Stories by Kara Manning

Animal Collective Book More US Dates, Including Brooklyn, This July

Animal Collective, fresh from their mindblowing set at Coachella, flush with new songs, will be returning to the East Coast this summer with a batch of dates including Brooklyn's Prospect Park for a Celebrate Brooklyn benefit on July 12 and even Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion, namesake of the band's eighth album.

Villagers, Foals, Everything Everything, the xx Earn Ivor Novello Nods

Villagers' Conor O'Brien, Oxford rockers Foals, Manchester's gleefully verbose Everything Everything and Mercury Prize winners the xx are among the excellent nominees for the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards, the UK's most prestigious songwriting award.

Cut Copy Roll Out Fresh US Tour Dates

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Aussie synth-pop purveyors Cut Copy have unveiled an array of summer dates Stateside, including a Celebrate Brooklyn gig on August 11 and the previously announced - and sold out - Pitchfork Music Festival. 

Mogwai Hits Visa Issues, Postpones Shows

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Nothing like a visa processing hassle to muck up a North American tour. Scotland's noise rockers Mogwai have hit a snag trying to make it Stateside and will have to postpone five shows, including their gig tonight, April 19, in Washington D.C. and their two New York appearances at Webster Hall on April 21-22.

TAS in Session: Tim Kasher

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Singer and songwriter Tim Kasher has slipped effortlessly between his bands Cursive and The Good Life, both of which are still active entities, but his most recent project is a solo album, The Game of Monogamy, out now on Saddle Creek. Not too long ago he came to The Alternate Side's Studio A  to play several songs from The Game of Monogamy and he spoke frankly with Alisa Ali about his music, romantic disappointments and bad, bad dreams.

TAS Interview: Elbow

There's no shortage of good bands playing Coachella this weekend, but one of the best - and a quintet on the brink of a long-overdue Stateside breakthrough - is Manchester's emotionally eloquent rockers, Elbow. Their fifth album, build a rocket boys!, is easily one of the strongest releases of this still-young year, harboring songs like the tender meditation "Lippy Kids" and the big-hearted anthem "Open Arms." Earlier this week The Alternate Side caught up with frontman Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner at an East Village hotel to not only talk about the new album, but the profound brotherhood that has bound these five friends for over twenty years.

R.I.P. Siren Festival, Hello 4Knots Music Festival

After ten years of running the Siren Festival, the Village Voice has pulled the plug on the Coney Island extravaganza, opting to produce the brand new 4Knots Music Festival at  the South Street Seaport on July 16. Lineup to be announced shortly.

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