Marco Benevento: TAS In Session

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento has been gracefully blending his jazz roots with indie rockers, jam bands and an eclectic array of other musicians for more than a decade. The Brooklyn artist's latest studio album, Swift, is his most musically consistent and thematic record yet and finds him singing for the first time. Watch videos of Marco Benevento and his bandmates live in Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, September 19, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'

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The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever. Listen to Interpol's El Pintor streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to the album's release on September 9 on Matador. If you got shut out of the band's New York record release show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur on September 2, you can always check out NPR's First Listen Live webcast tonight, August 26, at 10p.m. EDT (7p.m. PDT) as Interpol plays songs from the forthcoming album.

Morrissey Makes An Optimistic Move And Announces A European Tour

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Morrissey's future at Harvest Records might appear bleak, but the singer has made an optimistic announcement via the True to You fan website that he's going to tour Europe this fall. Although Moz has racked up more cancelled tours than actual tours of late, there's always hope that his health has improved and the trek will prove a fruitful one for the thorny troubadour.

First Listen: Blonde Redhead, 'Barragán'

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The last decade has seen a marked softening in Blonde Redhead's sound, to the point where the quietest moments on Barragán don't sound like songs so much as vapors infused with tunes. Listen to Blonde Redhead's Barragán streaming now on WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on September 2 via Kobalt.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending August 31

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On this last (unofficial) week of summer, Spoon and Caribou stroll onto the TAS Top 20.

Slow Club Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On September 17

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If you've caught up to The Alternate Side in Session with Slow Club, you know that Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor's new album, Compete Surrender, is a soulful, sophisticated and smart collection of songs, built on romantic unease. The pair, who tour with an expanded lineup, will be back in New York on September 17 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. They're bringing along opener Nick Mulvey, ex of Portico Quartet, who just released his solo debut, First Mind; it's a mighty bill. Win TAS tickets to see Slow Club and Nick Mulvey by filling out an entry form by this Sunday, August 31, at 5p.m.

Grouplove And Portugal The Man Ticket Giveaway: Rumsey Playfield On September 16

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The buoyant pairing of Grouplove and Portugal. the Man at an end-of-summer gig at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 16 makes perfect sense: both embrace dance rock with quirky bravado while staying true to a trippier vibe (and they've also been known to do a cover of "Teenage Wasteland" together in their shows). Even better, FUV faves Typhoon will open. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to what will certainly be one of summer's happiest shows; enter to win tickets to see Grouplove, Portugal.The Man and Typhoon by this Sunday, August 31.

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