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The Alternate Side on FUV

A healthy dose of our indie music channel, on WFUV weeknights from 10pm-Midnight.

The Alternate Side is the indie music service from WFUV, available online and on HD Radio. The channel features a broad range of established and emerging indie rock and other styles, from across the city and beyond. [read more about it | or | go to]

On The Alternate Side you may hear artists like Chairlift, Antibalas, The Postelles, Ratatat and many others yet to be discovered, alongside established international artists including Arcade Fire, Bjork, and The Decemberists. It's a kind of laboratory where we experiment with diverse genres and sounds as we build our own non-commercial web and radio service made right here in New York City.

Help us shape it! Tell us what we're doing right, and what you think of the music. Drop us a note with your ideas or suggestions, or tell us about a band you think would be right for the show. Write to Russ Borris:

More about The Alternate Side

You can stream from or listen to HD Radio channel 3 at 90.7 FM in New York City. We're also broadcasting on WNYE 91.5 FM in New York City every weekday morning from 6am-Noon. A companion to WFUV's more eclectic weekday programs, the channel provides New York's indie music scene with a full-time local radio outlet, and connects artists and music lovers in New York and across the globe.

Recent Shows in the Archives

Emmy The Great - FUV Live - 2015

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, still untitled and due out late this year or early in 2016, and her new EP, out now on Bella Union, called S
The new songs also herald a change in sound and subject matter for Moss, skewing from from heartbreak of her albums, First Love and Virtue and experimenting with more electronic flourishes, as on her single "Swimming Pool" (which features Wild Beasts' Tom Fleming). Although her folk-rock underpinnings and smartly observed lyrics remain critical to her artistic persona, Moss is eager to leap into a different phase of her music.
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.
[recorded: 3/24/15]

Courtney Barnett - FUV Live - 2015

Whether sputtering out sabre-sharp bon mots in blistering garage rockers like "Pedestrian At Best" or narrating, with the weary rumination of a chronic insomniac, the late-night spirals of her mind ("An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)"), Courtney Barnett is not just an accomplished singer and songwriter, but a contemporary portraitist of her generation. The Melbourne-based Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Something I Just Sit, (which is our New Dig this week) is the work of a keenly observant artist with a busy mind and an irreverent sense of humor; there's a real streak of Amy Schumer-style punchlines lurking in Barnett's witty ripostes.

Yet Barnett brings a refreshing poignancy and humanity to everything she writes too and it's that slightly shy, soft-spoken songwriter who visited Studio A last fall to preview her debut album for us. It happened to be long before the record had been officially announced, and she revealed the title for us, at that time, in a cautiously charming whisper.

In addition to playing two brand new songs— "Pedestrian At Best" (which she also performed at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage showcase at SXSW) and "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party"—Barnett discussed the relaxed pace she chose for recording and releasing her debut, the challenges of running her own record label, and subtle shades of activism in some of her lyrics.

[recorded: 10/22/14]

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