Icky Blossoms: TAS In Session

Add Omaha's Icky Blossoms to the formidable stable of Saddle Creek bands. The brash, sexy and fun electronic trio released its self-titled debut album earlier this year, produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. Icky Blossoms is currently on tour with The Faint — they'll be at New York's Terminal 5 on December 7— and they recently visited The Alternate Side's Studio A. Listen to that session this Friday, November 30, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EST (streaming on the TAS site) and watch videos of Icky Blossoms' scintillating live performance after the jump.

Lawrence Arabia: TAS In Session

New Zealand's James Milne — best known by his moniker, Lawrence Arabia — is a savvy guy when it comes to recruiting his friends and fellow musicians: his third and latest album, The Sparrow, features Connan Mockasin and Elroy Finn and his touring band includes pal Liam Finn. The Sparrow also marks a shift in Lawrence Arabia's music; while songs still unfold with brisk, rapturous hooks, Milne takes a more expansive chamber pop turn on this album. Watch Lawrence Arabia's performance and read interview highlights from the band's recent session at The Alternate Side.

Husky: TAS In Session

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Some albums get tagged as "autumnal" in nature and Husky's impressive debut Forever So fits that bill; there's a dusky, evocative cast to the Melbourne band's songs. The Aussie folk-rockers are currently touring North America, playing Mercury Lounge this Thursday, November 15 (and TAS is giving away tickets too). Not long ago, Husky visited Studio A for a five-song set which airs this Friday, November 16, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming on the TAS site. Watch the videos from Husky's set, including their breakthrough single "History's Door" and the group's cool cover of Leonard Cohen's "Lover Lover Lover."

Diamond Rings: TAS In Session

Canada's John O'Regan, who goes by the moniker Diamond Rings, has been prolific over the last couple of years, releasing his debut, Special Affections, last year and just last month his sophomore record, Free Dimensional, came out. Earlier this fall he visited The Alternate Side's Studio A with his bandmates for a session and interview that will air this Friday, November 9, at 11 a.m. on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming on The Alternate Side. Watch the videos and read highlights from Diamond Rings' session now.

Django Django: TAS In Session

The Mercury Prize, the apotheosis of Britain's prestige music awards, will be handed out this Thursday, November 1, in London. One of the twelve shortlisted nominees most heavily favored to win is Django Django, the percussively-driven Edinburgh-born quartet that released its critically-acclaimed eponymous debut earlier this year. A few weeks ago, Django Django visited The Alternate Side for a terrific session which airs this Friday, November 2, at 11 a.m. EDT on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming on the TAS site. Check out Django Django's live performances of "Default," "Life's a Beach" and more.

Watch: Savoir Adore In Session With 'Dreamers'

Savoir Adore juggled gigs at CMJ (including the WFUV/TAS CMJ showcase) with their other tour obligations last week, and still managed to have time to come up to the Bronx for a session in The Alternate Side's Studio A. Watch the video of their studio performance of "Dreamers" from Our Nature, which you can buy via Savoir Adore's website.

The Tallest Man On Earth: TAS In Session

The prolific Kristian Matsson, better known as the Tallest Man on Earth, released his third full-length album, There's No Leaving Now, earlier this year. He's currently touring Europe in support of the record, but earlier this summer he stopped by WFUV and The Alternate Side for an intimate session. Listen to that interview on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, October 26 at 11 a.m. EDT or catch up to it right now in the WFUV archives. After the jump, check out videos of the Tallest Man on Earth's live performance.

TAS In Session: Wintersleep

Wintersleep's amusingly named Hello Hum, the Canadian band's fifth album, finds the quintet at its most expansive, incisive and brooding. The group launches a North American tour on October 16 with a Brooklyn date, October 30, set for the Knitting Factory. Watch videos from Wintersleep's TAS session and listen to the interview and performance on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, October 19, at 11 a.m. and streaming on The Alternate Side.

WFUV And TAS In Session: Bob Mould

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From his early punk tenure in Hüsker Dü to the power-rock propulsion of Sugar to a long solo career, Bob Mould remains a vital figure in the American indie rock scene. His new album, Silver Age, returns Mould to the hazy, explosive, wall-of-guitar that sweetened his Sugar days. Listen to WFUV's Darren DeVivo's interview and watch Mould's live performance of three songs from Silver Age and Sugar's 1992 debut, Copper Blue.

TAS In Session: Matthew E. White

The hirsute composer, arranger and songwriter Matthew E. White, who opens for the Mountain Goats on that band's North American autumn tour, self-released his low-key solo debut, Big Inner, this summer. White, who also plays Brooklyn's Union Pool on October 17, recently visited Studio A for a fascinating, insightful interview. Watch the videos here and listen to the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, October 12 at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on The Alternate Side.   

TAS In Session: The Mountain Goats

Did you miss The Alternate Side's session with the Mountain Goats on TAS on 91.5 NYE last Friday? Listen to it now in the WFUV archives. The prolific band plays four sold-out shows in New York City next week.

Watch: Django Django Play 'Waveforms' Live In Studio A

Mercury Prize nominees Django Django visited The Alternate Side's Studio A for a session on Monday, the day before before the band's triumphant, sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on October 2 (they play Brooklyn's Knitting Factory tonight). Watch Django Django's exclusive TAS performance of "Waveforms" here.

Horse Feathers: TAS In Session

Oregon folk collective Horse Feathers released a fourth, exquisitely crafted album earlier this year, the wryly christened Cynic's New Year. Despite the title, there's far more optimisim that makes its way into singer and songwriter Justin Ringle's thoughtful and often tender lyrics. Horse Feathers embarks on a fall tour next month — a stop at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory is set for November 14 — and over the summer the band dropped by Studio A for a session. Read the interview with Horse Feathers and watch the three-song set of "Bird On a Leash," "Fit Against the Country" and "Where I'll Be."

Alt-J: TAS In Session

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Clever move on the part of recent Mercury Prize nominees Alt-J to name their debut album An Awesome Wave; the title neatly sums up the young band's amazing trajectory for the year.  An Awesome Wave has been out in the UK since May, but it will be released, at long last, in the States tomorrow on Canvasback. Not long ago, Alt-J made its way to Studio A for a live session which The Alternate Side will broadcast this Friday, September 21, on TAS on WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, streaming on the TAS site. Check out Alt-J interview highlights and performances of songs like "Tessellate" and "Fitzpleasure."

Yeasayer: TAS in Session

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Those irreverent jesters Yeasayer are back with a trippy third album, Fragrant World. The guys are in the midst of a fall tour and play a special hometown gig at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield this Wednesday, September 12. Recently, Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder visited TAS's Studio A for a conversation and a live session. Listen to Yeasayer's musings on Ikea's meatballs, Bruce Springsteen and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, plus a generous set of songs, this Friday, September 14 on TAS in Session on WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT and streaming on The Alternate Side. Watch videos of their performance and read interview highlights here.

Exitmusic: TAS In Session

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Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church have forged a profound partnership. The couple came together in a romantic, cinematic way and over the course of two albums, the most recent being Passage, they've created an artistic identity which is beautifully beguiling and darkly unsettling. Exitmusic will play Hoboken's Maxwell's on September 26, and they recently journeyed to the Bronx for a live session in Studio A. Listen to the session this Friday, September 7 at 11 a.m. EDT on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and streaming on the TAS site. Watch Exitmusic's performance and read interview highlights here.

Niki And The Dove: TAS In Session

The mysterious world spun by the Swedish trio Niki and The Dove is buoyed by a dreamy brew of ebullient, delectable synthpop, winning songwriters Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf plenty of breathless critical accolades for their debut album, Instinct. The band plays Seattle's Bumbershoot this weekend and then embarks on a North American tour with Twin Shadow, including two shows In New York on September 27 and 28. Listen to Niki and The Dove's wonderful session in Studio A, taped earlier this summer, on Friday, August 31 on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming on TAS.  Head here and watch videos of their four-song set.

Here We Go Magic: TAS In Session

Here We Go Magic, which evolved from being Luke Temple's solo project to a full-fledged band, has lately undergone more significant shifts. They worked with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on their third album, A Different Ship, and bassist Jen Turner recently departed the group, leaving it a trio. Despite cancelling some European shows, Here We Go Magic launch a fall tour with Andrew Bird on September 26 in Madison, Wisconsin. Several weeks ago the Brooklyn band headed north to the Bronx for a session at Studio A; watch the videos of their four-song set and listen to the interview on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, August 24 at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming on The Alternate Side's site.

Bombay Bicycle Club: TAS In Session

Bombay Bicycle Club had a big day on Sunday, opening for Blur, New Order and The Specials in London's Hyde Park, a concert that marked the end of the 2012 London Olympics, concurrent with the Closing Ceremony. The British quartet just wrapped a swing through the States in support of 2011's A Different Kind of Fix and, despite getting slightly lost on their way to the Bronx, the band made it to The Alternate Side's Studio A for a brilliant session. Watch the videos of their four-song set and listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, August 17 at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming on the TAS site.

The Dandy Warhols: TAS In Session

Few bands have had as fraught a history with labels as the Dandy Warhols. After squabbling with Capitol for years, the band has finally found a new home, The End Records, and has  released their tenth album, The Machine, this past spring. Not long ago, singer and guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and drummer/guitarist Brent DeBoer came by TAS' Studio A for a stripped-down session of new songs from The Machine and older material, like "Country Leaver" from 2000's Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. Watch the live performance videos and listen to the session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, August 10, at 11 a.m. EDT and streaming on the TAS site.

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