Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • Wharfer

    Stream Wharfer's Stripped-Down Art-Folk Stunner 'Architect'

    Wharfer, a.k.a. Brooklyn-by-way-of-Scranton singer-songwriter Kyle Wall, constructed his upcoming album The Rattling in his bedroom, bathroom, and backyard this past spring and summer. Previously heard track "The Western Swing" offered a peek at Wharfer's bare-bones aesthetic, and now he's has shared another lo-fi treasure: "Architect" emanates the same dusky aura while gentle piano flourishes add color to the hollowed-out composition. Stream it below.

  • Kitten

    Hear Kitten's Post-Punk Synth Assault 'Like a Stranger'

    Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez is just 18 years old, but the Los Angeles-based five-piece already have a number of releases to their name: 2010's self-released Sunday School EP and 2012's major-label debut EP, Cut It Out. On August 27, the dance-rock outfit will issue a third EP, Like a Stranger, whose title track is dark but glitzy union of post-punk melodrama and New Wave synth symphonics. Head below for strobing electronics, smoldering vocals, and a breathy spoken-word snippet that recalls Madonna at her finest. Pre-order the upcoming Like a Stranger EP via iTunes. Like a Stranger EP track list: 1. "Like a Stranger" 2. "Yesterday" 3. "I'll Be Your Girl" 4. "Doubt" 5. "Graffiti Soul" 6.

  • Born Ruffians

    Born Ruffians Conquer New York City in Champagne-Drenched 'Needle' Video

    Back in April, SPIN premiered Born Ruffians' outstanding third album, Birthmarks. "While just as vigorous as their earliest work," we noted, "[Birthmarks] is more polished and streamlined and considered than anything they've shared to date." In keeping with that theme, the Luke Lalonde-fronted outfit have taken to the big city for their latest music video. Set to the folk-inflected "Needle," the above clip opens with Lalonde wandering through New York City alone, while his vocal track repeats a self-centered mantra made for urbane twentysomethings: "I belong with no one / You belong with me." Despite that lonesome refrain, the video quickly gives way to shots of the singer-guitarist partying with friends, guzzling champagne on rooftops, and playing a gig onstage with his bandmates — in other words, living.

  • Into It. Over It.

    Hear Into It. Over It.'s Heady Heartbreaker 'Spinning Thread'

    The ever-prolific Evan Weiss keeps busy. In addition to appearing on a split 12-inch with Daniel Johnston and a split 7-inch with Braid's Bob Nanna, the Chicago-based songwriter plays bass with Their/They're/There and serves as a member of Pet Symmetry. He's also the main brain behind '90s-saluting project Into It. Over It., which will return on September 24 with a new album. Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine) and recorded at the Windy City's Soma Electronic Music Studios, the upcoming Intersections follows 2011's Proper LP. Now, ahead of its fall release date we have a sample of Weiss' latest: "Spinning Thread" honors the tradition of Midwestern indie rock oversharers by wrapping cutting lyrics in languid guitar lines and bruised yelps. Hear it below.

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    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Washed Out, Julianna Barwick, Psychic Teens, and More

    Presenting this week's collection of streamable albums: The latest from Washed Out, Psychic Teens, Julianna Barwick, and Typhoon. Dig into those and more below. 1) Washed Out, Paracosm. "["It All Feels Right"] is hardly your standard chillwave fare, nor the dip into the Balearic beat pool that was 2011's excellent Within and Without. With an assist from that LP's producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), the new single is lush with diverse instrumentation and flush with vintage exotica vibes, perhaps as refracted through the Avalanches' sampledelic kaleidoscope.

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    Greg Ginn 'Forced' to Sue FLAG, Says Black Flag Founder's Lawyer

    Greg Ginn's lawyer is on the defensive after news broke that the Black Flag founder is suing his former bandmates.

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    Morrissey Begs for Impending Apocalypse in 'Morrissey 25: Live' Video

    Morrissey's upcoming concert film, Morrissey 25: Live, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Moz splitting from the Smiths to go solo. Fitting then that the first full, official performance clip we get from the movie captures "Everyday Is Like Sunday," a gloomy, glammy treasure from 1988's Viva Hate, the first album Morrissey released under his own name. The NME premiered the video, which finds the Pope of Mope in top form: His heart-melting croon holds court over the zealous crowd, his powerhouse backing band graciously wields their strength, and his shirt is as crisp and shiny as ever.

  • usher, usher raymond V, son, hospital, pool accident, intensive care

    Usher's Five-Year-Old Son in Intensive Care After Nearly Drowning

    Usher's 5-year-old son has been hospitalized following after nearly drowning in the singer's backyard swimming pool on Monday. TMZ reports that the boy, Usher Raymond V, was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of an Atlanta hospital just after 2 p.m. on August 5.The child was reportedly playing in the pool with his aunt when he got his arm caught in a drain while trying to retrieve a toy. Both the aunt and the housemaid dove in the water to try and rescue the boy, but they couldn't get his arm loose. Luckily, two audio-visual contractors working at the house were able to save the boy after hearing the maid scream for help. The youngster was then immediately given CPR, described as "conscious, alert, and breathing," and taken to the hospital. According to reports, Usher was not home at the time of the incident, but he arrived in time to accompany his son in the ambulance.

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    John Cale Chases 'Strange, Sexy' California Vibes on 'All Summer Long'

    John Cale's most recent studio album, 2012's Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, wasn't exactly a cheery collection of easygoing tunes — take, for instance, the horror-pop groove that haunts opening track "I Wanna Talk 2 U." Still, the ex-Velvet Underground member did write some lighter material during those recording sessions, and now he's shared the evidence. For his latest single, the Welshman has released "All Summer Long," a horn-happy ode to beach-side living."When writing for Shifty Adventures I noticed an apparent theme of claustrophobic darkness and so of course, I felt at home in that place," Cale said in a statement. "There [was] a handful of songs unfinished. One in particular was me dreaming about a breeze, space and light.

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    Zola Jesus Buries the Guggenheim in Beauty in Live 'Avalanche (Slow)' Video

    Zola Jesus will soon unveil Versions, a 10-track album featuring alternate, uh, versions of some of her previously released material. Due August 20 via Sacred Bones Records, the upcoming LP recasts the singer's synth-heavy tunes as traditional string-laced compositions. The project grew out of Zola Jesus' 2012 live collaboration with J.G. Thirlwell at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Recently, Zola (a.k.a. Nika Roza Danilova) shared the Versions recording of "Avalanche (Slow)," a song that originally appeared on 2011's Conatus. Now she's followed that track with a video of her performing the tune at last year's Guggenheim show. Dressed completely in white and surrounded by a string section, Zola exposes the song's chilly heart with a whole new clarity.

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