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Wild Beasts: TAS In Session

Wild Beasts' fourth album, Present Tense, finds the British band evolving dramatically, leaning on more synths and less guitar. The quartet, which features co-vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming, delves into both the profane and the beautiful on Present Tense, finding a quietly subversive momentum throughout the album.

Listen to Wild Beasts' session with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali now in the FUV Vault  or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, June 27, at 11a.m., also streaming online. Below, watch the band perform "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and "Sweet Spot" in Studio A.

Wild Beasts return to New York this summer with a free show at RiverRocks NYC at Hudson River Park on July 10.



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The Afghan Whigs: FUV Live

The Afghan Whigs first made a splash back in 1988 when they self-released their debut, Big Top Halloween. But the Ohio band truly hit its stride in the '90s, after signing to Sub Pop and eventually, in a more fraught relationship, Elektra, releasing Uptown Avondale, Gentlemen and Black Love. Taking a step away from the grunge rumblings of the era, the Afghan Whigs meshed a soulful sound with frontman Greg Dulli's agitated croon and bray, underscoring lyrics brimming with personal and romantic malaise.

After releasing five albums, the last being 1965 in 1998, The Afghan Whigs broke up in 2001. Dulli busied himself with a new band, The Twilight Singers, and later collaborated with Mark Lanegan as the Gutter Twins.

However, after playing live again in 2012, the Afghan Whigs were further inspired by a 2013 SXSW show with Usher, energizing the band. Despite the departure of orginal lead guitarist Rick McCollum, the Afghan Whigs headed back into the studio to record Do to the Beast—their first album of new material in 16 years and one that finds the band back on Sub Pop.

Last month, the Afghan Whigs trundled up to the Bronx for a set and a conversation with The Alternate Side's Russ Borris. Below, watch videos of the Afghan Whigs playing live in Studio A, including a kicking version of "The Lottery," and listen to the entire session in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, June 20, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Want to see The Afghan Whigs for yourself? Catch them when they come back to New York on October 4 at The Beacon Theatre.  



[recorded: 05/13/14]

Kins: TAS In Session

The Australian-born, London-based Kins is a guitar-pop band specializing in what its members call "the sound of doubt, detachment and muted aggression.” The Alternate Side has a soft spot for their smart single “Mockasin's" and a little earlier this year Kins visited the Bronx for a conversation and live performance.

Kins are headed back to New York, playing Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery on June 17 and Pianos on the Lower East Side on June 18.

Listen to Kins full session now in the FUV Vault and watch videos of the quartet playing "Aimless" and "Mockasin's" live in Studio A.



Courtney Barnett: FUV Live At Electric Lady Studios 2014

During this episode of FUV Live, Australian rocker Courtney Barnett and her band perform a live concert at Electric Lady Studios for an audience of WFUV Marquee members. The set featured songs from her album The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

Below, watch videos of Courtney and her band playing "Avant Gardener" and "David" live and listen to the entire concert here.


  • Lance Jr.
  • Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
  • Scotty Says
  • History Eraser
  • Avant Gardener
  • David

You can also hear a conversation and performance with Courtney Barnett recorded right here in WFUV's Studio A.

[recorded: 04/24/14]

Funding for WFUV's ongoing coverage of live concerts and festivals comes from The Agnes Varis Trust, supporting affordable access to the arts, education and healthcare.



NO: TAS In Session

Yes, there are two Los Angeles bands that carry the Google-proof moniker of NO, but we're smitten with the resilient Echo Park sextet that released its debut, El Prado, earlier this year on Arts & Crafts.

NO's soaring single, “Leave The Door Wide Open," has become a staple on The Alternate Side, but it's the band's emotional backstory—beginning with a chance meeting in a diner between New Zealand frontman Bradley Hanan Carter and bassist Sean Daniel Stentz—that gives the song a deeper resonance.

The group is in New York this week supporting Yann Tiersen at Highline Ballroom, but earlier this spring, NO said yes to a Studio A pilgramage for a session and conversation.

Below, videos of the band playing two songs from El Prado and listen to the session at any time in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, May 30, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.



Speedy Ortiz: TAS In Session

The Northampton, Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz has been impressing audiences with their vivacious live shows for a few years now. Their music has often been compared to the early grunge lo-fi scene of the '90s.

That musical aesthetic is also reflected in the group's DIY approach of self releasing music and playing shows that range from house concerts and coffee shops to major venues all around the country and internationally. Speedy Ortiz are currently touring throughout Europe, including a stop at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain on May 30.

On a frigid day in late January, Speedy Ortiz bundled up and visited The Alternate Side's studios for a conversation and a session of songs taken from their most recent EP, Real Hair, and their 2013 debut album, Major Arcana, out now on Carpark Records.

Below, check out live performances of "American Horror" and "No Below" and hear the entire session with Speedy Ortiz on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, May 23, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online and at any time in the FUV Vault.



Timber Timbre: TAS In Session

Earlier this spring, Toronto indie rockers Timber Timbre released their fifth album, a haunting collection enticingly christened Hot Dreams. Eerily cinematic, there's a bridge between Hot Dreams and singer Taylor Kirk's recent experience composing a score for a horror film. Matching melodic menace with Kirk's idiosyncratic, commanding baritone, Hot Dreams might be one of Timber Timbre's more ambitious—and unsettling—undertakings. 

The trio is in the midst of a North American tour and in late April they made their way to the Bronx for a video session of songs from the new record: the title track "Hot Dreams" and "This Low Commotion."

Below, watch videos of Timber Timbre in performance at The Alternate Side and FUV.

Timber Timbre North American Tour Dates:

5/23 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
6/3 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
6/5 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
6/7 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
6/8 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
6/10 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
6/12 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
6/13 – Calgary, AB – Republik
6/14 – Saskatoon, SK - Broadway
6/16 – Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
9/19 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis Theatre
9/20 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle



Lykke Li: FUV Live

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li attacks her songs with steely resolve, even if there's a wounded quality to her angsty examinations of broken love affairs.

She's impressed her army of fans ever since her somewhat coquettish 2008 debut album, Youth Novels. Drawing away from a safe pop template, a darker, more dramatic tone informed her next album, Wounded Rhymes, with songs like the torchy "Sadness is a Blessing."

Her third, just-released album, the transparently-titled I Never Learn, sees Li diving headlong into the raw aftermath of a bad breakup, leaning on big ballads and her aching soprano.  

Lykke Li and her bandmates visited Studio A last month and, below, you can watch videos of Lykke Li performing "Gunshot" and "Never Gonna Love Again" at FUV. Listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, May 16, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.