First Listen: The Wytches, 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The British band borrows from the best to contextualize a sound that's at once heavy, sinister, tuneful and theatrical, piling on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth. Listen to The Wytches' Annabel Dream Reader streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on August 26 on Partisan Records.

Exitmusic: SXSW 2012 Blog

New York's own Exitmusic, the beguiling duo of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, finally release their beautifully temperamental debut album, Passage, on May 22 via Secretly Canadian. The Alternate Side asked Palladino, who also stars on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," if she'd keep a blog for us detailing some of Exitmusic's Austin discoveries. Check out the blog, Palladino's photos and the track "Passage," from their soon-to-be-released album, after the jump.

SXSW 2012: A Guide For First-Time Visitors To Austin's Music Madness

The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali is a veteran of several SXSW music festivals, but for first-time visitors, the overcrowded experience of badges, barbecues and which cool bands to catch can be a little daunting. On a stroll down Austin's busy 6th Street, Alisa offers a beginner's guide to one of the world's most esteemed — and beer-and-burrito-fueled — music festivals.

Live Video from SXSW 2012


Live video of shows and the Bruce Springsteen keynote from SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas.

TAS And WFUV SXSW 2012 Coverage Includes Live Broadcasts, Springsteen And Much More

Both WFUV and The Alternate Side will be in Austin this week for the SXSW music festival, the annual aggregation of emerging and established bands and the music industry. We want to bring our listeners down to Texas for the gigs, the barbecues and 6th Street mayhem. Beginning Thursday, March 15 and continuing through Sunday, March 18, TAS and WFUV will be broadcasting and streaming live performances from Alabama Shakes, Shearwater, Sharon Van Etten, Magnetic Fields, Andrew Bird and many more. Plus, look for special band blogs, video streams from NPR Music and on-site interviews on both the TAS and WFUV websites. After the jump, more on our SXSW set schedule, including WFUV's very own showcase.

Miike Snow Announce Surprise Show In Brooklyn On March 20

Straight from SXSW, Miike Snow will head to New York to play a surprise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg next Tuesday, March 20. The trio, who just released their second album, Happy to You, on iTunes, will give ticket holders for their April shows at Terminal 5 first crack at 400 tickets tomorrow, March 15, at 9 a.m. EDT with 100 more tickets available to the general public as of noon.

Listen: Jack White's "Sixteen Saltines"

The SXSW-bound Jack White, who debuted his new song "Sixteen Saltines" live during the Lindsay Lohan-hosted "Saturday Night Live" of March 3, is now streaming the studio version of that song on his website in advance of the release of his solo album, Blunderbuss, due out on April 24 on Third Man Records/Columbia. The single of "Sixteen Saltines," backed with the non-album track (and U2 cover) "Love Is Blindness," is available on March 20.

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