The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

New Order Announces First North American Tour In Seven Years

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The current incarnation of New Order, the one without original bassist Peter Hook following the group's contentious divorce, will be touring North America this fall, the band's first visit here in seven years. Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman will play New York's Roseland Ballroom on October 18.

Win Tickets For Beirut's Sold-Out Show At Central Park's Rumsey Playfield On August 29

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Beirut's new string of summer shows includes a stop at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on August 29, a show that quickly sold out. Happlly, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Zach Condon and his bandmates, who visited WFUV and TAS in session last year, play songs from the brassy, breezy and peripatetic The Rip Tide.

Ticket Giveaway For Yeasayer At Central Park's Rumsey Playfield On September 12

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Although Yeasayer's The Fragrant World isn't even released until August  21 (August 20 in the UK/EU), the Brooklyn trio has already unleashed a couple of singles off of the record, "Longevity" and "Henrietta." Expect to hear those songs — and much more from the band's vigorous and joyful third album — when they play Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 12. And yes, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to that special, late summer show.

Win Tix For Jane's Addiction And Die Antwoord At Williamsburg Waterfront On August 17

Summertime rolls on and Jane's Addiction has sold out their Lollapalooza aftershow with Franz Ferdinand in early August, but you can catch the band, supporting 2011's The Great Escape Artist,  at Williamsburg Waterfront on August 17. They'll be joined by the kinetic, defiantly strange (and often hilarious) Die Antwoord, the over-the-top South African rave rappers. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to what promises to be a wild — and "freeky" — gig.

Two Door Cinema Club Give Fans 24 Hours To Download 'Sleep Alone' For Free

Fans have mere day to download Two Door Cinema Club's new single "Sleep Alone" for free on the band's website. It's the first release off of the trio's upcoming album Beacon, out in the UK on September 3 and in the States on September 4.

Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy And Sleigh Bells Aboard For S.S. Coachella

Ever thought it might be interesting to be stranded on a ship with Pulp's Jarvis Cocker or LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy? The organizers behind the Coachella apparently think so since they've managed to coax Murphy, Pulp. Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells and over a dozen other bands and artists onto two Coachella cruises in December, sailing through the Carribean.

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