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Eagulls: TAS In Session

Raucous rockers Eagulls hail from Leeds in northern England, the city that also spawned Wild Beasts and Alt-J.  Although firmly rooted in visceral punk and blistering shoegaze, Eagulls bring a sleekly modern and melodic touch to their songs. The quintet might relish turning up the volume and intensity of their live gigs, but equally as important is mood and atmosphere in their sound.

The group released its eponymous debut in March via Partisan Records in the States and they'll be back in New York later this month, playing a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge on May 13.

Eagulls also had an impressive run at SXSW this past March and did a session for The Alternate Side too. Watch videos of Eagulls rocking the very foundation of Studio A with songs like "Possessed," below,  and listen to the full inteview in the FUV Vault or today, May 2, on 91.5 WNYE at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.



St. Lucia: TAS In Session

St. Lucia's Jean Philipe Grobler has been singing ever since he was a choir boy in Johannesburg, South Africa. His music also took him to Liverpool and he eventually came to New York City, where he now resides.

After experimenting with different styles, Grobler finally found his musical sweet spot a couple years ago when he released his self-titled EP. Pure pop music comes most naturally to Grobler and on his debut album, When The Night, his songs are effusively catchy and fun.

St. Lucia is on tour with Foster the People this April and May, coming to Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center on May 11. Festivals follow through the summer, with one stop in Grobler's native South Africa on June 1 at Pretoria's Park Acoustics.

Grobler and his St. Lucia bandmates brought their charismatic selves to Studio A not long ago. Listen to the entire St. Lucia session in the FUV Vault now or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 25, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Warpaint: TAS In Session

The second weekend of Coachella is upon us and Warpaint is on the bill. We've been caught in "The Undertow" of this L.A.-based band since 2010, when Warpaint released their excellent debut, The Fool. Warpaint's captivating, atmospheric sound had its fans waiting with bated breath for the release of a follow-up record.  

There is now a new self-titled release which expands upon their atmospheric vibe. Although the band incorporated other sonic textures and a more meticulous approach to arrangment, Warpaint still maintains that same spooky vibe that filtered through their earlier work 

Below, watch videos of Warpaint performing in Studio A and listen to an interview with the band in the FUV Vault. In addition to Coachella, Warpaint will be touring  the States, the U.K. and Europe this summer, including a batch of festivals like Bonnaroo and Primavera Sound.



Milagres: WFUV Live

The latest release from the Brooklyn-based Milagres is called Violent Light and it finds the band refining its icy synthpop sound. There are subtle hints of '80s-era Roxy Music and David Bowie filtering through Milagres' lush, majestic songs.

Not long ago the men of Milagres, who mark the release of Violent Light with a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 10, stopped by Studio A for a conversation. Watch Milagres in performance below and listen to their session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 4, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.



Dum Dum Girls: FUV Live

Singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny leads New York-via-L.A. rockers Dum Dum Girls into dark, shimmering pop territory on their latest release, Too True. The band recruited producer and songwriter Richard Gottehrer, who has penned catchy, classic songs like "My Boyfriend's Back," "Hang On Sloopy" and "I Want Candy," and The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner to work on the new songs.

Dum Dum Girls are in the midst of a North American tour which brought them back to New York for two shows this week, sweeping into Bowery Ballroom last night and taking on Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, March 26, for a sold out show.

Too True is already one of the standout releases of the year, so we were really pleased that Dee Dee and the band stopped by Studio A to treat us some tracks from the record. Below, watch Dum Dum Girls perform "Under These Hands" and "Are You Okay" and listen to the band's entire session with Russ Borris now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 28, at 11a.m., also streaming online.



Courtney Barnett: 2014

With her smart guitar chops, droll sense of humor, intricate lyrics and raconteur-style singing, Australia’s Courtney Barnett is one of the most exciting new artist discoveries over the last year.

Cut Copy: TAS In Session

To shake up the sound of their fourth album Free Your Mind, Melbourne's Cut Copy reached out to longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. The result is a sunny, expansive, mind-banding dance record that begs for summer festivals and blissful daydreaming on an Ibiza beach.

Cut Copy plays two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on March 21 and 22, but around the time of Free Your Mind's release, I headed to an East Village studio to chat with Cut Copy—Dan Whiteford (vocals, keys, guitars), Tim Hoey (guitar), Ben Browning (bass) and Mitchell Scott (drums)—about the album's development, songwriting techniques, their affection for The KLF and other sundry fun facts.

No video, but listen to Cut Copy's entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE tomorrow, March 14, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.


Los Campesinos!: TAS In Session

Over the last eight years, the music of Los Campesinos! has straddled both the irreverent and serious, the wise and the witty. Frontman Gareth "Campesinos" Paisey's lyrics briskly percolate with personal and pop culture references, leapfrogging from soccer puns to romantic strife.

The Welsh band's latest album, No Blues, might be their strongest to date and Los Campesinos! has been touring steadily since its release, recently announcing a batch of UK and European festival dates for this spring and summer including Live at Leeds, the Truck Festival and Festival No. 6.

Earlier this winter the sextet stopped by FUV and TAS for a session and a conversation with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali. Watch videos of Los Campesinos! in Studio A below, listen to the songs and interview now in the FUV Vault or hear the band's session this Friday, March 7, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.



The Fratellis: FUV Live

Glasgow's The Fratellis made a big splash in Britain with their boisterous debut album, Costello Music, which earned them the 2007 BRIT award for Best Breakthrough Act and support slots opening for the reunited Police and Kasabian and eventual festival headliner status.

The scrappy Scottish trio went on to release one more album, Here We Stand, before going on a three year hiatus in 2009, enabling frontman Jon Lawler to collaborate with female vocalist Lou Hickey as Codeine Velvet Club, releasing one surprisingly lush, brassy and romantic self-titled debut in 2009 before that duo disbanded as well.

With Codeine Velvet Club behind him, Lawler has reunited with his Fratellis brethren — Barry "Fratelli" Wallace and Gordon "Mince Fratelli" McRory — and the three released a third album last year, the swaggering, We Need Medicine. The Fratellis are also bound for North America, kicking off a brief five-city tour on February 21 that takes them to Atlanta, Orlando, Seattle, Vancouver and Toronto. Tours of Japan and Europe follow this spring.

Not long ago, The Fratellis stopped by Studio A to share a couple of new songs from the album and talk about their rambling journey that has stretched nearly  nine years and three albums. Watch videos of The Fratellis live below and listen to their session now via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 21, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.