The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

Win Tix To Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions At Le Poisson Rouge On July 13

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Keyboardist Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, continues his salon series at Le Poisson Rouge on July 13 with special guests to be announced. Doveman's frequently sold-out Burgundy Stain shows have included artists like David Byrne, St. Vincent's Annie Clark and Glen Hansard of The Swell Season (and Once fame), so enter to win tickets via The Alternate Side and be pleasantly surprised.

Laura Marling Confirms A Fourth Album Release For Early 2013

Singer and songwriter Laura Marling, who wraps a North American tour this weekend, has confirmed that she's finished writing songs for her fourth album, a followup to 2011's critically-acclaimed A Creature I Don't Know. Marling is recording the album with her frequent collaborator, producer Ethan Johns. The still-untitled record would be the fourth album the prolific 22-year-old singer has released in just over four years.

Win Badges To The CBGB Festival In New York, July 5-8, With Guided By Voices, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, More

There you were, thinking that the midweek July 4th holiday would strand you in a Wednesday purgatory with nothing to do but eat burnt hamburgers at someone else's lame barbecue before heading back to work the next day. Well, The Alternate Side is changing that up, giving five lucky winners the chance to win a pair of badges to go to New York's inaugural CBGB Festival from July 5-8. About 300 bands are set to play, including Guided By Voices, the Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Superchunk, War On Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Wyclef Jean, Cloud Nothings, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady and more. Enter by this Sunday, July 1 at 5 p.m.

The Raveonettes Release First Song From Upcoming Album 'Observator'

Denmark's fetching, fuzzed-out rockers The Raveonettes have revealed the first track off of their upcoming sixth album, Observator, set for release on September 11 on Vice Records. Listen to "Observations" after the jump,  now available as a download (not free) on the band's site. A slew of North American gigs is also on the horizon this fall, including a stop at New York's Webster Hall on October 5.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending July 1

The TAS Top 20 heats up with Hot Chip and Sun Kil Moon while Beach House sprawls leisurely along the shoreline of the album chart.

Lower Dens: TAS In Session

Atmospheric patterns shape Lower Dens' Nootropics, a haunting underworld of hazy psychedelic rock, Krautrock and electronic reveries. The album, out now on Ribbon Music, is just the second chapter of a four-part journey for a band that may — or may not — conclude permanently after frontwoman Jana Hunter and her bandmates release that fourth record. Hunter remained cryptic about Lower Dens' fate when the band recently visited The Alternate Side for a stirring session that will air this Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m. on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, streaming on the TAS site. Lower Dens, on a North American tour now, plays New York's Bowery Ballroom on July 19.

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