First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day. Listen to J Mascis' Tied to a Star streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on August 26 via Sub Pop.

Michael Kiwanuka: TAS In Session (SXSW Artist)


Michael Kiwanuka's first trip this week to SXSW in Austin marks one of the higher-profile debut appearances at the festival. The soft-spoken Londoner, who cannily channels soulful influences like Otis Redding and Bill Withers, has had a startling career trajectory over the last year, seguing swiftly from an unknown session musician to the top pick of the BBC's Sound of 2012. His debut album, Home Again, is out today, March 12, in the UK, but won't drop in the States until July 31 on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Earlier this winter, he dropped by WFUV and The Alternate Side to play a tender set of songs from Home Again. After the jump, watch Kiwanuka's live performance, read highlights of his interview and listen to the archived session.

Other Music, The New York Indie Record Shop, To Launch Its Own Label

There's not usually a lot of good news for independent record stores these days, but some fine developments for New York's Other Music which will launch its own label, an imprint of Fat Possum, this April.

Win Tickets For Foster The People And The Kooks At Rumsey Playfield On May 29


The Kooks recently wrapped a sold-out headlining North American tour, but the UK band is returning, hooking up with Los Angeles pop-rockers Foster The People for a short, two-week Stateside road trip (that should thrill a lot of teenage girls). Foster The People and The Kooks, joined by Kimbra, will be playing two shows this spring at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the bands' May 29 date. 

Ticket Giveaway For The Drums At Webster Hall On April 22

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The Drums' Jonathan Pierce recently admitted to the Daily Mail that New York was the "scariest place in the world" for him to play a show, so help alleviate the band's trepidation when they play Webster Hall on April 22. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig which includes support from fellow Smiths fans Craft Spells out of Stockton, California.

Win Tix For Young The Giant At Central Park Summerstage On July 16


Perhaps the warm March weather has us in a summery frame of mind, but The Alternate Side is already thinking ahead to outdoor venues. We're giving away tickets to see Young the Giant, whose affection for anthemic indie rock was evident on their 2010 debut, at Central Park Summerstage on July 16. The California group, whose song "Cough Syrup" was even covered in an episode of "Glee," just played Terminal 5 earlier this month and are planning the release of their sophomore album later this year.

Beach House Return With New Album, Tour Dates And A Single

Spring is right around the bend, just in time for Beach House to release their appropriately-named fourth album, Bloom, on Sub Pop this May. The duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have not only released their first single from the record, called "Myth," but have also lined up tour dates, including a stop at New York's Central Park Summerstage on July 23.

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