CMJ 2014 Postscript: Slowdive, Happyness, Purling Hiss, September Girls, Bo Ningen, Cymbals And More

CMJ blazed through our lives last week, bringing 1300 bands into 80 New York City venues for innumerable showcases (including FUV Live at CMJ with Horse Thief, Son Little, Elle King and Happyness). The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and Kara Manning set out to see as many bands as they could and report on the highlights of a dizzying five day marathon.

Bat For Lashes Back With 'The Haunted Man' This October

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Bat For Lashes' Natasha Kahn will release The Haunted Man on October 15 in the UK on Parlophone/EMI and likely the day after Stateside. The record, Bat For Lashes' third release, is a followup to 2009'sTwo Suns. Kahn has also announced a fall UK tour that will support the album's release.

Nada Surf Release New Video, Look To Summer Tour

Right before Nada Surf kicks off its summer tour next week with Waters, the band has released a new video for the song "Waiting For Something" from its seventh album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. Check out the new video and if you missed Nada Surf's live show for WFUV and The Alternate Side earlier this year, you can listen to it now in the WFUV archives.

Watch And Listen: Fiona Apple's New Video From 'The Idler Wheel,' Album Streaming Now On NPR

After an absence of seven years, Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel (yes, the title is truncated), places the deceptively fragile singer back into the spotlight with a bracing, challenging, yet fascinating new album. Listen to it streaming now on WFUV and NPR Music prior to its June 19 release and watch the brand new video for "Every Single Night," featuring an octopus headdress, hula skirts and an especially wraithlike Apple.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending June 17

Sigur Rós and Metric scale that album chart pile of rock known as the TAS Top 20 while Beach House finds itself at the very pinnacle for the week.

Metric: TAS In Session

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Metric's slow ascent from well-kept Canadian secret to a band that headlines New York's Radio City Music Hall — which the quartet will do on September 23 in support of its brand new album Synthetica — is even more intriguing given the group's determination to create an independent business model. When Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw recently visited The Alternate Side to play a special acoustic set (with a bonus cover of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's "Strange Weather"), they discussed their forward-thinking business acumen. Listen to Metric's session when it airs this Friday, June 15, on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming on the TAS site. After the jump, watch videos of Haines and Shaw in performance.  

Animal Collective Announces Tour Dates

Animal Collective, set to releae Centipede Hz on September 4 (September 3 in the UK) on Domino, has announced tour dates beginning on September 18 in Seattle. The world tour includes a stop at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park on October 5.  Pre-sale begins tomorrow, June 12, at 10 a.m. EDT.

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