The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

The Horrors Ticket Giveaway: Stage 48 On October 21

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The Horrors have postponed most of their autumn North American tour dates in support of the Essex-born band's stirring new album Luminous due to circumstances they say are beyond their control. Thankfully, The Horrors have managed to hang on to their New York date, shifting it from November to October 21 at Stage 48. The Alternate Side has set aside tickets to see the British rockers in one of their only U.S. tour dates of the year; enter by this Sunday, October 12, for a chance to win.

Luluc: FUV Live

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The Melbourne-via-Brooklyn duo Luluc first met on a chance encounter in 1999 while they were both traveling in Scotland. Back home in Australia some years later, they released their debut, Dear Hamlyn, which was praised by famed Nick Drake producer Joe Boyd.  Luluc's sophomore album is Passerby, guided by another high profile producer, Aaron Dessner of The National. Luluc's Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett paid WFUV and The Alternate Side a visit earlier this summer. Watch videos of Luluc's Studio A performance and listen to the entire session in the FUV Vault.  

The Modern Sky Festival Takes Over Central Park's Rumsey Playfield October 4-5

This weekend, a starry lineup of Cat Power, Stars, Liars and more take over Central Park's Rumsey Playfield as the Modern Sky Festival debuts in New York. The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali has a preview.

First Listen: Foxygen, '…And Star Power'

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There's a because-we-can quality to the band's overstuffed, 82-minute second album, as Foxygen delights in letting its loosest threads unravel. Listen to Foxygen's  ... And Star Power streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on October 7.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending October 5

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TAS favorites Stars and Ariel Pink return to the Top 20 chart with Banks threading her way to No. 1.

J Mascis Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On October 17

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J Mascis is back with a new acoustic solo album, Tied To A Star, which finds the Dinosaur Jr. frontman in a more contemplative frame of mind. He'll be exploring his quieter side with a gig at Bowery Ballroom on October 17 and The Alternate Side has set aside some tickets for the show. Enter for a chance to win tickets to see J Mascis (and opening act Luluc) by this Sunday, October 5, at 5p.m. EDT.  

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