The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 1

Five new releases from Belle and Sebastian, Matt and Kim, The Decemberists, Django Django and Sleater-Kinney shovel a path onto this week's snowy TAS Top 20.

Adult Jazz: CMJ Tour Diary

Two weeks ago, over 1300 bands settled down in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, including the Leeds indie pop band Adult Jazz. The quartet's debut album, Gist Is, is a sophisticated and sensual mélange of songs that ramble and blossom in beautiful, unexpected ways, like an overgrown garden. They made quite a splash at CMJ, landing on NPR's Bob Boilen's list of his "Top 10 Discoveries" of the week. Equally intrigued, The Alternate Side had asked the band's frontman Harry Burgess if he'd keep a diary of his adventures at CMJ and he did, routing Adult Jazz's travels through New York via stops at Stonewall, the Schomburg Center in Harlem and the High Line.

Tame Impala Ticket Giveaway: Beacon Theatre On November 9

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Tame Impala are taking Delicate Steve on the road for a North American tour this month. The psychedelic Aussies will be playing the two sold out shows at the Beacon Theatre on November 9 and 10. The Alternate Side has managed to tuck away a handful of Tame Impala tickets for the November 9 date. Fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, November 5, and you might win a pair.

Johnny Marr Ticket Giveaway: Gramercy Theatre On November 12

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On the heels of his fine 2013 album, The Messenger, Johnny Marr released his second solo effort Playland last month and he's headed back to New York with a show at the Gramercy Theatre on November 12. Expect not just new material, but a career-spanning set as the great Mancunian guitarist always includes songs from The Smiths and Electronic and a cool cover or two. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Johnny Marr at the Gramercy Theatre; just fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, November 5, at 6p.m. EST for a chance to win.

The Dismemberment Plan Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On November 8

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Reunited Washington D.C. rockers The Dismemberment Plan are reissuing their 2001 album Change on vinyl this week via Partisan Records. They're also back on the road and will be at Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, November 8. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig, but you'll have to act fast and enter for a chance to win a pair to see The Dismemberment Plan by this Wednesday, November 5, at 6p.m. EDT.

James Vincent McMorrow Ticket Giveaway: Town Hall On November 10

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On November 10, the very day that James Vincent McMorrow releases the deluxe edition of his latest album, Post Tropical, he'll also be playing a show at New York's Town Hall. The Alternate Side has set aside a handful of tickets for James Vincent McMorrow's New York date; just enter by this Wednesday, November 5, for a chance to win a pair to see the gifted Irish singer and songwriter.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On November 15

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Detroit indie-popsters Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, return to New York this fall for a show at Bowery Ballroom on November 15 (and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 13). The guys have been working on their third album too, so expect some new songs to slip into their set. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Bowery Ballroom; just fill out an entry form by this Sunday, November 9 for a chance to win.

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