Won't You Make A Year-End Gift To WFUV And The Alternate Side?

On December 18 and 19 WFUV and The Alternate Side ask you to please make a year-end gift to support the radio stations you love. Any amount helps, but a membership to WFUV is an inspiring present for any music-lover you know. In addition, if you add $5 to your contribution, you'll even help the Food Bank of New York City. You can support us online or by calling 877-938-8907. Also, WFUV will be counting down the results of the 2014 Listener Poll on 90.7FM on Friday, December 19, beginning at 12 noon EST. Won't you join us and become a member too?


A Sunny Day In Glasgow Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On December 27


Although A Sunny Day in Glasgow's band members are not from Britain, but hail from Philly, Brooklyn and Sydney, Australia, the band is strongly indebted to their Scottish dream pop forebears Cocteau Twins. Their fourth and most recent album, the handsome Sea When Absent, was artfully pieced together via email exchanges given their far-flung locales. Fortunately A Sunny Day in Glasgow, which released its New Christmas Classics EP last week, has come together this fall for a brief U.S. tour, including a stop at Rough Trade on December 27. Interested in winning tickets to that show from The Alternate Side? Fill out an entry form and cross your fingers by this Sunday, December 14.

Mates Of State Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On December 19


Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel of Mates of State are looking ahead to their next album, the followup to 2011's Mountaintops, and will be touring the West Coast in January debuting those new songs. Before that westward jaunt, they'll be playing two shows at New York's Mercury Lounge on December 19 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the early gig. Just enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, December 14, at 5p.m. EST.

Great Seats Just Released For Holiday Cheer For FUV On December 8


Great seats have just been released for Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre this Monday, December 8. This year's benefit concert for the station will be led by Conor Oberst who will be joined by Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson. It's a not-to-be-missed night. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. Don't miss this unforgettable night of music, merriness and camaraderie to support the radio station you love.

Cymbals Eat Guitars: TAS In Session

The Staten Island quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars first made waves in 2009 with its critically acclaimed, self-released debut, Why There Are Mountains. On the band's third and most recent album Lose, there's a noticeable lyrical maturation, courtesy of singer and guitarist Joseph D’Agostino, and bolder sonic strides from the rest of the band. Cymbals Eat Guitars will play a hometown show at Brooklyn's The Knitting Factory on December 12. Earlier this fall they came to the Bronx for a session with The Alternate Side. Watch videos of Cymbals Eat Guitars in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, December 5, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

The Vaselines' Eugene Kelly: Five Essential Albums

Glasgow's The Vaselines, the enigmatic Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, have drifted in and out of their partnership since 1987, influencing an eclectic and reverent crew of musicians along the way, like Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Kelly and McKee have reunited in earnest since 2008, releasing their wiry, bittersweet and robust third album, V for Vaselines, this fall. Happily, The Vaselines return to New York next month for a gig at Brooklyn's Bell House on January 16, so TAS asked the always discerning Eugene Kelly if he'd write up a list of his Five Essential Albums.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending December 7


Alt-J and Happyness cross the Atlantic for spots on this week's TAS Top 20 while Sleater-Kinney soars to the peak of the chart.

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