CMJ 2014 Postscript: Slowdive, Happyness, Purling Hiss, September Girls, Bo Ningen, Cymbals And More

CMJ blazed through our lives last week, bringing 1300 bands into 80 New York City venues for innumerable showcases (including FUV Live at CMJ with Horse Thief, Son Little, Elle King and Happyness). The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and Kara Manning set out to see as many bands as they could and report on the highlights of a dizzying five day marathon.

Ticket Giveaway For Dirty Projectors And Wye Oak At Celebrate Brooklyn! On July 10

Two of The Alternate Side's favorite bands, Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak (who knew that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was a fan?), play a benefit concert for Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on July 10 and we've got tickets to give away. The show also marks the release date of Dirty Projectors' new album, Swing Lo Magellan, so we suspect it will be a memorable night. Purity Ring is also on the bill. 

Ticket Giveaway For Scissor Sisters And Rye Rye At Terminal 5 On July 6

Scissor Sisters play a two-night stand at Terminal 5 this July supporting their more subdued odyssey Magic Hour, released last month. TAS is giving away tickets to see these veterans of the dance floor at Terminal 5 for the July 6 gig, a pretty fine way to let loose during a long holiday week. Opening is Baltimore rapper Rye Rye who finally released her debut Go! Pop! Bang! — overdue by three years — in May.

Win Tickets For Bowerbirds At Music Hall Of Williamsburg On June 23

North Carolina folkies Bowerbirds are making a meaningful return with their third album, The Clearing. The duo of Phil Moore and Beth Tacular endured some personal and medical travails following the release of 2009's Upper Air but persevered, releasing their graceful new record earlier this year. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Bowerbirds, joined by Basia Bulat and Midtown Dickens, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 23.

Beach House Debut New Video, Announce 'Frightened Eyes' Tour

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In addition to their previously announced summer festival stops, including Central Park Summerstage on July 23, Beach House's Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand will set out in support of their new album Bloom with the curiously-named "Frightened Eyes" tour this fall, kicking off September 13 in Richmond, Virginia. Plus, watch the duo's new video for "Lazuli."

First Listen: Hot Chip And 'In Our Heads'

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The quirky dynamic that defines Hot Chip has served the UK quintet well, but perhaps never as fully — or confidently —  as it does on the band's outstanding fifth album, In Our Heads.  The record drops June 12 on Domino Records (June 11 in the UK/EU), but preview it now courtesy of TAS sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

Grizzly Bear Is Back With Upcoming Album, New Song And Tour Dates

It's been three years since the well-received Veckatimest dominated iPods far beyond Williamsburg and now Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear is back with news of its still-untitled fourth album, due in September, a worldwide tour and an intricately arranged new single, called "Sleeping Ute." Check out the dramatic, fuzzed-out latticework of the guitar-driven track after the jump.

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