First Listen: Of Montreal, 'Aureate Gloom'

New ideas permeate the band's 13th album, on which every song finds a way to surprise. Mastermind Kevin Barnes mixes a love of rock, funk and disco with unexpected ways to expand the brain. Listen to Of Montreal's Aureate Gloom streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on March 3.

Recap: Holiday Cheer For FUV 2014

The warmth and exuberance that filled the Beacon Theatre for our sold-out 2014 benefit concert, Holiday Cheer for FUV, was an oasis of peace in unsettled times. The stormy winds of change were blowing just beyond the doors (and an actual Nor'easter was charging up the coast), but as led by Conor Oberst, his band, and observant storytellers like Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson, the nearly three-hour concert was a robust celebration of the tenacious human spirit. Read the recap here.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending December 14


Both Caribou and The New Pornographers land their latest singles on this week's TAS Top 20 chart.

The Hold Steady Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On December 30


Looking for a rousing way to end 2014? The Hold Steady is holding court at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 30 and 31 to celebrate bass player Galen Polivka's birthday, accompanied by The So So Glos. The Alternate Side is giving away a handful of tickets to the December 30 show (the New Year's Eve gig is sold out). Want to sing happy birthday and "Auld Lang Syne" with The Hold Steady and The So So Glos? Fill out an entry form for a chance to win by Sunday, December 14, at 5p.m. EST.

Television Ticket Giveaway: Irving Plaza On December 28


Well, this is a no-brainer. Want to see one of New York's most totemic bands? A life force of this city's rock 'n' roll history? The iconic quartet Television, whose 1977 debut Marquee Moon persuaded an entire generation of musicians to go out and form a band, is playing Irving Plaza on December 28. Television has gone through some slight lineup changes over the years, notably the departure of Richard Lloyd in 2007, but Tom Verlaine, Billy Ficca and Fred Smith, along with Lloyd's replacement Jimmy Rip, will be on hand when Television plays Irving Plaza. The Alternate Side has a precious handful of tickets; just enter by Sunday, December 14, for a chance to win.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On December 27


Although A Sunny Day in Glasgow's band members are not from Britain, but hail from Philly, Brooklyn and Sydney, Australia, the band is strongly indebted to their Scottish dream pop forebears Cocteau Twins. Their fourth and most recent album, the handsome Sea When Absent, was artfully pieced together via email exchanges given their far-flung locales. Fortunately A Sunny Day in Glasgow, which released its New Christmas Classics EP last week, has come together this fall for a brief U.S. tour, including a stop at Rough Trade on December 27. Interested in winning tickets to that show from The Alternate Side? Fill out an entry form and cross your fingers by this Sunday, December 14.

Mates Of State Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On December 19


Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel of Mates of State are looking ahead to their next album, the followup to 2011's Mountaintops, and will be touring the West Coast in January debuting those new songs. Before that westward jaunt, they'll be playing two shows at New York's Mercury Lounge on December 19 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the early gig. Just enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, December 14, at 5p.m. EST.

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