The TAS Staff Picks Our Top Albums And Singles Of 2013 ... So Far

Wait, where did the last six months go?The Alternate Side staff, swimming through the .WAV files, MP3s, CDs and vinyl records that arrive daily, is slightly astonished by the abundant bounty of good music released this past winter and spring. Our lists for faves of 2013 — so far — barely scratch the surface. But TAS has selected some notable albums and singles that came out during the first half of 2013 (Stateside or internationally), including releases from Savages, Daft Punk, Phosphorescent, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queens of the Stone Age, Kurt Vile, Jagwar Ma, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, Waxahatchee and much more. 

Watch The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Atop The Empire State Building

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' second single from Mosquito, the wistfully pretty "Despair," has a dizzying new video to accompany it. The band headed atop the Empire State Building to film the clip, the first group to ever do so. King Kong, Tom Hanks and Cary Grant were nowhere to be found on the 102-story skyscraper, but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, NIck Zinner and Brian Chase seem vertigo-free running around in "Despair", which can be watched here.

Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining Coachella 2013 Lineup

Just called Indio, California "Little Britain" this spring. Coachella's 2013 lineup has a heavy influx of UK bands like the Stone Roses — that band's first Stateside gigs since reforming last year — Blur, New Order, the xx, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Jessie Ware, Foals, James Blake, Johnny Marr, Two Door Cinema Club and more. Plenty of non-Brits are also on board, with Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wu-Tang Clan, Modest Mouse, Postal Service, Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Sigur Rós, Tame Impala and more also slated for two consecutive weekends, April 12-14 and 19-21.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Set April Release Date For 'Mosquito'

Between not-too-cryptic band tweets about studio sessions and tour dates this month in Australia, it's long been expected that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would be releasing a new album shortly. As of Monday, that suspicion has been confirmed with the official news of the band's fourth album, Mosquito, an announcement accompanied by a video teaser.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tunde Adebimpe and Creep Set For Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert At Union Pool On December 8

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, the side project of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, will be holding a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at Brooklyn's Union Pool on December 8. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, November 27, at 12 p.m. EST. All proceeds from the show go to Waves For Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative.

Grinderman Exits With A Remix Album

Last month Nick Cave pulled the plug on Grinderman — at least for the foreseeable future — but as a final adieu, the band will release a remix album this March, reconfiguring tracks from 2010's Grinderman 2  with contributions from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Queens of the Stone Ages' Josh Homme, UNKLE, Andy Weatherall, The Horrors' Faris Badwan's side project Cat's Eyes, A Place To Bury Strangers and more. After the jump, check out the tracklisting and  Zinner's take on "Bellringer Blues."

Karen O Does Fast Food Film and Debuts Her Psycho Opera

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O certainly has highbrow and lowbrow interests these days. The raven-haired rock singer just covered a song made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings for a short film for fast food chain Chipotle, plus her opera, "Stop The Virgens," premiered at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse, last night, October 12. After the jump, check out both the film and a trailer for the opera, which runs through October 22.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O To Debut Original Opera In October

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O is working with Obie-winning playwright Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter, Hallway Trilogy) on a brand new, still-untitled opera that will make its debut at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse this October in a collaborative production with The Creators Project.

Maximum Balloon Streams New Album On MySpace

Maximum Balloon, the side project of TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek, will stream their debut album for the next two days on MySpace, prior to the album's September 21 release and Sitek's gig at Other Music on September 27. The guest list on the record is impressive: TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Karen O, Little Dragon, Holly Miranda,  David Byrne and more.

Record Store Day Rounds Up Live Yeasayer, Gainsbourg, Jónsi, Dr. Dog, No Age And Scores More

As convenient as iTunes or Amazon might be, online services can't compare to the deeply satisfying experience of walking into your local record store and spending an hour browsing through new, old and vintage albums. In celebration of endangered, local record stores across the world, Record Store Day, this Saturday, April 17, will not only feature unique, limited edition releases - available only in your local shop - but some special appearances by bands and artists like Yeasayer, Sigur Rós' Jónsi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dr. Dog, No Age, Yo La Tengo, Smashing Pumpkins, Freelance Whales, Laurie Anderson and more.

Happy Birthday To Us: The Alternate Side Celebrates Its First Anniversary

The Alternate Side is a year old today, December 17, and to celebrate (aside from reading the daily horoscope for Sagittarius), our on air hosts will be doing double duty, both on TAS (via our digital stream and WFUV HD-3) and on 90.7 WFUV throughout the day. You can listen to Russ Borris at 6:30 and 8:40 am, Demos at 10:30 am and 12:45 pm, and Alisa Ali at 2:30 and 4:15 pm on WFUV. Plus, WFUV's CD of the week, at 8 pm EST tonight is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' It's Blitz!.

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