FUV And The Alternate Side's Spring Member Drive Is Underway

WFUV and The Alternate Side's spring member drive is underway! Please support the public radio you love. Contribute any amount from April 23-30 and not only are you a supporter of The Alternate Side, but you're automatically eligible to win a trip to Reykjavíc, Iceland for the Iceland Airwaves festival this fall. Contribute $30 and we'll send you Live From The Alternate Side Volume 2, our homegrown CD with exclusive live songs, all recorded in Studio A. For $50 you'll receive The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do To The Beast, while supplies last, and a TAS t-shirt. If you prefer, you can also choose FUV thank you gifts at different levels beginning at $60.  You can contribute online or call 877-938-8907 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

Sigur Rós Plan 'Floaty' And 'Ambient' Album For Spring

Sigur Rós, who release their documentary and iive double album Inni in the States on November 15, have been working on their next studio album, described by frontman Jónsi Birgisson as "floaty and minimal." The still-untitled record is the band's first since going on hiatus in 2008 and is due out this spring. Inni will open for a limited run in New York at IFC Theater tomorrow, November 11.

Tennis Serves Up A New Album For Valentine's Day

Seafaring pop trio Tennis will return in 2012 with a brand new album, called Young and Old, produced by The Black Keys' Pat Carney. The album is set for release on February 14, Valentine's Day, on Fat Possum. The first single, "Origins," is due next month.

Mavis Staples, The Head And The Heart, Dawes Set For WFUV's Holiday Cheer Concert On December 5

Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, Seattle's fast-rising folk rockers The Head and the Heart and LA rockers Dawes will take over New York's Beacon Theatre on December 5 for WFUV's 7th annual Holiday Cheer concert, a fundraiser that benefits The Alternate Side's outstanding sister station. Tickets are on sale now for this very special evening. After the jump, check out a great video of Mavis Staples with Arcade Fire at Outside Lands this year.

Rapper Heavy D Dead At 44

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Rapper Heavy D, founder of the influential hip hop collective Heavy D and the Boyz, died Tuesday afternoon, November 8, in Los Angeles after being rushed to a hospital. Police are still investigating the cause of death, but no foul play is suspected. In late September, he released his new album, Love Opus, on iTunes.

The War On Drugs Set 2012 Tour With Sharon Van Etten

The War On Drugs, who play two New York shows next month, at Bowery Ballroom on December 11 and opening for The National at the Beacon Theater on December 12, have announced a West Coast leg of their headlining tour. The trek begins March 20 in Los Angeles. Opening for the quartet will be Sharon Van Etten, who releases her new album, Tramp, on February 7 via Jagjaguwar. In addition, The Alternate Side's sister station, 90.7 WFUV, will air a Words & Music session with the band on December 7 at 9 p.m.

Trent Reznor Tweets Label Info For The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Score

The score for the David Fincher remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, composed by Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch, will see release outside of North America via Mute, tweeted Reznor on Monday night. 

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