The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending October 5

TAS favorites Stars and Ariel Pink return to the Top 20 chart with Banks threading her way to No. 1.

Yellow Ostrich: TAS In Session

An evolution from laptop-in-bedroom dabbling to full-fledged, fast-rising band seems to be the biographical trajectory of every other fledgling group these days, but for Yellow Ostrich frontman Alex Schaaf, the transition from solo act to trio appeared to be an effortless one. Yellow Ostrich's sophomore release, Strange Land, is a confident leap from loops to an aggressive live sound. The band embarks on a tour on April 7 — they play New York's Mercury Lounge on April 8 with TEEN — and Schaaf, Tapper and Natchez recently came in for a iive session which airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, April 6, at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on The Alternate Side.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 8

While Lost in the Trees find their way onto the TAS album chart, The Shins drop anchor at the top spot with Port of Morrow.

Dry The River: TAS In Session

Although the genesis of British band Dry the River was rooted in Americana, folk and gospel, there's a muscular, harder-rocking edge that also defines the quintet. That heavier alter ego shows up frequently on Dry the River's confident debut, Shallow Bed, out now in the UK and set for release on April 17 in the States on RCA Records. The band, wrapping its Stateside tour this month, recently played a session for WFUV and The Alternate Side which you can hear now in WFUV's archives. After the jump, check out a live video of Dry the River's  "New Ceremony" and an audio stream of "Bible Belt."

Dirty Projectors Return With Sixth Album This July

Veering away from some of the territory tread on their previous albums, Dirty Projectors' frontman David Longstreth will focus on "an album of songwriting" for the band's sixth release, Swing Lo Magellan, due out on July 10 (July 9 in UK/EU) on Domino Records.

Ticket Giveaway For The Shins At Terminal 5 On April 30

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The return of James Mercer and The Shins, after a five-year hiatus, marked a lineup shift for the band, but Mercer's thorny, pensive and keenly observed songcraft remains as interesting as ever on the band's fourth album, Port of Morrow. The Shins play the cavernous Terminal 5 on April 30 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the show.

Win Tix To School Of Seven Bells At Le Poisson Rouge On May 5

School of Seven Bells is just the duo of Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza now, after Deheza's twin sister Claudia quit in 2010 for rather cryptic reasons. Despite the split, SVIIB's layered, luminous dream-pop remains as powerful on the band's third album, Ghostory which was released in February. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see the New York based band, joined by Exitmusic, at Le Poisson Rouge on May 5.

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