Banks Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On September 30

Goddess, the sultry debut album of Jillian Banks, who goes merely by Banks, is chock full of cooler-than-cool producers like Sohn, Tim Anderson and Shlohmo, adding texture, beats and basslines to her songs of romantic woe. Banks has sold out her Terminal 5 show on September 30—which features support from one of the producers on Goddess, Lil Silva, and Aussie trio Movement—but The Alternate Side has set aside some tickets. Fill out the entry form for a chance to win by this Sunday, September 21, at 5p.m. EDT.

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Win Tix To L'Arc-en-Ciel At Madison Square Garden On March 25

Although L'Arc-en-Ciel ride under the radar in the States, the goth-kissed Japanese rockers, known for their kinetic live shows, are superstars across the Pacific and they marked their 20th anniversary last year. Their career is certainly impressive; the band has sold out stadiums, racked up sales of over 40 million albums worldwide and recently released its 12th album, Butterfly. L'Arc-en-Ciel are coming to New York for their very first Stateside show and will headline Madison Square Garden on March 25, the first Japanese rock band to do so  ... and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Enter by March 22 at noon.

Win Tix To Trampled By Turtles At Webster Hall On April 17

Minnesota's Trampled by Turtles might have an awkward moniker, but they're known for their very good live shows. The band, which releases their new album Stars and Satellites on April 10 via Thirty Tigers/RED, are booked into Webster Hall on April 17, with support from These United States, and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig.

Django Django: SXSW 2012 Interview With David Maclean

Claiming one of the best-reviewed debut albums of this still-young year, Edinburgh's Django Django dived headlong into their first trip to SXSW, consummating a journey that began back in 2008 when the quartet first formed. They've been often compared to The Beta Band and for a pretty good reason; Django Django's drummer, producer and singer David Maclean happens to be the brother of The Beta Band's keyboard player John Maclean. The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali met up with David MacLean at the Hotel San Jose and learned about all of those Django Django rumors that are simply not true.

Jonquil: SXSW 2012 Blog

British indie-popsters Jonquil arrived in Austin from the slightly more tranquil environs of Oxford for a dual purpose; not only has the band just released a new album, Point of Go, on Dovecote Records, but frontman Hugo Manuel also has his own excellent solo endeavor, Chad Valley. Gigs galore ensued in Austin, but Jonquil will also stick around Stateside for a while; the band kicks off a US tour tomorrow, March 19, in Atlanta,  heading to Brooklyn's Glasslands for an April 2 show. The Alternate Side asked Jonquil if they'd blog about their SXSW experience for us and bassist/trumpeter Sam Scott sent on some carb-fueled observations (and a cry for decent brioche).

Bishop Morocco: SXSW 2012 Blog

Toronto's Bishop Morocco, founded by James Sayce and and Jake Fairley, signed with Arts & Crafts this winter and last week, just in time for SXSW, released a six-track EP, Old Boys. The band has added on guitarist Ian Worang and drummer Jon McCann and had a productive week of showcases in Austin, including the Arts & Crafts gig on Friday. The Alternate Side asked James Sayce if he'd keep a blog for us ... which included a lot of beer and breakfast.

Hold On! It's Alabama Shakes Live From SXSW 2012

Long hyped as one of the major breakout bands of SXSW 2012, Alabama Shakes have proved their mettle at showcase after showcase in Austin this week. On Friday at the Hotel San Jose, WFUV and The Alternate Side shot exclusive video of their performance of "Hold On," from their debut album Boys & Girls, due out on April 10 on ATO Records in the States and April 9 globally via Rough Trade. After the jump, check out video of their gutsy performance, led by the mighty, ferocious vocals of Brittany Howard.

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