The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: TAS In Session

One of many contemporary bands that assumed the mantle of dense and beautiful shoegaze left by '90s predecessors like Ride, Cocteau Twins and Lush, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is led by singer and guitarist Kip Berman. The band's shimmering new album, Days of Abandon, marks a significant change in the group's lineup as well as their sound; under Berman's guidance, this iteration of POBPAH uses fewer electric guitars and focuses on a more acoustic approach. Watch videos of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live in Studio A playing a pair of songs from the new album, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 22

It's a study in contrasts as the Mark Lanegan Band's Blues Funeral darkly possesses the peak of the TAS Top 20 while Miike Snow debuts at the bottom of the album chart with Happy To You.

The Fling: TAS In Session

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Add The Fling to that select circle of bands — like Megafaun and Gomez —  which alternate lead singers. The Long Beach, California, retro-gazing quintet landed a record deal with Dangerbird after self-releasing their debut, When The Madhouses Appear. Last fall they released an EP, What I've Seen, on their new label. The band just toured last month with Heartless Bastards and recently paid a visit to The Alternate Side for a live session. After the jump, check out the interview and performances of songs like  "Dogpile" and the double-barrelled "Seeds/Teeth."

Win Tickets To We Were Promised Jetpacks At MHOW On May 4

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We Were Promised Jetpacks turned out another powerful set at this past weekend's Coachella festival, supporting their 2011 release, In the Pit of the Stomach. The Scottish quartet is headed east and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their May 4 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening is another UK band to watch, Breton, which dabbles in wiry dance rock, trip hop and dubstep and just released its debut album, Other People's Problems.

Win Tix To The Shins At Terminal 5 On May 1

The return of James Mercer and The Shins, after a five-year hiatus, marked a lineup shift for the band, but Mercer's thorny, pensive and keenly observed songcraft remains as interesting as ever on the band's fourth album, Port of Morrow. The Shins play the cavernous Terminal 5 on May 1, the third of three shows with exceptional support bands; this night, local favorites Real Estate will open. And yes, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to some lucky fans.

Win Tix To See Firehorse At Brooklyn's Knitting Factory On April 25

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Firehorse, the latest project of New York singer and songwriter Leah Siegel, was featured as a TAS in Session last week. Curious to see the band in person?  We're giving listeners the chance to see Firehorse play Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on April 25, a show that will also feature Kodacrome, Mieka Pauley and Sami.The.Great.

Firehorse: TAS In Session

While Leah Siegel's day job might be as a singer for jingles and commercials, she's nurtured a solo career over the last decade. In her latest guise, leading the band Firehorse, Siegel has given herself a fresh artistic start and a new album, And So They Ran Faster. Listen to The Alternate Side's session with Firehorse on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. EDT and streaming on the TAS audio player and check out interview highlights and videos from that session after the jump. Firehorse also play Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on April 25.

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