The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 5

Speedy Ortiz quickly scrambles up the TAS Top 20 chart with a single from their second album, Foil Deer.

First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'

The singer's new album shakes up her rumbling acoustic arrangements with an influx of electric sounds, in the process giving her a greater arsenal with which to brood, search, seethe and menace. Listen to Laura Marling's Short Movie streaming on WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on March 24 on Ribbon Music.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending March 22

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Built to Spill, on the brink of releasing its eighth album, and Father John Misty have new singles on the last TAS Top 20 chart of the winter.

Kate Tempest Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On March 24

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South London's Kate Tempest is a whirlwind of spoken word artistry: she's an acclaimed poet, a playwright, a novelist and over the past year, a hip hop force of nature too. Her debut album, Everybody Down, was nominated for the Mercury Prize last year and now this spitfire of sociopolitical observation is coming to New York's Mercury Lounge for a sold-out show on March 24. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Kate Tempest; just enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, March 22, at 5p.m. EDT.

Swervedriver Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On March 27

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The return of some of the pioneers of shoegaze over the last two years—like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Ride—warms the cockles of any fan of "beautiful noise." Now Swervedriver returns with that band's first release in 17 years, 99th Dream, and they're on tour too, coming to Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 27. Want to win a pair of tickets to see Swervedriver? Enter for a chance to win tickets by this Sunday, March 22, at 5p.m. EDT.

Kevin Devine Ticket Giveaway: Le Poisson Rouge On March 28

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Brooklyn's Kevin Devine is headed to SXSW this week, but when he returns later this month, he'll head to Le Poisson Rouge for a gig accompanied by Dads and Field Mouse. Devine has a new vinyl reissue out of 2009's Brother's Blood and he's planning a ninth album too. Want to win TAS tickets to see Kevin Devine and The God**** Band on March 28 at LPR? Fill out an entry form by Sunday, March 22.

SXSW 2015: Courtney Barnett, Best Coast, Twin Shadow And More For Public Radio Rocks

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Team FUV will be in Austin, Texas, next week for the music and madness of SXSW. We'll not only offer live video performances from bands like Ibeyi and Gengahr, but the broadcast of Public Radio Rocks from the Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center on March 20 at 1p.m. EDT. Courtney Barnett, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Gang of Four, Ryan Bingham and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear round out the lineup for that showcase, co-sponsored by WFUV, WXPN, KUTX, KXT and The Current and broadcast on all five public radio stations.

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