CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces First Round Of Artists

The first wave of artists and bands has been revealed for 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City from October 21-25. Slowdive,The Kills, Courtney Barnett, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cold War Kids, San Fermin, Gerard Way, The Wytches, Ballet School (pictured), Money, Bear's Den and Protomartyr are among the better-known acts descending upon venues, parties and showcases scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn this fall.

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


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


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

Sun Kil Moon Ticket Giveaway: Town Hall On July 24


Sun Kil Moon's prolific Mark Kozelek released his sixth album, Benji, earlier this year, a powerful record steeped in grief, death and quiet lives. More recently, a live album, called Mark Kozelek: Live At Biko, came out at the beginning at this month, and now the singer-songwriter embarks on a Sun Kil Moon tour this week, landing at New York's Town Hall on July 24. The Alternate Side has a handful of tickets for that show; enter to win by Sunday, July 20.

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