Solid Sound 2015 Lineup Includes Wilco, Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, Mac DeMarco And More

Solid Sound 2015, the music and arts festival curated by Wilco, announced its impressive lineup of bands on Tuesday night via a trivia game with fans during a live Facebook event. Perhaps guessing Wilco or even Tweedy was easiest, but the mighty roster also includes Real Estate, Richard Thompson, Mac DeMarco, Shabazz Palaces, Ryley Walker, Luluc, Cibo Matto, the Felice Brothers, Parquet Courts, NRBQ, Taj Mahal, The Autumn Defense, King Sunny Ade and Bill Frisell. Tickets for Solid Sound 2015 are available now. This year's festival takes place June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.  

Blur Returns With A New Album In April

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Wily Damon Albarn and his Blur compadres had declared for ages that it was unlikely that the band would release a new album in the foreseeable future. Well, that's all changed as of today: Blur returns with its first studio album in 12 years, called The Magic Whip, on April 28 in the States (April 27 in the UK). The album was recorded over a five-day stretch in Hong Kong back in 2013. Blur has also announced a show at London's Hyde Park on June 20. Watch the video for the album's first single, the guitar-driven lope  "Go Out."

Passion Pit Elevates With A New Album This Spring

Although Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos bravely confessed that he struggled throughout the recording of 2012's Gossamer due to his ongoing struggles with bipolar disorder, the gifted musician continues to rally artistically and has announced the forthcoming release of a third album, Kindred. The album will come out on April 21 in the States and the first single, "Lifted Up (1985)" can be downloaded along with a second track, "Where The Sky Hangs," with pre-orders of the release. Watch the videos for "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where The Sky Hangs" here.

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'The Race For Space'

Using samples from vintage news broadcasts and in-flight NASA chatter, a British duo tells the story of the Space Age's first 15 years. Listen to Public Service Broadcasting's The Race For Space streaming via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on February 24.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 22

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International artists José González of Sweden, Canada's Purity Ring and Australia's Courtney Barnett have new singles on this week's TAS Top 20 chart.

Sleater-Kinney Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On February 26

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One of the happier reunions of the past year has been that of Sleater-Kinney, the potent Portland trio that released its first album in a decade, No Cities To Love, last month. The album is not merely a continuation of Sleater-Kinney's fury and finesse, but a bridge to a thrilling new chapter. Not surprisingly, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss swiftly sold-out both of their shows at Terminal 5 later this month, but The Alternate Side has stowed away a couple of pairs of tickets for the February 26 show. Want to see Sleater-Kinney? Enter by this Sunday, February 22, at 5p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Swans Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 26

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Since Swans reunited over five years ago, the seminal, seething rockers, led by Michael Gira, have vaulted back on the road and into the studio. Last year, they released one of the most critically-praised albums of 2014, To Be Kind, a tempestuous and brutal album of sheer sonic bravado. Swans are mesmerizing live and they'll be playing two hometown shows in New York this month and next at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Alternate Side has tickets for Swans' sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on February 26; just enter by this Sunday, February 22, for a chance to win.

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