Stories by Kara Manning

Portishead Plan North American Tour This October


Portishead fans, who thought that their only chance to see the elusive band on this side of the Atlantic was at the ATP Festival in early October, now have good reason to rejoice; the group has announced a full North American tour this October, their first since 1998. The trio will play New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 4 and 5 and tickets are on sale now.


Arctic Monkeys Add To North American Tour Dates

Arctic Monkeys, who just spent the weekend playing Scotland's  T in The Park mainstage along with Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Beyoncé,  have announced a slew of additional dates for their North American tour, including more co-headlining gigs with TV On The Radio.

Listen: John Vanderslice on TAS In Session on WNYE 91.5

San Francisco's incomparable John Vanderslice might have one of the keenest ears in indie rock. The producer (The Mountain Goats) and musician, who championed Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent early in their careers, also happens to have a new album of his own, White Wilderness, a collaboration with conductor Minna Choi's Magik*Magik Orchestra. Listen to a very special TAS session with Vanderslice tomorrow, July 8 at 11 a.m., on The Alternate Side on WNYE 91.5 and via the TAS stream.

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."

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