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Dean Wareham: FUV Live

After making music for almost 30 years with three bands—Galaxie 500, Luna and Dean & Britta—Dean Wareham finally released a solo album earlier this year, produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Aficionados of Wareham's previous rock incarnations won't feel any seismic shifts on his self-titled record; in fact, the album embraces all phases of the songwriter's storied career.  

Lyrically, the songs delve into poignant observations about life and love, all delivered with wit and charm. Sonically, the arrangements have a hazy and somewhat psychedelic feel.

Wareham will play Boston's ICA on July 11 and head to Europe for a tour thereafter.

This spring, Dean Wareham visited WFUV to share some of those new compositions and tossed in a classic Luna song, "Lost in Space," too. Below, watch videos of Dean Wareham live in Studio A,  listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or catch it on The Alternate Side on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, July 4, at 11a.m., EDT, also streaming online.




[recorded: 04/07/14]

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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.



Sylvan Esso: TAS In Session

You may already be familiar with the two musicians in Sylvan Esso from their previous work. Singer Amelia Meath began in the trio Mountain Man (now on indefinite hiatus), and she's been the backing vocalist for an array of other artists, notably Feist. Multi-instrumentalist Nick Sanborn is a member of Megafaun and he also releases more electronically-textured compositions as Made of Oak. Sylvan Esso is the pair's main focus now, even inspiring Meath's move from Brooklyn to Durham, North Carolina to be closer to Sanborn. Last month Sylvan Esso released their self-titled debut and they're currently supporting tUnE-yArDs on tour. Meath and Sanborn recently stopped by Studio A to share some of their new songs, including their wistful single "Coffee," and spoke about their bond as a collaborative pair.

Below, watch Sylvan Esso in Studio A performing a two-song set and listen to the entire session now in the FUV archives or on The Alternate Side on 91.5 WNYE today, June 6, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online.



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.



Sharon Van Etten: FUV Live At Rockwood Music Hall 2014

“This is a song about Google Maps.” That is how New Yorker Sharon Van Etten introduced her new song, “I Love You But I’m Lost,” in her FUV Live performance at Rockwood Music Hall last week. Of course, the song is not at all about getting (or not getting) directions from Google, but like much of her fourth album, Are We There, it is about navigation: navigating a painful relationship, the struggle to balance career and love, and ultimately, trusting your own voice.

Building on the success of her last album, Tramp (which was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National and features several stars of indie-rock), Sharon decided that the next direction to take was her own. So Are We There is her first self-produced album, recorded with her stellar band and some assistance from Grammy-winning, veteran producer, Stewart Lerman.

Van Etten brought that band to the Lower East Side to play a room she said she hasn't played in "too long." She floored us with her heartbreakingly gorgeous, honest new songs and wryly entertained us with her self-deprecating humor. And—bonus—she gave us a few tips on places to shop for wine, and more, in New York City.

Listen to the entire Sharon Van Etten concert in the FUV Vault now and below, watch videos of Sharon and her bandmates performing "Taking Chances" and "Every Time The Sun Comes Up."

[recorded: 05/22/14]

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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.



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.



Conor Oberst: FUV Live

The prolific Conor Oberst has a collection of bands: Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk.  He’s also put out several albums as a solo artist. His sixth solo album, Upside Down Mountain, is FUV's New Dig this week.

Of the recent album, Oberst says: “For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player. I’m not the greatest singer either, but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table.”

Below, watch videos of Conor Oberst when he recently visited Studio A and listen to the entire session in the FUV Vault now or on 90.7FM tonight, May 20, at 9p.m. EDT, also streaming online.