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.

Benefit Holiday Cheer Concert For WFUV Offers Chance For A Fairway Shopping Spree

The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV is gearing up for its 7th annual benefit Holiday Cheer concert on December 5 at New York's Beacon Theatre — with Mavis Staples, The Head and the Heart and Dawes. Now, one lucky person attending the show has the chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Fairway Market. Everyone who buys a ticket to the concert is eligible for the drawing. Details after the jump.

Elbow: TAS In Session

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It took nearly two decades, but Manchester rockers Elbow have become one of the most critically praised, beloved bands in the UK.. The group, just picked to provide music for the BBC's coverage of the  2012 London Olympics, has three prestigious Mercury Prize nominations to their name, including one win in 2008 for The Seldom Seen Kid. The quintet recently visited WFUV and The Alternate Side for a very special session where they performed songs from 2011's build a rocket boys! and The Seldom Seen Kid and discussed their extraordinary, 20-year history as friends and bandmates. Listen to the session in full on TAS' sister station, 90.7 WFUV, tomorrow, November 29, at 9 p.m. ET or streaming on WFUV.

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

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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.

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