First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

A prolific, wide-ranging singer-songwriter crafts an intimate memorial to his late mother, who died three years ago. Listen to Sufjan Steven's Carrie & Lowell streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on March 31.

The Wombats Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On January 20


Liverpool's feisty rockers The Wombats return with their first album in four years, called Glitterbug, this April. It's a collection of songs heavily influenced by frontman Matthew Murphy's time in Los Angeles and the trio are briefly touring the States this winter to unveil their new material. They make two stops in New York later this month and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to The Wombats' sold-out gig at Mercury Lounge on January 20. Enter by this Sunday, January 18, at 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Broncho Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On January 26


Broncho's effervescent, catchy second album, Just Hip Enough To Be Woman, has given the punkish pop band a hit single with "Class Historian." The Oklahoma group spent the fall touring the UK and Europe and they are now making their way through North America with Billy Idol, opening for him at the Beacon Theatre this month. Broncho will also have their own headlining show at Rough Trade on January 26 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to that date. Fill out an entry form by Sunday, January 18, for a chance to win.

Breaking Bands 2015: TAS Staff Picks New Faces To Watch

Over the last few years, The Alternate Side staff has started its own New Year's tradition by picking bands and artists who we think could make an impact as the next twelve months unfold. In 2014 we chose a lineup of new faces that included FKA Twigs, Wolf Alice, Eagulls, Ásgeir, Haerts and Courtney Barnett. For our Breaking Bands of 2015, we're putting our faith behind All We Are, Years & Years, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jack + Eliza, Aquilo, DD Dumbo, PPL MVR, Dead Man Fall and others that we're convinced will shine in the year ahead. Read our reasons why and listen to each artist too.

Future Islands Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On January 8


Future Islands had a career-changing year in 2014, one that saw the earnest Baltimore trio leapfrogging from cult favorite to mainstream success story thanks to their album Singles. Not surprisingly, Future Islands has sold out their two shows at Terminal 5 this week, but The Alternate Side has a couple of pairs set aside for their January 8 gig, joined by Operators and Wing Dam. Fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, January 7, at 3 p.m. EST and cross your fingers — maybe you'll win a pair.

Savages Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On January 14


Savages are taking over New York this month with nine shows — yes, nine — at various small venues across New York City, including two sold-out gigs at Mercury Lounge. The band, which recently released a collaborative album with noise rockers Bo Ningen, Words For The Blind, has also been working on its second album and plan on introducing those recent compositions during the New York residency. The Alternate Side has a handful of precious tickets for Savages' sold-out Mercury Lounge show on January 14. Fill out an entry form by this Sunday, January 11, at 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Owen Pallett Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On January 29


Gifted songwriter, composer and violinist Owen Pallett released his fourth solo album, In Conflict, earlier this year. The album, a followup to 2010's Heartland, is a deeply personal one for the Oscar nominee (for the score of Spike Jonze's Her with Arcade Fire's William Butler), former Polaris Prize-winner and Arcade Fire touring member. Owen Pallett plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets; enter by this Sunday, January 11, at 5 p.m. EST.

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