Slow Club: TAS In Session

Slow Club's Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have blossomed as artists over the course of three strong—and very different—albums. The Sheffield-bred, London-based duo found their foothold as a genial folk act on their 2009 debut, Yeah So. But by 2011's Paradise, Slow Club had confidently evolved, drifting towards darker, more layered pop. Their third album, Complete Surrender, is another beautiful progression as the pair step into yearning dance tracks, stunning ballads and brassy Northern soul. Slow Club made their way to the Bronx for a session and conversation, discussing heartbreak, pop music and friendship. Watch videos of Slow Club live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

First Listen: The Wytches, 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The British band borrows from the best to contextualize a sound that's at once heavy, sinister, tuneful and theatrical, piling on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth. Listen to The Wytches' Annabel Dream Reader streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on August 26 on Partisan Records.

Watch The War On Drugs' Video For 'Under The Pressure'

The War on Drugs' latest album Lost in the Dream and its transcendent single "Under the Pressure" has been one of The Alternate Side and WFUV's favorite releases of 2014. Now the song has a video, directed by Houmam, who has also guided videos for Beirut and Jesse Marchant. The nearly nine-minute clip is as simple, beautiful and direct as the track itself; just Adam Granduciel and his bandmates in a deserted house, intercut with rain-spattered windshields, shifting scenes of suburbia as seen from a car window and kaleidoscopic cascades of light and color. Watch The War on Drugs' "Under the Pressure" here.

First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

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Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day. Listen to J Mascis' Tied to a Star streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on August 26 via Sub Pop.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending August 24


Zola Jesus and Glass Animals slink onto the TAS Top 20 while FKA Twigs ascends like a queen to No. 1.

Glass Animals Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On September 15


The Oxford quartet Glass Animals released their debut, Zaba, in early June, a slyly cerebral and sensual debut propelled by serpentine grooves and frontman Dave Bayley's drawling falsetto that at times verges on a post-coital sigh. Glass Animals have quickly sold out their New York dates this year and their upcoming gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 15 is no different. However, The Alternate Side has squirreled away a small handful of tickets. Want to win a precious pair? Just enter by this Sunday, August 24, at 5p.m. EDT.

Strand Of Oaks Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On September 15


Yes, Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter played New York in June, but he's back with his bandmates at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on September 15, still supporting his strong new album, Heal. Opening for Strand of Oaks is singer and songwriter Christopher Denny who recently released his debut, If the Roses Don't Kill Us. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see the terrific Strand of Oaks and Christopher Denny; enter by this Sunday, August 24.

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