Happyness: FUV Live At CMJ 2014

Happyness, a savvy trio from London, mine the fuzzed-out, brusque beauty of '90s melodic rock. Not grunge, mind you, but the heady heights of Pavement, The Lemonheads, the Flaming Lips and Yo La Tengo, finding a very fresh spin on a familiar American imprint. Happyness will be joining Horse Thief, Son Little and Elle King for WFUV and The Alternate Side's CMJ Music Marathon showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on Tuesday, October 21, at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City from 5-9pm. The showcase, the very essence of FUV's mission of music discovery, will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, also streaming online.  In addition, a 12-inch vinyl EP, featuring one song from each band, will be recorded and pressed at Rockwood Music Hall that night and given away to FUV listeners at the event. FUV Live at CMJ is supported by Squarespace.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 29

Bear in Heaven, Spiritualized and rock's holy man Jack White make up the celestial trio debuting on this week's TAS Top 20.

Cate Le Bon: TAS In Session

While it could be said that Cate Le Bon's rich voice and unconventional phrasing recalls the Velvet Underground's Nico, the Welsh singer's pastoral folk-rock, which tilts precipitously into a punk-psychedelic realm, is unique and feral. As its title indicates, Le Bon's sophomore album, CYRK, is a gentle sort of circus with sonic high-wire feats and adventurous arrangements. Cate and her bandmates recently visited The Alternate Side and played a set of songs from CYRK. You can listen to that session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. EDT or streaming on The Alternate Side.

Win Tickets To See The Mark Lanegan Band At Webster Hall On May 10

Mark Lanegan's dust-and-grit baritone has powered the singer through various bands since the 80s: Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, the Gutter Twins and even his yin-and-yang pairing with Isobel Campbell. But Lanegan's solo career, which has paralleled his tenure in all of these groups, has claimed his most compelling, ravaged songs. His latest release, Blues Funeral, is a masterful record which has topped TAS' album charts for the past few weeks. Now, The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see the Mark Lanegan Band at Webster Hall on May 10.

Ticket Giveaway For Mogwai At Webster Hall On June 15

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Mogwai is part of on Music For Occupy, the upcoming album benefitting Occupy Wall Street due on May 15, contributing the brand new track "Earth Division." Even better, their gorgeous wall of sound returns to the New York area on June 15 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the Scottish rockers' Webster Hall show. 

Win Tix To See Bear In Heaven At Bowery Ballroom On May 8

Bear in Heaven's wryly-named second album, I Love You, It's Cool,  offers up more synth-pop escapism  from the Brooklyn band. The Alternate Side is giving fans a chance to show their love and win tix to  Bear in Heaven's show at Bowery Ballroom on May 8; opening is Portland's Blouse and Portishead pals Doldrums, out of Toronto.

Celebrate Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day marks its fifth anniversary today, April 21, and across the US, UK, Europe and Canada, thousands of independent record shops — stubborn survivors of these hard economic times —  will be marking the day with special releases from hundreds of diverse bands and artists, like the White Stripes, Beach House, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Miike Snow, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, PiL, Arctic Monkeys, Shabazz Palaces,  Sigur Rós, M83, and hell, even Katy Perry.  in New York, local stores like Other Music, Sound Fix and J&R Music World will have special events marking the day. After the jump, some links and a brief roundup.

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