The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

Win Tickets For tUnE-yArDs At Terminal 5 On June 1

Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-yArDs, heads back to New York next month and there seems to be even more reason for the war paint she playfully streaks on her face; the woman is a real road warrior this summer, bound for U.S. and European festivals like Bonnaroo, Sasquatch!, and Lollapalooza. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to tUnE-yArDs' Terminal 5 gig on June 1 where she'll be ably supported by experimental UK rockers Micachu and the Shapes and the African-influenced Delicate Steve.

Win Tix For Grouplove And Reptar At Webster Hall On June 12

Grouplove seems to be everywhere these days, helped in part by the band's prominent placement in iPad Touch and Taco Bell commercials. Aside from their astute way around a sync, this amiable group has also become a festival staple and Grouplove will play Sasquatch! and Bonnaroo this spring. TAS is giving away tickets to Grouplove's sold-out show at Webster Hall on June 12 and opening will be Reptar, getting a lot of enthusiastic attention for its just-released debut album Body Faucet.

Blur Announces Additional UK Dates

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While it seemed likely that the only chance to see Blur play live this summer would be at Sweden's Way Out Festival, the weekend of August 9-11, or London's Hyde Park on August 12, marking the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, the quartet announced additional "warming up" dates via their website on Sunday night.

Liars Kick Off A Tour This June

Liars, who release WIXIW on June 5 on Mute, will kick off a summer tour next month to support the new album. The dates include a stop at New York's Webster Hall on June 20.

Join WFUV's Annual Gala This Thursday, May 10

The Alternate Side's sister station, WFUV Public Radio from Fordham University, is pleased to announce its 2012 Gala event at Gotham Hall on Thursday, May 10, honoring musician Chris Isaak as WFUV Artist of the Year; journalist Christiane Amanpour as recipient of the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism; and sportscaster Al Michaels as recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. After the jump, find out how you can be a part of this very special evening.

Against Me! Singer Tom Gabel Reveals Transgender Identity

Tom Gabel, frontman of Florida punk rockers Against Me!, has candidly and bravely revealed to Rolling Stone that not only is she transgender, but she will begin the transition to become a woman, changing her name to Laura Jane Grace. This revelation won't interfere with the band's upcoming tour with The Cult, which begins this month.

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