CMJ 2014 Postscript: Slowdive, Happyness, Purling Hiss, September Girls, Bo Ningen, Cymbals And More

CMJ blazed through our lives last week, bringing 1300 bands into 80 New York City venues for innumerable showcases (including FUV Live at CMJ with Horse Thief, Son Little, Elle King and Happyness). The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and Kara Manning set out to see as many bands as they could and report on the highlights of a dizzying five day marathon.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending May 6

After a five-year gap, Chromatics finally return with Kill For Love and take on the TAS top 20 while Santigold remains queen of the album chart for a second week.

Doomtree: TAS In Session

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The Twin Cities hip hop scene has local luminaries like Atmosphere and Har Mar Superstar, but the rap collective Doomtree claims a strong mix of that region's most notable MCs and producers. The six-man, one-woman crew released its second "official" album, No Kings, last fall, which they call their first truly collaborative effort. Recently the septet, which kicks off a UK/European tour this week, visited Studio A for a terrific, fun session that airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and streams on the TAS site this Friday, May 4 at 11 a.m. EDT. After the jump, check out exclusive videos of Doomtree's performance and interview highlights.

My Morning Jacket Announce More Summer Tour Dates, Brooklyn Stop In August

In addition to a batch of festivals beginning this month, My Morning Jacket will extend their tour into August. They'll bring along Band of Horses for most dates and Shabazz Palaces, Trampled by Turtles and Trombone Shorty for other selected dates, including a stop at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park (with Shabazz Palaces) on August 19. Tickets go on sale for the shows, many of them benefitting charities, for fanclub members on Wednesday with sales for the general public beginning this weekend. The band is also giving away a free MP3 of "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)" featuring Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell.

Win Tix For Foster The People, The Kooks And Kimbra on May 30, Rumsey Playfield

Well here's a trinity of three popular and edgier "mainstream" acts heading to New York next month: Foster the People, The Kooks and Gotye's pal Kimbra. They'll all be playing a sold-out show at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on May 30. And does The Alternate Side love you? Yes we do. That's why we're giving you the chance to win tickets (and bragging rights) to the show.

Win Tix To Chairlift At Webster Hall On May 8

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After a lineup change and a delay, Chairlift finally released its second album Something at the start of 2012, accompanied by critical kudos.  The duo of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly (and their bandmates) have a hometown gig right around the bend, May 8, at Webster Hall and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig. Opening is Laurel Halo and the Ice Choir, the side project of the Pains of Being Pure At Heart's Kurt Feldman.

Win Bear In Heaven Tickets For MHOW On May 9

Bear in Heaven's second album, I Love You, It's Cool, offers more synth-pop escapism from the Brooklyn band. The Alternate Side is giving fans the chance to show their love and win tickets to Bear in Heaven's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 9; opening is Portland's Blouse and Portishead pals Doldrums, out of Toronto.

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