Stories by Kara Manning

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.

Jack Cleverly of Cymbals: Five Essential Albums

There are plenty of 2014 albums that merit mention as the best of the year thus far—and those overlooked gems that deserve far more attention. Add Cymbals' The Age of Fracture to both lists. The London quartet's strong sophomore album is diverse, daring and very dance-friendly, but there are also smart dystopian and socioeconomic concepts skittering through the songs. The dynamic Cymbals embark on a brief North American tour this week and play Pianos on Friday, July 18, and Glasslands on Saturday, July 19. Even better, Cymbals frontman Jack Cleverly wrote up a list of his Five Essential Albums for The Alternate Side, sweeping from Harold Budd to Cocteau Twins.

Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett And Mac DeMarco Make Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious music awards and akin to the Mercury Prize, was revealed on Tuesday. Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Basia Bulat and Timber Timbre, who recently did a session for The Alternate Side, are among the bands and artists named to this year's list of ten albums. The winner, who will take home $30,000, will be announced at a gala concert on September 22. 

Interpol Support 'El Pintor' With North American Dates

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Interpol return on September 9 with El Pintor, the band's fifth album and its first as a trio. In support of that release, Interpol will embark on a long North American tour. The lengthy itinerary includes a hometown show at Terminal 5 on November 24 which falls at the start of Thanksgiving week. Tickets are available for pre-order now; all tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 15, at 10a.m. local time.

Slowdive Tours North America This Fall

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Seminal shoegazers Slowdive reunited earlier this year for assorted UK and European festivals and gigs. Although appearances at this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and next month's FYF Festival in Los Angeles had been Slowdive's only U.S. shows, on Monday the band announced a full North American tour beginning in October, the band's first in over 20 years. Slowdive's road trip includes a stop at New York's Terminal 5 on October 25.  

Beck Eyes A Starry Song Reader Collection

Although Beck unconventionally released his Song Reader album in 2012 as sheet music, the collection of tunes will finally receive a recorded release on July 29 via Capitol. The all-star cadre of collaborators warbling Beck songs includes Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Tweedy, Laura Marling, Jason Isbell, Norah Jones, Swamp Dogg, Jack Black and others. Beck himself will sing just one song on the album, "Heaven's Ladder."

Lyla Foy: FUV Live

When Lyla Foy released her debut EP, Shoestring, she did so using the moniker WALL, still uncertain of attaching a solo identity to still-nascent songs. However, the London-based Foy, currently on tour with Phosphorescent in Europe, finally shed the protective fortress of WALL while recording her full-length debut, Mirrors the Sky. It's a sensitive and stirring excursion through stormy relationships, showcasing Foy's dreamy vocals. Watch videos from Lyla Foy's springtime performance in FUV's Studio A, listen to her full session now in the FUV Vault or catch it on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, July 11, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

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