Won't You Make A Year-End Gift To WFUV And The Alternate Side?

On December 18 and 19 WFUV and The Alternate Side ask you to please make a year-end gift to support the radio stations you love. Any amount helps, but a membership to WFUV is an inspiring present for any music-lover you know. In addition, if you add $5 to your contribution, you'll even help the Food Bank of New York City. You can support us online or by calling 877-938-8907. Also, WFUV will be counting down the results of the 2014 Listener Poll on 90.7FM on Friday, December 19, beginning at 12 noon EST. Won't you join us and become a member too?

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Grimes, Japandroids And Feist Shortlisted For 2012 Polaris Music Prize

Grimes, Japandroids, Feist and the now-defunct Handsome Furs are among the bands and artists announced on Tuesday for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize's shortlist, arguably Canada's most prestigious music honor.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending July 22

Dirty Projectors and their recent Celebrate Brooklyn! gigmates Purity Ring debut with new albums on the TAS Top 20 while Hot Chip sways to the head of the line.

Spanish Prisoners: TAS In Session

Not quite straight out of Brooklyn (but by way of Columbus, Ohio too), Spanish Prisoners released its sophomore album, Gold Fools, last fall, debuting the band's current lineup. Determined to tour the States and play SXSW earlier this year, they raised the funds needed to buy a van that they nicknamed "Steve." Spanish Prisoners  just released a mixtape called Prior Art and visited the TAS studios not long ago for a session (driving "Steve" to the Bronx). They not only played tracks from Gold Fools, but debuted a brand new song, tentatively titled "My Good Friends."  Watch the performance and listen to the session when it airs this Friday, July 20 on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on the TAS site too.

First Listen: Passion Pit's 'Gossamer'

Gossamer is a perfect title for Passion Pit's new record. The long-awaited follow-up to its breakthrough album, 2009's Manners, finds the band spinning shimmering silk from many intricately layered threads: airy synths, warm bass, crisp snares, crashing cymbals, singer Michael Angelakos' expressive falsetto. Each song positively glows. Listen to the album streaming via WFUV and NPR Music now. (Ed.Note: Passion Pit have just cancelled all of its July dates, including its stop at New York's Apollo Theater on July 23; update after the jump).

Win Tickets For Bloc Party And The Drums At Terminal 5 On August 8

The speculation over the demise of Bloc Party last year was, well, totally wrong. The British rockers, leaning ever more in a dance direction, return on August 21 after a four-year hiatus with Four, via new label, Frenchkiss. The band has managed to swiftly sell out its three-night stand next month with new labelmates The Drums, but The Alternate Side is giving fans the chance to win a pair of tickets for the August 8 show. How can you resist, especialy after Bloc Party's Kele Okereke was just voted the sexiest man in indie rock by Nerve.com?

Ticket Giveaway For Marina & The Diamonds At Webster Hall On August 18

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A dynamic presence onstage, Welsh singer Marina Diamandis of Marina & The Diamonds has shouldered her share of comparisons to Florence Welch and Anna Calvi. But a ferocious new album, Electra Heart, has garnered her good reviews and more mainstream notice; she's been topping the album charts in the UK and Ireland. Marina & The Diamonds is touring the States and has sold out an August 18 gig at Webster Hall, but The Alternate Side has managed to score some tickets to give away.

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