Slow Club: TAS In Session

Slow Club's Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have blossomed as artists over the course of three strong—and very different—albums. The Sheffield-bred, London-based duo found their foothold as a genial folk act on their 2009 debut, Yeah So. But by 2011's Paradise, Slow Club had confidently evolved, drifting towards darker, more layered pop. Their third album, Complete Surrender, is another beautiful progression as the pair step into yearning dance tracks, stunning ballads and brassy Northern soul. Slow Club made their way to the Bronx for a session and conversation, discussing heartbreak, pop music and friendship. Watch videos of Slow Club live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

Ticket Giveaway For Big Deal and 2:54 At Glasslands On March 11

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Big Deal, the Anglo-American duo of Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, are headed to SXSW in a few weeks, but this intriguing pair, drawing comparisons to dreamy predecessors like Mazzy Star, will stop in New York, en route to Austin. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their Glasslands gig on March 11. Opening for Big Deal is the very promising 2:54, a UK quartet that's been enthusiastically endorsed by the xx.

Dan Mangan: TAS In Session

Vancouver folk musician Dan Mangan has steadily built a critically-acclaimed career, receiving four nominations earlier this month for the Juno Awads, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.. His highly-praised third album, Oh Fortune, was released on Arts and Crafts last autumn, produced by Colin Stewart. Mangan is presently on tour in Australia, but he will head to Austin for SXSW next month. A lengthy journey through Europe is planned for April. The busy Mangan slowed down just long enough to bring his band to the Bronx for a session with The Alternate Side and after the jump, read highlights of that interview and watch performances of four songs from Oh Fortune.

Watch Friends Perform "My Boo" (Ghost Town DJ's Cover) At The Alternate Side

Brooklyn quintet Friends, which is headed to SXSW next month, won't release its still-untitled debut album until May, but the band dropped by The Alternate Side last week for a five-song set. They even treated us (our request) to their fantastic cover of Ghost Town DJ's 1996 hit, "My Boo," the B-side to their slinky 2011 single "I'm His Girl." The entire session with Friends will run next month on The Alternate Side and TAS on 91.5 WNYE,  but after the jump, enjoy an exclusive live TAS performance of "My Boo" from the group's dynamic set.

Women Guitarist Chris Reimer Dies At 26

Sad news. Guitarist Chris Reimer of the Calgary band Women died in his sleep on February 21 at the age of 26. Pitchfork reported Reimer's passing which was confirmed by the band's label, Jagjaguwar, this morning. Women, which released two albums, had cancelled their European tour in November 2010 citing stress after a public onstage brawl between band members. 

tUnE-yArDs Set Summer Tour Dates

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tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and bandmates have announced an additional string of summer tour dates (well, technically late spring) through North America with stops at New York's Terminal 1 on June 1.

Peter Wolf Crier: TAS In Session

One of the many hundreds of bands headed to SXSW in a few weeks is Minnesota-born band Peter Wolf Crier, which began as the duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The group's sophomore album, Garden of Arms, dropped last autumn via Jagjaguwar. Peter Wolf Crier open for Damien Jurado on the West Coast this April following their Austin stopover in March. Pisano, Moen and new member Kyle Flater visited The Alternate Side not long ago and discussed their unconventional recording techniques (and even treated us to a surprising cover of INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart"). Listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m. and streaming on The Alternate Side.

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