First Listen: The Wytches, 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The British band borrows from the best to contextualize a sound that's at once heavy, sinister, tuneful and theatrical, piling on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth. Listen to The Wytches' Annabel Dream Reader streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on August 26 on Partisan Records.

FUV At The Newport Folk Festival


The Newport Folk Festival is this weekend, and FUV is once again headed to Fort Adams State Park with NPR Music to bring you some of the sights and sounds. Our coverage kicks off on Friday, with the opening night performance by Ryan Adams. Although the prolific songwriter has a deep catalog to draw from, we're likely in for a lot of new material as Ryan is set to release a self-titled album on September 9th. Listen in and find out, Friday at 6pm on 90.7FM or online. Then all weekend long, FUV will be at Newport's main Fort Stage, recording performances and posting them to the FUV Vault.

Generationals Look To A Fall North American Tour

Generationals will be on the road this fall for a North American tour in support of their forthcoming album Alix, due out on September 16 via Polyvinyl. The New Orleans duo of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer will launch the tour in Houston, Texas, on October 7, reaching New York's Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 12.

Kele Of Bloc Party Returns With Second Solo Album

Kele Okereke, frontman for Bloc Party, will follow up his debut solo effort, 2010's The Boxer, with a second album, Trick, to be released on October 14 in the States. Kele's sophomore release dovetails with Bloc Party's latest "indefinite" hiatus; the band briefly came out of its prior self-imposed break to release their 2012 album Four and and The Nextwave Sessions EP. Watch Kele's teaser for Trick here. 

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.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending July 27


FKA Twigs is higher than a motherf****r on this week's TAS Top 20 while The New Pornographers kick The Shins to take over the No. 1 spot.

The Temper Trap Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On July 31


The Temper Trap's frontman Dougy Mandagi might have gone the EDM route in a collaboration with Steve Angello, but don't expect a too-radical shift in sound from Mandagi's own band. The Aussie-born, Los Angeles-based The Temper Trap have kicked off their first headlining shows in a year and they're bound for New York this month, with a sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Alternate Side has a handful of tickets for The Temper Trap's Music Hall of Williamsburg show on July 31. Deadline for entries is this Sunday, July 27, at 5p.m. EDT.

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