First Listen: Hot Chip And 'In Our Heads'

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The quirky dynamic that defines Hot Chip has served the UK quintet well, but perhaps never as fully — or confidently —  as it does on the band's outstanding fifth album, In Our Heads.  The record drops June 12 on Domino Records (June 11 in the UK/EU), but preview it now courtesy of TAS sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

Listen To Alabama Shakes Live From Bowery Ballroom On WFUV

Enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend? Well top it off with a broadcast of Alabama Shakes live from Bowery Ballroom on 90.7 WFUV tonight, May 28, at 9 p.m. EDT. The band just opened for Jack White last week in New York, but back in April, Alabama Shakes marked the release of their debut album, Boys & Girls, with a powerful, celebratory show which you can also listen to now. After the jump, also watch videos of the Alabama Shakes' stand down at SXSW.

Watch: Poliça Live At TAS And WFUV Performing 'Lay Your Cards Out'

Poliça, fronted by the beguiling Channy Leaneagh (and featuring Gayngs gang leader and producer Ryan Olson on its debut album, Give You The Ghost), came by The Alternate Side and WFUV's Studio A last week for a vibrant live session. We'll post the session in its entirety in the not-too-distant future, but check out a video of the band playing "Lay Your Cards Out" from Give You The Ghost, out now on Totally Gross National Product. Poliça play the Sasquatch! Music Festival this Friday, May 25.

First Listen: Sigur Rós And 'Valtari'

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Sigur Rós has returned, in full Icelandic splendor, after a hiatus of four years with Valtari, out on May 29. Preview the album now via The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

Built To Spill: SXSW 2012 Interview With Doug Martsch

Yes, Built to Spill, as their one-sentence SXSW bio stated, is still a band. The Idaho quartet, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, helped arrange a SXSW showcase on March 14 for fellow Boise bands and also played a few more gigs in Austin, including South By San Jose at the Hotel San Jose on March 17. Right before the band's Saturday night set, The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali caught up with singer and guitarist Doug Martsch who revealed recording plans for the next Built to Spill album, possibly due out by the spring of 2013, and a not-so-secret fondness for felines. Built to Spill play New York's Governors Ball Music Festival on June 24.

Poliça: SXSW 2012 Interview

Poliça, just a year old, was born out of Gayngs, a collective known for its shifting lineup of two dozen musicians — including Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Megafaun. Gayngs member and singer Channy Leanagh is the heart of Poliça, ably supported by her bandmates, like Gayngs' Ryan Olson, who produced Poliça's debut Give You The Ghost, and Bon Iver's own Mike Noyce. Riding high on an NPR Music's free day party last week, plus seven other Austin gigs, Leanagh took some time out on Saturday morning, right before the band's Hard Rock showcase at Cedar Door, to chat with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali about the genesis of Poliça, which actually began at last year's SXSW festival.

Django Django: SXSW 2012 Interview With David Maclean

Claiming one of the best-reviewed debut albums of this still-young year, Edinburgh's Django Django dived headlong into their first trip to SXSW, consummating a journey that began back in 2008 when the quartet first formed. They've been often compared to The Beta Band and for a pretty good reason; Django Django's drummer, producer and singer David Maclean happens to be the brother of The Beta Band's keyboard player John Maclean. The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali met up with David MacLean at the Hotel San Jose and learned about all of those Django Django rumors that are simply not true.

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