First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results. Listen to Toro Y Moi's What For? streaming on WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on April 7.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 22


International artists José González of Sweden, Canada's Purity Ring and Australia's Courtney Barnett have new singles on this week's TAS Top 20 chart.

Sleater-Kinney Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On February 26


One of the happier reunions of the past year has been that of Sleater-Kinney, the potent Portland trio that released its first album in a decade, No Cities To Love, last month. The album is not merely a continuation of Sleater-Kinney's fury and finesse, but a bridge to a thrilling new chapter. Not surprisingly, 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 stowed away a couple of pairs of tickets for the February 26 show. Want to see Sleater-Kinney? Enter by this Sunday, February 22, at 5p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Swans Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 26


Since Swans reunited over five years ago, the seminal, seething rockers, led by Michael Gira, have vaulted back on the road and into the studio. Last year, they released one of the most critically-praised albums of 2014, To Be Kind, a tempestuous and brutal album of sheer sonic bravado. Swans are mesmerizing live and they'll be playing two hometown shows in New York this month and next at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Alternate Side has tickets for Swans' sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on February 26; just enter by this Sunday, February 22, for a chance to win.

Demetri Martin Ticket Giveaway: Town Hall On February 28


Comedian Demetri Martin, a former contributor to "The Daily Show" and star of his own Comedy Central series, "Important Things Demetri Martin," is recording a new stand-up special this spring (in addition to releasing a book and his cinematic directorial debut this year too). Part of that preparation involves working on new material and Martin will be doing a show, called "The Persistence of Jokes," at Town Hall on February 28. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets, so if you badly need a laugh, just enter for a chance to see Demetri Martin by this Sunday, February 22, at 5p.m. EST.

Wannabe Jalva: FUV Live

Hailing from Porto Alegre, Wannabe Jalva may not be exactly what you might expect from a Brazilian band.  Referring to their music as "space groove rock," the quartet just released an extremely impressive EP called Collecture. When they came to Studio A for this session, the band proved to really tight.  After recently playing their first shows in the U.S. for CMJ, we talked about that experience, opening up for Pearl Jam at Lollapalooza Brazil, the differences between American and Brazilian fans and lots more.  Watch videos of Wannabe Jalva playing in Studio A and listen to the session in the FUV Vault now or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, February 13, at 11a.m. EST, streaming online.

Father John Misty Deluxe Vinyl Editions Are Delivered Warped

Treated yourself to a deluxe vinyl edition of Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear? Well, you might have a warped album on your hands. Father John Misty's label, Sub Pop, admits that because of the elaborate packaging and the "extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art" used for the jacket, the colorful vinyl within was likely damaged. After offering an apology, Sub Pop is also providing replacement discs. 

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