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.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending November 16

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Recent Stoke Newington, London resident Thurston Moore and Glasgow's Belle and Sebastian return to the TAS Top 20.

Interpol Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On November 24

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El Pintor, Interpol's first album in four years and their first release without bassist Carlos Dengler, finds the now-trio in good form, adjusting to their legacy, setting into their new form and looking to the future.  Interpol return triumphantly to Terminal 5 this month for three shows, November 24-26. Two of the homecoming shows are sold out and The Alternate Side has tickets to one of those, on November 24, with Hundred Waters supporting. Enter by this Sunday, November 16, at 5p.m. EST for a chance to win. 

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Ticket Giveaway: Hammerstein Ballroom On November 25

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In his latest guise as Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, the Strokes frontman now leads a sextet that plunges into the depths of punk-laced, muddy and irascible rock foam, fury and fiendishness, as evidenced on their debut album, Tyranny. Don't expect warm, fuzzy embaces or sleek resurrections of Strokes songs, but if you're a loyal fan and always curious to see what Julian Casablancas might be tinkering with musically, this is the show for  you. Shabazz Palaces are opening and they are terrific. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Julian Casablancas + The Voidz and Shabazz Palaces on November 25 at Hammerstein Ballroom. 

St. Lucia Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On November 19

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St. Lucia, aka Brooklyn-based, South African musician Jean-Philip Grobier, has embarked on his biggest tour to date, called "The Night Comes Again," still in support of his 2013 breakout debut album, When The Night. It's an infectiously upbeat collection of songs and when St. Lucia arrives at Terminal 5 on November 22 (sold out) and November 19, you can expect a party atmosphere and plenty of dancing. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to St. Lucia's November 19 gig which features openers Haerts, who just released their self-titled debut. Fill out an entry form by November 16 for a chance to win.

Bear's Den Ticket Giveaway: Warsaw On November 25

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London folk-rock trio Bear's Den released its debut album, Islands, this fall on the heels of two fine and well-received EPs. Although they first made a splash Stateside on the "Gentleman of the Road" tour with Mumford and Sons (Bear's Den member Kevin Jones is a co-founder of Communion Records with Mumford and Sons' Ben Lovett), the threesome's songs lean more towards thorny, melancholy rock, infused with mythological allusions and romantic yearning. Bear's Den is a powerful live band and will be at Brooklyn's Warsaw on November 25 and yes, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Just enter by this Sunday, November 16, at 5p.m.

Metronomy: TAS In Session

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Despite the somewhat wistful lyrics scattered across the breadth of Metronomy's most recent release, Love Letters, frontman Joseph Mount is really quite content. For Metronomy's set for The Alternate Side and FUV, Mount and bandmate Oscar Cash played "The Upsetter" and "Reservoir," two highlights from Love Letters. They also offered up some candid and surprisingly harsh opinions on aging and rock and roll (only Robert Plant escapes unscathed) and discussed the band's video-making experience with director Michel Gondry. Watch videos from Metronomy's set, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, November 7, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

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