The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many)—although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs—but you can read the choices of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 of 2014" later that week.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending November 30


Taking advantage of Bloc Party's long hiatus, frontman Kele Okereke returns with a new solo album and single and lands on the TAS Top 20.

Yo La Tengo Ticket Giveaway: Town Hall On December 3


Yo La Tengo is marking the 30th anniversary of their very existence as a band (and the pride of Hoboken) with a handful of shows, including a two-day residency at Town Hall on December 3 and 4. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the December 3 show, with Antietam supporting.  Want to see Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew? Fill out an entry form by this Sunday, November 30, and you might win an early holiday gift from Yo La Tengo.  

tUnE-yArDs Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On December 7


It's a festive time of year and few performers deliver a celebratory vibe quite like tUnE-yArDs. Merrill Garbus and her bandmates are back in New York for four—yes, four—shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg supporting tUnE-yArDs' third album Nikki Nack with support from Cibo Matto and BEEP. The Alternate Side has tickets to tUnE-yArDs' December 7 show at MHOW; enter by November 30 at 5pm EST for a chance to win.

Angel Olsen Ticket Giveaway: Bowery Ballroom On December 8


Angel Olsen's incendiary debut, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, has topped a lot of end-of-year polls and recently, the album was re-released with five bonus tracks. Olsen and her band are sweeping through the New York area once more playing three shows, including a stop at Bowery Ballroom on December 8 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets. Fill out an entry form by this Sunday, November 30, for a chance to win tickets to see the arresting Angel Olsen.

Robert DeLong Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On December 12


Robert DeLong, a Los Angeles electronic producer, drummer and enthusiastic explorer of a multitude of instruments, broke through a couple of years ago with his debut, Just Movement, and a single "Global Concepts." He now has a new EP called Long Way Down and he's been supporting it via a tour with St. Lucia and his own headlining gigs, including a Brooklyn show at Rough Trade on December 12. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Robert DeLong's Rough Trade outing. Just enter for a chance to win by this Sunday, November 30, at 5pm EST.

The 2014 WFUV Feastival

It's been a big year of live music for The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV, with its first-ever live coverage of the Clearwater Festival and a return to Celebrate Brooklyn for three exclusive broadcasts. Add those festivals to an already long list of FUV Live events, including SXSW, Newport Folk Festival, CMJ and shows at venues around New York City, and it's no wonder that the WFUV Feastival tradition can't be contained to just Thanksgiving Day.

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