that's at once heavy, sinister, tuneful and theatrical, piling on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth. Listen to The Wytches' Annabel Dream Reader streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on August 26 on Partisan Records.

Jagwar Ma Ticket Giveaway: Webster Hall On July 30


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


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.

Wild Beasts: TAS In Session

Wild Beasts' fourth album, Present Tense, finds the British band evolving dramatically, leaning on more synths and less guitar. The quartet, which features co-vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming, delves into both the profane and the beautiful on Present Tense, finding a quietly subversive momentum throughout the album. Watch videos of Wild Beasts playing selections from Present Tense in Studio A,  listen to the band's session with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, June 27, at 11a.m., also streaming online. Wild Beasts play a free show at New York's RiverRocks at Hudson River Park on July 10.

White Hinterland: Five Essential Albums

Classically-trained Casey Dienel, who records as White Hinterland, breaks down genre barriers on her most recent album Baby, slipping between voluptuous pop, undulating R&B, bluesy laments and the rigor of experimental rock 'n' roll. Her ability to find a juncture between these multiple musical personalities is electrifying, especially in live performance. Curious? You're in luck. White Hinterland will be in New York this Friday, June 27, to play Rough Trade. Since White Hinterland's Casey Dienel has such a bold, catholic taste in music, we asked for her Five Essential Albums.

Karen O To Release Her Solo Debut In September

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will release her debut solo album, called Crush Songs, via Julian Casablancas' Cult Label on September 9 in the States (September 8 in the UK). In a note she posted about the project's songs, Karen O calls the album a "soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade" of crushes during the singer's late 20s. 

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending June 29


The return of Spoon and The New Pornographers on the TAS Top 20 while Jungle clocks in its first No. 1 track with "Time."

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