Stories by Kara Manning

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

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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.

Northside Festival Coverage: Ted Leo, Wise Blood, Yellow Ostrich

It seems hard to believe that the Northside Festival was at full throttle just last weekend. TAS photographers Joe Grimaldi and Bailey Baffert have uncovered more photos from their Brooklyn escapades covering the festival. They also checked out sets from surprise Northside guest Ted Leo at Club Europa on June 18, Barsuk Records' Yellow Ostrich who opened for Beirut on June 17 and the expanded lineup of Chris Laufman's Wise Blood at Cameo Gallery on June 19.

Okkervil River, The Hold Steady, Wye Oak Tapped For Truck America Festival

The UK-born Truck Festival will make its second appearance Stateside this summer, with Okkervil River, The Hold Steady, Wye Oak and Ra Ra Riot among the first bands announced for the event, which takes place September 9-11 in the bucolic Catskills.  Early bird tickets for the Truck America Festival are on sale now.

TAS Interview (Glastonbury Preview): Metronomy

The coolly danceable temperament of Metronomy's stellar new album, The English Riviera, perfectly matches its namesake's climate; sun-drenched skies slashed with rain squalls. The sly, witty British electro-pop quartet, led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Joseph Mount, play Glastonbury's main Pyramid Stage this Friday, June 24, at noon, and they've also planned two Stateside gigs, in New York and Los Angeles, this July. The Alternate Side caught up with Joseph and discussed the band's Glastonbury plans, seaside England and his deep affection for Fleetwood Mac.

Laura Marling Releases Her Third Album In September

Brit Award winner Laura Marling, whose first two albums were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, will release her third album, A Creature I Don't Know, in September. The deeply personal, sharply honest record reunites the now 21-year-old Marling with producer Ethan Johns. Marling plays the Glastonbury Festival this week, June 26.

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