The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending October 19

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Caribou's Dan Snaith ascends to the top of the TAS Top 20 with his anthemic "Can't Do Without You."

SBTRKT Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On October 26-27

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British producer SBTRKT, aka Aaron Jerome, had a slight stumble out of the gate for his fall North American tour, canceling several dates because of illness, but he's back on track as of this week and headed to Terminal 5 later this month for two shows. SBTRKT, supporting his lush new album Wonder Where We Land, will be at the venue on October 26 (which is sold out) and October 27 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for both evenings. In order to enter, you must be available for either SBTRKT date; just fill out an entry form by this Sunday, October 19, at 5p.m. EDT.

Smallpools and Magic Man Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On October 28

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Los Angeles popsters Smallpools and New England's Magic Man are both young bands on a fast track. Smallpools broke through with their much-blogged-about single "Dreaming" and a self-titled EP while Magic Man recenty released their album Before The Waves. Both bands are bringing along Panama Wedding for their fall tour too and all three groups will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 28. The Alternate Side has set aside some tickets for a couple of lucky winners; just enter by this Sunday, October 19.

Drowners Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On October 28

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Drowners, a Welsh-American band based in Brooklyn, released their pop-friendly, melodically raucous, self-titled debut last winter. They've opened for a batch of British bands, like Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Temples. Drowners play a hometown show at Rough Trade on October 28 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Enter by this Sunday, October 19, at 5p.m. EDT.

Future Islands: FUV Live

Future Islands has spent a decade releasing albums that mix eclectic genres, from synth-splashed pop to harder-edged rock with a hip-hop heart. Yet after three albums, tireless touring and relocating from their native North Carolina to Baltimore, the trio erupted into mainstream consciousness this year with their fourth release, Singles, and via a galvanizing appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Future Islands recently travelled to the Bronx for an FUV Live session and conversation—well, mostly the chatty and effusive Herring spoke—about their early years in North Carolina, the group's place in Baltimore's Wham City art collective and their dazzling year. Watch videos of Future Islands in Studio A and listen to the session in the FUV Vault now.

TAS Five Favorite Concerts: Russ Borris

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another. Our own Russ Borris found a bridge between the sartorial splendor of Prince and the flannel-shirted ferocity of Soundgarden.

 

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