First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results. Listen to Toro Y Moi's What For? streaming on WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on April 7.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending April 5

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Speedy Ortiz quickly scrambles up the TAS Top 20 chart with a single from their second album, Foil Deer.

Philip Selway Ticket Giveaway: Le Poisson Rouge On April 10

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When he's not drumming for Radiohead, Philip Selway has nurtured his own solo career, releasing two albums, including 2014's moody and graceful Weatherhouse. He's been working with Radiohead on their next album, but managed to line up some of his own North American solo dates, beginning at Le Poisson Rouge on April 10. Opening for Philip Selway and playing in his band is singer and songwriter Adem, formerly of Fridge (with Four Tet). Want to win tickets to seet Philip Selway at Le Poisson Rouge? Enter by this Sunday, April 5, at 5p.m. EDT.

Chet Faker Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On April 4

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Chet Faker, the moniker of the soulful and hirsute Melbourne electro-popster Nick Murphy, is a big deal back home: his 2014 debut album Built on Glass topped the Australian album charts, earned him some impressive awards and went platinum. He's also become a very big deal Stateside too, selling out three shows at New York's Terminal 5 later this week. Fortunately, The Alternate Side has managed to squirrel away a couple of pairs of tickets for Chet Faker's show on April 4; enter by this Thursday, April 2, at 11:45p.m. EDT for a chance to win.

Clark Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall of Williamsburg On April 4

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Clark, the London producer and electronic composer Chris Clark, released his critically-acclaimed eponymous album last November on longtime label Warp, an impeccably crafted collection which ended up on many year-end, best-of lists. He just released a new EP called Flame Rave. Clark's music can be both darkly progressive and luminous and takes on another life in live performance. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Clark at Music Hall of Williamsburg, with co-headlining L.A. producer Nosaj Thing, on Saturday, April 4; just enter by Thursday, April 2, at 11:45p.m. EDT for a chance to win.

Emmy The Great: TAS In Session

Singer and songwriter Emma-Lee Moss, who records as Emmy the Great, has been nomadic of late, drifting between her longtime home base of London, her native Hong Kong, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and other locales. That peripatetic spirit has informed the new songs for her forthcoming third album and her new EP, called S. She recently came by FUV's Studio A (accompanied by her brother as a handy backup band!) and discussed the impact of her romantic travails on her songwriting, life living out of a suitcase, the progress of her third album, and much more. Watch videos of Emmy the Great playing live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 27, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

A prolific, wide-ranging singer-songwriter crafts an intimate memorial to his late mother, who died three years ago. Listen to Sufjan Steven's Carrie & Lowell streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on March 31.

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