Kyle McGovern

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    Rihanna Wins T-Shirt Lawsuit Against Unapologetic Store

    Rihanna shouldn't have any trouble paying those pesky court fines. The BBC reports that the Unapologetic singer has won the $5 million lawsuit she brought against British fashion retailer Topshop over the sale of T-shirts bearing her image.In March of last year, the clothing chain started selling a shirt dubbed the "Rihanna Tank," which featured a photo of the starlet taken during a 2011 video shoot. According to Reuters, Topshop had a license from the freelance photographer who snapped the shot, but did not receive permission from Rihanna to use her likeness. A High Court judge in London ruled in favor of Robyn Ferry, a.k.a. Rihanna, on Wednesday, July 30, following a four-day hearing.

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    Lollapalooza 2013 Live-Stream Schedule: Watch Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, and More

    Tickets for this year's Lollapalooza are sold out, but that doesn't mean you have to miss some of the festival's 30 Must-See Bands. Organizers will be live-streaming several performances from Chicago's Grant Park this weekend (August 2 to 4), including sets by the newly revitalized Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, the Cure, Vampire Weekend, the National, Mumford & Sons, the Killers, and Crystal Castles, among others.

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    Hear Ad-Rock's Heartbreaking Monologue From Future Wife's 'We're Gonna Die'

    On August 6, acclaimed playwright Young Jean Lee will release We're Gonna Die, the debut album from her band Future Wife. The upcoming LP is based on a cycle of songs and monologues that revolve around failure, misery, disease, and (of course) death. Lee originally debuted the material onstage at Joe's Pub in New York City; the production earned her an OBIE Award and eventually moved to LCT3's Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center. Now, Future Wife have reimagined the show as a full-length, one that boasts appearances by Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Kathleen Hanna, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Colin Stetson, Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld, and more. The opening track, "Uncle John," features Ad-Rock reading a devastating anecdote.

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    15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Explosions in the Sky, Rudimental, Pond, Medicine, and More

    This week's collection of streamable albums includes Rudimental's Home, Medicine's comeback LP, a little-heard treasure from the late Jason Molina's back catalog, and the first official release by Dead Girlfriends, the new project from Elite Gymnastics' James Brooks. You're welcome.1) Rudimental, Home. "While Rudimental hat-tipped dancehall soundclash culture with an early release of 'Deep in the Valley' featuring MC Shanti back in 2011, Home presents more explicit references to the group’s roots. The album’s first release, 'Feel the Love,' featuring John Newman on vocals, whips a frantic jungle beat under soaring organs and an uplifting trumpet solo.

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    Hear Oh Land's Graceful Feminist Manifesto 'Renaissance Girls'

    A few weeks back, Oh Land announced her impending third album by laying out "My Boxer," a sucker-punching electro seducer produced and co-written by Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Chairlift). Now, the Danish singer-songwriter born Nanna Øland Fabricius has dropped the first official single from her upcoming Wish Bone LP, out September 24 via Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. "Renaissance Girls" draws its strength from a steady diet of needling percussion, taut piano chords, and nimble vocals, all while repping for female empowerment. "Doing the laundry and planning for the future / Is the nature of a Renaissance girl," Oh Land sings. "Having three kids and still remain a virgin / Is my version of a Renaissance girl." Stream it below. 

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    SPIN at Lollapalooza 2013: Soundwave Stage Schedule

    Lollapalooza hijacks Chicago's Grant Park this weekend (August 2 to 4), and SPIN has already confirmed the lineup (featuring Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Phoenix, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, and many more), detailed the official aftershows, crowned the 30 Must-See Bands, and deduced the festival's 5 Most Wrenching Set Time Conflicts. Now, we have one more big announcement: SPIN is hosting exclusive live events at the Soundwave Tent in collaboration with Toyota. On Saturday, August 3, the Soundwave Tent will host intimate performances by Deap Vally, Pujol, Adventure Club, and Reignwolf, all happening between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. What's more, other SpinMedia properties (BrooklynVegan, the Hype Machine, and PureVolume) will present a blend of live music, interviews, and DJ sets from a slew of artists.

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    Hunters Have a Synchronized-Swimming 'Seizure' in New Video

    Earlier this month, Hunters shared "Seizure," a slab of feedback-juiced pop-punk off the Brooklyn duo's upcoming self-titled debut album. Now, noise-makers Isabel Almeida and Derek Watson have dropped an official music video for the track — one that offers a way to beat the heat on top of teenage ennui. Directed by Danielle Levitt, the above clip stars a team of synchronized swimmers in the midst of their routine. The juxtaposition startles at first, but as the chunky riffs charge on, every single splash, dive, and kick begins to feel like an act of protest, a revolution fit for the Summer Olympics. Hunters tour dates: August 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA August 10 - Washington, D.C.

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    William Tyler Remakes Cult Drag-Racing Film for 'Portrait of Sarah' Video

    William Tyler honors the open road and cult 1970s cinema in the just-released video for "A Portrait of Sarah." Directed by Michael Carter, the nearly eight-minute clip pays homage to Two-Lane Blacktop, a 1971 film starring James Taylor (yes, that James Taylor) and the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson (again, no joke). As IMDb helpfully points out, the film tells the "story of two men drag racing across the USA in a primer grey '55 Chevy," which means Tyler's new video pretty much does the same. He plays Taylor's part (The Driver), JEFF the Brotherhood's Jamin Orrall stands in for Wilson (The Mechanic), and comedian Chris Crofton assumes the role of their rival. It's a beautifully shot piece, complementing a speedy, acoustic instrumental off Tyler's Essential Impossible Truth.

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    See J Mascis Shred Daft Punk and Black Sabbath With the Roots on 'Fallon'

    J Mascis appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night (July 29), sitting in with house band the Roots throughout the entire episode. Befitting his notoriously close-mouthed personality, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman kept to the sidelines while soloing next to ?uestlove and co. Seven minutes into the broadcast, Fallon introduced the fifth Greatest Guitarist of All Time, plugged Dino's most recent album (last year's Essential I Bet on Sky), and graciously thanked him for showing up, to which Mascis replied, "All right, thanks a lot." The full 41-minute episode is streaming above, so skip through to see J and the Roots cover Neil Young's immortal "Cortez the Killer" (at 6:20), the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" (17:05), Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (at 21:25), and Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" (at 36:10).

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    Franz Ferdinand Cut Through 'Conan' With Well-Polished 'Right Action'

    Franz Ferdinand continue to make the rounds on the late-night talk show circuit. Just a week after they commandeered New York's iconic Ed Sullivan Theater for a Live on Letterman webcast, the dapper Scots dropped in on Conan last night (July 29) to display "Right Action," the pseudo-title track off their upcoming fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Packing crunchy hooks and a disco-indebted strut, the revitalized foursome turned in a crisp performance worthy of their current left-field comeback.

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