First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler's most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets. Listen to Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 29.

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The TAS Top 20 Tracks For The Week Ending July 27

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FKA Twigs is higher than a motherf****r on this week's TAS Top 20 while The New Pornographers kick The Shins to take over the No. 1 spot.

The Temper Trap Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall Of Williamsburg On July 31

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The Temper Trap's frontman Dougy Mandagi might have gone the EDM route in a collaboration with Steve Angello, but don't expect a too-radical shift in sound from Mandagi's own band. The Aussie-born, Los Angeles-based The Temper Trap have kicked off their first headlining shows in a year and they're bound for New York this month, with a sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Alternate Side has a handful of tickets for The Temper Trap's Music Hall of Williamsburg show on July 31. Deadline for entries is this Sunday, July 27, at 5p.m. EDT.

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down Ticket Giveaway: Music Hall of Williamsburg On July 28

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Thao Nguyen might be playing a solo show at New York's MoMA this week, but Thao and her band, The Get Down Stay Down, will be doing a full show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, July 28. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to see Thao and The Get Down Stay Down in Brooklyn; fill out an entry form by this Thursday, July 24, at 5p.m. for a chance to win. 

Weeknight Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On August 14

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Shoegaze-leaning Brooklyn duo Weeknight released their majestically melancholy debut, Post-Everything, earlier this year and they've been touring in support of the album this summer. Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon write on their Facebook page that they are "super stoked" about their Rough Trade show on August 14 with Bootblacks and Youth Worship. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to Weeknight's big homecoming gig; just enter by this Sunday, July 27, at  5p.m. EDT. 

Alvvays Ticket Giveaway: Rough Trade On July 28

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Toronto's Alvvays makes pretty and intelligent pop music, both tender and resolute. The quintet's fine self-titled album just came out this week and the band is on a celebratory jaunt through North America, prior to heading to London for a handful of dates next month. Alvvays play a free show at Rough Trade on July 28, but The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to the gig (you'll be assured of getting in!) Just enter by this Thursday, July 24, at 5p.m. EDT.

Cloud Nothings: TAS In Session

Cloud Nothings are at once caustic and exhilarating, a whirlwind of reverb and regret. On the Cleveland band's latest album, Here and Nowhere Else, Dylan Baldi and his bandmates aspire to sharper songcraft, bringing a sophisticated layer to their tempestuous punk roar. They'll play the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend and head back to New York this fall for a show at Irving Plaza on October 7. Watch Cloud Nothings' seismic performance in FUV's Studio A and listen to their session in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, July 18, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

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