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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.



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.



Public Service Broadcasting: TAS In Session

The London-based Public Service Broadcasting is a bespectacled electronic duo who call themselves J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. Utilizing clips borrowed from archival propaganda movies, newsreels and educational films found in the British Film Institute and elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting makes humorous, uplifting and resonant music that is mostly instrumental with spoken samples serving as vocals. Topics range from World War II ("Spitfire") to mountain expeditions ("Everest") to the advent of color television ("ROYGBIV").

Wrigglesworth plays drums while J. Willgoose Esq. handles banjo, guitar, MIDI controllers and more. Their music is incredibly innovative, highly entertaining and translates to live performance in surprising ways, leaning on a multimedia presentation. In fact, the need to educate and entertain is a mission statement from the pair who titled their full-length debut Inform-Educate-Entertain.

On the heels of their first headlining North American tour, Public Service Broadcasting recently stopped by Studio A to give us a taste of their unique musical mission.

Watch Public Service Broadcasting performing live in Studio A below, listen to the duo's session now in the FUV Vault, or listen to it on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 11, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.



[recorded: 3/3/14]

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: FUV Live

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.

A set of impressive shows at the CMJ Music Marathon in October elevated Courtney as New York's new Aussie darling and she's sold out every gig she has booked here since last fall—more New York shows are booked on June 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and June 17 at Bowery Ballroom.

The Melbourne singer's compilation of her early work, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, is out now, but Courtney is focused on finally recording her debut album. She is quick to point out that the EPs represent only a very nascent sampling of her songs.

Courtney Barnett and bandmates Bones Sloane and Dave Mundie are touring Australia with Billy Bragg this month, but they recently stopped by Studio A for a conversation and live performance of her breakthrough single "Avant Gardener," and a brand new song, "Depreston," which will likely end up on her debut album. 

Watch videos of Courtney, Bones and Dave in performance below and hear the entire session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online. The session is also available now in the FUV Vault.

[recorded: 02/21/14]



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.