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The Alternate Side on FUV

A healthy dose of our indie music channel, on WFUV weeknights from 10pm-Midnight.

The Alternate Side is the indie music service from WFUV, available online and on HD Radio. The channel features a broad range of established and emerging indie rock and other styles, from across the city and beyond. [read more about it | or | go to thealternateside.org]

On The Alternate Side you may hear artists like Chairlift, Antibalas, The Postelles, Ratatat and many others yet to be discovered, alongside established international artists including Arcade Fire, Bjork, and The Decemberists. It's a kind of laboratory where we experiment with diverse genres and sounds as we build our own non-commercial web and radio service made right here in New York City.

Help us shape it! Tell us what we're doing right, and what you think of the music. Drop us a note with your ideas or suggestions, or tell us about a band you think would be right for the show. Write to Russ Borris: rborris@wfuv.org.

More about The Alternate Side

You can stream from thealternateside.org or listen to HD Radio channel 3 at 90.7 FM in New York City. We're also broadcasting on WNYE 91.5 FM in New York City every weekday morning from 6am-Noon. A companion to WFUV's more eclectic weekday programs, the channel provides New York's indie music scene with a full-time local radio outlet, and connects artists and music lovers in New York and across the globe.

Recent Shows in the Archives

Temples - FUV Live - 2014

It's not often that the first recording of a young band perfectly conveys that group's promise and mission. Temples, then a duo, managed to do that very thing with their debut single, 2012's "Shelter Song." That delectable slice of woozy psychedelic pop (which got them signed to Heavenly Recordings) led to the eventual addition of two other bandmates and three strong 2013 singles: "Colours To Life," "Mesmerise" and "Keep In The Dark." Last winter, Temples released their handsome, self-produced debut album, Sun Structures. It's been a heady gallop for the band, spurred on by prestigious support slots, sold-out headlining gigs and major festival outings.

Hailing from Kettering in England's Midlands, singer and guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley knew exactly what kind of music they wanted to make when the two friends first began working together: songs that acknowledged the lush production textures and sparkle of '60s and early '70s glam rock, Motown and garage pop, but resonated with a very contemporary flair.

Temples, who were part of our Public Radio Rocks showcase at SXSW in March, paid a long overdue visit to Studio A this autumn to play a couple of songs from Sun Structures. The lean, lanky and admittedly tired Bagshaw, his milkweed-like tumble of brunette locks a not-so-subtle reminder of one of his heroes, Mark Bolin, and Warmsley candidly discussed the breakneck pace that the band's been on this year. They also touched on their determination to maintain artistic control of their forward-looking rock 'n' roll revivalism, exhaustion be damned.

[recorded: 10/27/14]

The New Pornographers - FUV Live - 2014

Over the 14 years and six albums that have shaped The New Pornographers, founding member Carl Newman has been the steadfast constant in what has evolved into a collective. Bandmates Neko Case and Dan Bejar have significant solo careers and in recent years, Newman has begun releasing albums under his own name. The geography has shifted too as Carl now makes his home in Woodstock, NY; band members are now spread out between Canada and the States. But what could amount to the dissolution of other groups has only strengthened the power and sound of The New Pornographers, resulting in what has been hailed as one of 2014’s best albums, Brill Bruisers.

WFUV also made the album our New Dig when it was first released. In our recent visit from The New Pornographers, we get treated to a couple of new songs and Carl Newman talks about the band’s unique structure, his role as musical director, the influence of ELO and Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and he sets the record straight about the new album title (no, it initially had nothing to do with the Brill Building).

recorded: [11/18/14]

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