Stories by Kara Manning

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.

Video: Watch Cults' "Go Outside"


Never mind that MTV clip for Cults'  "Go Outside" - the band has unyoked itself from the Viacom version (which features Emma Roberts and Dave Franco) and has done its own "official" video which debuted today on the band's website. 

TAS Interview: Thomas Dybdahl

Singer and songwriter Thomas Dybdahl is a platinum-selling artist in his native Norway, winning the equivalent of his country's Grammy award. He's even borne quick comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake and Justin Vernon, but surprisingly, Dybdahl remains relatively unknown outside of Europe. That might change dramatically thanks to the release this month of his new album Songs, his debut in the States. Dybdahl, who kicks off his North American tour at New York's Mercury Lounge tomorrow, July 13, caught up with The Alternate Side and not only discussed what it's like to start anew ... but also revealed his past life as a devoted Metallica fan.

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