Kyle McGovern

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  • coachella 2014

    Coachella 2014's Two Weekend Dates Announced, Tickets On Sale Soon

    Coachella 2013 wrapped last month, but the annual Indio, California festival has already booked dates for its 2014 installment. Next year, Coachella will once again take place across two weekends: from April 11 to 13, and then April 18 to 20. Advance tickets go on sale Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. PST via Coachella's website.This will be the first year affected by the city of Indio's recent business deal with promoters Goldenvoice. Under the new arrangement, organizers will give the desert city $5.01 made from every ticket sold, up from the previous amount of $2.33. This agreement will keep Coachella in Indio through 2030. Right now, that's all the information we have on the upcoming showcase, as a lineup announcement likely won't come for many, many months.

  • the national, david letterman, trouble will find me

    Watch the National Flood 'Letterman' With Strings, NPR With 'Sea of Love'

    The National's sixth album, the ominously titled Trouble Will Find Me, is officially out today (it's been streaming online for a week), and to celebrate, the Brooklyn baroque rockers crashed the Late Show With David Letterman last night (May 20). Supported by a string section, a horn player, and Doveman's Thomas Bartlett on piano, the dapper five-piece performed Trouble cut "Don't Swallow the Cap," a velvety, krautrock brooder. After the sullen notes disappeared into the ether, Letterman raised his voice over the audience's applause to state the obvious: "A lot going on there." What's more, the National also recently performed a live studio session for New York City radio station WFUV. The entire set, recorded on May 9, will reportedly air on the station's website tonight at 9 p.m.

  • When Saints Go Machine / Photo by Thomas Skou

    See When Saints Go Machine's Crystalline 'Iodine' Video

    When Saints Go Machine's apocalyptic clip for "Love and Respect" took a liberal interpretation of its source material, casting the synth-lined lead single off the Danish foursome's upcoming Infinity Pool LP as the soundtrack for a futuristic political thriller. Contrastly, the video for "Iodine," the electro crew's second dip into Infinity Pool, is far more literal. Creators Kristian Nordentoft and William Reynish move the lens at a glacial pace and focus on pictures of actual iodine crystals, which are given added depth thanks to a camera mapping technique. The short doesn't feature much of a narrative — an explorer delves into a cave to swipe some of said crystals — but the combination of striking visuals and the song's soulful groove says enough.

  • Surf City / Photo by Lexie

    Stream Surf City's Fuzzy Summer Jam 'It's a Common Life'

    Surf City recorded snippets of their upcoming sophomore album, We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This, in different locations around the world — the fuzz trio's native New Zealand, as well as New York and South Korea — but the LP's sunny first taste, "It's a Common Life," glows with a West Coast pedigree. Reverb-soaked guitar stabs, a laidback call-to-arms chorus, and ba-ba-ba backup vocals make for a perfectly timed single. Stream it below.

  • Murder By Death

    Watch Murder by Death's Moving 'Lost River' Video

    Though Murder By Death's latest music video is not for the Disney crowd, the clip for "Lost River," a highlight off the veteran Indiana outfit's 2012 Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon LP, does function as an animated short film. It opens with our hero floating helplessly underwater, longing for his lady love. Cut to the female lead, who sees a vision of her man trapped beneath the lost river. She takes a dive and finds her guy, but the freshwater-crossed lovers see a tragic end.

  • Watch Dirty Beaches' Sleazy 'Casino Lisboa' Video

    Watch Dirty Beaches' Sleazy 'Casino Lisboa' Video

    When Dirty Beaches (a.k.a. Alex Zhang Hungtai) dropped "Casino Lisboa," a murky lo-fi groove that appears on the upcoming Drifters/Love Is the Devil album, SPIN's Chris Martins described the track as having "a rattling, distortion-heavy foundation while the man spits semi-intelligible venom from a mouth that seems caught in a permanent rockabilly sneer." Well, Hungtai has unveiled an official video for the song, but it's tough to tell if he's sneering — much of the clip takes place in a strobe-lit performance space. The four-minute short cuts between footage of a Dirty Beaches' live show and shots of city nightlife. When Hungtai isn't on camera, the view is all sweat and sleaze as strippers, street performers, and boxers dominate the screen.Dirty Beaches' Drifters/Love Is the Devil LP is out May 21 via Zoo Music.

  • Modest Mouse

    Modest Mouse, MGMT, Beach House, Toro y Moi Christen First-Ever First City Festival

    Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case, Beach House, and Toro y Moi are set to christen the stage during the inaugural First City Festival, which takes place on August 24 and 25. The two-day event, presented by Coachella promoters Goldenvoice, will be held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California, the site of the legendary 1967 Monterey Pop Festival — a.k.a. one of the showcases where Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire.The full lineup for the first-ever First City Festival: Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case, Beach House, Toro y Moi, Deerhunter, Devendra Banhart, Washed Out, Okkervil River, Purity Ring, the Hold Steady, Dr.

  • explosions in the sky, prince avalanche

    Explosions in the Sky Score Paul Rudd's 'Prince Avalanche' Movie

    The post-rock grandeur of Explosions in the Sky lends itself well to movies and television, so much so that the Texas foursome are pretty much synonymous with Friday Night Lights. On August 6, the instrumental unit will further capitalize on their cinematic flair by releasing their original score to Prince Avalanche, the latest film from director David Gordon Green. Explosions in the Sky teamed with composer/longtime Green collaborator David Wingo (also of Ola Podrida) to write the 15-track score, which will be issued through Temporary Residence Ltd. According to a press release, Green first worked with Explosions in the Sky a decade ago, when the filmmaker asked the band for permission to use their song "The Moon is Down" in his 2003 feature, All the Real Girls.

  • smith westerns, 3am spiritual, soft will

    Stream Smith Westerns' Lovesick '3am Spiritual'

    Smith Westerns already offered "Varsity," the closing track off their upcoming Soft Will LP. Now the Chicago rock ragamuffins have bestowed the forthcoming full-length's opening track, "3am Spiritual." Like "Varsity," Soft Will's just-unveiled second single uses glammy, neon guitar tones to soundtrack an imaginary twentysomething rom-com. "Please keep close to me," frontman Cullen Omori pleads. "I don't want to let you off my arm." Stream "3am Spiritual" below. Smith Westerns' 2013 tour dates follow. Soft Will, the follow-up to 2011's Dye It Blonde, arrives on June 25 via Mom + Pop.Smith Westerns 2013 tour dates:July 19 - Madison, WI @ Live on King StreetJuly 21 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/InJuly 23 - Washington, D.C.

  • queens of the stone age, jools holland

    See Queens of the Stone Age's Gruesome '...Like Clockwork' Short Film

    Queens of the Stone Age recently slapped a toe tag on their grisly animation video series — a five-part odyssey promoting the band's upcoming ...Like Clockwork LP — but now the Josh Homme-led tough guys have compiled all five clips into a 15-minute short film. Now fans can watch the vicious, apocalyptic cartoons for "I Appear Missing," "Kalopsia," "Keep Your Eyes Peeled," "If I Had a Tail," and "My God Is the Sun" in one seamless edit. All the visuals were designed by mysterious U.K. artist Boneface, who joined QOTSA during their performance on the BBC's Later... With Jools Holland last week; animator Liam Brazier gave the characters life (and, ultimately, death). Relive the end of days above. ...Like Clockwork arrives on June 4 via Matador Records. Pre-orders of the album are currently available through iTunes.

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