Speedy Ortiz: TAS In Session

The Northampton, Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz has been impressing audiences with their vivacious live shows and their lo-fi, edgy, DIY approach. Earlier this year, the band visited The Alternate Side's studios for a session right before the release of their most recent EP, Real Hair. Check out videos of Speedy Ortiz in performance and hear the entire session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, May 23, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online and at any time in the FUV Vault.

Conor Oberst: FUV Live

The prolific Conor Oberst has a collection of bands: Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk.  He’s also put out several albums as a solo artist. His sixth solo album, Upside Down Mountain, is FUV's New Dig this week. Watch videos of Conor Oberst when he recently visited Studio A and listen to the entire session in the FUV Vault now or on 90.7FM tonight, May 20, at 9p.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Timber Timbre: TAS In Session

Earlier this spring, Toronto indie rockers Timber Timbre released their fifth album, a haunting collection enticingly christened Hot Dreams. The trio, guided by Taylor Kirk's idiosyncratic, commanding baritone, is in the midst of a North American tour and in late April they made their way to the Bronx for a video session of songs from the new record: the title track "Hot Dreams" and "This Low Commotion." Watch videos of Timber Timbre in performance now in Studio A.

Lykke Li: FUV Live

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Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li attacks her songs with steely resolve, even if there's a wounded quality to her angsty examinations of broken love affairs. Her third, just-released album, the transparently-titled I Never Learn, sees Li diving headlong into the raw aftermath of a bad breakup, leaning on big ballads and her aching soprano. The singer and her bandmates visited Studio A last month and you can watch videos of Lykke Li performing "Gunshot" and "Never Gonna Love Again" at FUV. Listen to the entire Lykke Li session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, May 16, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online

Damon Albarn: FUV Live

In the '90s, Damon Albarn and his Blur bandmates led the Britpop charge, confronting American grunge with Union Jack-waving brio. Restless, Albarn eventually formed three other bands, including Gorillaz, collaborated with Malian and Congolese musicians and delved into theatre and opera. However, Albarn waited until 2014 to release his solo "debut" under his own name. That album, Everyday Robots, is a wistful, autobiographical journey. Last month, Albarn and his band, The Heavy Seas, came to the Bronx for a special FUV session. Watch videos now of Damon Albarn's wonderful performance, featuring members of the Harlem Gospel Choir and the Scorchio Quartet. You can listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, May 9, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

 

Eagulls: TAS In Session

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Raucous rockers Eagulls hail from Leeds in northern England, the city that also spawned Wild Beasts and Alt-J.  Although firmly rooted in visceral punk and blistering shoegaze, Eagulls bring a sleekly modern and melodic touch to their songs. Eagulls had an impressive run at SXSW this past March and they'll be back in New York on May 13 for a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge. They also dropped by The Alternate Side not long ago for a session. Watch videos of Eagulls rocking the very foundation of Studio A and listen to the full inteview in the FUV Vault or today, May 2, on 91.5 WNYE at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

St. Lucia: TAS In Session

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St. Lucia's Jean Philipe Grobler has been singing ever since he was a choir boy in Johannesburg, South Africa. His music also took him to Liverpool and he eventually came to New York City, where he now resides. Pure pop music comes most naturally to Grobler and on St. Lucia's debut album, When The Night, his songs are effusively catchy and fun. Grobler and his St. Lucia bandmates brought their charismatic selves to Studio A not long ago. Listen to the entire St. Lucia session in the FUV Vault now or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 25, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Warpaint: TAS In Session

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The second weekend of Coachella is upon us and Warpaint is on the bill. We've been caught in "The Undertow" of this L.A.-based band since 2010, when Warpaint released their excellent debut,The Fool. There is now a new, self-titled release which expands upon their atmospheric vibe. Although the band incorporated other sonic textures and a more meticulous approach to arrangment, Warpaint still maintains that same spooky vibe that filtered through their earlier work. Watch videos of Warpaint  performing in Studio A and listen to an interview with the band in the FUV Vault

 

Real Estate: FUV Live

Back in 2011, FUV host Darren DeVivo discovered Real Estate while listening to The Alternate Side—not bad when music discovery begins at home! Beguiled by the New Jersey group's knack for jangling guitars, richly-woven melodies and catchy hooks, he became a fervent fan and recently interviewed Real Estate for FUV. The band released its third album, Atlas, earlier this year they've  just announced a show at Terminal 5 on October 2. Earlier ths spring, the guys visited FUV's Studio A for a session, available now in the FUV Vault. Watch videos of live performances of Real Estate's "Crime," "Primitive" and more. 

Public Service Broadcasting: TAS In Session

The London-based Public Service Broadcasting is a bespectacled electronic duo who call themselves J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. Utilizing clips borrowed from archival propaganda movies, newsreels and educational films found in the British Film Institute and elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting makes humorous, uplifting and resonant music that is mostly instrumental with spoken samples serving as vocals. Watch Public Service Broadcasting performing live in Studio A, listen to the duo's session now in the FUV Vault, or listen to it on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 11, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

Milagres: WFUV Live

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The latest release from the Brooklyn-based Milagres is called Violent Light and it finds the band refining its icy synthpop sound. There are subtle hints of '80s-era Roxy Music and David Bowie filtering through Milagres' lush and grand songs. Not long ago the men Milagres, who mark the release of Violent Light with a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 10, stopped by Studio A for a conversation. Watch Milagres in performance and listen to their session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 4, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Dum Dum Girls: FUV Live

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Singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny leads New York-via-L.A. rockers Dum Dum Girls into dark, shimmering pop territory on their latest release, Too True. They're in the midst of a North American tour and are in New York this week, sweeping into Bowery Ballroom last night, March 25, and taking on Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, March 26, for a sold out show. Watch videos of Dum Dum Girls in FUV's Studio A playing intimate versions of "Under These Hands" and "Are You Okay" and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 28, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Courtney Barnett: FUV Live

With her smart guitar chops and droll sense of humor, Australia’s Courtney Barnett impressed many with the vibrant compilation of her early work, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, but Courtney is focused on finally recording her debut album. Courtney Barnett and her bandmates are touring Australia with Billy Bragg this month (more New York shows are set for mid-June), but they recently stopped by Studio A for a conversation. Watch videos of Courtney Barnett's live performance and hear the entire session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online. The session is also available now in the FUV Vault.

Cut Copy: TAS In Session

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To shake up the sound of their fourth album Free Your Mind, Melbourne's Cut Copy reached out to longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. The result is a sunny, mind-banding dance record. Cut Copy plays two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on March 21 and 22, but around the time of Free Your Mind's release, TAS headed to an East Village studio to chat with Cut Copy about the album's development, their affection for The KLF and other sundry fun facts. Listen to the interview now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE tomorrow, March 14, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

FUV Live: Phantogram (SXSW 2014 Band)

The latest release from Saratoga-spawned, Brooklyn-based duo Phantogram is the enigmatic and handsome Voices. And yes, Phantogram is a part of the formidable lineup for Public Radio Rocks which airs tomorrow, March 14, beginning at noon and broadcast on 90.7FM WFUV (also streaming online). Phantogram have a 3pm EDT set, nestled between sets by Damon Albarn, The Hold Steady, Jeremy Messersmith, Lucius and Temples. Want to check them out prior to their Public Radio Rocks showcase at the Austin Convention Center? Watch videos of Phantogram's session here, including songs like "Bill Murray," and listen to it streaming now in the FUV Vault.

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.

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