Christopher Owens: TAS In Session

We first became aware of the talents of Christopher Owens a few years ago through his band Girls. Their full-length debut was simply titled Album and the dreamy songs on it recalled warm and hazy California pop. Girls went on to release one more full-length album and an EP before breaking up in 2012. Without wasting much time at all, Owens got straight to work and released his solo debut, Lysandre, a year later. Incredibly, he has already made his second solo album, A New Testament. Watch Christopher Owens performing live in Studio A and listen to his session via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 6, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

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.

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.

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