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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.

Recent Shows in the Archives

Zeus - FUV Live - 2014

The Mighty Zeus are back! I love this band. We had them in for their last album, Busting Visions which was a fantastic collection of power pop.  The Canadian band released their follow up this year with their 4th full length album, Classic Zeus and the new songs confirm that this band is a well oiled machine.

What I find so impressive about these guys is that there are 3 different songwriters: Mike O'Brien, Carlin Nicholson, and Neil Quin. They each have a style of their own, but placed within their albums, the songs, despite who wrote them all converge into a uniquely or rather... Classic Zeus sound. This may have something to do with their drummer, Rob Drake's ability to keep it all flowing seamlessly together. 

It was an absolute pleasure to host these guys in Studio A again. Check out the performances here.

[recorded: 10/20/14]

More from Zeus:

Temples - FUV Live - 2014

It's not often that the first recording of a young band perfectly conveys that group's promise and mission. Temples, then a duo, managed to do that very thing with their debut single, 2012's "Shelter Song." That delectable slice of woozy psychedelic pop (which got them signed to Heavenly Recordings) led to the eventual addition of two other bandmates and three strong 2013 singles: "Colours To Life," "Mesmerise" and "Keep In The Dark." Last winter, Temples released their handsome, self-produced debut album, Sun Structures. It's been a heady gallop for the band, spurred on by prestigious support slots, sold-out headlining gigs and major festival outings.

Hailing from Kettering in England's Midlands, singer and guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley knew exactly what kind of music they wanted to make when the two friends first began working together: songs that acknowledged the lush production textures and sparkle of '60s and early '70s glam rock, Motown and garage pop, but resonated with a very contemporary flair.

Temples, who were part of our Public Radio Rocks showcase at SXSW in March, paid a long overdue visit to Studio A this autumn to play a couple of songs from Sun Structures. The lean, lanky and admittedly tired Bagshaw, his milkweed-like tumble of brunette locks a not-so-subtle reminder of one of his heroes, Mark Bolin, and Warmsley candidly discussed the breakneck pace that the band's been on this year. They also touched on their determination to maintain artistic control of their forward-looking rock 'n' roll revivalism, exhaustion be damned.

[recorded: 10/27/14]