Stories by Kara Manning

David Byrne And Talking Heads Tribute Concert At Carnegie Hall On March 23

The Roots, Steve Earle and Rufus Wainwright are among the eclectic array of artists announced for a benefit concert celebrating the music and legacy of David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall on March 23. That storied venue is a bit roomier than the old CBGB where the members of Talking Heads truly began their long love affair with New York City in the mid-1970s.

Recap: Holiday Cheer For FUV 2014

The warmth and exuberance that filled the Beacon Theatre for our sold-out 2014 benefit concert, Holiday Cheer for FUV, was an oasis of peace in unsettled times. The stormy winds of change were blowing just beyond the doors (and an actual Nor'easter was charging up the coast), but as led by Conor Oberst, his band, and observant storytellers like Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson, the nearly three-hour concert was a robust celebration of the tenacious human spirit. Read the recap here.

The Vaselines' Eugene Kelly: Five Essential Albums

Glasgow's The Vaselines, the enigmatic Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, have drifted in and out of their partnership since 1987, influencing an eclectic and reverent crew of musicians along the way, like Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Kelly and McKee have reunited in earnest since 2008, releasing their wiry, bittersweet and robust third album, V for Vaselines, this fall. Happily, The Vaselines return to New York next month for a gig at Brooklyn's Bell House on January 16, so TAS asked the always discerning Eugene Kelly if he'd write up a list of his Five Essential Albums.

Savoir Adore Announce A Major Lineup Change

Brooklyn's own Savoir Adore,  a longtime favorite of WFUV and The Alternate Side—and one of the bands in our very first CMJ showcase in 2012—has announced the departure of founding member Deidre Muro. The one-time duo of Muro and Paul Hammer had evolved to a quintet over the years and according to Hammer in a Facebook post on Monday, Savoir Adore will continue without Muro as the band works on its third album, the followup to Our Nature.

 

Metronomy: TAS In Session

Despite the somewhat wistful lyrics scattered across the breadth of Metronomy's most recent release, Love Letters, frontman Joseph Mount is really quite content. For Metronomy's set for The Alternate Side and FUV, Mount and bandmate Oscar Cash played "The Upsetter" and "Reservoir," two highlights from Love Letters. They also offered up some candid and surprisingly harsh opinions on aging and rock and roll (only Robert Plant escapes unscathed) and discussed the band's video-making experience with director Michel Gondry. Watch videos from Metronomy's set, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, November 7, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival's Katie Longmyer and Jennifer Lyon: Five Essential Albums

The seventh annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is fast approaching this weekend, November 7 and 8, at various venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Verboten and Baby's All Right, under the careful curation of co-producers Katie Longmyer and Jennifer Lyon. Don't expect a rowdy Randall's Island kind of atmosphere (no obstreperous Skrillex or Deadmau5 wannabes), but a truly adventurous two-day affair across at least eight venues with a strong lineup that includes Damian Lazarus, Little Boots, Eats Everything, Huxley, Machinedrum, Chris Malinchak and more. The Alternate Side asked Katie Longmyer and Jennifer Lyon if they'd each write about their Five Essential Albums in dance and electronic music ... and their ten albums (in total) are as inspired as the BEMF.

Adult Jazz: CMJ Tour Diary

Two weeks ago, over 1300 bands settled down in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, including the Leeds indie pop band Adult Jazz. The quartet's debut album, Gist Is, is a sophisticated and sensual mélange of songs that ramble and blossom in beautiful, unexpected ways, like an overgrown garden. They made quite a splash at CMJ, landing on NPR's Bob Boilen's list of his "Top 10 Discoveries" of the week. Equally intrigued, The Alternate Side had asked the band's frontman Harry Burgess if he'd keep a diary of his adventures at CMJ and he did, routing Adult Jazz's travels through New York via stops at Stonewall, the Schomburg Center in Harlem and the High Line.

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