The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending October 5

TAS favorites Stars and Ariel Pink return to the Top 20 chart with Banks threading her way to No. 1.

Win Tix For Garbage At Webster Hall On May 22

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It's been seven years since Garbage released a new studio album but, after a long hiatus, the band is back with a fifth album. The record, called Not Your Kind of People, is slated for release on May 15 on the group's own label, Stunvolume. The resurrected Garbage plays Webster Hall on May 22 and The Alternate Side is giving away handful of precious tickets to the sold-out gig. Expect Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson to not only dip generously into new tracks, like "I Hate Love," but old hits like "Stupid Girl" too.

The Lumineers Ticket Giveaway For MHOW Show On April 21

A tragedy set The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites on their path to forming the band a decade ago, but life is much sweeter these days for the upbeat Americana folk-rockers who release their self-titled debut on April 3 on Dualtone. The group is touring with the Kopecky Family Band, heads to Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 21 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig.

Win Tix To Chilly Gonzales At Le Poisson Rouge On April 21

Chilly Gonzales, aka Gonzales or Jason Charles Beck, has had a notable solo career, but has also built a formidable reputation as a producer. He has guided both Feist and Peaches in the studio, recently working on Feist's Metals.. He's a flamboyant showman in concert, adeptly mixing banter with piano, and he's currently supporting his most recent album, The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, on tour. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Gonazales' gig at Le Poisson Rouge on April 21.

SXSW 2012: The Alternate Side Wrap

Check out The Alternate Side's coverage of SXSW 2012 featuring exclusive interviews with Built to Spill, Yukon Blonde, Django Django, Sharon Van Etten and Poliça. Plus TAS in Session with Michael Kiwanuka and Friends, who visited the TAS and WFUV studios prior to their Texas travels. We also have Austin-brewed band blogs courtesy of Spanish Prisoners, Exitmusic, AU, Jonquil, Bishop Morocco, Zeus and Sleepy Sun.  And finally, live performances from Alabama Shakes and Shearwater, thanks to our sister station WFUV.

Built To Spill: SXSW 2012 Interview With Doug Martsch

Yes, Built to Spill, as their one-sentence SXSW bio stated, is still a band. The Idaho quartet, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, helped arrange a SXSW showcase on March 14 for fellow Boise bands and also played a few more gigs in Austin, including South By San Jose at the Hotel San Jose on March 17. Right before the band's Saturday night set, The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali caught up with singer and guitarist Doug Martsch who revealed recording plans for the next Built to Spill album, possibly due out by the spring of 2013, and a not-so-secret fondness for felines. Built to Spill play New York's Governors Ball Music Festival on June 24.

Sleepy Sun: SXSW 2012 Blog

The visceral, stormy psychedelic rock of Sleepy Sun was very much a part of SXSW this year; the San Francisco band had five gigs in three days. Sleepy Sun is on the brink of releasing a powerful new album, Spine Hits, due out on April 10 on The End Records, and they're in the thick of a long tour which takes them in New York on April 9 (Glasslands Gallery) and April 10 (Mercury Lounge). We asked bassist Jack Allen if he'd blog about the good, bad and ugly of this year's SXSW and he turned us on to mind-and-hair blowing bands (Howlin' Rain), cool Austin bars (Blackheart) and, most tauntingly, amazing avocado tacos.

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