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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 thealternateside.org]

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: rborris@wfuv.org.

More about The Alternate Side

You can stream from thealternateside.org 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. [more info]

Recent Shows in the Archives

Marco Benevento - FUV Live - 2014

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento has been gracefully blending his jazz roots with indie rock, jam bands, and several other genres for more than a decade. His latest studio album, Swift, is his most musically consistent and thematic record yet and sees him singing for the first time. Marco Benevento recently stopped by Studio A to play some of the new songs and talk about his new album. We’ll hear that conversation and performance during this episode of The Alternate Side in Session.

 

[recorded: 8/19/14]

Future Islands - FUV Live - 2014

Future Islands has spent a decade releasing albums that mix eclectic genres, from synth-splashed pop to harder-edged rock with a hip-hop heart. Yet after three albums, tireless touring and relocating from their native North Carolina to Baltimore, the trio erupted into mainstream consciousness this year with their fourth release, Singles, and via a galvanizing appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The video of that performance quickly went viral, propelled by the mighty vocals and endearingly earnest dance moves of front man Samuel T. Herring, and it changed Future Islands' fortunes. After years of hard work, Future Islands—Herring, bassist William Cashion and keyboadist Gerrit Welmers—are finally receiving the attention they deserve.

Singles is steeped in catchy, New Wave-leaning pop songs, but the band never abandons the soulful, hard rocking and slightly offbeat sound that they've nurtured. Future Islands recently travelled to the Bronx for an FUV Live session and conversation—well, mostly the chatty and effusive Herring spoke—about their early years in North Carolina, the group's place in Baltimore's Wham City art collective and their dazzling year.

[recorded: 8/6/14]

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