Stories by Kara Manning

Listen And Watch: The Lisps On TAS In Session On WNYE 91.5

Theatrically-minded quartet The Lisps are renowned for their off-the-wall live performances, dabbling in everything from vaudeville to Grand Guignol to gypsy-lashed rock and straight-up freak folk. The New York quartet have a brand new album, Are We at The Movies?, and they recently visited The Alternate Side's studios for a session with Russ Borris, which airs this Friday, July 22, at 11 a.m. EDT on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and streams on the TAS website.

4Knots Music Festival Coverage: Eleanor Friedberger And Titus Andronicus

The inaugural, Village Voice-sponsored 4Knots Music Festival, which took the place of Coney Island's decade-old Siren Festival, debuted on Saturday, July 16, at New York's South Street Seaport. TAS photographers Joe Grimaldi and Bailey Baffert slathered on sunscreen and braved the sun-baked day to catch sets by Eleanor Friedberger and Titus Andronicus.

Download New M83 Single "Midnight City"


The new double album from M83 entitled Hurry Up, We're Dreaming won't be out until October 18 in the States, but fans can download the first single, "Midnight City," for free. Details after the jump.

PJ Harvey, Metronomy, Elbow, Everything, Everything Among Mercury Prize Nominees

The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the most prestigious music award given to British and Irish artists, was announced this morning with PJ Harvey, Adele, Ghostpoet, Elbow, Everything, Everything, Metronomy and Anna Calvi among the nominees. The full list after the jump.

TAS In Session: Graffiti6

Graffiti6, the hook-savvy UK duo of Jamie Scott and Tommy D, broke through in a way that a lot of bands do these days - via commercials and television shows (yes, they're "Grey's Anatomy" alums). The soulful, dance-leaning pair have a Stateside EP out now, Annie You Save Me, and will play Southampton's Escape To New York festival on August 6. When Graffitti6 visited The Alternate Side's studios they played several songs from their EP and soon-to-be-released album ... and they were even persuaded to do a wistful cover of Queen's "You're My Best Friend."

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O To Debut Original Opera In October

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O is working with Obie-winning playwright Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter, Hallway Trilogy) on a brand new, still-untitled opera that will make its debut at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse this October in a collaborative production with The Creators Project.

Listen And Watch: Peter Murphy On TAS In Session On WNYE 91.5

Solo artist and ex-Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy doesn't mind being dubbed the "Godfather of Goth" and the man and his former bandmates have influenced a battery of rockers -  goth and not - like Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, The Horrors and Smashing Pumpkins. Murphy, who recorded his new album Ninth in the pastoral, decidedly non-goth environs of Woodstock, New York,  visited The Alternate Side for a very special live session a few weeks ago. He was charming, disarmingly chatty and frank about the final breakup of Bauhaus. Listen to the entire interview tomorrow, July 15, on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. or via the TAS stream. After the jump, check out video of Murphy's dynamic session with songs like  "I Spit Roses," "See Saw Sway," and, cloaked in one of his offerings, a vampiric morsel of old Bauhaus too.

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