Until The Ribbon Breaks: TAS In Session

There's a dystopian undertow to Until The Ribbon Breaks' first album, A Lesson Unlearnt, but the trio's genre-blurring debut is far from dour or dire. Cardiff-born, Los Angeles-based Pete Lawrie-Winfield and bandmates Elliot Wall and James Gordon have deftly mixed hues of soulful R&B, pop, muscular hip-hop, atmospheric electronica and dance rock into a heady brew.  The trio recently visited WFUV and The Alternate Side's Studio A for a session, to discuss the cinematic scope of the album and working with Run The Jewels and Homeboy Sandman. Watch videos of Until The Ribbon Breaks in Studio A, listen to the session any time in the FUV Vault or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, January 23, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

First Listen: Hookworms, 'The Hum'

On its second album, the Leeds band is beholden to a motorik beat and the pulse it leaves behind. But Hookworms' members also explore the energy and chaos that such a solid anchor can provide. Listen to Hookworms' The Hum streaming via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on November 11 on Domino.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending November 9


Ariel Pink soars to the top of this week's TAS Top 20 with a cellphone tune.

Adult Jazz: CMJ Tour Diary

Two weeks ago, over 1300 bands settled down in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, including the Leeds indie pop band Adult Jazz. The quartet's debut album, Gist Is, is a sophisticated and sensual mélange of songs that ramble and blossom in beautiful, unexpected ways, like an overgrown garden. They made quite a splash at CMJ, landing on NPR's Bob Boilen's list of his "Top 10 Discoveries" of the week. Equally intrigued, The Alternate Side had asked the band's frontman Harry Burgess if he'd keep a diary of his adventures at CMJ and he did, routing Adult Jazz's travels through New York via stops at Stonewall, the Schomburg Center in Harlem and the High Line.

Tame Impala Ticket Giveaway: Beacon Theatre On November 9


Tame Impala are taking Delicate Steve on the road for a North American tour this month. The psychedelic Aussies will be playing the two sold out shows at the Beacon Theatre on November 9 and 10. The Alternate Side has managed to tuck away a handful of Tame Impala tickets for the November 9 date. Fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, November 5, and you might win a pair.

Johnny Marr Ticket Giveaway: Gramercy Theatre On November 12


On the heels of his fine 2013 album, The Messenger, Johnny Marr released his second solo effort Playland last month and he's headed back to New York with a show at the Gramercy Theatre on November 12. Expect not just new material, but a career-spanning set as the great Mancunian guitarist always includes songs from The Smiths and Electronic and a cool cover or two. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Johnny Marr at the Gramercy Theatre; just fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, November 5, at 6p.m. EST for a chance to win.

The Dismemberment Plan Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On November 8


Reunited Washington D.C. rockers The Dismemberment Plan are reissuing their 2001 album Change on vinyl this week via Partisan Records. They're also back on the road and will be at Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, November 8. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig, but you'll have to act fast and enter for a chance to win a pair to see The Dismemberment Plan by this Wednesday, November 5, at 6p.m. EDT.

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