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.

The Polyphonic Spree: TAS In Session

Not many groups claim nearly two dozen active members — all ambling onstage in flowing white robes — or cite David Bowie as an early champion, but The Polyphonic Spree is no ordinary band. Following a seven-year hiatus, The Polyphonic Spree is back with a new album, Yes, It's True, out this week, and they recently paid FUV and TAS a visit, resplendent in bold paisley tunics and alabaster lace frocks. Watch videos of The Polyphonic Spree taking over Studio A, read highlights of Alisa Ali's conversation with founder Tim DeLaughter and listen to the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, August 9, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Local Natives: FUV Live

The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Local Natives' show at Terminal 5 on September 24 and it seemed a fine time to revisit the band's FUV Live session from earlier this spring. Watch videos of Local Natives' live performance and listen to the quartet's conversation in the FUV archives or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, August 2, at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online

Smith Westerns: TAS In Session

Earlier this summer, Smith Westerns arrived at WFUV and The Alternate Side prepared to play an acoustic session of songs from Soft Will, an unplugged gesture that mirrored the subtle sonic adjustments that the rakish Chicago rockers have made since their 2009 debut. Not that the band's latest release, Soft Will, doesn't reverberate with a certain punkish bravado, but there's a grander maturity to Smith Westerns' taut songcraft these days. Watch videos of Smith Westerns in performance at FUV and listen to the session on FUV Live on Tuesday, July 23, at 9 p.m. ET  (also streaming) or onTAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

MS MR: TAS In Session

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Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow are the NYC duo known as MS MR. They recently released their full length debut, Secondhand Rapture, and stopped by The Alternate Side and FUV's Studio A to play some of their new songs and chat with Alisa Ali about their music making process. Watch MS MR live in performance, listen to the session in the FUV archives or on TAS on 91.5 FUV this Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

Junip: TAS In Session

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Although Junip, the Sweden-based trio of José González, Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya, got slightly sidelined a decade ago as González' solo career took off, the band has more than made up for the delay. Junip's second, self-titled album continues from where 2010's Fields left off, mixing a maze of bold, sharply melodic layers with a melancholy drift. Watch Junip in session with FUV and TAS and listen to González and Winterkorn in conversation with Russ Borris on FUV Live tonight, July 8, at 9 p.m. ET (also streaming) and on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. ET, also available online.

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