Modern Sky Festival Ticket Giveaway: October 4-5 At Rumsey Playfield

An offshoot of a popular Chinese music event, the Modern Sky Festival debuts in New York, at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, on October 4 and 5 with a lineup that includes Cat Power, Stars, Liars and Atomic Bomb: The Music of William Onyeabor, a celebration of the reclusive Nigerian musican which will include Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Ahmed Ghalleb and his band Sinkane, Money Mark and many others. The entire lineup can be found at the Modern Sky Festival site, but The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the entire festival, both Saturday and Sunday. Enter by this Sunday, September 28, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to win a precious pair of tickets.

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Blur Announces Additional UK Dates

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While it seemed likely that the only chance to see Blur play live this summer would be at Sweden's Way Out Festival, the weekend of August 9-11, or London's Hyde Park on August 12, marking the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, the quartet announced additional "warming up" dates via their website on Sunday night.

Liars Kick Off A Tour This June

Liars, who release WIXIW on June 5 on Mute, will kick off a summer tour next month to support the new album. The dates include a stop at New York's Webster Hall on June 20.

Join WFUV's Annual Gala This Thursday, May 10

The Alternate Side's sister station, WFUV Public Radio from Fordham University, is pleased to announce its 2012 Gala event at Gotham Hall on Thursday, May 10, honoring musician Chris Isaak as WFUV Artist of the Year; journalist Christiane Amanpour as recipient of the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism; and sportscaster Al Michaels as recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. After the jump, find out how you can be a part of this very special evening.

Against Me! Singer Tom Gabel Reveals Transgender Identity

Tom Gabel, frontman of Florida punk rockers Against Me!, has candidly and bravely revealed to Rolling Stone that not only is she transgender, but she will begin the transition to become a woman, changing her name to Laura Jane Grace. This revelation won't interfere with the band's upcoming tour with The Cult, which begins this month.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending May 13

Beach House blooms on the TAS Top 20 chart while Jack White aims at the Number 1 slot with Blunderbuss.

Yukon Blonde: TAS In Session

Yukon Blonde's second album Tiger Talk might have been mostly written on the road, but the record reflects some home truths for the Canadian band: they really know how to write a fun, frank and ferocious rock song. They kick off a European tour on May 10, but before heading overseas Yukon Blonde dropped by The Alternate Side for a session. After the jump, watch videos and read highlights of the interview, and listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on The Alternate Side.

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