Christopher Owens: TAS In Session

We first became aware of the talents of Christopher Owens a few years ago through his band Girls. Their full-length debut was simply titled Album and the dreamy songs on it recalled warm and hazy California pop. Girls went on to release one more full-length album and an EP before breaking up in 2012. Without wasting much time at all, Owens got straight to work and released his solo debut, Lysandre, a year later. Incredibly, he has already made his second solo album, A New Testament. Watch Christopher Owens performing live in Studio A and listen to his session via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 6, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Win Tix To Bloc Party And The Drums At Terminal 5 On August 7

Rumors about the dissolution of Bloc Party were just plain wrong; the British rockers return on August 21 after a four-year hiatus with a new album, Four, via new label, Frenchkiss. The band managed to swiftly sell out its Terminal 5 show on August 7 with The Drums, but The Alternate Side is giving fans the chance to win a pair of tickets. How can you resist, especialy after Bloc Party's Kele Okereke was just voted the sexiest man in indie rock by Nerve.com?

Listen to Best Coast And Iggy Pop's 'True Blood' Collaboration

Along with the not-so-surprising news that Iggy Pop is a fan of HBO's emo vampire series True Blood, comes his collaboration with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino on a song for the series, which will be heard on the episode airing this Sunday, July 8. After the jump, listen to the Pop and Cosentino track "Let's Boot and Rally."

Frank Ocean Gets Honest About His Sexual Orientation

Since its inception, the Odd Future collective has been criticized for its often harshly homophobic and misogynistic lyricism. So it's slightly startling that in a surprising admission early this morning, the group's Frank Ocean, who releases his first full-length solo album Channel Orange on July 17, has revealed that his first true love was a man. Describing a profound but one-sided love affair that unfolded over three years, Ocean published an emotional, public letter on his Tumblr account and website on Independence Day, noting that by discussing the romance, he feels like a "free man."

Listen To Beach House Live At The Alternate Side And WFUV With 'Myth'

Last month, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House traveled to the Bronx for a WFUV and TAS session. Although they were camera shy that day, you can listen to audio of a gorgeous live performance of the single "Myth" from the band's recent record, Bloom, and hear the entire session on 90.7 WFUV on July 19 at 9 p.m. EDT.  Beach House head for New York's Central Park on July 23 for a sold-out show with longtime pals Lower Dens.

Stream Twin Shadow's New Album 'Confess'

Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. releases his new album, Confess, on July 9 in the UK and July 10 in the States via 4AD, but you can listen to the album streaming now. Even better, The Alternate Side will post our live session with Twin Shadow next week. Twin thrills.

Listen To Blur's New Songs 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan'

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If you had better things to do yesterday than await the livestream of Blur debuting new songs "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan" on a mysterious rooftop in west London, check out videos of the "official" lyric videos after the jump.

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