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.

Win Tix For M83 At Central Park Summerstage On August 8

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Shut out of M83's sold-out Central Park Summerstage concert on August 8? Well, The Alternate Side aims to cheer up sad Anthony Gonzalez fans, so we're offering the chance to win a precious pair of tickets. While we highly doubt that former President Bill Clinton will show up to replicate the "Midnight City" meme making the rounds, we can guarantee that Big Black Delta, the solo project of Mellowdrone vocalist Jonathan Bates, will be the opening act.

Win Tix To Bloc Party And The Drums At Terminal 5 On August 7

Rumors about the dissolution of Bloc Party were just plain wrong; the British rockers return on August 21 after a four-year hiatus with a new album, Four, via new label, Frenchkiss. The band managed to swiftly sell out its Terminal 5 show on August 7 with The Drums, but The Alternate Side is giving fans the chance to win a pair of tickets. How can you resist, especialy after Bloc Party's Kele Okereke was just voted the sexiest man in indie rock by Nerve.com?

Listen to Best Coast And Iggy Pop's 'True Blood' Collaboration

Along with the not-so-surprising news that Iggy Pop is a fan of HBO's emo vampire series True Blood, comes his collaboration with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino on a song for the series, which will be heard on the episode airing this Sunday, July 8. After the jump, listen to the Pop and Cosentino track "Let's Boot and Rally."

Frank Ocean Gets Honest About His Sexual Orientation

Since its inception, the Odd Future collective has been criticized for its often harshly homophobic and misogynistic lyricism. So it's slightly startling that in a surprising admission early this morning, the group's Frank Ocean, who releases his first full-length solo album Channel Orange on July 17, has revealed that his first true love was a man. Describing a profound but one-sided love affair that unfolded over three years, Ocean published an emotional, public letter on his Tumblr account and website on Independence Day, noting that by discussing the romance, he feels like a "free man."

Listen To Beach House Live At The Alternate Side And WFUV With 'Myth'

Last month, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House traveled to the Bronx for a WFUV and TAS session. Although they were camera shy that day, you can listen to audio of a gorgeous live performance of the single "Myth" from the band's recent record, Bloom, and hear the entire session on 90.7 WFUV on July 19 at 9 p.m. EDT.  Beach House head for New York's Central Park on July 23 for a sold-out show with longtime pals Lower Dens.

Stream Twin Shadow's New Album 'Confess'

Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. releases his new album, Confess, on July 9 in the UK and July 10 in the States via 4AD, but you can listen to the album streaming now. Even better, The Alternate Side will post our live session with Twin Shadow next week. Twin thrills.

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