The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: TAS In Session

One of many contemporary bands that assumed the mantle of dense and beautiful shoegaze left by '90s predecessors like Ride, Cocteau Twins and Lush, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is led by singer and guitarist Kip Berman. The band's shimmering new album, Days of Abandon, marks a significant change in the group's lineup as well as their sound; under Berman's guidance, this iteration of POBPAH uses fewer electric guitars and focuses on a more acoustic approach. Watch videos of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live in Studio A playing a pair of songs from the new album, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

The Antlers: TAS In Session

The Antlers first started making real traction in 2009 when they released their third full-length album, Hospice. As the title suggests, that record dealt with some pretty weighty subject matter, but it was presented in such a moving way that it was impossible not to get swept away by it. Since then, the Brooklyn trio has continued to hone their craft of creating stirring sonic landscapes. The Antlers' latest release, Familiars, is a thoughtful and deliberately-paced collection of songs that instills calmness and warmth. Watch videos of The Antlers during their recent visit to Studio A and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, June 25, at 11a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

FUV At The Newport Folk Festival

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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'

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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

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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.

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