Kyle McGovern

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    George Duke, Virtuoso Jazz Keyboardist and Zappa Collaborator, Dead at 67

    George Duke, a keyboard pioneer who was also known for his work in the genres of jazz fusion, R&B, funk, and more, has died at age 67. Fact reports that Duke passed away on Monday, August 5 in Los Angeles. According to his record label, Duke died following a fight with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (via NPR).News of the virtuoso's death came via RadioFacts, who published the following statement from former Supremes member Scherrie Payne: "I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord.

  • Those Darlins

    Those Darlins Celebrate the Female Figure With Slightly NSFW 'Optimist' Video

    Those Darlins have been on a bit of a NSFW streak lately. The cover art for the Nashville foursome's upcoming third album, Blur the Line, features all of the bandmembers nude, and that's just from the waist down, a creative choice that caught heat from Fox News. The "controversial" cover reappeared (prominently) in the music video for "Oh God," the first single from the impending LP (via Paste). Now Those Darlins have unveiled the video for second single, "Optimist," a three-minute, Veta&Theo-directed (of Ovvio Arte) clip that focuses once again on the female figure, features a host of women in the midst of suggestive movement. As the directors put it, "The clip gives us a close look at the female form, proudly in motion, closing in on the parts that make a woman a woman...

  • Ghost Wave

    Ghost Wave Protest Corporate Sprawl With Poignant 'Bootlegs' Video

    New Zealand's Ghost Wave are prepping for the August 27 release of their debut album — Ages, on the way via Flying Nun Records — with a video for "Bootlegs," another frothy single from the jangly outfit's upcoming full-length. Like its title suggests, the "Bootlegs" clip concerns itself with authenticity. But the black-and-white piece isn't some anti-piracy PSA; it's a mini-movie that fixates on a single flower, which sprouts from the concrete of a cruddy parking lot, and on an obsessive vagrant desperate to preserve its beauty. Watch the video above, and stream "Here She Comes," the lead single off Ages, at Ghost Wave's website. 

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    Hear Dustin Wong's Aggro Experimental Groove 'The Big She'

    Oddball guitar wizard Dustin Wong already dropped one album this year — a collaborative full-length with Japanese artist Takako Minekawa titled Toropical Circle — and on September 17, the ex-Ponytail member will release another. The upcoming Mediation of Ecstatic Energy is Wong's third solo LP and the proper follow-up to 2012's Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads. Conceived as the final part of a trilogy of records constructed with solo guitar loops, the 14-track effort that, according to label Thrill Jockey Records, relies on "syncopation, abnormal time signatures, and polyrhythm to create an overwhelming feeling of weightlessness." To tease the new album, Wong has shared its opening track, "The Big She," a jittery, haunted drone that veers into the mad scientist's most aggressive territory yet.

  • Cheyenne Mize

    Cheyenne Mize: Louisville Songwriter Finds Bliss in Imperfection

    Who: Louisville's Cheyenne Mize first caught our attention in 2009, when she released Among the Gold, a 10-inch collaborative EP with fellow Kentuckian Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy. A slow-burning solo debut, Before Lately, followed in 2010 and this past June, Mize issued her expansive sophomore album, Among the Grey, via Yep Roc Records. The 11-track effort — a simultaneously raw and lush collection that regularly inspires comparisons to PJ Harvey — resulted from a full year of on-again, off-again recording sessions. "I love the recording process," Mize says. "If I could just be recording all the time, that's what I would do.

  • The Turtles

    The Turtles Bring $100 Million Copyright Fight to Satellite Radio

    The Turtles are leading a $100 million lawsuit against SiriusXM, arguing that the satellite broadcasting company has infringed on millions of older recordings from thousands of artists. As the Wall Street Journal points out, Turtles members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (who later adopted the recording moniker of Flo and Eddie) are essentially arguing that Sirius played their songs without permission. The suit, which was filed on August 1 in Los Angeles Superior Court and proposed as a class action, hinges on a specific piece of legislation on February 15, 1972 — that's the date that sound recordings began falling under federal copyright protection.For recorded music created before that day (such as the Turtles' "Happy Together" and their well-known cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe"), the legalities are less clear.

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    Porcelain Raft's 'The Way Out' Video Takes a Dark Trip to a Strip Club

    Last month, Porcelain Raft main man Mauro Remiddi shared "The Way Out," a gauzy second single off his upcoming Permanent Signal album. As the Italian-born singer/songwriter/producer tells it, he penned the shuffling tune around the time of last year's Hurricane Sandy, after seeing the various ways that natural life had weathered the storm. "Trees are growing through the pavement / Breaking the ground," Remiddi sings. "Nature will always find a way out." Now he's shared an official video for the song, but, surprisingly, the clip doesn't play like a Planet Earth knock-off (or Explosions in the Sky video). Instead, the four-minute short focuses on two people: A woman and a man, a stripper and a strip club patron, to be specific.

  • anna calvi, one breath, second album

    Anna Calvi Plots Scary, Thrilling 'One Breath' Album for Fall Release

    London-based singer-songwriter Anna Calvi will return this fall with her sophomore studio album, One Breath. Calvi's follow-up to her 2011 self-titled debut will arrive on October 7 in the U.K. and October 8 in the U.S. via Domino. Described as "bold and confident" by the record label, One Breath was written throughout the course of a year and recorded over a span of several weeks. Producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, the Walkmen, the Mountain Goats) helmed the sessions in France's Blackbox Studio and the mixing was finished in Dallas, Texas. According to an official announcement, One Breath is a "more personal record" than its smoldering predecessor, the Mercury- and Brit-nominated Anna Calvi. In a statement, Calvi said, "One Breath is the moment before you've got to open yourself up, and it's about how terrifying that is. It's scary and it's thrilling.

  • haim, days are gone, album cover art

    Haim Finally Confirm Release of Long-Awaited 'Days Are Gone' Album

    At last, Haim have announced details for their hotly anticipated debut album. Days Are Gone will arrive September 30 via Columbia Records. Featuring a total of 11 tracks, the upcoming LP will collect the California sisters' much-loved early singles — "Forever," "Falling," and "Don't Save Me" — along with recent stomper "The Wire." Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim recorded much of the effort in their native Los Angeles, working with producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence + the Machine, Arctic Monkeys). Despite the fact that the '80s-mining trio have been steadily building buzz since last year, Days Are Gone will still pack some surprises for longtime obsessives.

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    Henry Rollins Will Finally Reunite With Black Flag — In Court

    Earlier this year, two separate versions of Black Flag reunited. There's Black Flag proper, led by group founder Greg Ginn, and then there's FLAG, featuring original vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist-singer Dez Cadena, bassist Chuck Dukowski, drummer Bill Stevenson, and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton. Now, Ginn has filed suit against members of FLAG, as well as former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins, despite the fact that he's not involved in either reunion. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ginn is claiming that he and his label, the legendary SST Records, own exclusive rights to the "Black Flag" name and iconic logo, which FLAG uses during their live shows.

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