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.

The TAS Staff Picks Our Top Albums And Singles Of 2012 ... So Far

The first half of 2012 has already come and gone. The Alternate Side staff, looking at the scores of WAV files, MP3s, CDs and even vinyl singles we've trundled through over the past six months, is slightly overwhelmed by the abundance of good music, so we've made some midpoint selections for our top 10 (or 11) albums and tracks of the year thus far. We have the freedom to change our minds completely by December, but in the meantime, bands and artists like Japandroids, Jack White, Hot Chip, The Walkmen, 2:54, Zeus, Public Service Broadcasting, Father John Misty, Cold Specks, Alt-J, Bobby Womack and Damon Albarn have made the cut. Read the lists after the jump.

TAS Interview: Brian Borcherdt Discusses Dusted And The Future of Holy F***

Never one to stand by idly, Brian Borcherdt has long split duties between his ambiently aggressive band Holy F*** and outside or solo projects. His latest endeavor is the lovely, lo-fi Dusted, a collaboration with producer  and drummer Leon Taheny. The duo's debut album, Total Dust, was released this week on Polyvinyl/Hand Drawn Dracula and Borcherdt and Taheny play Manhattan's Cake Shop tomorrow, July 12, and Brooklyn's Glasslands on July 15. The Alternate Side caught up with the traveling Borcherdt and he not only discussed Dusted, but the immediate — and rosy  —  future of Holy F***.

Watch Purity Ring's New Video For 'Fineshrine'

The deceptively upbeat debut from Purity Ring, Shrines, comes out on July 24 on 4AD (July 23 in the UK) and the Canadian duo has released their first video supporting it, a dreamily creepy, dripping-wet clip for "Fineshrine."  Purity Ring, touring this summer with Dirty Projectors, will also mark its official release day with a special "immersive in-the-round" gig at New York's Le Poisson Rouge. Check out the video too.

Win Special Ticket Package To 70th Birthday Tribute To Curtis Mayfield At Lincoln Center On July 20

It has been 13 years since the great Curtis Mayfield, one of the world's most influential artists in soul, rock, funk and R&B, passed away, nearly a decade after a tragic 1990 accident left him paralyzed. Poignantly, Mayfield would have marked his 70th birthday this year and that celebratory occasion will be marked by an all-star concert, "Here But I'm Gone: A 70th Birthday Tribute To Curtis Mayfield," on July 20 at Avery Fisher Hall, part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Special guests include The Roots, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Aloe Blacc, Sinéad O'Connor, Mavis Staples, Bilal and Mayfield's former band The Impressions. The Alternate Side is giving one lucky winner a four-ticket package to attend the concert; enter by Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Listen To Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Streaming Now, Released Digitally Today

Frank Ocean's much-discussed new album Channel Ocean was released digitally today on iTunes, a week prior to its official July 17 release, and the entire record is streaming now on Ocean's own Tumblr. Ocean, who made headlines last week after a personal revelation, also performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" with the Roots. Watch the performance clip of "Bad Religion" after the jump.

Frightened Rabbit Return With Autumn Tour Of North America, New EP And Album Ahead

A fourth album is in the works for Frightened Rabbit, due out in early 2013, and the band has announced a North American tour this October. The 13-city trek follows on the heels of the band's upcoming, still-untitled EP, set for release on September 25th and marking the Scottish group's first for major label Canvasback/Atlantic. Frightened Rabbit's tour includes a date at New York's Bowery Ballroom on October 8.

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