The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 1

Five new releases from Belle and Sebastian, Matt and Kim, The Decemberists, Django Django and Sleater-Kinney shovel a path onto this week's snowy TAS Top 20.

Watch And Listen: Fiona Apple's New Video From 'The Idler Wheel,' Album Streaming Now On NPR

After an absence of seven years, Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel (yes, the title is truncated), places the deceptively fragile singer back into the spotlight with a bracing, challenging, yet fascinating new album. Listen to it streaming now on WFUV and NPR Music prior to its June 19 release and watch the brand new video for "Every Single Night," featuring an octopus headdress, hula skirts and an especially wraithlike Apple.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending June 17

Sigur Rós and Metric scale that album chart pile of rock known as the TAS Top 20 while Beach House finds itself at the very pinnacle for the week.

Metric: TAS In Session

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Metric's slow ascent from well-kept Canadian secret to a band that headlines New York's Radio City Music Hall — which the quartet will do on September 23 in support of its brand new album Synthetica — is even more intriguing given the group's determination to create an independent business model. When Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw recently visited The Alternate Side to play a special acoustic set (with a bonus cover of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's "Strange Weather"), they discussed their forward-thinking business acumen. Listen to Metric's session when it airs this Friday, June 15, on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming on the TAS site. After the jump, watch videos of Haines and Shaw in performance.  

Animal Collective Announces Tour Dates

Animal Collective, set to releae Centipede Hz on September 4 (September 3 in the UK) on Domino, has announced tour dates beginning on September 18 in Seattle. The world tour includes a stop at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park on October 5.  Pre-sale begins tomorrow, June 12, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Ticket Giveaway For Dirty Projectors And Wye Oak At Celebrate Brooklyn! On July 10

Two of The Alternate Side's favorite bands, Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak (who knew that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was a fan?), play a benefit concert for Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on July 10 and we've got tickets to give away. The show also marks the release date of Dirty Projectors' new album, Swing Lo Magellan, so we suspect it will be a memorable night. Purity Ring is also on the bill. 

Ticket Giveaway For Scissor Sisters And Rye Rye At Terminal 5 On July 6

Scissor Sisters play a two-night stand at Terminal 5 this July supporting their more subdued odyssey Magic Hour, released last month. TAS is giving away tickets to see these veterans of the dance floor at Terminal 5 for the July 6 gig, a pretty fine way to let loose during a long holiday week. Opening is Baltimore rapper Rye Rye who finally released her debut Go! Pop! Bang! — overdue by three years — in May.

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