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.

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.

EMA: TAS In Session

Erika M. Anderson, better known by her stage name of EMA, released her third full-length album, The Future's Void, earlier this year. The new record showcases a new side to EMA which includes more electronic layers and science fiction-inspired lyrics. EMA will be playing Bowery Ballroom on October 5, but not long ago she stopped by Studio A to play us some of the new songs and talk about the record. Watch a video of EMA in Studio A, listen to the interview in the FUV Vault now or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, August 15, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Strand Of Oaks: FUV Live

Tim Showalter is the mastermind behind the Philly-based band Strand of Oaks, and his latest album, Heal, is his most personal yet. Through the songs, he takes listeners on a journey into his past, to a time when he was singing Smashing Pumpkins songs to himself in his basement and rifling through his parents' record collection. During a recent visit to Studio A, Tim talked with The Alternate Side's Russ Borris about his favorite artists, from Black Sabbath to Phosphorescent. Watch Strand of Oaks playing songs from Heal live in Studio A and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 8, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

tUnE-yArDs: TAS In Session

One of the most unique acts to emerge over the last five years, tUnE-yArDs is helmed by singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus who, along with her longtime collaborator Nate Brenner, writes carnivalistic, polyrhythmic, genre-blurring music with gleeful abandon. This year, Garbus and her bandmates released their third album, Nikki Nack, and the deeply personal collection thrives on the band’s spirited Afrocentric beats, exuberant chants and jazzy, funked-out strut, all driven by the indefatigable charisma of a Mardi Gras krewe. Watch videos of tUnE-yArDs' visit to FUV's Studio A and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, August 1, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

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