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.


Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs And Kate Tempest On Mercury Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Mercury Prize, one of Britain's most prestigious music awards for album of the year, was revealed on Wednesday. While Damon Albarn, Anna Calvi and Bombay Bicycle Club made the cut, seven of the 12 nominees (including Albarn) are debut artists, like scrappy street poet Kate Tempest, the sultry FKA Twigs, the funky London duo Jungle and former Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey. The 

Lost In The Trees Will Go On Indefinite Hiatus After Final December Show

Lost in the Trees is calling it quits by year's end for the foreseeable future. The collective's frontman and songwriter Ari Picker announced via Facebook on Wednesday that after seven years, Lost in the Trees will play a final show in Saxapahaw, North Carolina on December 12. "I’m certain I’ll continue to write and release music," says Picker, "but at the moment it’s time for me to move away from touring for the time being."

David Bowie Announces Career-Spanning Collection And New Music

David Bowie is swiftly following his 2013 release, The Next Day, with a career-spanning collection called Nothing Has Changed, to be released on November 18 in the States. A new, nearly eight-minute single, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," will also come out that day, a song Bowie recorded with his longtime cohort Tony Visconti. The single's B-side is another recent recording, "'Tis A Pity She's A Whore." Read about the tracklisting here.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending September 14


TV on the Radio returns to the TAS Top 20 while Banks makes her first appearance on the chart.

Watch Ty Segall's Surreal New Video

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Ty Segall, who plays New York's Webster Hall on September 17 and 18, has released a suitably surreal video for the title track of his new album Manipulator. The video, which premered via the New York Times, was directed by Matt Yoka and also has an interactive version too, available on Segall's own website. Delight in images of Segall with babies, koalas and aliens and watch "Manipulator" here.

First Listen: Lia Ices, 'Ices'

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Ices' first two albums recalled the work of Cat Power and Tori Amos. But on her third album, the singer-songwriter expands her palette considerably. Listen to Lia Ices' Ices streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before its release on September 16 on Jagjaguwar.

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