Kyle McGovern

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    Papercuts Go to the Zoo in 'Life Among the Savages' Video

    Papercuts returned this month with Life Among the Savages, the full-length follow-up to 2011's Fading Parade. Now, the recording project of San Francisco singer/songwriter/producer Jason Quever has birthed a music video for the new LP's lush title track. The clip maintains an intimate, homemade feel — fitting, since Quever directed the piece himself — by pairing dimly lit shots of domestic life with footage of a day spent at the zoo. (Life among the savages, indeed.) Occasionally, the camera drifts to an empty seashore just before sunset, giving the hazy, baroque-pop track the kind of dreamy visual button it deserves.

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    Jenny Lewis Battles Loss and Insomnia With Ryan Adams' Help on 'The Voyager'

    Jenny Lewis has built a deceptively sturdy body of work over the last 15 years. To date, the 38-year-old's oeuvre includes four albums with the now-defunct band Rilo Kiley; a lone LP credited to Jenny and Johnny, the duo she plays in with boyfriend Johnathan Rice; a pair of film scores; and two solo full-lengths, which will soon be followed by a third. On July 29, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter will finally release The Voyager, the long-awaited successor to 2008's Acid Tongue. "I am a late bloomer," the former child actress tells SPIN over the phone, joking about the record's prolonged gestation. "It takes me a while."Set to arrive via Warner Bros.

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    Sharon Van Etten Streams Triumphant New Album 'Are We There'

    Sharon Van Etten's Are We There has arrived. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter's newest album isn't officially out until May 27, but the entire effort is streaming right now via iTunes Radio. On the way via Jagjaguwar, the 11-song follow-up to 2012's Tramp features a handful of previously heard tracks: the R&B-informed (and aptly named) "Taking Chances," the sailing "Every Time the Sun Comes Up," and the shiver-inducing "Your Love is Killing Me," which recently landed on SPIN's weekly Singles Mix. Find those treasures and more over at iTunes Radio, and pre-order Are We There through iTunes.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Conor Oberst, the Roots, Coldplay, and More

    Ease into the weekend by streaming new albums from Conor Oberst, Coldplay, the Roots, Deniro Farrar, and many more. Find details, links, and descriptions below.1) Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain. "Upside Down Mountain suggests that Oberst is growing, rapidly, as a craftsman. It's the first truly intimate set of songs he's offered in a while — really since his 2008 eponymous gem, though contemplative moments seeped into 2009's Outer South, which he recorded with the Mystic Valley Band." (via NPR)2) Coldplay, Ghost Stories. "Lead single 'Magic' is a low-key meditation on love that leaves behind the multi-colored, stadium-sized grandeur of Mylo Xyloto for soft-edged sonics that mostly look inward — save for a chirping vocal refrain from Martin." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)3) The Roots, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.

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    Parquet Courts Stretch Out on Seven-Minute 'Instant Disassembly'

    Parquet Courts will soon follow their Essential Light Up Gold LP with Sunbathing Animal, a 13-track effort that's due out June 3 by way of What's Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop. The Brooklyn indie-punks have already shared the upcoming album's Tasmanian Devil-ish title track (first as sheet music, then a stream, and finally with a music video), as well as the wordy, squalling "Black and White." Now, the SPIN profile subjects have deployed a third cut: the languid, seven-minute "Instant Disassembly." Pore over Parquet Courts' newest word-puzzle below.

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    Watch Polica's Live, Hallucinatory 'Spilling Lines' Video

    Poliça have teamed up with the clothing brand AllSaints to film a pair of live videos, as part of the fashion retailer's newly launched London Sessions series. Back in February, the Minneapolis duo (singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson) decamped to London's Wapping Power Station to perform "Smug" and "Spilling Lines," two stunners from their sophomore album, last year's Shulamith. Now, the folks over at AllSaints have debuted the footage. The monochromatic "Smug" clip can be found on Vimeo, but the neon-lit "Spilling Lines" clip — with its quick cuts, rotating tracking shots, and trancey visuals — can be seen above.Hit the play button above, and find Poliça's tour dates below. And look out for the deluxe edition of Shulamith, which is out June 10 on Mom + Pop and comes packaged with the new, four-song Raw Exit EP.

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    Watch Tori Amos' Commanding Live Show at Rough Trade NYC

    Late last month, Tori Amos played an intimate show at Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC in support of her 14th studio album, the just-released Unrepentant Geraldines. SPIN snapped some photos and teamed with TourGigs to present a live audio stream of the concert, and now we're sharing video from the April 29 gig.Above you'll see Amos dust off "Parasol," from 2005's The Beekeeper, and below you'll find performances of "Trouble's Lament" and "Selkie," two highlights from the singer-songwriter's latest effort. Watch the clips, which include snippets of a backstage interview with Amos, and head over to iTunes or Amazon to purchase Unrepentant Geraldines.  

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    Walter Martin Frees 'I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N' for Intimate Live Video

    On May 13, ex-Walkman Walter Martin will release his debut solo album, the family-friendly and aptly titled We're All Young Together. The 10-track LP favors easygoing arrangements, playful lyrics, and a number of impressive guest spots. So far, Martin has shared duets with Karen O and the National's Matt Berninger, as well as an endearing ode to the Beatles. Now, the 39-year-old husband and father of two has released a live video that highlights another ditty called "I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N." Directed by former Walkmen drummer Matt Barrick, the above clip catches Martin playing the electric piano and leading a sing-and-spell-along rendition of the track, the studio version of which features singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson on backing vocals.

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    10 Albums to Stream: the Black Keys, Swans, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and More

    Another week nears its close, and with it comes a new roundup of album streams. Follow the links below to hear new records by the Black Keys, Swans, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Chromeo, and many more.1) The Black Keys, Turn Blue. "The Black Keys are now streaming their eighth album, Turn Blue, via iTunes Radio's 'First Play' series. We've experienced a few highlights from the Danger Mouse co-produced LP to date: the televangelical video for 'Fever,' the gloomy title track, the stormy single 'Bullet in the Brain,' and also that weird prank call from drummer Patrick Carney to his band's label, Nonesuch." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) Swans, To Be Kind. "'Screenshot' opens on a telltale skulking, stalking note, with repetitive curls of guitar and bass that make for a cruel kind of disembodied funk doled out in slow motion.

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    Hear Heliotropes' Haunting Cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'March of the Pigs'

    Nine Inch Nails' monumental second album, 1994's The Downward Spiral, turned 20 this year, and the kind folks at Brooklyn's Goodnight Records have put together a belated birthday present in honor of the landmark LP. The label has tapped two bands on its roster — Heliotropes and Friend Roulette — to record a split seven-inch single featuring covers of two Downward Spiral cuts. Heliotropes slow down "March of the Pigs" on the A-side, trading the original's teeth-gnashing menace for ghostly stoner-rock, while Friend Roulette sanitize the slither of "Piggy" with playful psych-pop.The vinyl won't be available for purchase until May 20, but both tracks are streaming below. Explore this new Downward Spiral, then revisit SPIN's 2013 cover story on Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor.

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