OK Go Ticket Giveaway: Le Poisson Rouge On September 18

Although OK Go might be famous for their impressive, innovative, Rube Goldberg-inspired videos, the Los Angeles-based band tours as well and it's no optical illusion.  Supporting their new single "The Writing's On the Wall," and their forthcoming album, Hungry Ghosts, out on October 17, OK Go are on tour this summer and will be at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on September 18. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets; enter by this Sunday, September 7, at 5p.m. EDT.

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Win Tix To Chilly Gonzales At Le Poisson Rouge On April 21

Chilly Gonzales, aka Gonzales or Jason Charles Beck, has had a notable solo career, but has also built a formidable reputation as a producer. He has guided both Feist and Peaches in the studio, recently working on Feist's Metals.. He's a flamboyant showman in concert, adeptly mixing banter with piano, and he's currently supporting his most recent album, The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, on tour. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Gonazales' gig at Le Poisson Rouge on April 21.

SXSW 2012: The Alternate Side Wrap

Check out The Alternate Side's coverage of SXSW 2012 featuring exclusive interviews with Built to Spill, Yukon Blonde, Django Django, Sharon Van Etten and Poliça. Plus TAS in Session with Michael Kiwanuka and Friends, who visited the TAS and WFUV studios prior to their Texas travels. We also have Austin-brewed band blogs courtesy of Spanish Prisoners, Exitmusic, AU, Jonquil, Bishop Morocco, Zeus and Sleepy Sun.  And finally, live performances from Alabama Shakes and Shearwater, thanks to our sister station WFUV.

Built To Spill: SXSW 2012 Interview With Doug Martsch

Yes, Built to Spill, as their one-sentence SXSW bio stated, is still a band. The Idaho quartet, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, helped arrange a SXSW showcase on March 14 for fellow Boise bands and also played a few more gigs in Austin, including South By San Jose at the Hotel San Jose on March 17. Right before the band's Saturday night set, The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali caught up with singer and guitarist Doug Martsch who revealed recording plans for the next Built to Spill album, possibly due out by the spring of 2013, and a not-so-secret fondness for felines. Built to Spill play New York's Governors Ball Music Festival on June 24.

Sleepy Sun: SXSW 2012 Blog

The visceral, stormy psychedelic rock of Sleepy Sun was very much a part of SXSW this year; the San Francisco band had five gigs in three days. Sleepy Sun is on the brink of releasing a powerful new album, Spine Hits, due out on April 10 on The End Records, and they're in the thick of a long tour which takes them in New York on April 9 (Glasslands Gallery) and April 10 (Mercury Lounge). We asked bassist Jack Allen if he'd blog about the good, bad and ugly of this year's SXSW and he turned us on to mind-and-hair blowing bands (Howlin' Rain), cool Austin bars (Blackheart) and, most tauntingly, amazing avocado tacos.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending March 25

Brooklyn's own Tanlines and a new lineup of The Shins break into the TAS Top 20 while The Magnetic Fields keep Sleigh Bells at bay to retain their number 1 position.

Friends: TAS In Session (SXSW 2012)

Along with other generically-named bands, like Real Estate and Girls, Brooklyn's Friends play hard-to-get when it comes to Google searches, but this quintet of longtime friends has generated a lot of interest despite their nascent, two-single career thus far.  They launch a tour with Metronomy this month, playing two dates at New York's Irving Plaza on March 29-30. Friends' still-untitled debut album doesn't drop until May, but the band, which just played SXSW, recently visited The Alternate Side for a terrific five-song session, airing Friday, March 23, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET and streaming on The Alternate Side. After the jump, check out videos of that set and highlights of the interview.

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