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.

Saint Rich: FUV Live At CMJ Artist

Saint Rich will be a part of 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 entire showcase will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, streaming online too. We caught up with Saint Rich's Steve Marion — also of Delicate Steve fame — and he gave us the lowdown on his CMJ picks and plans. 

Lucius: FUV Live At CMJ 2013

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Next Tuesday, October 15, WFUV and The Alternate Side will host our own showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, at Rockwood Music Hall from 5-9pm. Our lineup of artists is eclectic and international in scope: Lucius, Claire, Saint Rich and James Bay. The entire showcase will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, streaming online too. One band doesn't have to travel too far to the Lower East Side — Brooklyn's own Lucius. FUV and The Alternate Side caught up with Lucius' Jess Wolfe to discuss her hopes for this year's CMJ ... and what other bands she's excited to see.

CMJ Music Marathon 2013: FUV Live At CMJ Showcase On October 15

Next week, the annual band-a-palooza of New York's CMJ Music Marathon commences and for a second year, WFUV and The Alternate Side will host our own showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on Tuesday, 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.

The Naked and Famous: Five Essential Albums

The Naked and Famous might have relocated from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles, but the tirelessly touring quintet likely spends more time living out of suitcases. Last week the group released its second album In Rolling Waves, a lush, synth-driven tsunami, guided by the affecting vocal exchanges between singers Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith. Since The Naked and Famous are headed to the New York for gigs at Terminal 5 on October 10 and 11 (you can enter to win tickets here), The Alternate Side asked TAS in Session alumnus and nice guy Thom Powers if he'd reveal his Five Essential Albums for us. 

Savoir Adore: Essential Dance Tracks

Last October, Savoir Adore played a terrific set as part of WFUV and The Alternate Side's very first CMJ showcase at the Living Room. Fast foward eleven months and Savoir Adore's Paul Hammer, Deidre Muro and their bandmates will play their biggest headlining show to date in New York this Saturday, September 21, at Music Hall of Williamsburg (and tix are still available). Since FUV has its own Rock Your Body dance party coming up at Webster Hall on October 5, we asked Savoir Adore's Paul and Deidre if they might share their "essential" dance tracks with us. They quickly came up with eight cool selections ... including one '80s classic that they cover as part of their set.

Flume: Five Essential Albums

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Australian electronic artist Flume represents, along with duos like Disclosure and AlunaGeorge, a fresh, kinetic wave of dance music that looks towards more experimental artists like Flying Lotus for inspiration. Flume, real name Harley Streton, had an impressive Aussie hit with his 2012 self-titled debut album.  Since he returns to New York next week, September 11, for a gig at Webster Hall (and you can win TAS tickets here), it seemed a fine tiime to reach out to Flume for his shortlist of Five Essential Albums.

Rock Your Body With FUV And TAS At Webster Hall On October 5

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In the words of Stephen Colbert's beloved Daft Punk, why not lose yourself to dance? FUV is throwing a dance party at Webster Hall on October 5 from 7-10:30 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit the station you love. Join FUV's Rita Houston and Corny O'Connell and The Alternate Side's Russ Borris and Alisa Ali who'll switch DJ duties all night long. Tickets are just $35 and are on sale now.

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