Solid Sound 2015 Lineup Includes Wilco, Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, Mac DeMarco And More

Solid Sound 2015, the music and arts festival curated by Wilco, announced its impressive lineup of bands on Tuesday night via a trivia game with fans during a live Facebook event. Perhaps guessing Wilco or even Tweedy was easiest, but the mighty roster also includes Real Estate, Richard Thompson, Mac DeMarco, Shabazz Palaces, Ryley Walker, Luluc, Cibo Matto, the Felice Brothers, Parquet Courts, NRBQ, Taj Mahal, The Autumn Defense, King Sunny Ade and Bill Frisell. Tickets for Solid Sound 2015 are available now. This year's festival takes place June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.  

Future Islands Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On January 8


Future Islands had a career-changing year in 2014, one that saw the earnest Baltimore trio leapfrogging from cult favorite to mainstream success story thanks to their album Singles. Not surprisingly, Future Islands has sold out their two shows at Terminal 5 this week, but The Alternate Side has a couple of pairs set aside for their January 8 gig, joined by Operators and Wing Dam. Fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, January 7, at 3 p.m. EST and cross your fingers — maybe you'll win a pair.

Savages Ticket Giveaway: Mercury Lounge On January 14


Savages are taking over New York this month with nine shows — yes, nine — at various small venues across New York City, including two sold-out gigs at Mercury Lounge. The band, which recently released a collaborative album with noise rockers Bo Ningen, Words For The Blind, has also been working on its second album and plan on introducing those recent compositions during the New York residency. The Alternate Side has a handful of precious tickets for Savages' sold-out Mercury Lounge show on January 14. Fill out an entry form by this Sunday, January 11, at 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win.

Owen Pallett Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On January 29


Gifted songwriter, composer and violinist Owen Pallett released his fourth solo album, In Conflict, earlier this year. The album, a followup to 2010's Heartland, is a deeply personal one for the Oscar nominee (for the score of Spike Jonze's Her with Arcade Fire's William Butler), former Polaris Prize-winner and Arcade Fire touring member. Owen Pallett plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets; enter by this Sunday, January 11, at 5 p.m. EST.

Rustie Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On January 8


Glasgow producer Rustie released his restless, shapeshifting second album Green Language last year, tangling pop, hip-hop and atmopherics into an euphoric forest of electronic textures. Rustie, real name Russell Whyte, is in the States for a month-long tour and stops at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 8. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Rustie; just enter for a chance to win by this Wednesday, January 7, at 3 p.m. EST.

My Brightest Diamond: FUV Live

Shara Worden is a true artist. She has scored films, has sung with symphonies and in operas, collaborated on various visual art projects and, of course, fronts the experimental rock band, My Brightest Diamond. Worden's most recent album as My Brightest DiamondThis Is My Hand, is a wonderful fusion of high art and pop culture and it might well be her best work to date. Watch videos of Shara Worden's performance in Studio A and listen to the interview via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, January 2, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For 2014


Alt-J tops the list of the most popular TAS tracks of 2014.

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