The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: TAS In Session

One of many contemporary bands that assumed the mantle of dense and beautiful shoegaze left by '90s predecessors like Ride, Cocteau Twins and Lush, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is led by singer and guitarist Kip Berman. The band's shimmering new album, Days of Abandon, marks a significant change in the group's lineup as well as their sound; under Berman's guidance, this iteration of POBPAH uses fewer electric guitars and focuses on a more acoustic approach. Watch videos of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live in Studio A playing a pair of songs from the new album, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

Jagjaguwar Pays Tribute To Women Guitarist Chris Reimer With Streams On February 29

Jagjaguwar, the label home of the band Women, will pay tribute to that band's late guitarist Chris Reimer today, February 29, at 3 p.m. EST with back-to-back streams of Women's two albums, the group's 2008 self-titled debut and 2010's Public Strain, on the label's website. As The Alternate Side reported last week, Reimer died on February 21 in his sleep from what has now been determined to be complications of a heart condition.

Watch The New Video From Gorillaz, James Murphy And André 3000

The free download of the track "DoYaThing," the collaboration between Gorillaz, James Murphy and André 3000 for Converse's 3 Artists, 1 Song series, now has an accompanying video, directed by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett and featuring an extremely messy house, an alien roommate and fried ears on toast.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending March 4

As Cloud Nothings float to the top of the TAS Top 20, both Shearwater and The Magnetic Fields break onto the album chart with new releases.

The Shins' James Mercer: TAS In Session

For nearly five years, The Shins' return seemed unlikely. Frontman James Mercer had disbanded The Shins' lineup in 2009 and was focused on his new project with Danger Mouse, Broken Bells. But last summer, Mercer announced that The Shins would return with a new album and lineup and he has fulfilled that promise with Port of Morrow, The Shins' fourth album. Port of Morrow won't be released until March 20, but  earlier this month Mercer visited WFUV and The Alternate Side for an intimate acoustic session. Listen to that interview and live set on TAS' sister station 90.7 WFUV on Tuesday, February 28 at 9 p.m. ET and after the jump, check out exclusive live performances of "Simple Song," "Australia" and "New Slang."

Win Tix For Of Montreal And Loney Dear At Webster Hall On March 30


The latest album from Of Montreal, Paralytic Stalks, is out now and frontman Kevin Barnes has deemed the record one of the band's most personal ... and perhaps most somber. That said, expect the flamboyantly extravagant group to put on an unforgettable show when they play Webster Hall on March 30, supported by Kishi Bashi and Sweden's quirky Loney Dear who recently did a session for The Alternate Side. And yes, TAS is giving away tickets to this terrific March gig.

Win Tickets To Lost In The Trees And Poor Moon At LPR On April 11

North Carolina band Lost in the Trees, lead by singer and songwriter Ari Picker, made an impressive debut in 2010 with an unflinching, raw and semi-autobiographical debut, All Alone In An Empty House. The group releases a second album, A Church That Fits Our Needs, on March 20 via Anti- and embarks on a North American tour to support that album in March. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Lost in the Trees' show at Le Poisson Rouge on April 11. Opening is Poor Moon, the new project from Fleet Foxes' Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott and The Christmas Cards' Ian and Peter Murray.

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