Stories by Kara Manning

Emmy The Great: TAS In Session

Singer and songwriter Emma-Lee Moss, who records as Emmy the Great, has been nomadic of late, drifting between her longtime home base of London, her native Hong Kong, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and other locales. That peripatetic spirit has informed the new songs for her forthcoming third album and her new EP, called S. She recently came by FUV's Studio A (accompanied by her brother as a handy backup band!) and discussed the impact of her romantic travails on her songwriting, life living out of a suitcase, the progress of her third album, and much more. Watch videos of Emmy the Great playing live in Studio A, listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 27, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

The 2 Bears: TAS In Session

Euphoric in sound and scope, The 2 Bears' sophomore album,The Night Is Young, picks up seamlessly from where the duo's 2012 debut, Be Strong, left off. Joe Goddard, a core member of Hot Chip, and Raf Rundell released a first album that brimmed with rapturous, intelligent house music.  For the second album,The 2 Bears still found inspiration in their vast record collections, their sociopolitical concerns, and their observations on fatherhood and family. Watch videos of The 2 Bears' special acoustic performance in Studio A, listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, March 13, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Solid Sound 2015 Lineup Includes Wilco, Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, Mac DeMarco And More

Solid Sound 2015, the music and arts festival curated by Wilco, announced its impressive lineup of bands on Tuesday night via a trivia game with fans during a live Facebook event. Perhaps guessing Wilco or even Tweedy was easiest, but the mighty roster also includes Real Estate, Richard Thompson, Mac DeMarco, Shabazz Palaces, Ryley Walker, Luluc, Cibo Matto, the Felice Brothers, Parquet Courts, NRBQ, Taj Mahal, The Autumn Defense, King Sunny Ade and Bill Frisell. Tickets for Solid Sound 2015 are available now. This year's festival takes place June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.  

Wolf Alice: TAS In Session

At Wolf Alice's gig at Mercury Lounge in late January, the venue was jam-packed for this canny north London quartet with a knack for songs that teeter between stormy lashings and tender idylls. On the basis of two very impressive EPs released over the last two years, Blush (2013) and Creature Songs (2014), Wolf Alice has made ambitious strides, graduating from tiny Camden Town club gigs to behemoth festivals like Glastonbury. The band's debut album, My Love Is Cool, will be released on June 23. Watch Wolf Alice's set in Studio A and listen to the entire session and interview now in the FUV Vault.

East India Youth: TAS In Session

Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2014 for his ambitious debut album, Total Strife Forever, East India Youth's William Doyle didn't initially set out to be a solo artist—or even compose electronic music. During his recent session for The Alternate Side and FUV, East India Youth reflected on the surprising impact of Total Strife Forever, discussed his admiration for Brian Eno and David Bowie, and touched on the release of his second album, Culture of Volume, in April. Watch East India Youth in Studio A playing "Heaven, How Long" and "Looking For Someone," listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, February 19, at 11 a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Blur Returns With A New Album In April

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Wily Damon Albarn and his Blur compadres had declared for ages that it was unlikely that the band would release a new album in the foreseeable future. Well, that's all changed as of today: Blur returns with its first studio album in 12 years, called The Magic Whip, on April 28 in the States (April 27 in the UK). The album was recorded over a five-day stretch in Hong Kong back in 2013. Blur has also announced a show at London's Hyde Park on June 20. Watch the video for the album's first single, the guitar-driven lope  "Go Out."

Passion Pit Elevates With A New Album This Spring

Although Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos bravely confessed that he struggled throughout the recording of 2012's Gossamer due to his ongoing struggles with bipolar disorder, the gifted musician continues to rally artistically and has announced the forthcoming release of a third album, Kindred. The album will come out on April 21 in the States and the first single, "Lifted Up (1985)" can be downloaded along with a second track, "Where The Sky Hangs," with pre-orders of the release. Watch the videos for "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where The Sky Hangs" here.

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