The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: TAS In Session

One of many contemporary bands that assumed the mantle of dense and beautiful shoegaze left by '90s predecessors like Ride, Cocteau Twins and Lush, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is led by singer and guitarist Kip Berman. The band's shimmering new album, Days of Abandon, marks a significant change in the group's lineup as well as their sound; under Berman's guidance, this iteration of POBPAH uses fewer electric guitars and focuses on a more acoustic approach. Watch videos of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live in Studio A playing a pair of songs from the new album, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch ("MCA") Dead At 47

Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, known as "MCA," has died after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. The rapper, filmmaker, producer, activist and director was just 47.

Leonard Cohen Adds North American Dates

Leonard Cohen has announced new North American tour dates supporting Old Ideas and will make his way to New York for a two-night, two-borough stand at Madison Square Garden on December 18 and Brooklyn's Barclay's Center on December 20. 

Stephin Merritt Of The Magnetic Fields Plays An Acoustic Session For WFUV And The Alternate Side

Stephin Merritt's sense of humor is so deliciously dry that cactus could happily thrive in its prickly embace. The droll Magnetic Fields frontman recently dropped by WFUV and The Alternate Side's Studio A to discuss the band's new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, out now on Merge. Merritt played a generous, acoustic, five-song set of new tracks ("Andrew in Drag") and old favorites ("The Book of Love'). After the jump, check out exclusive videos of that memorable afternoon and listen to the session with TAS host Russ Borris on 90.7 WFUV at 9 p.m. tomorrow, May 2, also streaming on WFUV. 

Metric Releases New Single, Sets U.S. tour

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There seems to be a palpable buzz — and some degree of coy secrecy — about Metric's upcoming album, their fifth, called Synthetica. Those wily Canadians don't release the record until June 12, but they've finally unleashed a single, "Youth Without Youth," out today, and they have also announced tour dates. Note Metric's impressive upgrade to New York's Radio City Music Hall and check out the single after the jump.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending May 6

After a five-year gap, Chromatics finally return with Kill For Love and take on the TAS top 20 while Santigold remains queen of the album chart for a second week.

Doomtree: TAS In Session

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The Twin Cities hip hop scene has local luminaries like Atmosphere and Har Mar Superstar, but the rap collective Doomtree claims a strong mix of that region's most notable MCs and producers. The six-man, one-woman crew released its second "official" album, No Kings, last fall, which they call their first truly collaborative effort. Recently the septet, which kicks off a UK/European tour this week, visited Studio A for a terrific, fun session that airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and streams on the TAS site this Friday, May 4 at 11 a.m. EDT. After the jump, check out exclusive videos of Doomtree's performance and interview highlights.

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