Stories by Kara Manning

TAS In Session (Newport Folk Festival Preview): The Head And The Heart

The Newport Folk Festival is this coming weekend and Seattle's alt-folksters (and grassroots success story) The Head and the Heart, who perform on July 31, are one of the most promising new acts on the bill, joining more established artists like The Decemberists, M. Ward and Gillian Welch. Not long ago, WFUV's Claudia Marshall caught up with Newport newbies The Head and the Heart for a very special WFUV and TAS session featuring songs, like "Cats and Dogs" and "Down in the Valley," from the band's auspicious debut. Plus The Alternate Side's sister station, WFUV (with NPR Music),  will have extensive live Newport Folk Festival coverage throughout the weekend - details after the jump.

Noel Gallagher Posts Video For "The Death Of You And Me"

The battle-scarred and estranged Gallagher brothers have been embracing new chapters of their post-Oasis lives: Liam Gallagher recently released an album and toured the States with his new band, Beady Eye, while older brother Noel has finally released the first video off of his upcoming solo album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. After the jump, check out the single "The Death Of You And Me" which has some cloudy Oasis subtext.

Amy Winehouse's Passing Inspires Tributes, Reflection

Amy Winehouse might have sadly lost her heartbreaking battle with drug and alcohol addition this weekend, but the complicated singer's vibrant musical legacy is, at last, passionately honored after being overshadowed for years by her dark personal struggles. After the jump, some of the tributes from Mark Ronson, Lily Allen, Ron Wood and more.

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.

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