First Listen: Of Montreal, 'Aureate Gloom'

New ideas permeate the band's 13th album, on which every song finds a way to surprise. Mastermind Kevin Barnes mixes a love of rock, funk and disco with unexpected ways to expand the brain. Listen to Of Montreal's Aureate Gloom streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on March 3.

Spanish Prisoners: TAS In Session

Not quite straight out of Brooklyn (but by way of Columbus, Ohio too), Spanish Prisoners released its sophomore album, Gold Fools, last fall, debuting the band's current lineup. Determined to tour the States and play SXSW earlier this year, they raised the funds needed to buy a van that they nicknamed "Steve." Spanish Prisoners  just released a mixtape called Prior Art and visited the TAS studios not long ago for a session (driving "Steve" to the Bronx). They not only played tracks from Gold Fools, but debuted a brand new song, tentatively titled "My Good Friends."  Watch the performance and listen to the session when it airs this Friday, July 20 on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on the TAS site too.

First Listen: Passion Pit's 'Gossamer'

Gossamer is a perfect title for Passion Pit's new record. The long-awaited follow-up to its breakthrough album, 2009's Manners, finds the band spinning shimmering silk from many intricately layered threads: airy synths, warm bass, crisp snares, crashing cymbals, singer Michael Angelakos' expressive falsetto. Each song positively glows. Listen to the album streaming via WFUV and NPR Music now. (Ed.Note: Passion Pit have just cancelled all of its July dates, including its stop at New York's Apollo Theater on July 23; update after the jump).

Win Tickets For Bloc Party And The Drums At Terminal 5 On August 8

The speculation over the demise of Bloc Party last year was, well, totally wrong. The British rockers, leaning ever more in a dance direction, return on August 21 after a four-year hiatus with Four, via new label, Frenchkiss. The band has managed to swiftly sell out its three-night stand next month with new labelmates The Drums, but The Alternate Side is giving fans the chance to win a pair of tickets for the August 8 show. How can you resist, especialy after Bloc Party's Kele Okereke was just voted the sexiest man in indie rock by Nerve.com?

Ticket Giveaway For Marina & The Diamonds At Webster Hall On August 18

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A dynamic presence onstage, Welsh singer Marina Diamandis of Marina & The Diamonds has shouldered her share of comparisons to Florence Welch and Anna Calvi. But a ferocious new album, Electra Heart, has garnered her good reviews and more mainstream notice; she's been topping the album charts in the UK and Ireland. Marina & The Diamonds is touring the States and has sold out an August 18 gig at Webster Hall, but The Alternate Side has managed to score some tickets to give away.

Win Tickets For Real Estate At Webster Hall On August 11

Real Estate has had a busy year that has included sets at Coachella, Primavera Sound and this past weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival. The guys will close out their summer in August with four headlning gigs on the East coast, supporting their handsome 2011 album Days. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the New Jersey band's New York show at Webster Hall on August 11 with lo-fi cult hero R. Stevie Moore and ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark.

ATP Festival Curated By Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli Moves To Manhattan This September

Asbury Park's loss is Manhattan's win. This fall's ATP "I'll Be Your Mirror" Festival, curated by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, will move to New York City's Pier 36 following "unavoidable logistical concerns" and lack of fan accomodations that plagued the New Jersey location. Bands slated for the September 21-23 festival include Afghan Whigs, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Roots, the Mark Lanegan Band, the Antlers and Philip Glass with Tyondai Braxton. Tickets are on sale now.

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