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TAS SXSW Preview: Sharon Van Etten

Singer and songwriter Sharon Van Etten quietly released one of the more extraordinary albums of the last year, the mutable and deeply moving Epic, which not only showcased her knack for textured yet organic composition, but her ferocious, pining vocals. She chatted with The Alternate Side over email while in London and updated us on her road trip, her work with The National's Aaron Dessner on her third album and how she plans on surviving SXSW in a month.

Dr. Dog's Toby Leaman

Philadelphia's own grass roots rockers Dr. Dog released their sixth album Shame, Shame last month. The Alternate Side caught up with bassist and co-founder Toby Leaman in Austin - literally in an alley behind a venue - and he revealed what he thinks is part of the band's appeal and longevity.