Modern Sky Festival Ticket Giveaway: October 4-5 At Rumsey Playfield

An offshoot of a popular Chinese music event, the Modern Sky Festival debuts in New York, at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, on October 4 and 5 with a lineup that includes Cat Power, Stars, Liars and Atomic Bomb: The Music of William Onyeabor, a celebration of the reclusive Nigerian musican which will include Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Ahmed Ghalleb and his band Sinkane, Money Mark and many others. The entire lineup can be found at the Modern Sky Festival site, but The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the entire festival, both Saturday and Sunday. Enter by this Sunday, September 28, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to win a precious pair of tickets.

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Ticket Giveaway For Pulp At Radio City Music Hall On April 10

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The reformation of Pulp was definitely one of the major music news stories of last year. The erudite British rock band went on a long hiatus beginning in 2002 before returning last year for a series of festivals. Frontman Jarvis Cocker and his Different Class-era bandmates are finally playing North America this spring and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to their Radio City Music Hall show on April 10, Pulp's first New York visit in 13 years. Enter to win tickets to see this brilliant band that still remains coy about its future once touring is done.

Win Tickets To The Joy Formidable At Terminal 5 On March 28

The Joy Formidable has spent the better part of the last four years on the road maintaining a tireless schedule, nurturing its bold, uplifting dream rock, and graduating from tiny clubs to major venues. For over a year the Welsh-English trio has supported its confident 2011 debut, The Big Roar, with headlining shows, major festivals and support gigs with Foo Fighters. They return Stateside this spring for another string of dates and will headline Terminal 5 on March 28, joined by two excellent New York bands, A Place To Bury Strangers and Exitmusic, and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for what promises to be a great — and very loud — night.

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).

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