Los Campesinos!: TAS In Session

Over the last eight years, the music of Los Campesinos! has straddled both the irreverent and serious, the wise and the witty. Frontman Gareth "Campesinos" Paisey's lyrics briskly percolate with personal and pop culture references, leapfrogging from soccer puns to romantic strife. The Welsh band's latest album, No Blues, might be their strongest to date and earlier this winter the sextet stopped by FUV and TAS for a session. Watch videos of Los Campesinos! in Studio A, listen to the conversation now in the FUV Vault or hear the band's session this Friday, March 7, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: FUV Live

Wig Out At Jagbags is the sixth full length album from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, surpassing the output of Malkmus' other storied band, Pavement. As expected, Wig Out At Jagbags  is a quirky, rocking mélange of witty lyricism and rugged instrumentation. The quartet of Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Mike Clark and Jake Morris stopped by Studio A to play some of the new songs and discuss music, board games and travel. Watch videos of the band in session here and listen to the interview with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks now in the FUV Vault or on the air this Friday, February 28, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming online.

The Fratellis: FUV Live

Over nine years and three albums, the scrappy Scottish trio The Fratellis has meshed swaggering rock with a boisterous sense of humor. Following a three-year hiatus, the band returned with a third album, We Need Medicine, last year and on February 21 they embark on a brief North American tour. Not long ago, The Fratellis visited FUV's Studio A for a session and conversation. Watch videos of The Fratellis live and listen to their session now via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 21, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Emiliana Torrini: FUV Live

Emiliana Torrini's fourth album, Tookah, has earned the ethereal singer four nominations at the upcoming Icelandic Music Awards, including nods in the categories of Composer, Album and Song of the Year. This March, she'll be competing against fellow artists like John Grant at the awards show. But her real reward is the evolution of Tookah itself. Torrini took her time recording the follow-up to 2008's acclaimed Me and Armini, focused on motherhood and also her own artistic conundrums. She recently visited FUV for a session and discussed that winding journey. Watch the videos and listen to Emiliana Torrini's songs and conversation now in the FUV Vault or catch the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 14, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Yuck: TAS In Session

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Yuck has more than persevered following the departure of frontman Daniel Blumberg in early 2013. Guitarist Max Bloom, who wrote the bulk of the music on the band's 2011 self-titled debut, is now at the helm, and the London-based band released a bold and dreamy sophomore album, Glow & Behold, last fall. In addition, Yuck is touring North America this winter, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, February 15. The refreshed lineup of Yuck came by Studio A not long ago for a session and a conversation. Watch the videos, listen to the interview in the FUV archives now, or catch the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, February 7, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Arctic Monkeys: FUV Live

Arctic Monkeys have lost none of their cheek and swagger, but the band's fifth album, AM, reaches for a more mature layer of self-examination and romantic contemplation. Upon AM's release last year, Arctic Monkeys collected critical kudos, commercial success (it's their best-selling album to date) and a Mercury Prize nomination. When the band traveled to New York last fall, The Alternate Side's Eric Holland caught up with them for a chat. Listen to Arctic Monkeys in conversation now in the FUV archives or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, January 31, at 11a.m., also streaming online.

King Krule: TAS In Session

Archy Marshall, who goes by King Krule, is a 19-year-old London songwriter with a caustic voice and a candid perspective. He is a paradox onstage, a slight boy with a pugilist's bearing. That tone runs through his agitated debut, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, revealing youthful bravado underscored by woe. King Krule begins an Australian tour this week, but when he visited New York late last year, he stopped by The Alternate Side for a session. Watch videos of King Krule live in Studio A playing "The Octopus" and "Cementality."

Midlake: FUV Live

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When a frontman departs a band, there are two basic routes that a band can follow: breaking up or soldiering on. Fortunately for its fans, Midlake chose the latter option when Tim Smith left in 2012. Rather than crumbling, Midlake regrouped with guitarist Eric Pulido assuming lead vocals and last fall, the refreshed group released Antiphon, their fourth album. Not long ago Midlake visited Studio A: watch videos of Midlake in performance and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, January 24, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online. 

Laura Veirs: FUV Live

Laura Veirs' songs resonate with clarity, sagacity and nuanced sketches, often conjuring intriguing characters like jazz composer Alice Coltrane and outsider artist Howard Finster. Her latest album, Warp and Weft, is a visceral and emotional journey, gracefully produced by her husband, Tucker Martine. Laura, with infant in tow, stopped by Studio A with her band during a brief tour last fall and you can watch videos of their performance here. Listen Laura Veirs' entire FUV Live session now in the FUV Vault  or on TAS in Session on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, January 17, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Man Man: FUV Live

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Last year, Philadelphia's experimental rockers Man Man released what might be their most straightforward pop album to date, the buoyant On Oni Pond. The entertaining Man Man visited the Bronx for an FUV Live session which you can listen to now in the archives or this Friday, January 10, on TAS on WNYE at 11am EST, also streaming online. Watch videos of Man Man performing songs in Studio A like "Head On" and "Born Tight" right this very minute.

Best Of TAS In Session 2013: Staff Picks

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Over the past 12 months, the TAS staff — Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland and Kara Manning — has chatted with an array of bands and artists for our in-studio sessions that straddle The Alternate Side and FUV Live. Narrowing those conversations down to three sessions that we especially enjoyed was difficult, but our TAS in Session standouts of 2013 included Nick Cave, John Grant, Chvrches, Laura Veirs, Yo La Tengo and many others. Check out our selections (and listen to them in our archives) and find out what lies ahead for them in 2014.

Cults: TAS In Session

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Cults might possess one of the most Google-averse band monikers —  file their intractable name next to Friends, Real Estate and Men for sheer search engine frustration —  but Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion have worked hard to make their internet mystery project become an international breakout band. Cults, which adds touring members on the road,  released Static earlier this year and stopped by the FUV studios this fall for an upbeat session. Even better, they'll be playing a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Eve. Watch videos of Cults in Studio A and listen to the entire session now or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, December 20, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Two Door Cinema Club: TAS In Session

Since the release of Two Door Cinema Club's 2010 debut Tourist History, the three Northern Irish bandmates have rapidly ascended as unorthodox indie rockstars. The trio won the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year for its first release and singer Alex Trimble was prominently featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. On the heels of 2012's Beacon, Two Door Cinema Club released an EP this past August, Changing of the Seasons, which signals an intriguing shift in the band's sound. Watch videos of Two Door Cinema Club in performance at FUV and listen to the band's conversation with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, December 13, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Luscious Jackson: FUV Live

Luscious Jackson played New York's  Webster Hall this past Saturday night in support of the the band's first studio album in 14 years, Magic Hour. Three of the four founding members —  Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser and Kate Schellenbach — and their touring comrades stopped by Studio A recently to perform a mix of new and classic tracks. Watch videos of Luscious Jackson live at FUV and listen to Alisa Ali' s conversation with Jill Cunniff and Gabby Glaser about Magic Hour and the changes they've experienced in the music industry and their own lives.

Jagwar Ma: TAS In Session

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In a year of strong debut efforts, Jagwar Ma's Howlin' is not only a superior maiden release, but one of the most exceptional albums of 2013. Back for a late fall tour of North America, Jagwar Ma are slated for a Rough Trade NYC late show tonight and play a sold-out gig at New York's Bowery Ballroom tomorrow, December 3. Earlier this autumn, Jagwar Ma also did an FUV Live and TAS in Session set  — watch videos and read highlights here — which airs tonight on FUV Live at 9p on 90.7 WFUV (streaming too) and on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, December 6, at 11am ET, also streaming online.  

Chvrches: FUV Live

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Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches played a session for FUV Live recently, selecting songs from their full-length debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. In a conversation with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali, the Glaswegian bandmates discussed their music and drifted into topics that ranged from law to journalism to Halloween costumes. Watch videos of Chvrches playing stripped-down versions of two of their hit singles, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or catch up with the full session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, November 22, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

London Grammar: TAS In Session

The fast-rising British trio London Grammar understands the resonant scope of simplicity, silence and space. The trio's graceful debut album, If You Wait, was released in September to enthusiastic critical reviews and sales, nudged along by a high-profile collaboration with Disclosure on their slinky single "Help Me Lose My Mind." When London Grammar passed through New York earlier this fall, they dropped by The Alternate Side and FUV Live to talk about their friendship and artistic vision. Watch videos of London Grammar in session, read interview highlights and listen to the entire session this Friday, November 15, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11am EST, also streaming online.

The Dismemberment Plan: TAS In Session

The 2010 reunion of mighty Washington D.C. rockers The Dismemberment Plan was good news, but the 2013 release of the quartet's first album in 12 years, the deliberately misspelled Uncanney Valley, has been cause for celebration for the group's devout fans. While in New York last month for a show at Terminal 5, The Dismemberment Plan stopped by The Alternate Side for a very amusing session — watch the videos and read the highlights here. Listen to The Dismemberment Plan in session this Friday, November 7, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Holy Ghost!: TAS In Session

Holy Ghost! is one of New York's quintessential dance bands, boldly bringing live instrumentation to the forefront. The duo of Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, friends since childhood, released their ambitious sophomore album, Dynamics, in September. The Alternate Side traveled to Brooklyn for a session with Holy Ghost! while the band — which expands to a sextet on tour — rehearsed for their second North American road trip, continuing through early November. Holy Ghost! plays a hometown headlning gig at Terminal 5 tonight, Halloween, and will be on TAS on 91.5 WNYE for a session this Friday, November 1, at 11am EDT, also streaming online and in the FUV archives now.

AlunaGeorge: FUV Live

During The Alternate Side's fall fundraising drive, AlunaGeorge's relentlessly catchy debut album, Body Music, is offered as a thank you gift, along with Live From The Alternate Side, Volume 2, for a contribution of only $30 — yes, that's right! Plus, you'll become a TAS and FUV member. Not familiar with AlunaGeorge? Check out the FUV Live session with AlunaGeorge in our archives, watch videos of the charismatic duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid in Studio A or listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.7 WNYE on Friday, October 25, at 11am EDT, also streaming online.

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