Emmy The Great: TAS In Session

Singer and songwriter Emma-Lee Moss, who records as Emmy the Great, has been nomadic of late, drifting between her longtime home base of London, her native Hong Kong, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and other locales. That peripatetic spirit has informed the new songs for her forthcoming third album and her new EP, called S. She recently came by FUV's Studio A (accompanied by her brother as a handy backup band!) and discussed the impact of her romantic travails on her songwriting, life living out of a suitcase, the progress of her third album, and much more. Watch videos of Emmy the Great playing live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 27, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

Sleater-Kinney Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On February 27

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Sleater-Kinney released its first album in a decade, No Cities To Love, last month. The album is no mere reunion, but a bold declaration that the Portland trio leads with fresh and innovative ideas instead of relying on past glories. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss swiftly sold out both of their shows at Terminal 5 later this month, but The Alternate Side has a few tickets for Sleater-Kinney's February 27 show. Enter by this Wednesday, February 25, at 5p.m. EST for a chance to win.  

Catfish And The Bottlemen Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On March 9

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Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen released their debut album, The Balcony, in the States last month (it came out in the UK in September). Spurred on by kinetic singles like "Kathleen," the band is finally getting some well-deserved mainstream attention by the likes of Rolling Stone and USA Today. They've also completely sold out their UK tour as well as their upcoming gig at Bowery Ballroom on March 9. Happily, The Alternate Side has some tickets to that show. Want to see Catfish and the Bottlemen? Enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, March 1, at 5p.m. EST.

Cursive Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On March 10

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Cursive is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a band, marking the occasion with Saddle Creek's reissue of its 2003 breakthrough album, The Ugly Organ. The Nebraska rockers, led by frontman Tim Kasher, are touring the States and will play a very sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on March 10, joined by Beach Slang and John Congleton and The Nighty Nite. Want to see Cursive? Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets by this Sunday, March 1, at 5p.m. EST.

East India Youth: TAS In Session

Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2014 for his ambitious debut album, Total Strife Forever, East India Youth's William Doyle didn't initially set out to be a solo artist—or even compose electronic music. During his recent session for The Alternate Side and FUV, East India Youth reflected on the surprising impact of Total Strife Forever, discussed his admiration for Brian Eno and David Bowie, and touched on the release of his second album, Culture of Volume, in April. Watch East India Youth in Studio A playing "Heaven, How Long" and "Looking For Someone," listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, February 19, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Blur Returns With A New Album In April

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Wily Damon Albarn and his Blur compadres had declared for ages that it was unlikely that the band would release a new album in the foreseeable future. Well, that's all changed as of today: Blur returns with its first studio album in 12 years, called The Magic Whip, on April 28 in the States (April 27 in the UK). The album was recorded over a five-day stretch in Hong Kong back in 2013. Blur has also announced a show at London's Hyde Park on June 20. Watch the video for the album's first single, the guitar-driven lope  "Go Out."

Passion Pit Elevates With A New Album This Spring

Although Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos bravely confessed that he struggled throughout the recording of 2012's Gossamer due to his ongoing struggles with bipolar disorder, the gifted musician continues to rally artistically and has announced the forthcoming release of a third album, Kindred. The album will come out on April 21 in the States and the first single, "Lifted Up (1985)" can be downloaded along with a second track, "Where The Sky Hangs," with pre-orders of the release. Watch the videos for "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where The Sky Hangs" here.

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