Highasakite: TAS In Session

Like a brooding Nordic Noir novel, Highasakite's second album, Silent Treatment, brims with menacing chapters: tracks bearing bellicose titles like "The Hand Grenade," "Iran" and "Darth Vader" don't promise a sweet outcome. But the Norwegian quintet's sound, as darkly conceived as it might be, is elevated by lushly cinematic, often upbeat arrangements, urged forward by Ingrid Helene Håvik's pensively pretty vocals. Not long ago, Highasakite visited FUV and The Alternate Side's Studio A for a live session and a conversation. Watch videos of the band in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, October 17, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.  

The Modern Sky Festival Takes Over Central Park's Rumsey Playfield October 4-5

This weekend, a starry lineup of Cat Power, Stars, Liars and more take over Central Park's Rumsey Playfield as the Modern Sky Festival debuts in New York. The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali has a preview.

First Listen: Foxygen, '…And Star Power'

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There's a because-we-can quality to the band's overstuffed, 82-minute second album, as Foxygen delights in letting its loosest threads unravel. Listen to Foxygen's  ... And Star Power streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on October 7.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending October 5

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TAS favorites Stars and Ariel Pink return to the Top 20 chart with Banks threading her way to No. 1.

J Mascis Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On October 17

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J Mascis is back with a new acoustic solo album, Tied To A Star, which finds the Dinosaur Jr. frontman in a more contemplative frame of mind. He'll be exploring his quieter side with a gig at Bowery Ballroom on October 17 and The Alternate Side has set aside some tickets for the show. Enter for a chance to win tickets to see J Mascis (and opening act Luluc) by this Sunday, October 5, at 5p.m. EDT.  

Foxygen Ticket Giveaway: Webster Hall On October 9

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Jonathan Rado and Sam France of Foxygen have swiftly followed up their acclaimed 2013 album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, with a second album that stretches generously to 24 tracks. That record, ...And Star Power, drops on October 14 and Foxygen will be in New York to play Webster Hall on October 9. Want to see Foxygen? Enter for a chance to win TAS tix by this Sunday, October 5 at 5p.m. EDT.

The Twilight Sad Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On October 16

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Glasgow's The Twilight Sad are on the brink of releasing their fourth album, Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, but on October 16 at Rough Trade, they'll revisit their acclaimed 2007 debut, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, in its entirety. It will be a special night with the mighty Scots and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the event. Fill out an entry form by Sunday, October 5, for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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