First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler's most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets. Listen to Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 29.

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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.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 26

Contemplative new albums from Sharon Van Etten and Perfume Genius step onto The Alternate Side's album chart while Tennis sails to the very top.

Win Tickets To Miike Snow At Terminal 5 On April 26


Swedish-American electro-pop trio Miike Snow are on the brink of releasing their second album Happy To You, the follow-up to its immensely successful debut, on March 27 via Downtown/Universal Republic. The band has lined up three gigs at New York's Terminal 5 this April and The Alternate Side is offering the chance to win tickets to the April 26 show.

Ticket Giveaway For Fanfarlo At Webster Hall On March 6


London pop quintet Fanfarlo releases its sophomore album, Rooms Filled With Light, on February 28 in the States via Canvasback Music. The band is offering fans a free download of its new single, "Shiny Things," remixed by Yeasayer, on its website. Fanfarlo kick off a UK tour on February 22, but will make their way to North America in early March. Win tickets to the band's stop at Webster Hall on March 6, supported by Philly's dreamy Nightlands.

Win Tickets To Why? And Danielson At Le Poisson Rouge On March 16


Freaky folk hip-hop collective Why?, led by Yoni Wolf, is looking ahead to a new release in 2012, the follow-up to 2009's Eskimo Snow (which actually pulled from the same sessions as 2008's Alopecia). Why? will be playing Le Poisson Rouge on March 16 and will be joined by Danielson, aka Daniel Christopher Smith, who is playing a set that's part of Carnegie Hall's 2012 American Mavericks series. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the early show.

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