Stories by Kara Manning

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.

Young Fathers Win The 2014 Mercury Prize

Young Fathers, the Edinburgh alternative hip hop trio, has won the 2014 Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the year for their powerful debut, Dead. The group wins £20,000 (about $32,000) and hopefully a big leap in album sales.

Happyness: Listen To FUV Live At CMJ 2014

Making their Stateside radio debut on FUV Live at CMJ, London's Happyness delivered a sunny, cheeky and confident set of songs mostly found on their excellent debut album, Weird Little Birthday, which was released in the UK this past summer.

Happyness: FUV Live At CMJ 2014

Happyness, a savvy trio from London, mine the fuzzed-out, brusque beauty of '90s melodic rock. Not grunge, mind you, but the heady heights of Pavement, The Lemonheads, the Flaming Lips and Yo La Tengo, finding a very fresh spin on a familiar American imprint. Happyness will be joining Horse Thief, Son Little and Elle King for WFUV and The Alternate Side's CMJ Music Marathon showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on Tuesday, October 21, at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City from 5-9pm. The showcase, the very essence of FUV's mission of music discovery, will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, also streaming online.  In addition, a 12-inch vinyl EP, featuring one song from each band, will be recorded and pressed at Rockwood Music Hall that night and given away to FUV listeners at the event. FUV Live at CMJ is supported by Squarespace.

Horse Thief: FUV Live At CMJ 2014

Horse Thief's shimmering psychedelic folk broods with an edgy, gnarled beauty, as deftly realized on the Oklahoma quintet's impressive debut, Fear in Bliss. Horse Thief will be joining Happyness, Son Little and Elle King for WFUV and The Alternate Side's CMJ Music Marathon showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on Tuesday, October 21, at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City from 5-9pm. The showcase, the very essence of FUV's mission of music discovery, will be broadcast live on 90.7FM WFUV, also streaming online. In addition, a 12-inch vinyl EP, featuring one song from each band, will be recorded and pressed at Rockwood Music Hall that night and given away to FUV listeners at the event. FUV Live at CMJ is supported by Squarespace.

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