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

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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

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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.

Zulu Winter: TAS Tour Diary

Zulu Winter spent its summer like many British bands; doing the European and UK festival circuit. There's a wild diversity of festivals — from the fancy dress Bestival on the Isle of Wright to the massive joint venture of Reading and Leeds to Belgium's Pukkelpop — so it's intriguing to get a band's take on its travels. The Alternate Side asked Zulu Winter's vocalist and bassist Will Daunt if he'd keep a tour blog of the band's September stops at Bestival and the brand new Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, Wales.

California Wives: TAS Interview And Free Download Of 'Blood Red Youth'

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California Wives' synth-sweetened brand of indie pop strays, spiritually and sonically, towards the UK rather than the Chicago band's sturdy Midwestern roots. The quartet just released its debut, Art History, earlier this month and they're touring with Stars and Diamond Rings, playing New York's Webster Hall this Saturday, September 22. Read TAS' chat with California Wives' drummer Joe O'Connor about the band's many influences and, as a bonus, download a track from the album, "Blood Red Youth."

Efterklang: TAS Interview

Efterklang's fourth studio album, the intricate, haunting Piramida, is streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release next week on 4AD, but New Yorkers who haven't seen the innovative, daring Danish band live have a unique opportunity to do so this Saturday, September 22, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Efterklang will join the Wordless Music orchestra for a concert performance of the new album, the group's only show slated in the States thus far this fall. The Alternate Side caught up with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Rasmus Stolberg to discuss Piramida — Efterklang's first as a trio — and the band's journey to the ghost town that inspired the record.

FUV Boat 80s Flashback! The TAS Staff Picks Our Decade Faves

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WFUV and The Alternate Side are going back to the future on the FUV Boat time machine on September 7 with an 80s-themed dance bash down the Hudson River, a vital fundraiser for both stations. Head to rtrcruises.com for tickets and details, but to get ourselves in the mood, the TAS Staff dug out our vinyl, parachute pants and VHS tapes to come up with a list of our faves of that decade.

 

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