tUnE-yArDs: TAS In Session

One of the most unique acts to emerge over the last five years, tUnE-yArDs is helmed by singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus who, along with her longtime collaborator Nate Brenner, writes carnivalistic, polyrhythmic, genre-blurring music with gleeful abandon. This year, Garbus and her bandmates released their third album, Nikki Nack, and the deeply personal collection thrives on the band’s spirited Afrocentric beats, exuberant chants and jazzy, funked-out strut, all driven by the indefatigable charisma of a Mardi Gras krewe. Watch videos of tUnE-yArDs' visit to FUV's Studio A and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 1, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

Courtney Barnett Ticket Giveaway For Bowery Ballroom On June 17

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Courtney Barnett's songs run the gamut from tough rockers ("History Eraser") to nuanced storytelling ("Depreston") and on the back of her her two EPs, she's already become one of indie rock's new darlings. She might still be working on her debut album, but Courtney Barnett is selling out her tours in the States, Europe and her native Australia. Courtney Barnett returns to New York for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on June 17, but if you weren't quick enough to snag a ticket, you might just win a pair from The Alternate Side. Enter to win by this Sunday, June 15, at 5p.m.

Poliça Ticket Giveaway For Music Hall Of Williamsburg On June 17

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Poliça's second album, 2013's Shulamith, revealed even darker, moodier textures to Channy Leaneagh's lyrical musings and the quintet's overall aesthetic. To mark the release of the deluxe edition of the album this week, Poliça is back on the road for a tour and they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the sold-out show; just enter by this Sunday, June 15, at 5p.m. EDT.

Jungle Ticket Giveaway For Bowery Ballroom On June 18

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The two London-based producers behind Jungle have shied away from the press, but the buzzed-over R&B pair—expanding to a collective of vocalists and musicians on the road—has managed to sell out most of their shows both here and abroad, long before the release of their self-titled debut album on July 15. Jungle arrives in New York this month for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Jungle's June 18 gig—just fill out the entry form for a chance to win by this Sunday, June 15, at 5p.m. EDT.

Sylvan Esso: TAS In Session

Singer Amelia Meath of Mountain Man (now on indefinite hiatus) and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn paired in a serendipitous way to form Sylvan Esso, brightly meshing their passion for pop, electronica and folk. The duo released their self-titled debut last month and are now touring with tUnE-yArDs. Last month Sylvan Esso visited WFUV and The Alternate Side for a session, chatting about their special bond as a collaborative pair. Watch Sylvan Esso in Studio A performing a two-song set, including their wistful single "Coffee," and listen to the entire session now in the FUV archives or on The Alternate Side on 91.5 WNYE today, June 6, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Interpol Announce A September Release For 'El Pintor'

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Just a day away from their stint at the Governors Ball Music Festival, Interpol has announced the release date and details of the band's fifth album, El Pintor, due out in early September. El Pintor, which means "The Painter" in Spanish, was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound and mixed in London. Interpol also provided a teaser clip on the making of the album: watch it here. 

Watch Bob Mould's Very Funny New Video

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One of the funniest videos of 2014 has arrived, thanks to Bob Mould who premiered his decidedly tongue-in-cheek, smartypants clip for his single "I Don't Know You Anymore" on Funny or Die this week. Mould's new album, Beauty and Ruin, is available now on Merge. Watch Bob Mould's brilliant video now.

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