Samsaya: FUV Live

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures. Earlier this summer, Samsaya released her self-titled EP (her second album, Bombay Calling, will be released in the near future) and she's been opening for Lily Allen in North America. However, Samsaya will have her very own headlining New York show this Monday at Mercury Lounge. Watch Samsaya and her bandmates' buoyant performance of "Bombay Calling" and the single, "Stereotype."  

Kele Of Bloc Party Returns With Second Solo Album

Kele Okereke, frontman for Bloc Party, will follow up his debut solo effort, 2010's The Boxer, with a second album, Trick, to be released on October 14 in the States. Kele's sophomore release dovetails with Bloc Party's latest "indefinite" hiatus; the band briefly came out of its prior self-imposed break to release their 2012 album Four and and The Nextwave Sessions EP. Watch Kele's teaser for Trick here. 

First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'


Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler's most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets. Listen to Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 29.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending July 27


FKA Twigs is higher than a motherf****r on this week's TAS Top 20 while The New Pornographers kick The Shins to take over the No. 1 spot.

The Temper Trap Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On July 31


The Temper Trap's frontman Dougy Mandagi might have gone the EDM route in a collaboration with Steve Angello, but don't expect a too-radical shift in sound from Mandagi's own band. The Aussie-born, Los Angeles-based The Temper Trap have kicked off their first headlining shows in a year and they're bound for New York this month, with a sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Alternate Side has a handful of tickets for The Temper Trap's Music Hall of Williamsburg show on July 31. Deadline for entries is this Sunday, July 27, at 5p.m. EDT.

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall of Williamsburg On July 28


Thao Nguyen might be playing a solo show at New York's MoMA this week, but Thao and her band, The Get Down Stay Down, will be doing a full show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, July 28. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Thao and The Get Down Stay Down in Brooklyn; fill out an entry form by this Thursday, July 24, at 5p.m. for a chance to win. 

Weeknight Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On August 14


Shoegaze-leaning Brooklyn duo Weeknight released their majestically melancholy debut, Post-Everything, earlier this year and they've been touring in support of the album this summer. Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon write on their Facebook page that they are "super stoked" about their Rough Trade show on August 14 with Bootblacks and Youth Worship. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Weeknight's big homecoming gig; just enter by this Sunday, July 27, at  5p.m. EDT. 

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