CMJ 2014 Postscript: Slowdive, Happyness, Purling Hiss, September Girls, Bo Ningen, Cymbals And More

CMJ blazed through our lives last week, bringing 1300 bands into 80 New York City venues for innumerable showcases (including FUV Live at CMJ with Horse Thief, Son Little, Elle King and Happyness). The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and Kara Manning set out to see as many bands as they could and report on the highlights of a dizzying five day marathon.

First Listen: Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

After two solid albums, Too Bright is something shockingly new for Perfume Genius: a set of muscular, magnificently controlled songs that explore darkness inside and out. Listen to Perfume Genius' Too Bright streaming via FUV and NPR Music before its release on September 23 on Matador Records.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending September 21


Kindness and Perfume Genius leap onto the last TAS Top 20 chart of the summer.

Banks Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On September 30


Goddess, the sultry debut album of Jillian Banks, who goes merely by Banks, is chock full of cooler-than-cool producers like Sohn, Tim Anderson and Shlohmo, adding texture, beats and basslines to her songs of romantic woe. Banks has sold out her Terminal 5 show on September 30—which features support from one of the producers on Goddess, Lil Silva, and Aussie trio Movement—but The Alternate Side has set aside some tickets. Fill out the entry form for a chance to win by this Sunday, September 21, at 5p.m. EDT.

Kasabian Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On September 27


One of Britain's biggest rock bands—they closed out Glastonbury this summer as the festival's final headliner—Kasabian's arena-ready fifth album, 48:13, was released earlier this year overseas (debuting at No. 1 on the UK chart), but it won't come out in the States until October 7. Catching Kasabian at Terminal 5 on September 27 is akin to seeing an "intimate" gig for a group that played for 50,000 fans at a Leicester homecoming concert in June and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets the band's upcoming New York show. Opening is the Japanese punk band Bo Ningen. Enter by this Sunday, September 21, at 5p.m. EDT for a chance to win tickets to see Kasabian.

The Raveonettes Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On September 29


The Raveonettes, the Danish duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, didn't release their seventh album, Pe'ahi, with much fanfare this summer, but the record marks a tidal shift in the band's sound, from stripped back to sumptuous. They return to the States this fall, playing two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with another duo, Coves. The Alternate Side has tickets for a couple of lucky winners for The Raveonettes' September 29 gig. Enter by Sunday, September 21, for a chance to snag a pair.

My Brightest Diamond Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On September 25


My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden has long been one of experimental rock's more intriguing provocateurs, collaborating with Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and The National. For her fifth album, This Is My Hand, she steps into the milieu of more straighforward pop, albeit with a bold, arty twist. My Brightest Diamond brings her eclectic, expansive songs to Bowery Ballroom on September 25 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Fill out an entry form by this Sunday, September 21, for a chance to win.

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