FUV And The Alternate Side's Spring Member Drive Is Underway

WFUV and The Alternate Side's spring member drive is underway! Please support the public radio you love. Contribute any amount from April 23-30 and not only are you a supporter of The Alternate Side, but you're automatically eligible to win a trip to Reykjavíc, Iceland for the Iceland Airwaves festival this fall. Contribute $30 and we'll send you Live From The Alternate Side Volume 2, our homegrown CD with exclusive live songs, all recorded in Studio A. For $50 you'll receive The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do To The Beast, while supplies last, and a TAS t-shirt. If you prefer, you can also choose FUV thank you gifts at different levels beginning at $60.  You can contribute online or call 877-938-8907 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

Bon Iver, Radiohead, Foster The People, The Black Keys Among Grammy Nominees

The moment that Lady Gaga, wearing a garbage can lid and shellacked like an escapee from a Día de los Muertos parade, kicked off the "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" this evening, November 30, on CBS, you sensed that the parade of mainstream's usual suspects would prevail. Happily, despite expected nods for Top 40 queen bees Katy Perry and Rihanna and the frustrating dependence on 2010 releases (Mumford & Sons again?), nominations for Bon Iver, Radiohead and My Morning Jacket also nudged their way into the madding crowd. The 54th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 12 in Los Angeles.

Fool's Gold: TAS In Session

Throw together a mélange of Afrobeat, Congolese grooves and even a slice of Smiths-style pop and you'd have a vague idea of the sparkling sound of L.A. rockers Fool's Gold, who released their accomplished sophomore album Leave No Trace earlier this year. Taking a left turn from Luke Top's Hebrew-sung vocals of their debut, opting for English lyrics this time, Fool's Gold have also trimmed themselves down to a tight quintet. The band recently came by The Alternate Side's Studio A to play a shimmering four-song set. You can hear the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, December 2, at 11 a.m. or streaming on The Alternate Side.

Josh Ritter Joins WFUV's Holiday Cheer As A Special Guest

Folk rocker Josh Ritter has been tapped to be a special guest at WFUV's Holiday Cheer benefit at the Beacon Theatre next Monday, December 5. He'll be playing an abbreviated set alongside the previously announced lineup of Mavis Stapes, The Head and the Heart and Dawes (who just made Paste magazine's list of the 50 Best albums of 2011, landing at an impressive #8 for Nothing Is Wrong). All Holiday Cheer ticket holders are eligible to win a $500 Fairway shopping spree.

Sharon Van Etten Tramps Into View With 'Serpents' Download, Album Art

Brooklyn's own Sharon Van Etten, who opens for The National on December 13 at the Beacon Theatre, doesn't release her new album Tramp until February, but she's teasing fans with a free download of "Serpents" from the upcoming release, courtesy of her label Jagjaguwar. After the jump, a link to the download plus album art.

Real Estate Plots North American Tour For 2012

Real Estate have announced a fresh slew of North American and Australian tour dates, including a previously-announced stop at New York's Terminal 5 on January 14, opening for Girls.

The TAS Top 20 for The Week Ending December 4

Class Actress and Crooked Fingers break into the TAS Top 20 while M83 slows down and holds onto the very peak of the album chart for another week.

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