Stories by Kara Manning

M83 Returns For North American Tour This Autumn


It's been two years since M83 has played live anywhere and three years since the release of Saturdays = Youth, but Anthony Gonzalez, who has a new double album due this October, will bring his dream pop cohorts on the road for a batch of North American dates this fall. Tickets are on sale on the M83 website now and are available to the general public on July 12.

Listen: Tinariwen With TV On The Radio

TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe are featured on "Tenere Taqqim Tossam," the first track off of Malian Tuareg desert blues collective Tinariwen's fifth album, Tassili, which is out this August via Anti- Records. Tinariwen launch their North American tour this Thursday, July 7, in Chicago and will play an intimate New York show on July 20 at Highline Ballroom. After the jump, listen to "Tenere Taqquim Tossam" and check out the video featuring Malone and Adebimpe in Algeria with Tinariwen.

TAS In Session: The Wilderness of Manitoba

If a moniker mirrored a band, The Wilderness of Manitoba should have an affinity for thick flannel, overgrown beards and stalking elk. Not unlike Ted Nugent. But the Toronto quintet, whose new album When You Left The Fire is out now, is far more fragile in its musical tastes, leaning to lushly arranged chamber folk. The band launches a quick tour of the States on July 16 in New Haven and this August they'll play the Philadelphia Folk Festival along with support gigs for Aimee Mann and Cloud Cult. The Wilderness of Manitoba dropped by The Alternate Side for a gorgeous session of songs, including "Orono Park" and "St. Petersburg."

Listen: The Horrors' Skying

The Horrors, those goth-garbed, melodically-astute post punks from Essex, England, have returned with a very strong third album, Skying, which will be released August 9 via XL Recordings in the States (July 11 in the UK),  but you can listen to the album now on the band's site. Stream Skying after the jump and check out the new video for "Still Life."

Exclusive TAS Video: Yacht Plays "Paradise Engineering" Live In Studio A

YACHT visited The Alternate Side last week and here's a sneak peek of their full session, which TAS will post later this summer:  an explosive version of "Paradise Engineering" from their outstanding new album Shangri-La. Even better, it's the first time the band has done the song for a radio or television performance. Video after the jump.

TAS in Session: The Dears

Canada Day is fast approaching on July 1, and one of Montréal's most notable bands is The Dears, who released their fifth album, Degeneration Street, earlier this year. The record heralds a real change for the 16-year-old rock band. Not only do they have a new lineup - of old friends - and a funkier, more experimental sound, but this collection marks the first time that singer and songwriter Murray Lightburn has co-written with his bandmates. Lightburn and guitarist (and co-writer) Patrick Krief dropped by The Alternate Side during a recent New York stopover and played an acoustic set of songs drawn from Degeneration Street, like "Thrones" and "Omega Dog."

TAS in Session (Glastonbury Preview): Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys might be best known Stateside as frontman for psychedelic rockers Super Furry Animals or even for his Mercury Prize nominated side project Neon Neon, but the lanky Welshman recently released his excellent third solo album, Hotel Shampoo. Rhys, who plays Glastonbury's Park Stage tomorrow, June 26, at 9:30 p.m. BST,  visited The Alternate Side for a very special session not long ago and gave us a quieter, acoustic twist on "Sensations in the Dark," "Shark Ridden Waters" and "If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)." Check out the interview and audio streams of those tracks after the jump.

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