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.

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The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending March 4

As Cloud Nothings float to the top of the TAS Top 20, both Shearwater and The Magnetic Fields break onto the album chart with new releases.

The Shins' James Mercer: TAS In Session

For nearly five years, The Shins' return seemed unlikely. Frontman James Mercer had disbanded The Shins' lineup in 2009 and was focused on his new project with Danger Mouse, Broken Bells. But last summer, Mercer announced that The Shins would return with a new album and lineup and he has fulfilled that promise with Port of Morrow, The Shins' fourth album. Port of Morrow won't be released until March 20, but  earlier this month Mercer visited WFUV and The Alternate Side for an intimate acoustic session. Listen to that interview and live set on TAS' sister station 90.7 WFUV on Tuesday, February 28 at 9 p.m. ET and after the jump, check out exclusive live performances of "Simple Song," "Australia" and "New Slang."

Win Tix For Of Montreal And Loney Dear At Webster Hall On March 30

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The latest album from Of Montreal, Paralytic Stalks, is out now and frontman Kevin Barnes has deemed the record one of the band's most personal ... and perhaps most somber. That said, expect the flamboyantly extravagant group to put on an unforgettable show when they play Webster Hall on March 30, supported by Kishi Bashi and Sweden's quirky Loney Dear who recently did a session for The Alternate Side. And yes, TAS is giving away tickets to this terrific March gig.

Win Tickets To Lost In The Trees And Poor Moon At LPR On April 11

North Carolina band Lost in the Trees, lead by singer and songwriter Ari Picker, made an impressive debut in 2010 with an unflinching, raw and semi-autobiographical debut, All Alone In An Empty House. The group releases a second album, A Church That Fits Our Needs, on March 20 via Anti- and embarks on a North American tour to support that album in March. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Lost in the Trees' show at Le Poisson Rouge on April 11. Opening is Poor Moon, the new project from Fleet Foxes' Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott and The Christmas Cards' Ian and Peter Murray.

Ticket Giveaway For Big Deal and 2:54 At Glasslands On March 11

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Big Deal, the Anglo-American duo of Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, are headed to SXSW in a few weeks, but this intriguing pair, drawing comparisons to dreamy predecessors like Mazzy Star, will stop in New York, en route to Austin. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their Glasslands gig on March 11. Opening for Big Deal is the very promising 2:54, a UK quartet that's been enthusiastically endorsed by the xx.

Dan Mangan: TAS In Session

Vancouver folk musician Dan Mangan has steadily built a critically-acclaimed career, receiving four nominations earlier this month for the Juno Awads, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.. His highly-praised third album, Oh Fortune, was released on Arts and Crafts last autumn, produced by Colin Stewart. Mangan is presently on tour in Australia, but he will head to Austin for SXSW next month. A lengthy journey through Europe is planned for April. The busy Mangan slowed down just long enough to bring his band to the Bronx for a session with The Alternate Side and after the jump, read highlights of that interview and watch performances of four songs from Oh Fortune.

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