Samsaya: FUV Live

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures. Earlier this summer, Samsaya released her self-titled EP (her second album, Bombay Calling, will be released in the near future) and she's been opening for Lily Allen in North America. However, Samsaya will have her very own headlining New York show this Monday at Mercury Lounge. Watch Samsaya and her bandmates' buoyant performance of "Bombay Calling" and the single, "Stereotype."  

YACHT Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On September 22


YACHT might have a dystopian world view, but remain upbeat when is comes to Los Angeles. YACHT's Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt recently released a new app called "5Everyday," which offers five fun things to do in the City of Angels on a daily basis, and they're still making clever music too, like their recent single, "Plastic Soul." YACHT's on tour right now too and have three gigs upcoming in New York. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to YACHT's sold-out show at Rough Trade on September 22. Enter by this Sunday, September 7, for a chance to win.

Ty Segall Ticket Giveaway: Webster Hall on September 17


The very prolific Ty Segall has—surprise—a new album out called Manipulator. However, Segall took a bit more time than usual, stretching to a full 14 months to write and record the album. Unlike the more intimate, acoustic mood of his prior release, Sleeper, Segall chooses a more aggressive, rock 'n' roll mode on Manipulator, yet acknowledges the various melodic and textural influences that have shaped his brief, dynamic career. Ty Segall heads to New York for two shows at Webster Hall on September 17 and 18; The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the September 17 gig. Enter by this Sunday, September 7, for a chance to win.

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.

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces First Round Of Artists

The first wave of artists and bands has been revealed for 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City from October 21-25. Slowdive,The Kills, Courtney Barnett, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cold War Kids, San Fermin, Gerard Way, The Wytches, Ballet School (pictured), Money, Bear's Den and Protomartyr are among the better-known acts descending upon venues, parties and showcases scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn this fall.

Alt-J: First Listen Live Presented By FUV On September 2

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The British trio Alt-J is set to release its new album, This Is All Yours, in the U.S. on September 23, and they're coming to New York City to premiere the new material in an exclusive First Listen Live on FUV and NPR Music on September 2 at 9pm EDT, also streaming online.

Alt-J Ticket Giveaway: FUV And NPR First Listen Show At Le Poisson Rouge On September 2


Next week, one of the hardest items to procure in New York City will be a precious ticket to Alt-J's First Listen show, presented by FUV and NPR Music, at Le Poisson Rouge on September 2 at 9pm EDT. Although FUV will broadcast the Mercury Prize-winning band's performance of songs from its forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, we'd also love some savvy Alt-J fans in the audience. The Alternate Side is giving away two pairs of tickets to see Alt-J and all you need to do is fill out the entry form by this Monday, September 1, at 3pm EDT, cross your fingers and hum "Hunger of the Pine."

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