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.

Okkervil River: FUV Live

The Silver Gymnasium is the seventh full-length album from Okkervil River, and it finds frontman Will Sheff taking a stroll down memory lane. The songs capture memories of Sheff's youth, growing up in New Hampshire in the '80s. Sheff and his Okkervil River bandmates recently visited WFUV and you can watch videos of them in performance now and listen to the entire session in the FUV archives. You can also hear the entire Okkervil River session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, October 11, at 11am EDT, also streaming online.

Pure Bathing Culture: TAS In Session

When Pure Bathing Culture's Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille visited WFUV's studios, they observed that it was the second time they'd been to our Bronx studios. Their first time? As touring musicians with Andrew Cabic's Vetiver. Their work with Cabic  — and a friendship with musician and producer Richard Swift — led the Brooklyn-based couple to relocate to Portland, Oregon where they eventuallly formed Pure Bathing Culture. The pair released their graceful debut, Moon Tides, earlier this summer and they will return to New York on November 8, opening for Widowspeak at Bowery Ballroom. Watch videos of Pure Bathing Culture live in Studio A and listen to a conversation with Hindman and Versprille via TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, October 4, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Cloud Control: TAS In Session

Australia's Cloud Control's charismatic debut album, 2010's Bliss Release, won the band a blissful array of awards and nominations, including a 2011 win for the Australian Music Prize. Last week, the quartet released its sophomore album, Dream Cave, a progressive leap to new electronic frontiers. The birth of the new album wasn't always an easy endeavor, as Cloud Control revealed when they recently visited The Alternate Side for a session. Watch the band perform new songs, like "The Smoke, The Feeling," in Studio A and listen to the full Cloud Control session this Friday, September 27, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Washed Out: FUV Live

Ernest Greene, who goes by Washed Out, first emerged as part of the so-called "chillwave" movement, but his lush, self-described "daytime psychedelia" remains his signature sound, as proved on his new album, Paracosm. Touring for that release, Washed Out will play New York's Terminal 5 with Haerts on Wednesday, September 18. Recently, Greene and his bandmates visited FUV and The Alternate Side for a session. Watch videos of Washed Out in performance and listen to the session now in the FUV archives, catch it on FUV Live tonight at 9 p.m. EDT on 90.7FM, or when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, September 19, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Franz Ferdinand: FUV Live

Nearly a decade ago, Franz Ferdinand won the prestigious 2004 Mercury Prize for their self-titled debut. Although the Glasgow rockers came close to splitting apart a couple of years ago, they persevered and just released a propulsive new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The confident album might well push Franz Ferdinand back onto the 2013 Mercury Prize shortlist when the nominees are announced this Wednesday, September 11. Listen to the FUV Live session with Franz Ferdinand now, also airing on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, September 13, at 11 a.m. EDT and streaming online.

Lord Huron: FUV Live

The Alternate Side has been revisiting some of our favorite FUV Live sessions this summer. The guys from Lord Huron now call Los Angeles home, but frontman Ben Schneider keeps his Michigan and modern prairie roots alive on the band's beautiful debut album, Lonesome Dreams. Watch videos of Lord Huron playing songs like "Time To Run" and  listen to the interview with Lord Huron in the FUV archives now or tune into a rebroadcast on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, August 30, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online. Lord Huron are on tour with Alt-J next month and they play Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 15.

Baptist Generals: FUV Live

Formed in the late '90s, Baptist Generals made a name for themselves as a band that mixed well with both folk and indie rocks fans. Their sound has been compared to musicians like Roky Erickson, Will Oldham and even Howlin' Wolf. After a ten year hiatus, the Baptist Generals are finally back with a new album, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart. Watch Baptist Generals live in Studio A for FUV Live and listen back to their session in the FUV archives now.

Yo La Tengo: TAS In Session

Yo La Tengo's thoughtful legacy of longevity, quality and innovation is an enviable one. Few bands have managed to span thirty years so effortlessly and with such a consistently strong discography. The trio's 13th release, Fade, came out earlier this year and it's one of Yo La Tengo's best, a succinct collection of ten songs, shifting slyly from bold grooves to more brooding ambles. Listen to a session with Yo La Tengo on FUV Live tonight, August 13, at 9 p.m. ET on 90.7FM (archived too) or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, August 16, at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

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