Stories by Kara Manning

School of Language: Five Essential Albums

During a hiatus from Field Music in 2008, David Brewis, who shares the Mercury Prize-nominated band with his brother Peter, released his first solo album as School of Language, the ambitious Sea From Shore. Six years later, David has returned with a second School of Language album, Old Fears, out now on Memphis Industries. It's a fantastically funked-out, slyly soulful, shapeshifting collection of songs that draws on everything from classic R&B to angular art pop. Intrigued by that fearless collage of sounds, The Alternate Side asked School of Language's David Brewis if he'd pull together his Five Essential Albums for us.

Listen: The Black Keys' "Turn Blue"

The Black Keys have already released the rowdy "Fever," the first single from their forthcoming album Turn Blue. On Monday, the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney revealed the title track of their eighth album, due out on May 13 in the States and co-produced by Danger Mouse and the Black Keys.

Watch Lykke Li's Wicked New Video


Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li has no fear of the dramatic and plenty of confidence in her own acting chop, Her latest video, for the torchy single "No Rest For The Wicked," is another in a line of Li's cinematic videos. Lykke Li, who returns Stateside to play New York's Apollo Theater on May 15, releases her next album, I Never Learn, in the States on May 6 and in the UK and Europe the day before.  

Watch: Queens Of The Stone Age, "Smooth Sailing"

Queens of the Stone Age have not only added batch of  additional tour dates, including a July show in Port Chester, NY, but they've released a video for "Smooth Sailing," from the band's 2013 album ... Like Clockwork.

Jack White Plans A World Tour


Jack White returns with a second solo album, Lazaretto, on June 10 and has announced a world tour behind it, beginning on May 29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As previously announced, White will play New York's Governors Ball Music Festival on June 7.

East India Youth: Five Essential Albums

A demo recorded by East India Youth's William Doyle so impressed the powers-that-be at the online British publication The Quietus that they were inspired to set up a record label. In January, Doyle dropped his debut album, Total Strife Forever, and was promptly swept away in a sea of laudatory reviews and inevitable comparisons to James Blake. Given the electronic and emotional impact of his auspicious debut, The Alternate Side asked Doyle, er, East India Youth if he'd reveal his Five Essential Albums for us.

Wilco Tweets An April Fool's Joke (That We Want To Be True)


Those rapscallions of Wilco have gotten in the goofy spirit of April Fool's Day, tweeting that they'll be releasing a children's album called Yankee Doodle Foxtrot on July 4. The (fake) album, spinning off of the title of Wilco's fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, will be "the first ever album of deconstructed-yet-patriotic" songs for kids. We kind of wish it were true. 

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