The 2014 WFUV Feastival

It's been a big year of live music for The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV, with its first-ever live coverage of the Clearwater Festival and a return to Celebrate Brooklyn for three exclusive broadcasts. Add those festivals to an already long list of FUV Live events, including SXSW, Newport Folk Festival, CMJ and shows at venues around New York City, and it's no wonder that the WFUV Feastival tradition can't be contained to just Thanksgiving Day.

Jukebox The Ghost: TAS Tour Blog

Since Jukebox The Ghost's freewheeling, effusive new album is christened Safe Travels and the Brooklyn-based trio is tirelessly touring North America this year (they return to New York to play Irving Plaza on November 6), The Alternate Side asked Jesse Kristin, Tommy Siegel and Ben Thornewill if they'd keep a blog documenting the very start of their summer tour. The trio, slated to play Riverside Garden Park in Red Bank, NJ on August 3, supplied photos too, courtesy of their intrepid tour manager, as they navigated bowling, burritos, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, long drives and "the nicest fans in rock 'n' roll."

Grimes, Japandroids And Feist Shortlisted For 2012 Polaris Music Prize

Grimes, Japandroids, Feist and the now-defunct Handsome Furs are among the bands and artists announced on Tuesday for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize's shortlist, arguably Canada's most prestigious music honor.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending July 22

Dirty Projectors and their recent Celebrate Brooklyn! gigmates Purity Ring debut with new albums on the TAS Top 20 while Hot Chip sways to the head of the line.

Spanish Prisoners: TAS In Session

Not quite straight out of Brooklyn (but by way of Columbus, Ohio too), Spanish Prisoners released its sophomore album, Gold Fools, last fall, debuting the band's current lineup. Determined to tour the States and play SXSW earlier this year, they raised the funds needed to buy a van that they nicknamed "Steve." Spanish Prisoners  just released a mixtape called Prior Art and visited the TAS studios not long ago for a session (driving "Steve" to the Bronx). They not only played tracks from Gold Fools, but debuted a brand new song, tentatively titled "My Good Friends."  Watch the performance and listen to the session when it airs this Friday, July 20 on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on the TAS site too.

First Listen: Passion Pit's 'Gossamer'

Gossamer is a perfect title for Passion Pit's new record. The long-awaited follow-up to its breakthrough album, 2009's Manners, finds the band spinning shimmering silk from many intricately layered threads: airy synths, warm bass, crisp snares, crashing cymbals, singer Michael Angelakos' expressive falsetto. Each song positively glows. Listen to the album streaming via WFUV and NPR Music now. (Ed.Note: Passion Pit have just cancelled all of its July dates, including its stop at New York's Apollo Theater on July 23; update after the jump).

Win Tickets For Bloc Party And The Drums At Terminal 5 On August 8

The speculation over the demise of Bloc Party last year was, well, totally wrong. The British rockers, leaning ever more in a dance direction, return on August 21 after a four-year hiatus with Four, via new label, Frenchkiss. The band has managed to swiftly sell out its three-night stand next month with new labelmates The Drums, but The Alternate Side is giving fans the chance to win a pair of tickets for the August 8 show. How can you resist, especialy after Bloc Party's Kele Okereke was just voted the sexiest man in indie rock by Nerve.com?

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