Stories by Kara Manning

CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Announces First Round Of Artists

The first wave of artists and bands has been revealed for 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City from October 21-25. Slowdive,The Kills, Courtney Barnett, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cold War Kids, San Fermin, Gerard Way, The Wytches, Ballet School (pictured), Money, Bear's Den and Protomartyr are among the better-known acts descending upon venues, parties and showcases scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn this fall.

Kate Bush Returns For First Live Show In 35 Years


The ecstatic return of Kate Bush to the stage on Tuesday night at London's Hammersmith Apollo (where she played her last show in 1979) was a triumph for the singer and her devoted fans. The three-hour concert, the first of 22 sold-out shows through October 1, was audacious, artistically bold and deeply moving and Bush's voice was agreed to be utterly flawless. The set not only included some of Bush's well-known songs like "Cloudbusting" and "Running Up That Hill" from 1985's Hounds of Love, but also the "The Ninth Wave" suite from that same album and the entire "Sky of Honey" suite from 2005's Aerial. Read a Kate Bush roundup of some of the reviews and her set list here.

Morrissey Makes An Optimistic Move And Announces A European Tour


Morrissey's future at Harvest Records might appear bleak, but the singer has made an optimistic announcement via the True to You fan website that he's going to tour Europe this fall. Although Moz has racked up more cancelled tours than actual tours of late, there's always hope that his health has improved and the trek will prove a fruitful one for the thorny troubadour.

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.

Watch The War On Drugs' Video For 'Under The Pressure'

The War on Drugs' latest album Lost in the Dream and its transcendent single "Under the Pressure" has been one of The Alternate Side and WFUV's favorite releases of 2014. Now the song has a video, directed by Houmam, who has also guided videos for Beirut and Jesse Marchant. The nearly nine-minute clip is as simple, beautiful and direct as the track itself; just Adam Granduciel and his bandmates in a deserted house, intercut with rain-spattered windshields, shifting scenes of suburbia as seen from a car window and kaleidoscopic cascades of light and color. Watch The War on Drugs' "Under the Pressure" here.

Karen O Announces Limited Tour Dates


Ahead of the release of her first solo album, Crush Songs, in September, Karen O has announced "intimate" shows in New York, London, Los Angeles and Berlin. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman will play four shows in New York: at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel (September 9-11) and in the round at Le Poisson Rouge, on September 12. Tickets for all of Karen O's shows go on sale this Friday, August 15, at various times depending on the city (3p.m. EDT in New York).

FKA Twigs Returns This Autumn For A North American Tour


Following her sold-out, packed-to-the-rafters show at Webster Hall earlier this month, it didn't take long for FKA Twigs to announce plans to return to North America this autumn for her biggest headlining journey to date, a 30-date world tour that includes UK and European shows too. The ethereal, sensual electronic chanteuse's debut album, LP1, is out now and FKA Twigs will be at Terminal 5 on November 8. 

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