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.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending May 13

Beach House blooms on the TAS Top 20 chart while Jack White aims at the Number 1 slot with Blunderbuss.

Yukon Blonde: TAS In Session

Yukon Blonde's second album Tiger Talk might have been mostly written on the road, but the record reflects some home truths for the Canadian band: they really know how to write a fun, frank and ferocious rock song. They kick off a European tour on May 10, but before heading overseas Yukon Blonde dropped by The Alternate Side for a session. After the jump, watch videos and read highlights of the interview, and listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on The Alternate Side.

Listen: Animal Collective Release Two New Songs

A brand new album is due out later this year from Animal Collective and the band digitally released the first hint of that album via a single, "Honeycomb/Gotham," on Monday. It's available now as a digital bundle. The physical 7-inch, with some pretty artwork, will be available June 26 via Domino Records. Listen to the tracks streaming on the band's website.

Beastie Boys Thank Fans And Friends For 'Love And Support'

On Sunday night and Monday morning, Beastie Boys co-founders Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond posted notes and photos on the group's website and Facebook page expressing gratitude for the "love and support" of fans and friends in the wake of Adam Yauch's death on Friday, May 4. 

Neon Indian Ticket Giveaway For Terminal 5 On May 12

Neon Indian's Alan Palomo is approaching the end of his current North American tour supporting Era Extraña, wrapping up a long road trip at New York's Terminal 5 on May 12. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Saturday's gig, which includes support from Ducktails and Lemonade, but you need to enter by noon this Thursday, May 10, to win.

Win Tickets For Young The Giant At Central Park Summerstage On July 16

We're giving away tickets to see Young the Giant's sold out show at Central Park Summerstage on July 16. The popular, "Glee"-endorsed California group has managed to sell out most of the shows on their spring tour and will also be at Bonneroo next month.

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