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."

The Helio Sequence: TAS In Session

The flood that severely damaged The Helio Sequence's studio a few years ago also afforded the Portland, Oregon duo the chance to start anew with a clean slate. The setback was a push forward, giving them the perfect excuse to purchase gear and discover a new path that led to their fifth album, Negotiations. The record is awash in dualities, which also describes Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel's vivacious conversation with The Alternate Side. Watch the videos now and listen to The Helio Sequence's exquisite four-song session when it airs on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, January 11 at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

TAS In Session Flashback 2012: Part Two

Throughout the last year, The Alternate Side staff has chatted with dozens of up-and-coming and established bands in our live sessions, spanning the globe from Dalama, Sweden (The Tallest Man On Earth) to Toronto, Canada (Metric) to San Francisco, California (Geographer). The first part of our TAS in 2012 retrospective was published last week, and as we dive into 2013, we're revisiting more of those sessions — and live performance videos — that we liked. We'll also report on what's coming up for those bands in 2013. We also offer up another big round of applause for the intrepid WFUV/The Alternate Side engineering and video teams too.

TAS In Session Flashback 2012: Part One

Over the past year, The Alternate Side staff has relished the chance to interview dozens of bands, hailing from all over the world, from Stockholm, Sweden (Niki & The Dove) to Ballarat, Australia (Gold Fields) to Omaha, Nebraska (Icky Blossoms). We loved all of the interviews we did with bands and over the next two weeks, we'll look back at some of those sessions — and live performance videos — that were most meaningful to us in 2012 and report on what's coming up for those bands in 2013. A big thanks to WFUV/The Alternate Side's outstanding engineering and video teams too.

Freelance Whales: TAS In Session

Since Freelance Whales released its 2009 debut, Weathervanes, the local indie pop band has gone from busking on Brooklyn street corners to worldwide tours, supporting the likes of Foals, Tokyo Police Club and Fanfarlo. Secure in their own sound now, Freelance Whales' latest album, Diluvia, even takes on a sci-fi concept. Freelance Whales launch a headlining tour in January (check out the TAS ticket giveaway) and not long ago, they visited The Alternate Side's Studio A for a session, airing on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and streaming online this Friday, December 21, at 11 a.m. EST. 



Daughter: TAS In Session

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There is a brutal undertow to Daughter's deceptively gentle songs; vocalist/guitarist Elena Tonra's confessional lyrics, bolstered by guitarist boyfriend Igor Haefeli's tempestuous electronic flourishes and drummer Remi Aguilella's propulsive dynamic, brim with pain, fury and aggravated beauty. The London trio will release their debut album in early 2013 via Glassnote and 4AD. Daughter visited The Alternate Side this fall for a remarkable session, airing this Friday, December 14, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EST and streaming. Watch videos of Daughter live from Studio A and read highlights of the band's interview. 

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