Wolf Alice: TAS In Session

At Wolf Alice's gig at Mercury Lounge in late January, the venue was jam-packed for this canny north London quartet with a knack for songs that teeter between stormy lashings and tender idylls. On the basis of two very impressive EPs released over the last two years, Blush (2013) and Creature Songs (2014), Wolf Alice has made ambitious strides, graduating from tiny Camden Town club gigs to behemoth festivals like Glastonbury. The band's debut album, My Love Is Cool, will be released on June 23. Watch Wolf Alice's set in Studio A and listen to the entire session and interview now in the FUV Vault.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 8

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Amason and Matthew E. White bring new singles to this week's frosty TAS Top 20 chart. 

First Listen: The Districts, 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

The band's cathartic rock rages in familiar ways, but with unexpectedly devastating twists of the knife. Proudly sloppy and artfully bloodthirsty, The Districts' music never sounds monochromatic. Listen to The Districts' A Flourish and A Spoil streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on February 10.

Sinkane Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On February 15

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Ahmed Gallab, who records as Sinkane, released his third album, Mean Love, late last summer. This latest collection of eclectic songs richly mines Sinkane's own Sudanese background with forays into ebullient, percussive Afropop (he's an accomplished drummer), and it also reflects his more experimental work with the likes of Caribou, David Byrne and Yeasayer. Sinkane will be at Rough Trade on February 15 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig. Enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, February 8.

Theophilus London Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 16

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Brooklyn's experimental hip-hop provocateur Theophilus London recently released his second album Vibes, executive produced by Kanye West (also rapping on one track) and including a shipload of other producers too, like Club Cheval and 88-Keys. London embarks on a North American tour next week with Father and Doja Cat and will be landing at Bowery Ballroom for a sold-out show on February 16. The Alternate Side has stowed away some tickets to see Theophilus London; enter by this Sunday, February 8, at 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Helmet Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 18

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Hard-rocking Helmet and its sole original member Page Hamilton continue touring behind the 20th anniversary of the 1994 album Betty with a pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom this month. Hamilton and his cohorts will play the album, the band's third and considered an alternative metal-meets-jazzy blues classic, from start to finish. Helmet has sold out one of their two Bowery Ballroom gigs, on February 21, but The Alternate Side has a couple of pairs of tickets to the group's gig on February 18. Enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, February 8.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: TAS In Session

Back in 2009, an amazing song called "Around the Bend," by a Danish band called The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, appeared in an Apple commercial.  Their debut album Fruit showed off the group's quirky style and the unique voice of frontwoman Mette Lindberg. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour has a new album, Bring Us Together, and it does that very thing. The songs are outrageously catchy and fun. Watch videos of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour playing songs from Bring Us Together in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, January 30, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

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