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.  

Fat White Family Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On October 18

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Irreverent, shambolic and cheerfully seedy, British rockers Fat White Family will brutalize New York next month, raising the roof off of Bowery Ballroom on October 18. Although not quite Gwar-like in intensity, Fat White Family, who re-released their album Champagne Holocaust a few weeks ago, offer up an unforgettable show. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to what will be the loudest, sweatiest gig in New York City that night. Enter by this Sunday, October 5, for a chance to win.

Luaka Bop Marks Anniversary With Concerts And Box Set

David Byrne's Luaka Bop record label will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of New York concerts at Tribeca's Mmuseumm and other venues next month. In addition, the label will reissue Nigerian funk artist William Onyeabor's entire eight-album catalog via a two volume box set in November.

Honeyblood: FUV Live

Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar of Honeyblood released their eponymous debut as a team earlier this year, but in mid-September, McVicar departed the band. Replacing McVicar on drums is Cat Myers (Tweeddale and Myers played their third live gig together in London on Tuesday). Earlier this summer, when Honeyblood was still singer/guitarist Tweeddale and drummer McVicar, the pair visited Studio A for an FUV Live session. Watch videos of Honeyblood in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, September 26, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

First Listen: Electric Youth, 'Innerworld'

Innerworld is awash in '80s earmarks, but it also conveys a sense of wistfulness; a sense of childlike splendor in danger of succumbing to the ravages of adulthood. Listen to Electric Youth's Innerworld streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on September 30 on Secretly Canadian.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending September 28

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Kasabian, playing New York's Terminal 5 on September 27, and The New Pornographers climb aboard the TAS Top 20 chart this week.

Modern Sky Festival Ticket Giveaway: October 4-5 At Rumsey Playfield

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An offshoot of a popular Chinese music event, the Modern Sky Festival debuts in New York, at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, on October 4 and 5 with a lineup that includes Cat Power, Stars, Liars and Atomic Bomb: The Music of William Onyeabor, a celebration of the reclusive Nigerian musican which will include Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Ahmed Ghalleb and his band Sinkane, Money Mark and many others. The entire lineup can be found at the Modern Sky Festival site, but The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the entire festival, both Saturday and Sunday. Enter by this Sunday, September 28, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to win a precious pair of tickets.

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