The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

Win Tickets To The Cribs And Devin At Irving Plaza On June 6

Although Johnny Marr has departed, the Cribs have bounced back with a stocky, ambitious new album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull. The boys return to the States this spring and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the trio's June 6 gig at Irving Plaza. Opening is New York's Devin who possesses a garage punk swagger descended from Johnny Thunders, Joey Ramone and Iggy Pop.

Ticket Giveaway For Scala & Kolacny Brothers At Gramercy Theatre On June 15

Fans of Scala & Kolacny Brothers — the all-female Belgian choir led by Stijn and Steven Kolacny — will be pleased to know that the cover-happy collective will be back in New York at Gramercy Theatre on June 15 and TAS is giving away tickets. The group's version of Radiohead's "Creep" became an unlikely hit, but they've also interpreted songs by Peter Gabriel and Coldplay, which Scala & Kolacny Brothers performed when they did a session last year for WFUV and The Alternate Side.

First Listen: The Walkmen's 'Heaven'

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The long holiday weekend ahead offers plenty of time to catch up on previews of new albums set for release on May 29. One of those gems is the latest album from The Walkmen, Heaven, out next Tuesday on Fat Possum. Preview the album now via TAS sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

The Flaming Lips Determined To Break Jay-Z's Guinness World Record

Those kooky rock 'n' roll kids. First Jack White pokes fun at the Guinness World Record folks with a mostly-in-jest attempt to jam as many metaphors as he can into a single concert and now the Flaming Lips have declared their intention to take down Jay-Z's 2006 Guinness world record of playing the most live gigs in 24 hours in multiple cities. They'll even stream it all live on June 27.

Watch: Poliça Live At TAS And WFUV Performing 'Lay Your Cards Out'

Poliça, fronted by the beguiling Channy Leaneagh (and featuring Gayngs gang leader and producer Ryan Olson on its debut album, Give You The Ghost), came by The Alternate Side and WFUV's Studio A last week for a vibrant live session. We'll post the session in its entirety in the not-too-distant future, but check out a video of the band playing "Lay Your Cards Out" from Give You The Ghost, out now on Totally Gross National Product. Poliça play the Sasquatch! Music Festival this Friday, May 25.

Yeasayer Get Fragrant For New Album This August

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Working the old-fashioned way, via snail mail, Yeasayer sent out CDs (and offered up a free download) of a new single called "Henrietta" to fans last week amid strong indications that a new album was on the way. Now it's official. Yeasayer will release Fragrant World this August via Secretly Canadian. Check out the 11-song tracklisting after the jump.

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