Ra Ra Riot: TAS In Session

Ra Ra Riot has taken some dramatic turns over its seven years in existence. The band's latest shapeshifting feat on its new album, Beta Love, brings an electronic sweep to Ra Ra Riot's sound, reflecting not only a change in lineup and approach, but a new producer. The group recently visited Studio A for a session and a conversation: watch the live performance videos now and listen to Ra Ra Riot this Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m. EDT on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming online

Watch Phoenix Live In Studio A, Listen To The WFUV Session

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There is much anticipation and excitement around the forthcoming album from Phoenix, called Bankrupt! The foursome from France joined Rita Houston at FUV recently to talk about the making of the album, the challenges of following-up their recent success, and their love of New York City. Check out a stripped-down version of "Entertainment" and hear some insights into the band's always interesting lyrics in Rita's conversation with Phoenix, in the WFUV archives now.

Everything Everything: TAS In Session

Playing a triumphant gig at New York's Bowery Ballroom last month, Everything Everything deftly proved their mettle as one of Britain's most thrilling young bands, assertively leaping from arena-worthy anthems ("Duet") to tonque-twisting raps ("Photoshop Handsome") to soulful stretches of dystopian angst ("The Peaks"). The band got slightly lost on their way to the Bronx, but you can hear Everything Everything's short-but-sweet session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, April 12, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online. Watch Everything Everything perform "Cough Cough" and "Kemosabe" in Studio A.

Listen To Sky Ferreira In Session on TAS on WNYE On April 5

Electropop singer and part-time Yves St. Laurent model Sky Ferreira, who released the Ghost EP last year, is attracting blog buzz thanks to her single "Everything is Embarrasing." She's been working on her debut album and came by Studio A for a TAS session this winter. Listen to Sky Ferreira's conversation and session with Alisa Ali on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 5, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Stars In Session In WFUV's Studio A

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After over a decade together, Stars continue to sing about relationships in ways few other bands can. With Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan sharing vocals, the band portrays characters in various stages of falling in and out of love, but death often comes into play amid the pop song settings as well. Watch Stars perform a few songs from the band's new album, The North, and listen to Millan and Campbell's conversation with Eric Holland in the WFUV archives.

Wild Belle In Session At WFUV And TAS

Wild Belle is a Chicago sibling duo, but the pair's debut album, Isles,  stretches further afield as a psychedelic love letter to the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. Natalie Bergman's languid verses glide alongside the tenor sax of her brother Elliot, and it's all dressed in a delicious dub sensibility. Watch videos of Wild Belle's recent live session in WFUV's Studio A and listen to the duo's conversation with Rita Houston.

Toro Y Moi: TAS In Session

Toro y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, joined the madding crowds at SXSW last week for a series of showcases. By month's end, Bundick and his bandmates are headed to South America, supporting his third and — in his estimation — most deliberately "pop" album to date, Anything in Return. Toro y Moi recently made a detour to the Bronx for a live session which airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online. Watch videos of Toro y Moi's four-song set, which includes "High Living" and "Grown-Up Calls."

Jessie Ware: Words & Music In Studio A

London singer Jessie Ware released her debut album, Devotion, in the UK last summer to a rapturous reception. Aside from Brit Award nominations and the Mercury Prize shortlist, this sultry, elegant album has earned Ware a devoted international following—and Devotion won't even be released in the States until later this spring. Watch videos of Jessie Ware's live performance in Studio A earlier this winter, listen to the session in the WFUV archives and discover one of the most compelling voices to emerge from the UK in the last year.

Guards: TAS In Session

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Guards dive headlong into the deep end of the guitar rock pool on their expansive, brazenly hook-laden debut, In Guards We Trust. Led by former Willowz frontman and Cults touring member Richie Follin — the older brother of Cults' Madeline Follin  — Guards' evolution from EP to full-length album was a two-year process. Guards are headed to SXSW next week, but the band dropped by The Alternate Side for a session which airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 8, at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

Palma Violets: TAS In Session

The members of Palma Violets might have honed their garage rock chops in a drafty squat, but the quartet is a hot commodity in the UK music press, marked as ascendents to The Libertines' long-vacated throne. Palma Violets' debut album, 180, is released this week on Rough Trade and recently, the band tumbled into The Alternate Side's Studio A for a raucous set. Watch exclusive videos of the Palma Violets' live performance and listen to the session this Friday, March 1, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

Metz: TAS In Session

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When Metz visited The Alternate Side late last year, the hard-thrashing trio was, without doubt, the loudest group to ever take over Studio A. That brutal drive, hardcore brio and sinewy muscularity is splashed across the band's self-titled debut album, out now on Sub Pop. Metz kicks off a European tour this week and they'll return to New York to play Bowery Ballroom on April 17. Watch videos of the thunderous Metz in session and listen to a conversation with the trio on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 22, at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

Kopecky Family Band: Words And Music From Studio A

Kopecky Family Band is one of FUV's New Artists to Watch in 2013, and even though they aren't actually a family, they've built a musical idea with a deep sense of kindred spirit.  Watch live performance videos of the Kopecky Family Band in Studio A and listen to the session in the FUV archives.

Menomena: TAS In Session

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The shakeup in Menomena's lineup after Brent Knopf's departure in 2011 didn't throw remaining members Justin Harris and Danny Seim too far off course. In fact, the duo's new album, Moms, is likely Menomena's strongest album to date, bringing clarity and more emotional focus to the reinvigorated duo's songwriting. Menomena's Harris and Seim, joined by touring bandmates, visited The Alternate Side to talk about that transition. That session, which you can watch here, airs this Friday, February 15, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.  

Wild Nothing: TAS In Session

Singer and songwriter Jack Tatum's hazy Wild Nothing reveries are steeped in rain-dappled hues of British grey, but the Virginia native cuts his own distinctively lush path of dream pop. Likely one of the prettiest albums of 2012, Wild Nothing's second release, Nocturne, has earned Tatum a cavalcade of critical praise, but the shy singer was somewhat stunned by the effusive attention. Tatum visited The Alternate Side with his bandmates and played a gorgeous four-song set. Hear the session this Friday, February 8, at 11 a.m. on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming online, and watch videos of Wild Nothing performing tracks like "Only Heather" and "Nocturne" in Studio A.

People Get Ready: TAS In Session

It's hard enough sustaining any rock band, but what if a group manages to weave two creative disciplines into one cohesive whole? The theatrical split personality of The Lisps or The Citizens Band comes to mind, but Brooklyn's People Get Ready is making strides as an indie rock band and a dance troupe. Not long ago the members of People Get Ready — who play Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 1 with Local Natives— visited The Alternate Side for a live session to talk about their robust, hybrid vision of choreography and music. Watch videos of the band's performance in Studio A and listen to People Get Ready's interview and set this Friday, February 1, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. ET, also streaming online.

Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan: Words And Music In Studio A

Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes has racked up a slew of accolades in her native UK, but when writing her third album, she faced the worst writer's block of her career. Finally, after traveling the globe and spending time with friends like Beck, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and longtime producer David Kosten, something clicked. For her third album, The Haunted Man, Natasha strips herself bare—and not simply on her album cover. Listen to Natasha Khan's candid and compelling interview in the WFUV archives and watch videos of Natasha and guitarist Ben Christophers play a three-song Bat For Lashes set live in Studio A.

Cloud Nothings: TAS In Session

Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi has very understanding parents. Not quite clicking with college, the teenage Cleveland musician dropped out — with the blessing of his mother and father — and focused on his own music. Signed by Carpark Records the following year, the prolific Baldi and his band Cloud Nothings has released three albums in three years — the most recent being 2012's Attack On Memory. A fourth album is already in the works. Listen to Baldi and his bandmates in session with The Alternate Side on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, January 25, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming, and watch the Cloud Nothings perform live in Studio A.

The Amazing: Words and Music In Studio A Session

Taking their cue from influences like Danny Kirwan-era Fleetwood Mac and the Laurel Canyon lope of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Swedish band The Amazing recorded one of the prettiest albums of the last year, called Gentle Stream. Far more self-deprecating and self-doubting than their name, The Amazing prefer music to words, and they performed a dazzling set in Studio A. Watch videos of The Amazing's four-song set here and listen to the session in the WFUV archives now.

Two Gallants: TAS In Session

Two Gallants is back after a five year hiatus with a new album, The Bloom and The Blight, and a new record label, ATO. Singer/guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer/vocalist Tyson Vogel might have had good experiences with their other projects, but the lifelong friends have a special camaraderie that's evident in their music. Watch videos of Two Gallants' TAS session, which includes a live performance of a spanking new, untitled song as well as selections from The Bloom and The Blight. The interview airs this Friday, January 18 on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming online 

Dinosaur Jr.: Words And Music In Studio A

In early December, Dinosaur Jr.'s  J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph played an all-star, sold-out show at New York's Terminal 5.  A few days later, the trio visited WFUV and The Alternate Side's Studio A for a bold, brilliant session focusing on their most recent album, I Bet On Sky. Watch videos of Dinosaur Jr.'s muscular performance and listen to the interview with TAS' Russ Borris who called the session "assured and nuanced."

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