OK Go Ticket Giveaway: Le Poisson Rouge On September 18

Although OK Go might be famous for their impressive, innovative, Rube Goldberg-inspired videos, the Los Angeles-based band tours as well and it's no optical illusion.  Supporting their new single "The Writing's On the Wall," and their forthcoming album, Hungry Ghosts, out on October 17, OK Go are on tour this summer and will be at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on September 18. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets; enter by this Sunday, September 7, at 5p.m. EDT.


Grouplove And Portugal The Man Ticket Giveaway: Rumsey Playfield On September 16


The buoyant pairing of Grouplove and Portugal. the Man at an end-of-summer gig at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 16 makes perfect sense: both embrace dance rock with quirky bravado while staying true to a trippier vibe (and they've also been known to do a cover of "Teenage Wasteland" together in their shows). Even better, FUV faves Typhoon will open. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to what will certainly be one of summer's happiest shows; enter to win tickets to see Grouplove, Portugal.The Man and Typhoon by this Sunday, August 31.

Bear In Heaven Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On September 16


Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven has two homecoming shows ahead in New York, supporting their peripatetic, sometimes dreamy, sometimes dance-driven, synth-drenched fourth album, Time Is Over One Day Old. The Alternate Side has tickets for the trio's Bowery Ballroom gig on September 16; just enter the giveaway by this Sunday, August 31, at 5p.m. EDT.

Slow Club: TAS In Session

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Slow Club's Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have blossomed as artists over the course of three strong—and very different—albums. The Sheffield-bred, London-based duo found their foothold as a genial folk act on their 2009 debut, Yeah So. But by 2011's Paradise, Slow Club had confidently evolved, drifting towards darker, more layered pop. Their third album, Complete Surrender, is another beautiful progression as the pair step into yearning dance tracks, stunning ballads and brassy Northern soul. Slow Club made their way to the Bronx for a session and conversation, discussing heartbreak, pop music and friendship. Watch videos of Slow Club live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

First Listen: The Wytches, 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The British band borrows from the best to contextualize a sound that's at once heavy, sinister, tuneful and theatrical, piling on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth. Listen to The Wytches' Annabel Dream Reader streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on August 26 on Partisan Records.

Watch The War On Drugs' Video For 'Under The Pressure'

The War on Drugs' latest album Lost in the Dream and its transcendent single "Under the Pressure" has been one of The Alternate Side and WFUV's favorite releases of 2014. Now the song has a video, directed by Houmam, who has also guided videos for Beirut and Jesse Marchant. The nearly nine-minute clip is as simple, beautiful and direct as the track itself; just Adam Granduciel and his bandmates in a deserted house, intercut with rain-spattered windshields, shifting scenes of suburbia as seen from a car window and kaleidoscopic cascades of light and color. Watch The War on Drugs' "Under the Pressure" here.

First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

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Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day. Listen to J Mascis' Tied to a Star streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on August 26 via Sub Pop.

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