WNYE Launch Party with David Bazan

The thunderstorms stayed away yesterday, June 22 and The Alternate Side was out in broad daylight to celebrate the start of our on-air relationship with WNYE 91.5 FM with a very special acoustic performance from David Bazan in Madison Square Park.

TAS Interview (Glastonbury Preview): Metronomy

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The coolly danceable temperament of Metronomy's stellar new album, The English Riviera, perfectly matches its namesake's climate; sun-drenched skies slashed with rain squalls. The sly, witty British electro-pop quartet, led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Joseph Mount, play Glastonbury's main Pyramid Stage this Friday, June 24, at noon, and they've also planned two Stateside gigs, in New York and Los Angeles, this July. The Alternate Side caught up with Joseph and discussed the band's Glastonbury plans, seaside England and his deep affection for Fleetwood Mac.

Northside Festival Coverage: Guided By Voices, Wavves, Sharon Van Etten

The Alternate Side's ace photo team of Joe Grimaldi and Bailey Baffert made it their mission to cover as much of this past weekend's Northside Festival as possible. After the jump, more festive Brooklyn visuals of Guided By Voices and Wavves' McCarren Park outing on Saturday, June 18, and Sharon Van Etten's rainy gig with Beirut (where she was joined by The National's Aaron Dessner on three songs) on Friday, June 17.

Celebrate TAS On WNYE Launch With Free David Bazan Show On June 22

Celebrate the launch of The Alternate Side on 91.5 WNYE with a free acoustic performance from Seattle songwriter David Bazan on Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at New York's Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. TAS DJ's Russ Borris and Alisa Ali will introduce the former Pedro the Lion frontman Bazan who  released his second solo album, Strange Negotiations, last month.

Bonnaroo 2011 Blog: Matthew and the Atlas

Anglo-American folk-rockers Matthew and the Atlas have been touring with Mumford & Sons this spring and the quintet made their first appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival this weekend. In addition to more Mumford & Sons shows this week and one-off co-headlining with The Head and The Heart at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 17, Matthew and the Atlas have lined up two New York gigs at Mercury Lounge on June 22 and Brooklyn's The Rock Shop on June 24. The Alternate Side asked this up-and-coming band, led by singer Matt Hegarty, if they'd blog about their Bonneroo adventures and vocalist/pianist Lindsay West kindly obliged.

Bonnaroo 2011: TAS In Session (Audio) with DeVotchKa

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Colorado's DeVotchKa is set to play this weekend's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival tomorrow, June 11,  and it's one of many  festivals the band has lined up for the summer, both Stateside and overseas. They head to Worthy Farm to play Glastonbury on June 25 and recently signed up for Dave Matthews' Caravan Festival at the Gorge this September. Not long ago, DeVotchKa's Nick Urata and Tom Hagerman dropped by The Alternate Side's Studio A and played something old ("Undone"), something new ("Exhaustible"), something borrowed (Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart") ... and all three were blue.

TAS Interview: Danger Mouse And Daniele Luppi

Producer and composer Danger Mouse and his frequent collaborator, Italian composer Daniele Luppi, embarked on a remarkable five-year journey to record a dream project called Rome, an album that reflects their admiration for the classic scores of '60s and '70s Italian cinema, like the dark splendor of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western oeuvres. Rome, out now, not only features Jack White and Norah Jones, but many of the musicians who played on films like A Fistful of Dollars. The Alternate Side caught up with Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi earlier this month to discuss the long evolution of the album. You can also catch the full interview on Words and Music in Studio A tomorrow, May 26, at 9 p.m. on TAS' sister station, 90.7 WFUV.

TAS Interview: PJ Harvey

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It would be erroneous to call PJ Harvey's brilliant new album, Let England Shake, a mere collection of anti-war, protest songs. Undoubtedly one of the best albums of Polly Harvey's 20-year career, Let England Shake is a clear-eyed, poetic impression of war, national bellicosity and its aftermath. Every track provokes a strong emotional response without hammering home an overt political message. During her sold-out, two-day Terminal 5 run late last month, Polly Harvey chatted with The Alternate Side about her tireless research of war-weary soldiers and civilians, the evolution of this album and her affection for the autoharp.

TAS Interview: Anna Calvi

The decidedly dramatic Anna Calvi launches her long-overdue North American tour later this month, arriving at New York's Bowery Ballroom on May 25. The  British chanteuse's bluesy, near-operatic vocals, bruising guitar and lusty flair for flamenco has made her a fast-rising star in the UK, with a flurry of comparisons to PJ Harvey; coincidentally, Harvey's longtime drummer, Rob Ellis, produced Calvi's debut. The Alternate Side caught up with Calvi and asked her about her inspirations, her unique vision and her very impressive advocate, Brian Eno.

TAS Interview: Elbow

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There's no shortage of good bands playing Coachella this weekend, but one of the best - and a quintet on the brink of a long-overdue Stateside breakthrough - is Manchester's emotionally eloquent rockers, Elbow. Their fifth album, build a rocket boys!, is easily one of the strongest releases of this still-young year, harboring songs like the tender meditation "Lippy Kids" and the big-hearted anthem "Open Arms." Earlier this week The Alternate Side caught up with frontman Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner at an East Village hotel to not only talk about the new album, but the profound brotherhood that has bound these five friends for over twenty years.

TAS Interview: Noah and the Whale

The trajectory of Noah and the Whale's career has been carefully crafted over three albums, from the deceptively sunny insouciance of their 2008 debut, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, to the personal heartbreak (and rebound) of 2009's The First Days of Spring, to the brighter, more observant spirit of their new album, Last Night On Earth. The Alternate Side caught up with singer and songwriter Charlie Fink and violinist Tom Hobden to chat about the band's subtle and smart new album, the eclectic influences that guided them and what SXSW really means to young bands.

TAS Interview: Erland & the Carnival

The far-ranging, catholic tastes of Erland & the Carnival were evident on their self-titled debut, which galloped from near-madrigals to mind-bending psychedelic rockers. On their second album, Nightingale, they've managed to push the envelope even further. The Alternate Side reached out to Erland & the Carnival's David Nock and Simon Tong about the new record and as Tong describes it, "The second album is more like a married couple going to marriage guidance, swearing and throwing saucepans at each other."

TAS Interview: Holy Ghost!

LCD Soundsystem might be saying adieu this week, but Holy Ghost!, a New York band that boasts a DFA Records pedigree and James Murphy's mentorship, are on the ascent. The duo of Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, who drop their euphoric debut on April 5 on iTunes and physically on April 12, play two shows this week at Terminal 5, one poignantly conflicting with LCD Soundsystem's last show. The Alternate Side caught up with Millhiser and chatted about the new record, five of Holy Ghost!'s essential albums and what it means to say farewell to LCD Soundsystem ... for now. Plus, a free download of "Wait & See" from the album.

Thao Nguyen' s SXSW Blog

Singer and social advocate Thao Nguyen had a hectic SXSW schedule, juggling gigs with her band Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and participating in a panel on music and post-Katrina New Orleans. Intrigued by her many obligations - she's also releasing a collaborative album with Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn of Mirah on April 26 - The Alternate Side asked Thao if she'd blog about her Austin escapades.

Withered Hand's SXSW Photo Blog

Scottish singer and songwriter Dan Willson, who plays as Withered Hand, learned about a week before he was to depart for SXSW that his visa application had been rejected by U.S. immigration officials. Stunned, he appealed and reached out to his label, friends and fans for help. International press, radio personalities and other musicians took up his cause. Hours before he was to depart for the States, Willson's visa was approved. Given his stressful escapades, The Alternate Side thought that Dan would have an especially poignant perspective on SXSW and we asked him to do a blog for us ... and he kindly agreed.

It's Spring ... And Tracey Thorn Answers The Alternate Side's Gardening Questions

Tracey Thorn released one of the most beautiful albums of 2010, the wistful and wry Love and Its Opposite, but when The Alternate Side had the chance several days ago to send her a handful of random questions, we decided, in honor of spring, to stray from music and query Tracey about one of her personal passions: gardening. Not only did Tracey give beginning gardeners a few handy tips and revealed her nightmarish blackfly issues with beans, but she generously threw in an excellent pasta recipe.

Apex Manor's SXSW Blog

Apex Manor, founded by former Broken West frontman Ross Flournoy, survived SXSW with dignity intact and had a chance to turn on a fresh batch of fans to their slyly-named debut album, The Year of Magical Drinking. The Alternate Side asked the guys if they'd keep a blog of their Austin triumphs and travails and keyboardist Adam Vine happily complied. Apex Manor play New York's Bowery Ballroom, tonight, March 22, opening for Noah and the Whale, and Mercury Lounge on March 26.

The Boxer Rebellion's SXSW Blog: Part Two

The Boxer Rebellion, who have been blogging for The Alternate Side at SXSW, not only made it through music festival madness, but they also had the chance to transcend Austin fun with a more globally-relevant concern - the SXSW4Japan telethon benefitting survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Hanson, North Mississippi Allstars and more. Part two of drummer Piers Hewitt's SXSW blog after the jump.

Esben and the Witch SXSW Blog: Day Four

Esben and the Witch's indefatigable trio of Daniel Copeman, Thomas Fisher and Rachel Davies has been poetically and visually documenting their SXSW experiences - the good, the bad and the ugly - for The Alternate Side. The powerful Goth-touched band, which recently released their startling debut Violet Cries on Matador Records, play their last SXSW show today, March 19, the all-star Mess With Texas party.

The Boxer Rebellion's SXSW Blog: Part One

Anglo-American anthemic rockers The Boxer Rebellion are gearing up for a North American tour this April, but first they made a return trip to SXSW, supporting their new album The Cold Still which dropped last month. Despite heavy-duty SXSW stress - the band plays their last Austin showcase tonight, March 19 - drummer Piers Hewitt found time to send on a blog for The Alternate Side.

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