FUV At The Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival is next weekend, and FUV is once again headed to Fort Adams State Park with NPR Music to bring you some of the sights and sounds. Our coverage kicks off next Friday, with the opening night performance by Ryan Adams. Although the prolific songwriter has a deep catalog to draw from, we're likely in for a lot of new material as Ryan is set to release a self-titled album on September 9th. Listen in and find out, Friday at 6pm on 90.7FM or online. Then all weekend long, FUV will be at Newport's main Fort Stage, recording performances and posting them to the FUV Vault.

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Friends: TAS In Session (SXSW 2012)

Along with other generically-named bands, like Real Estate and Girls, Brooklyn's Friends play hard-to-get when it comes to Google searches, but this quintet of longtime friends has generated a lot of interest despite their nascent, two-single career thus far.  They launch a tour with Metronomy this month, playing two dates at New York's Irving Plaza on March 29-30. Friends' still-untitled debut album doesn't drop until May, but the band, which just played SXSW, recently visited The Alternate Side for a terrific five-song session, airing Friday, March 23, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET and streaming on The Alternate Side. After the jump, check out videos of that set and highlights of the interview.

Poliça: SXSW 2012 Interview

Poliça, just a year old, was born out of Gayngs, a collective known for its shifting lineup of two dozen musicians — including Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Megafaun. Gayngs member and singer Channy Leanagh is the heart of Poliça, ably supported by her bandmates, like Gayngs' Ryan Olson, who produced Poliça's debut Give You The Ghost, and Bon Iver's own Mike Noyce. Riding high on an NPR Music's free day party last week, plus seven other Austin gigs, Leanagh took some time out on Saturday morning, right before the band's Hard Rock showcase at Cedar Door, to chat with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali about the genesis of Poliça, which actually began at last year's SXSW festival.

Zeus: SXSW 2012 Blog

Toronto's Zeus seemed to have the right idea about this year's SXSW: a good soak in a hot tub after every long day hauling equipment around and racing through short sets. The prog-leaning rockers, who began as Jason Collett's backing band, release their sophomore album, Busting Visions, on March 27 on Arts & Crafts and used their time in Austin wisely, not just playing scads of shows, but checking out friends like Yukon Blonde and The Sheepdogs and loading up on a year's worth of BBQ. The Alternate Side asked Mike O'Brien if he'd keep a blog of the band's mythic musical and gastronomic travels through Austin.

Ticket Giveaway For Pulp At Radio City Music Hall On April 10

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The reformation of Pulp was definitely one of the major music news stories of last year. The erudite British rock band went on a long hiatus beginning in 2002 before returning last year for a series of festivals. Frontman Jarvis Cocker and his Different Class-era bandmates are finally playing North America this spring and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their Radio City Music Hall show on April 10, Pulp's first New York visit in 13 years. Enter to win tickets to see this brilliant band that still remains coy about its future once touring is done.

Win Tickets To The Joy Formidable At Terminal 5 On March 28

The Joy Formidable has spent the better part of the last four years on the road maintaining a tireless schedule, nurturing its bold, uplifting dream rock, and graduating from tiny clubs to major venues. For over a year the Welsh-English trio has supported its confident 2011 debut, The Big Roar, with headlining shows, major festivals and support gigs with Foo Fighters. They return Stateside this spring for another string of dates and will headline Terminal 5 on March 28, joined by two excellent New York bands, A Place To Bury Strangers and Exitmusic, and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for what promises to be a great — and very loud — night.

Win Tix To L'Arc-en-Ciel At Madison Square Garden On March 25

Although L'Arc-en-Ciel ride under the radar in the States, the goth-kissed Japanese rockers, known for their kinetic live shows, are superstars across the Pacific and they marked their 20th anniversary last year. Their career is certainly impressive; the band has sold out stadiums, racked up sales of over 40 million albums worldwide and recently released its 12th album, Butterfly. L'Arc-en-Ciel are coming to New York for their very first Stateside show and will headline Madison Square Garden on March 25, the first Japanese rock band to do so  ... and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Enter by March 22 at noon.

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