Christopher Owens: TAS In Session

We first became aware of the talents of Christopher Owens a few years ago through his band Girls. Their full-length debut was simply titled Album and the dreamy songs on it recalled warm and hazy California pop. Girls went on to release one more full-length album and an EP before breaking up in 2012. Without wasting much time at all, Owens got straight to work and released his solo debut, Lysandre, a year later. Incredibly, he has already made his second solo album, A New Testament. Watch Christopher Owens performing live in Studio A and listen to his session via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 6, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Efterklang: TAS Interview

Efterklang's fourth studio album, the intricate, haunting Piramida, is streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release next week on 4AD, but New Yorkers who haven't seen the innovative, daring Danish band live have a unique opportunity to do so this Saturday, September 22, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Efterklang will join the Wordless Music orchestra for a concert performance of the new album, the group's only show slated in the States thus far this fall. The Alternate Side caught up with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Rasmus Stolberg to discuss Piramida — Efterklang's first as a trio — and the band's journey to the ghost town that inspired the record.

Watch: Tame Impala's Video For 'Elephant'

Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala release their second album Lonerism on October 9 in the States (October 5 in Australia and October 7 in the UK) and have a reliably "groovy" video to accompany their terrific, woozy single "Elephant." If you're hoping to catch the band's Stateside gigs this November, move fast — they've already sold out their Brooklyn stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg (they have another show at Webster Hall) and both stops in Los Angeles.

First Listen: Melody's Echo Chamber, 'Melody's Echo Chamber'

The self-titled debut album by Paris-based musician Melody Prochet nods to many traditions (glam, hard rock, psychedelic rock, folk) without ever adhering to one. Listen to Melody's Echo Chamber streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release next Tuesday, September 25 on Fat Possum.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending September 23

Bob Mould and Two Door Cinema Club segue onto the TAS Top 20 while Divine Fits shadow Cat Power's Sun and climb to the peak of the chart.

Alt-J: TAS In Session

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Clever move on the part of recent Mercury Prize nominees Alt-J to name their debut album An Awesome Wave; the title neatly sums up the young band's amazing trajectory for the year.  An Awesome Wave has been out in the UK since May, but it will be released, at long last, in the States tomorrow on Canvasback. Not long ago, Alt-J made its way to Studio A for a live session which The Alternate Side will broadcast this Friday, September 21, on TAS on WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on the TAS site. Check out Alt-J interview highlights and performances of songs like "Tessellate" and "Fitzpleasure."

ATP Day Pass Giveaway! Win To See Frank Ocean, The Afghan Whigs And More This Weekend

The Alternate Side and All Tomorrow's Parties are giving three lucky winners the chance to win day passes to this weekend's ATP "I'll Be Your Mirror" Festival on Manhattan's Pier 36. The festival, partly curated by Greg Dulli, features his own band, the Afghan Whigs, plus Frank Ocean, The Roots, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the Mark Lanegan Band and many more. Enter to win by this Thursday, September 20, at 10 a.m. EDT.

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