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.

 

Sinkane Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On February 15

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Ahmed Gallab, who records as Sinkane, released his third album, Mean Love, late last summer. This latest collection of eclectic songs richly mines Sinkane's own Sudanese background with forays into ebullient, percussive Afropop (he's an accomplished drummer), and it also reflects his more experimental work with the likes of Caribou, David Byrne and Yeasayer. Sinkane will be at Rough Trade on February 15 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig. Enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, February 8.

Theophilus London Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 16

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Brooklyn's experimental hip-hop provocateur Theophilus London recently released his second album Vibes, executive produced by Kanye West (also rapping on one track) and including a shipload of other producers too, like Club Cheval and 88-Keys. London embarks on a North American tour next week with Father and Doja Cat and will be landing at Bowery Ballroom for a sold-out show on February 16. The Alternate Side has stowed away some tickets to see Theophilus London; enter by this Sunday, February 8, at 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Helmet Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On February 18

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Hard-rocking Helmet and its sole original member Page Hamilton continue touring behind the 20th anniversary of the 1994 album Betty with a pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom this month. Hamilton and his cohorts will play the album, the band's third and considered an alternative metal-meets-jazzy blues classic, from start to finish. Helmet has sold out one of their two Bowery Ballroom gigs, on February 21, but The Alternate Side has a couple of pairs of tickets to the group's gig on February 18. Enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, February 8.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: TAS In Session

Back in 2009, an amazing song called "Around the Bend," by a Danish band called The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, appeared in an Apple commercial.  Their debut album Fruit showed off the group's quirky style and the unique voice of frontwoman Mette Lindberg. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour has a new album, Bring Us Together, and it does that very thing. The songs are outrageously catchy and fun. Watch videos of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour playing songs from Bring Us Together in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, January 30, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending February 1

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Five new releases from Belle and Sebastian, Matt and Kim, The Decemberists, Django Django and Sleater-Kinney shovel a path onto this week's snowy TAS Top 20.

Prinze George Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On February 10

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Maryland-spawned, Brooklyn-based trio Prinze George won't release their self-titled debut EP until March 3, but the buzzy young band embarks on a tour this winter, playing Mercury Lounge on February 10, along with Ayer. Kenny Grimm, Naomi Almquist and Isabelle De Leon make shimmering synth pop with a wistful undertow, like their gently percolating singles "Make Me," and "Victor." The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Prinze George and Ayer's February 10 gig; just enter by this Sunday, February 1, at 5p.m. EST for a chance to win.

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