Stories by Kara Manning

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.

TAS In Session (Glastonbury Preview): The Naked And Famous

It's Glastonbury Festival week and one of many bands making a prestigious Worthy Farm debut is The Naked and Famous whose debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, a massive hit in Australia and their native New Zealand, has quickly gained traction worldwide. The quintet, led by the dynamic vocal interplay between Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith, is spending the bulk of their 2011 touring the globe. In addition to Glasto (they play the Other Stage this Friday, June 24), they've lined up Lollapalooza and five more New York area dates. During a recent Stateside stopover, they dropped by the TAS studios and played a terrific set of four songs, including "Young Blood," "The Sun" and "Punching In A Dream."

Northside Festival Coverage: Guided By Voices, Wavves, Sharon Van Etten

The Alternate Side's ace photo team of Joe Grimaldi and Bailey Baffert made it their mission to cover as much of this past weekend's Northside Festival as possible. After the jump, more festive Brooklyn visuals of Guided By Voices and Wavves' McCarren Park outing on Saturday, June 18, and Sharon Van Etten's rainy gig with Beirut (where she was joined by The National's Aaron Dessner on three songs) on Friday, June 17.

Northside Festival Coverage: Beirut, Grouplove, Eleanor Friedberger

TAS photographers Joe Grimaldi and Bailey Baffert have spent the last few days running between gigs at the Northside Festival. After the jump, check out coverage from Friday night's Beirut gig and Saturday's Grouplove and Eleanor Friedberger shows.

Clarence Clemons 1942-2011

The legendary "Big Man" of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, has passed away at age 69. The burly saxophonist suffered a serious stroke on June 12.

Foo Fighters Leak The Best Tour Rider Of All Time

Whether you're a fan of the Foo Fighters or not - and there's much good to be said about the blistering Wasting Light - you can't help but love Dave Grohl and his bandmates for releasing what might be the greatest, tongue-in-cheek (and truthful) tour rider making the rounds today. Entitled "The Field Guide To Food Coloring Book and Activity Pages," the rider has become a huge viral hit on The Smoking Gun and it's pretty funny. Links and highlights after the jump.

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