Warpaint: TAS In Session

The second weekend of Coachella is upon us and Warpaint is on the bill. We've been caught in "The Undertow" of this L.A.-based band since 2010, when Warpaint released their excellent debut,The Fool. There is now a new, self-titled release which expands upon their atmospheric vibe. Although the band incorporated other sonic textures and a more meticulous approach to arrangment, Warpaint still maintains that same spooky vibe that filtered through their earlier work. Watch videos of Warpaint  performing in Studio A and listen to an interview with the band in the FUV Vault


Ticket Giveaway For The National With Wye Oak At Beacon Theatre On December 15

The National take over the Beacon Theatre in December for a splashy one-week stand —  with a little help from their musician friends. This week, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see the ambitious New York band's December 15 gig with support from TAS faves Wye Oak, the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, whose 2011 album, Civilian, is definitely one of the best of the year. 

Win Tickets For The War On Drugs At Bowery Ballroom On December 11

Philly rockers The War On Drugs, who released the excellent Slave Ambient earlier this year on Secretly Canadian, will be opening for The National on December 12, but they've also lined up their own gig the night before, part of their current tour. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to The War On Drugs' stop at Bowery Ballroom on December 11. The band is also looking ahead to an early spring 2012 road trip with Sharon Van Etten.

Win Tickets For Young Buffalo At Mercury Lounge On December 2


Mississippi band Young Buffalo have eclectic tastes that run the gamut from Afrobeat to Broken Social Scene (they're giving away a free download of their cover of BSS' "Anthems For A 17-Yr-Old Girl" on their site). They've already stirred up attention thanks to just one EP, Young Von Prettylips, and support gigs with Arctic Monkeys and Wu Lyf. Young Buffalo launch a U.S. tour this week and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their Mercury Lounge show on Friday, December 2. The deadline for entering this giveaway is December 1. 

The Roots, Jimmy Fallon And NBC Issue Apologies to GOP Candidate Michele Bachmann

The Roots, Jimmy Fallon and NBC brass apologized late Wednesday night to GOP candidate Michele Bachmann following the kerfuffle over the song The Roots chose to play when Bachmann appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night.  The Roots, who have been "severely reprimanded" for the incident, perhaps not-too-slyly used the 1985 Fishbone song "Lyin' A** B****" to underscore the Republican congresswoman's interview with Fallon.

TAS In Session (Video): AM & Shawn Lee

Electro-popsters AM & Shawn Lee released their debut album Celestial Electric earlier this year,  a bold, retro-gazing splash of psychedelic soul. The quartet, who've already earned celebrity love (actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a fan), just dropped a new remix EP, featuring knob twiddling from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Brooklyn's Captain Planet. AM & Shawn Lee recently visited The Alternate Side for a low-key, laidback session and after the jump, watch videos of live performances of tracks like "Sombody Like You" and "City Boy."

Laura Marling Returns For A North American Tour In December

Laura Marling, who toured the States earlier this fall with her band and embarked on a tour of cathedrals in the UK, will return to North America this December for a short solo tour of just six dates, including a stop at New York's The McKittrick Hotel on December 11 for two shows in one day.

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