The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending October 26

The prolific Ty Segall and the adventurous My Brightest Diamond shine on this week's TAS Top 20.

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.

Watch White Rabbits Live, Contribute Now For Their New CD

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It was a New York lovefest when Brooklyn's White Rabbits visited The Alternate Side in the Bronx earlier this month. Even nicer, the band and its generous label, TBD Records, offered to help out TAS with our Spring Fundrive, going on now.  After the jump, check out a fiery White Rabbits performance of "Danny Come Inside" and more details on how you can get a copy of the band's new album, Milk Famous, and help out The Alternate Side at the same time.

These United States: TAS Tour Blog

These United States — which actually hail originally from two states, New York and North Carolina — are currently on tour with Trampled By Turtles and both bands land at Webster Hall tonight, April 17. The geographically-minded These United States release a fifth eponymous album on June 12 and after finishing their tour with Trampled By Turtles, they'll hit the road with Heartless Bastards in May. TAS asked These United States if they'd blog about their tour journey, well, across several states leading up to their New York show. New bassist Anna Morsett kindly obliged and recruited Lindsay Giles McWilliams to take photos.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 22

It's a study in contrasts as the Mark Lanegan Band's Blues Funeral darkly possesses the peak of the TAS Top 20 while Miike Snow debuts at the bottom of the album chart with Happy To You.

The Fling: TAS In Session

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Add The Fling to that select circle of bands — like Megafaun and Gomez —  which alternate lead singers. The Long Beach, California, retro-gazing quintet landed a record deal with Dangerbird after self-releasing their debut, When The Madhouses Appear. Last fall they released an EP, What I've Seen, on their new label. The band just toured last month with Heartless Bastards and recently paid a visit to The Alternate Side for a live session. After the jump, check out the interview and performances of songs like  "Dogpile" and the double-barrelled "Seeds/Teeth."

Win Tickets To We Were Promised Jetpacks At MHOW On May 4

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We Were Promised Jetpacks turned out another powerful set at this past weekend's Coachella festival, supporting their 2011 release, In the Pit of the Stomach. The Scottish quartet is headed east and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their May 4 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening is another UK band to watch, Breton, which dabbles in wiry dance rock, trip hop and dubstep and just released its debut album, Other People's Problems.

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