The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: TAS In Session

One of many contemporary bands that assumed the mantle of dense and beautiful shoegaze left by '90s predecessors like Ride, Cocteau Twins and Lush, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is led by singer and guitarist Kip Berman. The band's shimmering new album, Days of Abandon, marks a significant change in the group's lineup as well as their sound; under Berman's guidance, this iteration of POBPAH uses fewer electric guitars and focuses on a more acoustic approach. Watch videos of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live in Studio A playing a pair of songs from the new album, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

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.

The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending July 20

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Twin Shadow slips onto the TAS Top 20 with his latest single, but has his eye "To The Top" of the chart (watch out Moz).

Interpol Support 'El Pintor' With North American Dates

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Interpol return on September 9 with El Pintor, the band's fifth album and its first as a trio. In support of that release, Interpol will embark on a long North American tour. The lengthy itinerary includes a hometown show at Terminal 5 on November 24 which falls at the start of Thanksgiving week. Tickets are available for pre-order now; all tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 15, at 10a.m. local time.

Slowdive Tours North America This Fall

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Seminal shoegazers Slowdive reunited earlier this year for assorted UK and European festivals and gigs. Although appearances at this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and next month's FYF Festival in Los Angeles had been Slowdive's only U.S. shows, on Monday the band announced a full North American tour beginning in October, the band's first in over 20 years. Slowdive's road trip includes a stop at New York's Terminal 5 on October 25.  

Veruca Salt Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On July 25

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A fresh batch of resurrected bands have released new albums or toured this year, like Slowdive, Cibo Matto and Pixies. Add to that list the original lineup of Chicago's Veruca Salt, which dramatically broke up in 1998. The quartet of Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro reunited this year for new music, releasing the singles "It's Holy" and "The Museum of Broken Relationships," and they've embarked on a summer tour. Win TAS tickets to see one of Veruca Salt's two sold-out New York shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 25 (the other one is at Bowery Ballroom). Enter by this Sunday, July 20, at 5p.m. EDT

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