Nadine Shah: Five Essential Albums

Nadine Shah doesn't release her debut album, Love Your Dum and Mad, until July 23 (July 22 in the UK), but the London-based singer-songwriter's disarming, sultry and brutally beautiful vocals have earned her quick critical comparisons to PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and even Leonard Cohen. Intrigued by Nadine Shah's torchy, turbulent music, The Alternate Side asked what might be on Shah's "essential" list when it came to albums and artists she loved  ... and she came back with choices as surprising as her songs.

Hooded Fang: TAS Tour Blog

Hooded Fang might possess a thrashing, heavy metal-ish moniker — and a somber title for their third album, Gravez — but there's an exuberant sparkle to the Toronto band's fuzzed-out, kaleidoscopic, sometimes surf-pop songs. The Polaris Prize-nominated Hooded Fang has been touring North America this spring and the band launches a string of Canadian and West Coast dates tonight, June 12. The Alternate Side asked bassist April Aliermo if she'd keep a tour blog for us and she did, covering gigs, a visit to frontman Daniel Lee's mom and noshing on loads of Chinese food.

Lucy Rose: North American Tour Blog

Fans of Bombay Bicycle Club became familiar with Lucy Rose as the fetching vocalist backing Jack Steadman, but the 23-year-old, flame-haired singer has struck out on her own. She signed, impressively, with Columbia Records last year and released her tender and wistful debut, Like I Used To, in September in the UK. Her EP, Middle of the Bed, is out now in the States. Lucy Rose, who begins a UK tour tomorrow, April 19recently embarked on her first North American road trip — including a stop at SXSW — and blogged about her adventures for The Alternate Side.

Field Report: SXSW 2013 Blog

Along with Bon Iver and Megafaun, Milwaukee's Field Report came from the ashes of DeYarmond Edison. Christopher Porterfield, formerly of that group, and his Field Report bandmates Travis Whitty and Jeff Mitchell conquered SXSW last week and kicked off a mostly East Coast tour this week, slated to reach New York's City Winery on March 26. The Alternate Side asked bassist Travis Whitty if he'd keep track of Field Report's Austin mischief, from tattoos to Ice Cold Perm, via a photo blog.

K.I.D.S.: SXSW 2013 Blog

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K.I.D.S., the duo of London's Charles Cave, bassist for White Lies, and Stockholm's Rosanna Munter, made its live debut at SXSW in Austin last week, bringing along former members of Ipso Facto and M.I.A.'s band to fill out their live lineup. The electro-pop pair, still recording their debut album, pulled together a SXSW photo blog for The Alternate Side, capturing the glory of K.I.D.S. very first live show — ever — at Clive Bar.

Broncho: SXSW 2013 Blog

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Tireless Oklahoma garage punks Broncho not only made it through SXSW, but they sacrificed much-needed sleep to play the Spillover Festival in Dallas on St. Patrick's Day. The Alternate Side asked Broncho bassist Johnathon Ford if he'd keep a SXSW blog for us, tracking the band's towing terrors, showcases and much needed BBQs.  

Alpine: SXSW 2013 Blog

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Alpine's 2012 debut album, A is For Alpine,  isn't even out in the States until May 21 of this year, but the Melbourne sextet has emerged as one of Australia's most praiseworthy young bands. Alpine has toured with The Naked and Famous, Kimbra and Cloud Control and has racked up Aria nominations and iTunes honors. Their busy SXSW journey includes the Aussie BBQ on Saturday afternoon, March 16. Alpine drummer Phil Tucker has been faithfully keeping a SXSW blog for The Alternate Side, a trip that's included a memorable meeting with Billy Bragg.

Blaudzun: 2013 SXSW Blog

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Blaudzun, aka Johannes Sigmonds, just completed his SXSW adventure tonight, March 15, at the Cedar Street Courtyard. The Dutch singer-songwriter's third album, Heavy Flowers, is out now. Blaudzun, who has been dubbed the Ryan Adams of the Netherlands, kept track of his SXSW adventures for The Alternate Side and even managed to get his photo splashed across the front page of the Austin American Statesman. Read Blaudzun's SXSW blog here.

TAS Interview: The Maccabees' Orlando Weeks

The Maccabees' third album Given to the Wild heralded a new chapter for the UK quintet. The confident, expansive nature of the 2012 record earned The Maccabees a 2012 Mercury Prize nomination and tours with Florence and the Machine and the Black Keys. The Maccabees embark on their first headlining tour of North America this week, arriving in New York next week  for two gigs at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. TAS caught up with the Maccabees' frontman Orlando Weeks to discuss their imminent domination of the States and what Mötley Crüe nearly left behind at a venue.

Mission Of Burma: TAS Tour Blog

The great American punk band Mission of Burma has spent the last decade not only relishing its reunification, but reinvigorated by it. The band's last year has been especially fecund with fresh material via the release of Unsound, the group's fifth studio album, and a retrospective collection, Learn How. TAS asked singer/guitarist Roger MIller if he'd keep a tour diary of Mission of Burma's December jaunt through Europe and, even better, the guys' return to New York to play Bowery Ballroom on January 18.

Breaking Bands 2013: TAS Staff Picks This Year's New Faces To Watch

As The Alternate Side staff sifts through EPs and singles on a daily basis, discovering up-and-coming bands — especially those without a debut album yet —  there are always a few that we find ourselves championing tirelessly to anyone who'll listen to us. It's difficult to ascertain the chance of a new name breaking in a big way, but the bands and artists we'd like to take over the world in 2013 include Chvrches, Savages, AlunaGeorge, Public Service Broadcasting, Hunters, Pins, Angel Haze, Guards, Fidlar, Milk & Biscuits and Indians. Read the TAS Staff picks after the jump.

Spirit Animal: TAS Tour Diary

Brooklyn's Spirit Animal was affected, like so many others, by Hurricane Sandy, but the kinetic psychedelic rock quartet shook off the setback and embarked on a brief tour earlier this month. The Alternate Side asked frontman Steve Cooper if he could keep a blog of the band's East Coast travels, which included a Hurricane Sandy benefit. Spirit Animal, which released the EP This Is A Test earlier this year, plays a late show at Mercury Lounge on February 1.

Tracey Thorn On 'Tinsel And Lights' (And Boxing Day Quizzes): TAS Interview

Throughout her career — from Marine Girls to Everything But The Girl to her solo work — Tracey Thorn has always quietly rebelled from a predicatable route. While a Christmas album of mostly covers might sound like a surprising choice for Thorn, the unconventional path she's chosen for her beautiful new release, Tinsel and Lights, is evergreen, extending far beyond the holiday season. Thorn's insightful song selections, from the White Stripes to Scritti Politti to Sufjan Stevens, are wintry walkabouts of reflection and regeneration. The Alternate Side chatted with Tracey Thorn, not only about her new album, but her family's Yuletide traditions, from clementine cake to slightly inebriated Boxing Day quizzes.

Frank Ocean, Alt-J, Django Django And More On TAS Staff 'Best Of 2012' Lists


Never mind the naysayers — 2012 was a great year for new music. The Alternate Side staff cheated a bit by coming up with a six month list earlier this summer, but as we edge closer to the end of the year, our final "Best of 2012" tally of music faves includes Frank Ocean, Alt-J, Django Django, Poliça, Tame Impala, Bob Mould, Public Service Broadcasting, Divine Fits, Beach House and much more. And what was your favorite music of 2012?  

Gold Fields: Tour Diary

When Australian quintet Gold Fields visited The Alternate Side's Studio A earlier this year for a session, they had just released a self-titled EP. Fast forward six months, and the band is on the brink of releasing its debut album, Black Sun, on February 26. The Ballarat group is currently touring North America — they play New York's Bowery Ballroom on December 4 — and TAS asked Gold Fields' frontman, Mark Robert Fuller, if he'd keep a blog of their travels earlier this fall and he did, noting everything from a first Stateside Halloween to an encounter with a peeved police officer in New Mexico.

Full Lineup Set For WFUV Holiday Cheer On December 5, Tix On Sale Now

Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Shelby Lynne and special guest Steve Earle are now set for The Alternate Side's parent station's annual fundraising concert, Holiday Cheer for WFUV, on Wednesday, December 5, at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets for the show are on sale now through Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will support WhyHunger's local Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts.

TAS Tour Diary: Sylver Tongue's Charlotte Hatherley

As one of Britain's most gifted young guitarists, Charlotte Hatherley has followed an unconventional path. She departed Ash in 2006, released three terrific solo albums, and took side jobs touring as a guitarist for bands like Bat For Lashes. Hatherley's latest project is the sleek, sultry and synth-propelled Sylver Tongue. A new EP is out this week, Something Big and Sylver Tongue just supported Bat For Lashes on a UK tour. The Alternate Side asked Hatherley if she'd keep a tour diary of part of that journey through Scotland and Manchester.

How To Help: Sandy Relief Efforts


The tri-state area is still reeling from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but there are many ways you can help your neighbor via donations or volunteering. Here's a list of where to start.

Toy: TAS Tour Diary

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London rockers Toy have an interesting backstory, they're good friends with the Horrors, and they can claim one of the best debut albums of 2012, a self-titled, blissed-out kaleidoscope of melodic, Krautrock-infused psychedelia. Toy hasn't toured the States yet, but they kick off a UK tour tonight, October 24, in London.The Alternate Side asked the five members of Toy if they could keep a tour diary for us.

CMJ Showcase Interviews: Indians, Little Green Cars, Savoir Adore, Wax Poetic

WFUV and The Alternate Side's very first CMJ Music Marathon showcase takes place tomorrow, October 16, at the Living Room. We had a few questions to ask our four international bands — Copenhagen's Indians, Dublin's Little Green Cars and New York bands Savoir Adore and Wax Poetic — and they kindly offered up their views on everything from Brooklyn "myths"  to not-to-be-missed CMJ acts. The WFUV/TAS CMJ showcase, which airs live on 90.7 WFUV on Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m. EDT,  is supported by TuneIn. Listen to the world.

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