FUV At The Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival is next weekend, and FUV is once again headed to Fort Adams State Park with NPR Music to bring you some of the sights and sounds. Our coverage kicks off next Friday, with the opening night performance by Ryan Adams. Although the prolific songwriter has a deep catalog to draw from, we're likely in for a lot of new material as Ryan is set to release a self-titled album on September 9th. Listen in and find out, Friday at 6pm on 90.7FM or online. Then all weekend long, FUV will be at Newport's main Fort Stage, recording performances and posting them to the FUV Vault.


Win Tix To Trampled By Turtles At Webster Hall On April 17

Minnesota's Trampled by Turtles might have an awkward moniker, but they're known for their very good live shows. The band, which releases their new album Stars and Satellites on April 10 via Thirty Tigers/RED, are booked into Webster Hall on April 17, with support from These United States, and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig.

Django Django: SXSW 2012 Interview With David Maclean

Claiming one of the best-reviewed debut albums of this still-young year, Edinburgh's Django Django dived headlong into their first trip to SXSW, consummating a journey that began back in 2008 when the quartet first formed. They've been often compared to The Beta Band and for a pretty good reason; Django Django's drummer, producer and singer David Maclean happens to be the brother of The Beta Band's keyboard player John Maclean. The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali met up with David MacLean at the Hotel San Jose and learned about all of those Django Django rumors that are simply not true.

Jonquil: SXSW 2012 Blog

British indie-popsters Jonquil arrived in Austin from the slightly more tranquil environs of Oxford for a dual purpose; not only has the band just released a new album, Point of Go, on Dovecote Records, but frontman Hugo Manuel also has his own excellent solo endeavor, Chad Valley. Gigs galore ensued in Austin, but Jonquil will also stick around Stateside for a while; the band kicks off a US tour tomorrow, March 19, in Atlanta,  heading to Brooklyn's Glasslands for an April 2 show. The Alternate Side asked Jonquil if they'd blog about their SXSW experience for us and bassist/trumpeter Sam Scott sent on some carb-fueled observations (and a cry for decent brioche).

Bishop Morocco: SXSW 2012 Blog

Toronto's Bishop Morocco, founded by James Sayce and and Jake Fairley, signed with Arts & Crafts this winter and last week, just in time for SXSW, released a six-track EP, Old Boys. The band has added on guitarist Ian Worang and drummer Jon McCann and had a productive week of showcases in Austin, including the Arts & Crafts gig on Friday. The Alternate Side asked James Sayce if he'd keep a blog for us ... which included a lot of beer and breakfast.

Hold On! It's Alabama Shakes Live From SXSW 2012

Long hyped as one of the major breakout bands of SXSW 2012, Alabama Shakes have proved their mettle at showcase after showcase in Austin this week. On Friday at the Hotel San Jose, WFUV and The Alternate Side shot exclusive video of their performance of "Hold On," from their debut album Boys & Girls, due out on April 10 on ATO Records in the States and April 9 globally via Rough Trade. After the jump, check out video of their gutsy performance, led by the mighty, ferocious vocals of Brittany Howard.

Watch: Shearwater Playing "Insolence" At WFUV's SXSW 2012 Showcase

Shearwater, on a bill with the Punch Brothers and Gary Clark Jr., brought a majestic intensity to WFUV's second SXSW showcase on Friday afternoon at the Austin Convention Center. The band, fronted by Jonathan Meiburg, released their eighth album, Animal Joy, last month on Sub Pop, and explored much of that album during their performance. After the jump, check out video of the 7-minute-plus "Insolence" which closed their set with a blaze of howling, pro-rocking intensity.

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