First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

A prolific, wide-ranging singer-songwriter crafts an intimate memorial to his late mother, who died three years ago. Listen to Sufjan Steven's Carrie & Lowell streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on March 31.

Listen: Flying Lotus' 'See Thru To U' With Erykah Badu

Flying Lotus' second album Until The Quiet Comes, which features collaborations with Thom Yorke and Laura Darlington, won't be released until October 2 in the States (October 1 in the UK/EU), but the experimental Los Angeles-based producer has released a teaser track from the record, "See Thru To U," featuring Erykah Badu. 

Free Pussy Riot Reading In NYC Tonight, As Verdict Approaches On August 17

The trial of Russia's Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after lip-synching to a punk song in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox church for just 40 seconds, has sparked global concern over artistic free speech and the trio's fate. A free event in support of the three incarcerated women on the eve of their August 17 verdict  — a verbatim reading of their statements in court —  will take place tonight, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. Participants include actress Chloe Sevigny, Le Tigre's Johanna Fateman, poet Eileen Myles and performance artist Karen Finley. The reading will be livestreamed as well.

Calling All Artists: Design The Cover For FUV Live 15


Are you an artist who dreams of being the designer of a great album cover like Peter Saville (of New Order and Joy Division fame) or Stanley Donwood (all of Radiohead's albums)? WFUV's latest collection of in-studio performances, FUV Live 15, is in the works with a remarkable list of potential artists lined up that includes Feist, Alabama Shakes, Blitzen Trapper and more. If you submit the winning cover, you could take home $500, a bunch of FUV swag, your credit on the finished CD, the eternal gratitude of the FUV staff, and the admiration of your fellow FUV listeners. More details after the jump; the deadline is August 24.

Watch Poliça's New Video For 'Dark Star'

Poliça kicked off a tour of the States this past weekend, a cross-country amble (that includes one Canadian date in Vancouver) that brings the band to New York's Webster Hall on October 6. To mark the tour's start, the re-release of  the group's debut Give You The Ghost via Mom + Pop Records and the release of a "Dark Star" remix EP, Channy Leaneaugh and her cohorts have released a new video for "Dark Star." Watch the video, which features Leaneaugh slinking around in a hoodie and looking suitably mysterious, here.

First Listen: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's 'Mature Themes'

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti returns with a second album, Mature Themes, on August 21 via 4AD. It's a record that Steve Thompson of NPR Music calls an "alternately strange and sweet surprise." Listen to the album streaming now, courtesy of TAS sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending August 19

Grizzly Bear roars and The xx whispers onto the TAS Top 20 while Alt-J continues to be awesome at Number 1 on the album chart.

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