SXSW 2014 Day One: Russ Borris' Blog

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FUV and The Alternate Side's Russ Borris arrived in Austin, Texas yesterday and will be blogging from SXSW this week. On Day One, he saw St. Vincent, Hozier, Benjamin Booker and others. Russ is gearing up for the Public Radio Rocks showcase this Friday, March 14, broadcast live on FUV starting at noon with Damon Albarn, The Hold Steady, Temples, Phantogram, Jeremy Messersmith and Lucius.

Lanterns On The Lake's Hazel Wilde: Five Essential Albums

Earlier this month, Lanterns on the Lake made a confident New York debut at Mercury Lounge in support of the quintet's dreamy, radiant and tempestuous second album, Until The Colours Run. Hailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Lanterns on the Lake is adroitly fronted by singer and keyboardist Hazel Wilde, a willowy presence with a bold, beautiful voice. The Alternate Side asked Wilde if she'd write about her Five Essential Albums for us and she did, finding inspiration in everything from the poetry of Bob Dylan to the Manchester swagger of the Gallagher brothers.

Peggy Sue: TAS Tour Diary

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London-based trio Peggy Sue has gone through subtle and more overt changes over its decade-long history. Smartly taking the time needed to craft their third studio release, the folk rockers, who have supported Jack White and Mumford & Sons in the past, recently released their finest and most soulful album, Choir of EchoesPeggy Sue find themselves in snowy New York this week and will play Glasslands Gallery tomorrow, February 13. The Alternate Side asked one of Peggy Sue's two singers, Katy Klaw, if she'd keep a diary of the band's recent UK tour celebrating Choir of Echoes' release and she cheekily conveyed the joy (and exhaustion) of promoting a brand new album.

FUV Dance Party Takes Over Webster Hall On March 1

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Saturday, March 1st at Webster Hall, 7-10:30pm is the next FUV Dance Party!  Whether you loved the last one or missed it (bummer), this is your chance to redeem yourself and support your favorite radio station at the same time. Get out and celebrate with fellow music lovers, whether you're a dancer or a listener.  We'll make it easy - your first drink is on us, and there's giveaways galore for the first 100 people through the door. FUV DJ's Rita Houston and Corny O'Connell and The Alternate Side's Russ Borris and Alisa Ali will be spinning the tunes.Tickets are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and are on sale now through Ticketweb.com or at the Webster Hall Box Office, with all proceeds benefiting WFUV.  

 

Simon Raymonde: Five Essential Albums

Since the dissolution of Cocteau Twins in 1997, Simon Raymonde has focused on running his Bella Union label, the UK home of eclectic artists like John Grant, Beach House and Midlake. Back in 2006, Raymonde began collaborating with Wisconsin singer Stephanie Dosen and they eventually co-founded Snowbird in 2009. The dream pop duo will release their elegant debut, Moon, on January 28 in the States, a recording which also features members of Radiohead, Midlake and Lanterns on the Lake. FUV and The Alternate Side asked Simon Raymonde, a tireless champion of so many bands over his storied career, if he'd compile his Five Essential Albums for us.

Fanfarlo: Five Essential Albums

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Fanfarlo's blissful EP of last year, The Sea, was a sparkling pop prelude to the London band's bold third album, Let's Go Extinct, due out on February 11 via Blue Horizon. The group unearths more danceable grooves on this latest release and has a lengthy North American tour this spring, including two New York dates in late April. FUV and The Alternate Side have been longtime fans of Fanfarlo, visitors to Studio A in 2009 and 2012, so we asked bearded bassist Justin Finch if he might list the Five Essential Albums that have influenced him and his Fanfarlo cohorts.

Breaking Bands 2014: TAS Staff Picks New Faces To Watch

The Alternate Side staff chose our breakout bands carefully last year with Chvrches, Savages, Public Service Broadcasting and AlunaGeorge among the names making our list. So we're feeling a bit of pressure picking the artists we firmly believe will captivate the world in 2014, like Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, Wild Cub, Haerts, Wolf Alice (pictured), Empress Of and FKA Twigs. Read about our individual picks for those musicians we feel — and hope — are at the start of an amazing year.

San Fermin's Ellis Ludwig-Leone: Five Essential Albums

It has been a stellar year for Brooklyn-based composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone and his chamber pop band, San Fermin, which released a self-titled debut in September to effusive reviews. Barely a year since San Fermin played its first show at Pianos (and just a few months after the band's session for FUV Live), Ludwig-Leone and his bandmates will play their biggest New York headlining gig to date, presented by FUV, tonight, December 12, at Music Hall of Williamsburg (it's sold out, but they return to Bowery Ballroom in February). Given his many influences, veering from classical to pop to rock,  FUV asked Ellis Ludwig-Leone if he'd share his Five Essential Albums with us.

Recap: Holiday Cheer For FUV

Spirited, soulful and totally sold out, Tuesday night’s benefit, Holiday Cheer for FUV, exceeded our wildest expectations. The enthusiastic camaraderie onstage made for a focused, familial celebration of musician friends gathered at the Beacon Theatre on a frigid December evening. Holiday Cheer for FUV was led by the boldly hirsute Sam Beam of Iron & Wine with “house band” Calexico guiding every set from guests Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee and Beth Orton. See all of the photos via FUV's Flickr stream and read the recap of the night's festivities. You can hear highlights of the show on 90.7FM WFUV on Monday, December 23, at noon and Christmas night at 7:30pm, also streaming online.

Basia Bulat: Five Essential Albums

Ravaged heartbreak meets willful resilience on Basia Bulat's third album,Tall Tall Shadow, a strong collection of songs that pushes Bulat beyond folk perimeters. Produced by Bulat, Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury and Mark Lawson, who helmed Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Tall Tall Shadow marks a sonic transition for Bulat. She is touring North America with a full band and has a gig at New York's Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, November 23. Intrigued by her many influences, WFUV and The Alternate Side asked Basia Bulat — who did a session for TAS in 2010  —  if she might tell us about her Five Essential Albums.

Temples: TAS Interview

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Over the past year Temples has released a handful of blissed-out singles while tirelessly touring and building a dedicated fan base seduced by the Midlands band's knack for lush, psychedelic pop gems. This week, Temples announced the release of the quartet's first album, Sun Structures, on February 11 (February 12 in the States). Temples make their New York debut at Bowery Ballroom on November 25 and Brooklyn's Union Pool on November 26. The Alternate Side caught up with Temples' singer, bassist and co-founder Tom Warmsley to discuss Temples' evolution, treasured albums, famous fans like Johnny Marr and much more.

Duologue: TAS Tour Diary

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It's been nearly a month since all of New York was overtaken by the CMJ Music Marathon (and by the party-crashing Arcade Fire too). One of the many young bands making a particularly strong impression was the London's Duologue, supporting their diverse, emotionally complex debut album, Song and Dance. After catching Duologue's confident gig at the Communion Records showcase, The Alternate Side asked lead singer Tim Digby-Bell if he'd keep a diary of the band's entire CMJ experience, which included spotting a Dessner brother from The National watching their set — although which Dessner twin brother remains a mystery.

FUV's Holiday Cheer 2013 — More Artists Added!

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It's our annual Holiday Cheer for WFUV concert on Tuesday, December 10 at 8pm at the Beacon Theatre. This year's concert features a host of musicians who will join Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) for a special collaborative evening of music. Guests include Calexico, Nick Lowe — and just announced —  Glen Hansard and Kathleen Edwards. More artists to be announced! Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or pick them up in person at the Box Offices of the Beacon Theatre, Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall to avoid convenience fees. Holiday Cheer for FUV is supported by Fairway.

Summer Camp: Five Essential Albums

Despite their seasonal moniker, the sparkling indie pop songs of Summer Camp — the London duo of Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey — are as beguiling in the chill of autumn as they are in the sultry heat of summertime. The couple released their self-titled second album in September on Moshi Moshi, recruiting famed Smiths and Blur producer Stephen Street and shaping blissed-out gems like "Fresh" and "Crazy." Intrigued by the palette of vivid pop colors in their songs, The Alternate Side asked Jeremy and Elizabeth if they might reveal Summer Camp's Five Essential Albums.

CMJ Roundup 2013: Courtney Barnett, Claire, Joanna Gruesome And More

We — that is, The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and TAS/UKNY's Kara Manning — survived the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon last week. From October 15-19 we ran around the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and various spots in Brooklyn, clutching our badges, and saw as many sets as possible. Here's a CMJ roundup of the bands that we liked best or found most memorable, like Claire, Courtney Barnett, Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Landshapes, TorresTiny Ruins and more.

Iron And Wine, Calexico And More Tapped For FUV's Holiday Cheer

Well, here's something to feel cheery about!  Iron and Wine and friends like Calexico, Nick Lowe and others to be announced will headline FUV's annual Holiday Cheer benefit concert on December 10 at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 18 at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster and at the venue.

Barbarossa: TAS Tour Diary

Barbarossa, the London-based electronic producer James Mathé, balances his solo work with his role as a touring member of Junip. In August, Barbarossa released his handsomely soulful album Bloodlines via Memphis Industries. The Alternate Side asked Mathé, who has been touring the States with Junip this fall, if he'd keep a tour diary of his September swing through Germany, which involved misplaced rucksacks, memorable gigs and sauerkraut.

FUV Live At CMJ 2013 Showcase On October 15

New York's CMJ Music Marathon begins today and for a second year, WFUV and The Alternate Side will host our own showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, tonight, October 15, from 5-9pm at Rockwood Music Hall. This year, we'd like you to discover an international quartet of groups and artists that we're pretty excited about: LuciusClaireSaint Rich and James Bay.  The entire showcase will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, streaming online too. There will be a rebroadcast of the showcase on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. too.

Claire: FUV Live At CMJ Artist

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Making their way from Munich, Germany to the Lower East Side, the members of the synthpop band Claire will mark their U.S. radio debut when they play WFUV and The Alternate Side's CMJ Music Marathon showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on October 15 at Rockwood Music Hall from 5-9pm. The lineup also includes newcomers Lucius, Saint Rich and James Bay. Every set of the showcase will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, streaming online too.

James Bay: FUV Live At CMJ Artist

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Meet British singer-songwriter James Bay, one of four newcomers tapped for WFUV and The Alternate Side's CMJ Music Marathon showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, which takes place on October 15 at Rockwood Music Hall from 5-9pm. Our lineup also includes Lucius, Claire and Saint Rich. The entire showcase will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, streaming online too. James Bay told WFUV and The Alternate Side about his CMJ picks ... which includes a slice of New York pizza.

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