The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending September 7

Denmark's The Raveonettes ride a wave onto the TAS Top 20 and Alt-J reclaims the peak of the chart.

Weeknight Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On August 14


Shoegaze-leaning Brooklyn duo Weeknight released their majestically melancholy debut, Post-Everything, earlier this year and they've been touring in support of the album this summer. Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon write on their Facebook page that they are "super stoked" about their Rough Trade show on August 14 with Bootblacks and Youth Worship. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Weeknight's big homecoming gig; just enter by this Sunday, July 27, at  5p.m. EDT. 

Alvvays Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On July 28


Toronto's Alvvays makes pretty and intelligent pop music, both tender and resolute. The quintet's fine self-titled album just came out this week and the band is on a celebratory jaunt through North America, prior to heading to London for a handful of dates next month. Alvvays play a free show at Rough Trade on July 28, but The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig (you'll be assured of getting in!) Just enter by this Thursday, July 24, at 5p.m. EDT.

Cloud Nothings: TAS In Session

Cloud Nothings are at once caustic and exhilarating, a whirlwind of reverb and regret. On the Cleveland band's latest album, Here and Nowhere Else, Dylan Baldi and his bandmates aspire to sharper songcraft, bringing a sophisticated layer to their tempestuous punk roar. They'll play the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend and head back to New York this fall for a show at Irving Plaza on October 7. Watch Cloud Nothings' seismic performance in FUV's Studio A and listen to their session in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, July 18, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Jack Cleverly of Cymbals: Five Essential Albums

There are plenty of 2014 albums that merit mention as the best of the year thus far—and those overlooked gems that deserve far more attention. Add Cymbals' The Age of Fracture to both lists. The London quartet's strong sophomore album is diverse, daring and very dance-friendly, but there are also smart dystopian and socioeconomic concepts skittering through the songs. The dynamic Cymbals embark on a brief North American tour this week and play Pianos on Friday, July 18, and Glasslands on Saturday, July 19. Even better, Cymbals frontman Jack Cleverly wrote up a list of his Five Essential Albums for The Alternate Side, sweeping from Harold Budd to Cocteau Twins.

Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett And Mac DeMarco Make Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious music awards and akin to the Mercury Prize, was revealed on Tuesday. Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Basia Bulat and Timber Timbre, who recently did a session for The Alternate Side, are among the bands and artists named to this year's list of ten albums. The winner, who will take home $30,000, will be announced at a gala concert on September 22. 

First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

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Millennial social anxiety pairs with breezy, effortlessly cool surf-rock on Alvvays, and the combination is irresistible. The Toronto band's beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore. Listen to the eponymous debut from Alvvays (pronounced "always") streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on July 22.

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