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.

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.

Listen To Metric's 'Synthetica' Streaming

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Metric's much teased release of its fifth album Synthetica happens on June 12, but the curious can stream the album now courtesy of the band via Soundcloud. In addition, the quartet wlll also offer shows exclusive to Metric fans in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco later this month.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending June 10

Vancouver's Japandroids and Britain's sister duo 2:54 make TAS Top 20 debuts while the West Coast rules with Silversun Pickups at the peak of this week's album chart.

Zeus: TAS In Session

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The journey of Toronto retro-gazing rockers Zeus nearly befits their mighty name. Like one of their inspirations, The Band, the members of Zeus began life as a backing band for singer Jason Collett before venturing out on their own with their debut album, 2010's Say Us. The band's second album, Busting Visions, is out now on Arts & Crafts and the quartet recently visited The Alternate Side and talked about the evolution of the new record. Listen to the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m. EDT (streaming on the site). After the jump, read the interview highlights and listen to Zeus performing songs like "Anything You Want Dear" and "Are You Gonna Waste My Time."

The Walkmen Add More Tour Dates

The Walkmen, who released Heaven last week on Fat Possum (the UK/EU release is today), have added more tour dates, in addition to their opening slot with Florence and the Machine and assorted festival appearances. Although they've already sold out a celebratory record release show at Bowery Ballroom this Wednesday, June 6, the Walkmen will also play Terminal 5 on October 18. 

Win Tix To Foster The People And Tokyo Police Club At Rumsey Playfield On June 11

Foster the People might be from Los Angeles, but the pumped-up trio has been spending a lot of time in New York's Central Park. Just last month they played with The Kooks and Kimbra at Rumsey Playfield and now they're back for a June 11 Summerstage show with Tokyo Police Club and Kimbra. It's an extended "farewell" in support of the band's debut Torches — Foster the People are looking ahead to their next album —  and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the sold-out gig.

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