Kate Bush Returns For First Live Show In 35 Years

The ecstatic return of Kate Bush to the stage on Tuesday night at London's Hammersmith Apollo (where she played her last show in 1979) was a triumph for the singer and her devoted fans. The three-hour concert, the first of 22 sold-out shows through October 1, was audacious, artistically bold and deeply moving and Bush's voice was agreed to be utterly flawless. The set not only included some of Bush's well-known songs like "Cloudbusting" and "Running Up That Hill" from 1985's Hounds of Love, but also the "The Ninth Wave" suite from that same album and the entire "Sky of Honey" suite from 2005's Aerial. Read a Kate Bush roundup of some of the reviews and her set list here.

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The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 29

Bear in Heaven, Spiritualized and rock's holy man Jack White make up the celestial trio debuting on this week's TAS Top 20.

Cate Le Bon: TAS In Session

While it could be said that Cate Le Bon's rich voice and unconventional phrasing recalls the Velvet Underground's Nico, the Welsh singer's pastoral folk-rock, which tilts precipitously into a punk-psychedelic realm, is unique and feral. As its title indicates, Le Bon's sophomore album, CYRK, is a gentle sort of circus with sonic high-wire feats and adventurous arrangements. Cate and her bandmates recently visited The Alternate Side and played a set of songs from CYRK. You can listen to that session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. EDT or streaming on The Alternate Side.

Win Tickets To See The Mark Lanegan Band At Webster Hall On May 10

Mark Lanegan's dust-and-grit baritone has powered the singer through various bands since the 80s: Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, the Gutter Twins and even his yin-and-yang pairing with Isobel Campbell. But Lanegan's solo career, which has paralleled his tenure in all of these groups, has claimed his most compelling, ravaged songs. His latest release, Blues Funeral, is a masterful record which has topped TAS' album charts for the past few weeks. Now, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see the Mark Lanegan Band at Webster Hall on May 10.

Ticket Giveaway For Mogwai At Webster Hall On June 15

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Mogwai is part of on Music For Occupy, the upcoming album benefitting Occupy Wall Street due on May 15, contributing the brand new track "Earth Division." Even better, their gorgeous wall of sound returns to the New York area on June 15 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the Scottish rockers' Webster Hall show. 

Win Tix To See Bear In Heaven At Bowery Ballroom On May 8

Bear in Heaven's wryly-named second album, I Love You, It's Cool,  offers up more synth-pop escapism  from the Brooklyn band. The Alternate Side is giving fans a chance to show their love and win tix to  Bear in Heaven's show at Bowery Ballroom on May 8; opening is Portland's Blouse and Portishead pals Doldrums, out of Toronto.

Celebrate Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day marks its fifth anniversary today, April 21, and across the US, UK, Europe and Canada, thousands of independent record shops — stubborn survivors of these hard economic times —  will be marking the day with special releases from hundreds of diverse bands and artists, like the White Stripes, Beach House, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Miike Snow, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, PiL, Arctic Monkeys, Shabazz Palaces,  Sigur Rós, M83, and hell, even Katy Perry.  in New York, local stores like Other Music, Sound Fix and J&R Music World will have special events marking the day. After the jump, some links and a brief roundup.

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