The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: TAS In Session

One of many contemporary bands that assumed the mantle of dense and beautiful shoegaze left by '90s predecessors like Ride, Cocteau Twins and Lush, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is led by singer and guitarist Kip Berman. The band's shimmering new album, Days of Abandon, marks a significant change in the group's lineup as well as their sound; under Berman's guidance, this iteration of POBPAH uses fewer electric guitars and focuses on a more acoustic approach. Watch videos of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live in Studio A playing a pair of songs from the new album, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., EDT, also streaming online.

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces First Round Of Artists

The first wave of artists and bands has been revealed for 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City from October 21-25. Slowdive,The Kills, Courtney Barnett, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cold War Kids, San Fermin, Gerard Way, The Wytches, Ballet School (pictured), Money, Bear's Den and Protomartyr are among the better-known acts descending upon venues, parties and showcases scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn this fall.

Alt-J: First Listen Live Presented By FUV On September 2

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The British trio Alt-J is set to release its new album, This Is All Yours, in the U.S. on September 23, and they're coming to New York City to premiere the new material in an exclusive First Listen Live on FUV and NPR Music on September 2 at 9pm EDT, also streaming online.

Alt-J Ticket Giveaway: FUV And NPR First Listen Show At Le Poisson Rouge On September 2

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Next week, one of the hardest items to procure in New York City will be a precious ticket to Alt-J's First Listen show, presented by FUV and NPR Music, at Le Poisson Rouge on September 2 at 9pm EDT. Although FUV will broadcast the Mercury Prize-winning band's performance of songs from its forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, we'd also love some savvy Alt-J fans in the audience. The Alternate Side is giving away two pairs of tickets to see Alt-J and all you need to do is fill out the entry form by this Monday, September 1, at 3pm EDT, cross your fingers and hum "Hunger of the Pine."

Kate Bush Returns For First Live Show In 35 Years

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The ecstatic return of Kate Bush to the stage on Tuesday night at London's Hammersmith Apollo (where she played her last show in 1979) was a triumph for the singer and her devoted fans. The three-hour concert, the first of 22 sold-out shows through October 1, was audacious, artistically bold and deeply moving and Bush's voice was agreed to be utterly flawless. The set not only included some of Bush's well-known songs like "Cloudbusting" and "Running Up That Hill" from 1985's Hounds of Love, but also the "The Ninth Wave" suite from that same album and the entire "Sky of Honey" suite from 2005's Aerial. Read a Kate Bush roundup of some of the reviews and her set list here.

First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'

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The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever. Listen to Interpol's El Pintor streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to the album's release on September 9 on Matador. If you got shut out of the band's New York record release show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur on September 2, you can always check out NPR's First Listen Live webcast tonight, August 26, at 10p.m. EDT (7p.m. PDT) as Interpol plays songs from the forthcoming album.

Morrissey Makes An Optimistic Move And Announces A European Tour

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Morrissey's future at Harvest Records might appear bleak, but the singer has made an optimistic announcement via the True to You fan website that he's going to tour Europe this fall. Although Moz has racked up more cancelled tours than actual tours of late, there's always hope that his health has improved and the trek will prove a fruitful one for the thorny troubadour.

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