Modern Sky Festival Ticket Giveaway: October 4-5 At Rumsey Playfield

An offshoot of a popular Chinese music event, the Modern Sky Festival debuts in New York, at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, on October 4 and 5 with a lineup that includes Cat Power, Stars, Liars and Atomic Bomb: The Music of William Onyeabor, a celebration of the reclusive Nigerian musican which will include Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Ahmed Ghalleb and his band Sinkane, Money Mark and many others. The entire lineup can be found at the Modern Sky Festival site, but The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the entire festival, both Saturday and Sunday. Enter by this Sunday, September 28, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to win a precious pair of tickets.


TV On The Radio Return With An Album This Fall

TV on the Radio will return this autumn with a new album called Seeds, the band's first since the 2011's Nine Types of Light and the passing of bassist Gerard Smith. The album will also be released on a new label for the group, Harvest Records. TV on the Radio have unveiled a video teaser for Seeds.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending August 3


Freeman, the band formed by ex-Ween frontman Aaron Freeman, makes its TAS Top 20 debut while The Shins finally climb to the peak of the chart, thanks to Zach Braff.

The Horrors Cancel Most North American Fall Tour Dates, Reschedule New York Show

The Horrors, forced to cancel the bulk of their fall North American tour late last week due to "circumstances beyond our control," as they wrote on Facebook, have rescheduled one date, shifting their two November New York dates to a single show, October 21 at Stage 48. Tickets purchased for both The Horrors' Stage 48 and Music Hall of Williamsburg shows in November will be honored for the rescheduled show. 

Revisit FUV and NPR Music Newport Folk Festival Coverage

Team FUV spent the weekend at the Newport Folk Festival with our friends from NPR Music. We've uploaded music from the main stage, which we're archiving in the FUV Vault. Photos of all the action are going onto our Flickr stream and you can catch up on all of highlights—which included sets from Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and more—by heading to WFUV's Newport coverage.

Thumpers Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On August 28


Thumpers, the London pair of Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson, Jr., make ebullient, bouncy pop music as evidenced on their Sub Pop debut Galore, released this past winter in the States. The longtime friends—who briefly broke up before regrouping as Thumpers back in 2011—played a rain-soaked set for WFUV down at SXSW and now they're back in North America for a summertime tour. Win a pair of tickets to see Thumpers play at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on August 28. Fill out the entry form by this Sunday, August 3, at 5p.m. EDT.

Hooray For Earth Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On August 23


It's taken a few years, but New York's Hooray For Earth has finally followed its 2011 debut, True Loves, with a new album, Racy. The ambitious, expansive album, co-produced by Hooray For Earth vocalist Noel Heroux and Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House) is released this week via Dovecote and the synth-rockers are on the road as well. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Hooray For Earth's hometown show at Bowery Ballroom on August 23; the contest deadline is this Sunday, August 3.

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