Stories by Kara Manning

Wolf Alice: TAS In Session

At Wolf Alice's gig at Mercury Lounge in late January, the venue was jam-packed for this canny north London quartet with a knack for songs that teeter between stormy lashings and tender idylls. On the basis of two very impressive EPs released over the last two years, Blush (2013) and Creature Songs (2014), Wolf Alice has made ambitious strides, graduating from tiny Camden Town club gigs to behemoth festivals like Glastonbury. The band's debut album, My Love Is Cool, will be released on June 23. Watch Wolf Alice's set in Studio A and listen to the entire session and interview now in the FUV Vault.

East India Youth: TAS In Session

Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2014 for his ambitious debut album, Total Strife Forever, East India Youth's William Doyle didn't initially set out to be a solo artist—or even compose electronic music. During his recent session for The Alternate Side and FUV, East India Youth reflected on the surprising impact of Total Strife Forever, discussed his admiration for Brian Eno and David Bowie, and touched on the release of his second album, Culture of Volume, in April. Watch East India Youth in Studio A playing "Heaven, How Long" and "Looking For Someone," listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, February 19, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Blur Returns With A New Album In April

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Wily Damon Albarn and his Blur compadres had declared for ages that it was unlikely that the band would release a new album in the foreseeable future. Well, that's all changed as of today: Blur returns with its first studio album in 12 years, called The Magic Whip, on April 28 in the States (April 27 in the UK). The album was recorded over a five-day stretch in Hong Kong back in 2013. Blur has also announced a show at London's Hyde Park on June 20. Watch the video for the album's first single, the guitar-driven lope  "Go Out."

Passion Pit Elevates With A New Album This Spring

Although Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos bravely confessed that he struggled throughout the recording of 2012's Gossamer due to his ongoing struggles with bipolar disorder, the gifted musician continues to rally artistically and has announced the forthcoming release of a third album, Kindred. The album will come out on April 21 in the States and the first single, "Lifted Up (1985)" can be downloaded along with a second track, "Where The Sky Hangs," with pre-orders of the release. Watch the videos for "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where The Sky Hangs" here.

Father John Misty Deluxe Vinyl Editions Are Delivered Warped

Treated yourself to a deluxe vinyl edition of Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear? Well, you might have a warped album on your hands. Father John Misty's label, Sub Pop, admits that because of the elaborate packaging and the "extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art" used for the jacket, the colorful vinyl within was likely damaged. After offering an apology, Sub Pop is also providing replacement discs. 

St. Vincent, Beck, Jack White, Aphex Twin Among Grammy Winners

This year's Grammy® winners are cradling their gold gramophones and the lucky musicians include Beck, who triumphed with three awards, including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album honors for Morning PhaseSt. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jack White, Aphex Twin, Pharrell and Rosanne Cash were also big winners. St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who won for Best Alternate Music Album, is, quite astonishingly, the first woman to win in that category since 1991. The Alternate Side will continue to update you on Grammy doings throughout the night.

Karl Hyde of Underworld: TAS In Session

The remastered edition of Underworld’s 1994 album, Dubnobasswithmyheadman, was released in October (also as a five-disc deluxe box set), marking the 20th anniversary of this visionary release that bridged electronic, rock and dance music in a bold, original way. The album—and Underworld's forward-thinking approach in the studio and as a live act—became a touchstone for artists as diverse as Radiohead, U2, Björk and Jagwar Ma. The unlikely path that led to the birth of Dubnobasswithmyheadman—and all that followed for Underworld—is a heartening tale for anyone who hopes for a second chance. Listen to a conversation with Karl Hyde of Underworld at any time in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, February 6, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

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