The Antlers: TAS In Session

The Antlers first started making real traction in 2009 when they released their third full-length album, Hospice. As the title suggests, that record dealt with some pretty weighty subject matter, but it was presented in such a moving way that it was impossible not to get swept away by it. Since then, the Brooklyn trio has continued to hone their craft of creating stirring sonic landscapes. The Antlers' latest release, Familiars, is a thoughtful and deliberately-paced collection of songs that instills calmness and warmth. Watch videos of The Antlers during their recent visit to Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, June 25, at 11a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

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.

Watch Friends Perform "My Boo" (Ghost Town DJ's Cover) At The Alternate Side

Brooklyn quintet Friends, which is headed to SXSW next month, won't release its still-untitled debut album until May, but the band dropped by The Alternate Side last week for a five-song set. They even treated us (our request) to their fantastic cover of Ghost Town DJ's 1996 hit, "My Boo," the B-side to their slinky 2011 single "I'm His Girl." The entire session with Friends will run next month on The Alternate Side and TAS on 91.5 WNYE,  but after the jump, enjoy an exclusive live TAS performance of "My Boo" from the group's dynamic set.

Women Guitarist Chris Reimer Dies At 26

Sad news. Guitarist Chris Reimer of the Calgary band Women died in his sleep on February 21 at the age of 26. Pitchfork reported Reimer's passing which was confirmed by the band's label, Jagjaguwar, this morning. Women, which released two albums, had cancelled their European tour in November 2010 citing stress after a public onstage brawl between band members. 

tUnE-yArDs Set Summer Tour Dates

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tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and bandmates have announced an additional string of summer tour dates (well, technically late spring) through North America with stops at New York's Terminal 1 on June 1.

Peter Wolf Crier: TAS In Session

One of the many hundreds of bands headed to SXSW in a few weeks is Minnesota-born band Peter Wolf Crier, which began as the duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The group's sophomore album, Garden of Arms, dropped last autumn via Jagjaguwar. Peter Wolf Crier open for Damien Jurado on the West Coast this April following their Austin stopover in March. Pisano, Moen and new member Kyle Flater visited The Alternate Side not long ago and discussed their unconventional recording techniques (and even treated us to a surprising cover of INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart"). Listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m. and streaming on The Alternate Side.

Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Santigold Among Acts Set For Governors Ball Music Festival

New York's Governors Ball Music Festival has announced a pretty stellar lineup for this summer, including Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Santigold, Built To Spill, Explosions in the Sky and Special Disco Version, featuring LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney. Tickets for the festival, which takes place June 23-24 on Randall's Island Park, go on limited pre-sale tomorrow, February 22 and general sale on Friday, February 24.

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