Samsaya: FUV Live

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures. Earlier this summer, Samsaya released her self-titled EP (her second album, Bombay Calling, will be released in the near future) and she's been opening for Lily Allen in North America. However, Samsaya will have her very own headlining New York show this Monday at Mercury Lounge. Watch Samsaya and her bandmates' buoyant performance of "Bombay Calling" and the single, "Stereotype."  

Spoon Ticket Giveaway: Rumsey Playfield On September 10

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Spoon's new album, They Want My Soul, was FUV'S New Dig last week and the group has been on the road supporting their eighth release in just over 20 years. They'll be taking over Rumsey Playfield on September 10, accompanied by !!! and Operators, and The Alternate Side has some tickets to that gig. Want to say farewell to summer with Spoon? Just enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, August 17, at 5p.m. EDT.

Strand Of Oaks: FUV Live

Tim Showalter is the mastermind behind the Philly-based band Strand of Oaks, and his latest album, Heal, is his most personal yet. Through the songs, he takes listeners on a journey into his past, to a time when he was singing Smashing Pumpkins songs to himself in his basement and rifling through his parents' record collection. During a recent visit to Studio A, Tim talked with The Alternate Side's Russ Borris about his favorite artists, from Black Sabbath to Phosphorescent. Watch Strand of Oaks playing songs from Heal live in Studio A and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 8, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

St. Vincent Live On FUV From Celebrate Brooklyn! On August 9

You can be a digital--and radio--witness to St. Vincent in concert this Saturday, August 9. WFUV will broadcast St. Vincent's free show from Celebrate Brooklyn's grassy idyll at the Prospect Park Bandshell beginning at 9p.m. EDT, hosted by The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali. Listen to the show on 90.7FM, also streaming online. The FUV broadcast of St.Vincent at Celebrate Brooklyn is supported by Squarespace.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending August 10

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The return of Weezer and Interpol on the TAS Top 20 while Alt-J takes along an unsuspecting Miley Cyrus to No. 1.

Money Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On September 4

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Manchester's Money released their auspicious debut, The Shadow of Heaven, a year ago in the UK on Bella Union, but the album was just released in the States this year. It's a stately, atmospheric, moody and sometimes profane collection of songs and the quartet rightly earned some of the best reviews of any British debut over the last year. Money will travel to New York later this summer and The Alternate Side is giving away pairs of tickets to their Mercury Lounge show on September 4. Enter for a chance to see Money by this Sunday, August 10, at 5p.m. EDT.

Rudimental Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On September 5

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Rudimental, the Brit Award-winning London collective, also earned a Mercury Prize nomination for Home, their 2013 UK chart-topping debut. The group will be far from home and in New York next month for a gig at Terminal 5 on September 5. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Rudimental's show, so be prepared for some sweaty, soulful dancing. Enter by this Sunday, August 10, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to snag a pair of tickets.

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