Woman's Hour: SXSW 2014 Blog

Serene, sultry electronic quartet Woman's Hour has plenty to celebrate this month. Back in December they signed to Secretly Canadian and spent last week careening from one SXSW showcase to another, including the BBC Introducing stage. This week, the London-based band has two New York gigs, playing Mercury Lounge tonight and Glasslands this Friday, March 21.  Woman's Hour singer Fiona Burgess agreed to pull together a SXSW blog for The Alternate Side and it's not surprising that a band that hails from Kendal, England, home of the achingly sweet Kendal mint cake, would make a beeline for Texan confectionaries with bacon.

The Mary Onettes: SXSW 2014 Blog

Swedish dreampop purveyors The Mary Onettes released their lush, mellifluous mini-album, Portico, earlier this month on Labrador, a swift followup to last year's Hit The Waves. Although the band was sadly forced to postpone their North American tour this month due to unexpected visa issues, they were able to play SXSW, the group's first U.S. dates in six years. The Alternate Side asked The Mary Onettes' frontman Philip Ekström if he'd pull together a photo blog of The Mary Onettes' peregrinations around Austin last week.

Team Me: SXSW 2014 Blog

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The feisty and fun Norwegian band Team Me won the Spellemannprisen —Norway's version of the Grammy— as best pop group of 2011. They're gearing up for their second album, releasing its first single, "F for Faker," in February, and will play in New York tonight (Mercury Lounge) and tomorrow, March 18 (Glasslands Gallery). Wondering how Team Me would fare in Austin during last week's very non-Nordic SXSW madness, The Alternate Side asked the sextet if they'd keep a blog of their "favorite"  festival moments.

Fenster: SXSW 2014 Blog

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The New York/Berlin quartet Fenster just released its delicately-crafted, lo-fi second album, The Pink Caves, earlier this month and brought their gentle new songs to noisy Austin for SXSW. Although Fenster makes beautifully spare music—the vocal interplay between J.J. Weihl and Jonathan Jarzy is sublime—that doesn't mean they are incapable of having a somewhat rowdy time (well, some drinks, some cider and brazen blonding), as Weihl, a native New Yorker, proved when she blogged about Fenster's SXSW adventures for The Alternate Side. 

Roman Remains: SXSW 2014 Blog

Liela Moss and Toby Butler of Duke Spirit have branched out of late with a side project, the darkly propulsive Roman Remains. Earlier this month they released a debut album, Zeal on Dhani Harrison's H.O.T. Records, Ltd. The duo has been touring North America with Gary Numan—they'll be at Webster Hall opening for the electronic music legend this Saturday, March 22—and earlier this week found Roman Remains traipsing around Austin for SXSW. The Alternate Side asked Liela Moss of Roman Remains if she'd blog about her Texas adventures for us—which involved Blondie, big hats and broken elevators.

Thursday, March 13, At SXSW 2014


Team FUV's Laura Fedele blogs about a tragic night and a heartbreaking morning in Austin. FUV's crew found it tough focusing on work today, but they managed, filming performances by The Strypes, Hozier and Spanish Gold at Hotel San Jose (videos to post shortly).

SXSW 2014 Day One: Russ Borris' Blog


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


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!


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.

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