First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

The band, known for its glorious guitar noise, opts for a synthesizer-driven sound on its latest album. Listen to Wye Oak's Shriek streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before its release on April 29 on Merge Records.

Ticket Giveaway For Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. At Webster Hall On March 26

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Electropop's Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has been racing on the road since early February, touring in support of the Detroit duo's dance-friendly new album, The Speed of Things. Their tour, which also includes British electronic artist Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel moonlighting from Jonquil) ends in New York on March 26 with a big show at Webster Hall. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Chad Valley's groovalicious show; enter by this Sunday, March 23.

Win Tix To Grouplove At Terminal 5 On March 26

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Grouplove leaned on drummer Ryan Rabin to produce the Los Angeles band's second album, Spreading Rumors, which was released last fall. The longtime friends are on tour now and play a sold-out show at Terminal 5 with MS MR and Alex Winston on March 26 (there are still tix available for their March 27 show). Luckily, The Alternate Side has a handful of tickets to give away for Grouplove's New York gig on March 26; just enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, March 23, at 5p.m. EDT.

Fenster: SXSW 2014 Blog

The New York/Berlin quartet Fenster just released its delicately-crafted, lo-fi second album, The Pink Caves, earlier this month and brought their gentle new songs to noisy Austin for SXSW. Although Fenster makes beautifully spare music—the vocal interplay between J.J. Weihl and Jonathan Jarzy is sublime—that doesn't mean they are incapable of having a somewhat rowdy time (well, some drinks, some cider and brazen blonding), as Weihl, a native New Yorker, proved when she blogged about Fenster's SXSW adventures for The Alternate Side. 

Thumpers: SXSW 2014 Performance

Childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. regrouped in 2012 after their previous band fell apart, and the two began writing music that would become the first Thumpers songs via email. The London alt-pop duo just released their debut album, Galore, filled with bouncy melodies and fun, catchy songs. Watch Thumpers, defying rain like rugged Brits, perform their single "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)" for FUV and The Alternate Side 

Roman Remains: SXSW 2014 Blog

Liela Moss and Toby Butler of Duke Spirit have branched out of late with a side project, the darkly propulsive Roman Remains. Earlier this month they released a debut album, Zeal on Dhani Harrison's H.O.T. Records, Ltd. The duo has been touring North America with Gary Numan—they'll be at Webster Hall opening for the electronic music legend this Saturday, March 22—and earlier this week found Roman Remains traipsing around Austin for SXSW. The Alternate Side asked Liela Moss of Roman Remains if she'd blog about her Texas adventures for us—which involved Blondie, big hats and broken elevators.

Damon Albarn: SXSW 2014

Damon Albarn's creative restlessness has long been a boon to his fans as he has artfully shifted between Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and The Queen, the ongoing Africa Express projects and even opera. So it's slightly surprising that it's taken over two decades for Albarn to release his first "official" solo album, Everyday Robots. The album won't be out until April 29, but at SXSW's Public Radio Rocks Day Stage showcase earlier today, March 14, Albarn dipped generously into songs from Everyday Robots, like the title track,  "Lonely Press Play" and "Mr. Tembo." Listen to Damon Albarn's full set at Public Radio Rocks in the FUV archives now.

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