Kyle McGovern

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    Paramore Conduct Explosive Power-Pop Ballet at Teen Choice Awards

    Paramore conquered the stage at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles last night (August 11), performing "Still Into You," a gleeful, glockenspiel-kissed standout from the power-pop crew's recent self-titled album. Frontwoman Hayley Williams marathoned back and forth across the Gibson Amphitheatre stage, glad-handing with screaming front row fans, indulging in more than a few clumsy high-kicks, and leading a swarm of denim-clad ballerinas. No wonder Paramore picked up the trophy for Choice Rock Group. Watch the clip above. 

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    Watch the National Light Up 'Terrible Love' With the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir at Outside Lands

    The National's long-in-the-works Grateful Dead tribute album is finally coming to fruition, but fans at this past weekend's Outside Lands festival were lucky enough to see the Trouble Will Find Me quintet team with a Dead veteran in the flesh. Bob Weir joined the "dad-rock" champions onstage for a powerfully trembling rendition of "Terrible Love," the cold sweat-soaked opener off the National's 2010 effort, High Violet. Footage of the live collaboration has surfaced online and can be found above. The volume wavers throughout and the lighting is off-key in places, but the clip's still worth a click — the National's August 9 set ranked among the 10 Best Things SPIN Saw at Outside Lands on Friday. 

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    Stream Balance and Composure's Piledriving 'Tiny Raindrop'

    Balance and Composure display a deft sense of, well, balance and composure. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania, five-piece wed emotionally vulnerable lyrics with surging, layered rhythms, recalling the red-eyed, sore-throated bedroom poetry of Sunny Day Real Estate. "Tiny Raindrop," the latest song to surface from the Jon Simmons-led outfit's upcoming sophomore LP, is no exception. "Even if I could I would never let you go," Simmons sings on the not-quite-alt-metal track. "So come with me / I'll buy you a raincoat."Stream "Tiny Raindrop" below and pre-order Balance and Composure's fast-approaching The Things We Think We're Missing via iTunes or No Sleep Records. 116425:song:Tiny Raindrop:

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    Paul McCartney and Kronos Quartet Make 'Yesterday' Even Prettier at Outside Lands

    Paul McCartney has been dusting off rarely performed Beatles songs for the past few months, and the 71-year-old stuck to his nostalgic streak during Outside Lands this past weekend. Macca peppered his nearly three-hour set, which ranked as one of the 10 Best Things SPIN Saw on Friday, with previously little-heard tunes such as "Lovely Rita" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!," but the Fab Four survivor pulled out another unexpected show-stopper: He played 1965's immortal "Yesterday" with a live string accompaniment provided by the iconic Kronos Quartet. Despite being known for sometimes crafting, ahem, liberal reinterpretations of rock classics (see Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"), the San Francisco foursome offered a straightforward rendition of the Help! highlight, allowing for a festival-sized sing-along led by McCartney.

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    Kauf Sets Surreal Portrait in Motion for Illusory 'Relocate' Video

    Last month, Cut Copy's Cutters Records released the As Much Again EP, the debut short-player from electronic composer Kauf. The six-track collection features the Los Angeles-based auetur's most recent single, "Relocate," a synth'n'drum-driven dance tune that flirts with art-pop drone. Now the song has a set of visuals to match. Directed by Nathalia Acevedo, the video for "Relocate" is a hallucinatory portrait of four people; the subjects themselves hardly move from the camera's focus, but transition effects bleed their faces together, as one fades into the next, lending rhythm to a psychedelic standstill. Watch it above.

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    Man Dead of Possible Drug Overdose at Gathering of the Juggalos

    A 24-year-old man was found dead inside a tent at the Insane Clown Posse's 14th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. The Village Voice reports that the deceased was discovered on Friday afternoon (August 9) on the festival grounds in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. According to a source on the scene, four other people were sleeping in the tent next to the body. An official cause of death has not yet been announced, but it's believed the man took a fatal dose of heroin.The man, whose name will not be released until family is notified, reportedly approached the tent two to three hours before his body was found. He told the owner of the camping tent that he was feeling sick and asked if he could have a place to sleep. The owner obliged, letting him join the four others who were already sleeping inside.

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    Bret Easton Ellis Narrates a Murder in Placebo's 'Too Many Friends' Video

    Writer Bret Easton Ellis has taken a break from his increasingly cushy relationship with Kanye West to narrate Placebo's latest music video. Directed by Saman Kesh, the nearly seven-minute clip showcases "Too Many Friends," the lead single from Placebo's upcoming seventh album, Loud Like Love, out September 17. This being an Ellis-approved project and all, the just-released short merges death, drugs, depravity, and slight nudity, and it all takes place in the hills above Los Angeles on Mulholland Drive (of course). Subtitled "Unfortunate Details," the video opens with the American Psycho author setting up a scenario: There's been an accidental murder and Ellis wants to present you, the viewer, with a set of facts to determine who was in the wrong. Oh, yeah, and there's a new Placebo song playing in the middle. Watch it all above.

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    Jim James' Impassioned, Hour-Long Newport Folk Festival Set Can Be Heard Online

    Jim James graced the stage at this year's Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island last month, performing the bulk of his recent solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. Now, anyone who missed the My Morning Jacket frontman's gig firsthand can catch it thanks to NPR — they recorded a full hour of the soulful Southerner's live show and are streaming it right now.

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    Watch Haim Sincerely Cover Sheryl Crow's 'Strong Enough'

    When classifying Haim's particular blend of '80s-pop chops and R&B swagger, several names have been invoked: Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, Shania Twain. And now there's another — Sheryl Crow. During a recent visit to Australian radio station Triple J, the Days Are Gone sister trio brought listeners back to the Tuesday Night Music Club by covering Crow's 1995 hit single "Strong Enough." Despite a few easy, ironic references to another Crow "jam" (2002's "Soak Up the Sun"), the California natives come across as refreshingly sincere in their performance, complementing the country-tinged ballad with throaty vocals, meted out synths, and a modest guitar solo. "I forgot how good this song was," Danielle Haim says at the beginning of the clip. Refresh your own memory by watching the video above. 

  • kings of leon, fred armisen, webcast

    Watch Kings of Leon's Fred Armisen-Directed Webcast Right Now

    Like Vampire Weekend before them, Kings of Leon are promoting their newest album with a live webcast performance for American Express' Unstaged series. The Nashville outfit are playing London venue Shepherd's Bush right now in support of their upcoming "youthful" sixth album, Mechanical Bull, and the whole gig is streaming above. Portlandia star/former Saturday Night Live MVP/sometime SPIN contributor Fred Armisen is directing the broadcast, which is sure to feature a slew of the Followills' Southern rock chart-conquerors, along with their newest singles, "Super Soaker" and "Wait for Me." Hit play and enjoy.

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