First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler's most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets. Listen to Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 29.

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Tiny Ruins Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On August 9


New Zealand's Tiny Ruins is now a proper band, no longer just the solo project of singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. However, it's predominantly Fullbrook's dreamy, detailed reflections, thoughtful guitarwork and haunting vocals that drives Tiny Ruins' gorgeous second album, Brightly Painted One. Tiny Ruins was last in New York for CMJ, but Fullbrook and her bandmates return in August to play Mercury Lounge on August 9. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets; enter by this Sunday, July 13.

Twin Peaks Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On August 13


The brightly rambunctious Chicago quartet Twin Peaks release their sophomore album, Wild Onion, on August 5 via Grand Jury. The group, which toured with Eagulls earlier this year, will make their way to New York next month for two headlining shows, at Mercury Lounge (August 13) and Baby's All Right (August 14). The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Twin Peaks' Mercury Lounge gig; enter by this Sunday, July 13, at  5p.m. EDT for a chance to win.

Watch Outkast's André 3000 In Trailer For Jimi Hendrix Biopic


The trailer for the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, "All Is By My Side," has been released and André Benjamin's transformation into the incendiary guitarist (literally) seems pretty impressive. The movie, which was written and directed by Oscar-winning "12 Years A Slave" screenwriter John Ridley, focuses on Hendrix's early years in mid-'60s London and will be released on September 26. Along with Benjamin, aka André 3000 of Oukast, the movie co-stars Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell. Watch the trailer here.

Village Voice Fourth Annual 4Knots Music Festival VIP Ticket Giveaway


The Village Voice's fourth annual 4Knots Music Festival takes over the South Street Seaport on July 12 with a formidable lineup of Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters, Re-Tros and Dead Stars. The Alternate Side is giving away one pair of VIP tickets, allowing access to the festival's private, invite-only Peking VIP Ship—a vantage point that provides a bird's eye view of the mainstage. The all-day free festival takes place over two stages, from 1-8p.m., rain or shine.  Ahoy there! You must be 21 or over to enter; the giveaway deadline is Tuesday, July 8, at 5p.m. EDT.

First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time. Listen to Cloud Boat's Model Of You streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 15 via Apollo Records.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending July 6


TAS Top 20 alums tUnE-yArDs, The War on Drugs and Strand of Oaks make a hasty return to the chart.

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