Kyle McGovern

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Biography

  • 'Nites Of Midnite' Cover Art

    Stream Red Hare's White-Knuckle 'Nites of Midnite' LP

    Red Hare combine four vets of Washington, D.C.’s hardcore scene: former Swiz members Shawn Brown, Jason Farrell, and Dave Eight, plus Joe Gorelick, who played in Bluetip alongside Farrell and Eight. So of course the post-hardcore quartet's full-length debut, Nites of Midnite, provides the sort of white-knuckle fury that one would expect from card-carrying members of the Dischord/Hellfire Records family. Stream the entire album — eight taut tracks that bite as much as they bark — below.113820:playlist:Red Hare, Nites Of Midnite:

  • Brazos / Photo by Ben Sklar

    Stream Brazos' Full, Wondrous 'Saltwater' Album

    A few months back, Brazos shared the colorful and inventive stop-motion video for "How the Ranks Was Won," an easy-going single that appears on the New York City trio's upcoming sophomore album, Saltwater. Now the Martin Crane-led project has shared the entire full-length, a collection of nine deceptively complex pop tunes that recall the Shins at their most adventurous. Luckily, these chutes aren't too narrow for Crane's engrossing wordplay (following his lyrics is like playing a high-stakes game of cat's cradle), and robust, soft-edged melodies. Slip through Saltwater below.

  • queens of the stone age, if i had a tail, jools holland

    See Queens of the Stone Age's Powerful ‘If I Had a Tail’ on ‘Jools Holland’

    On May 14, Queens of the Stone Age invaded BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland to perform "My God Is the Sun" and "I Sat by the Ocean," two songs slated for the desert rockers’ upcoming …Like Clockwork LP, due June 4 via Matador Records. QOTSA returned to Jools on May 17 to strut and grunt through "If I Had a Tail," but this time the California crew were joined by Boneface, the masked artist behind the band’s new album cover and recent animation video series. The mysterious mastermind just sat idly by as the Queens powered through the disco-tinged track. But the masked animator has earned the breather — he just led QOTSA through an apocalyptic wasteland, after all.

  • rolling stones, 50 & counting tour, dave grohl

    Watch Dave Grohl Help the Rolling Stones Tear Through 'Bitch'

    The Rolling Stones have stuffed their ongoing, not-at-all inexpensive "50 and Counting" tour with a number of all-star cameos, including Tom Waits, Katy Perry, and John Mayer. Now, all due respect to each of those performers, the Stones went all out on May 18, bringing SPIN cover star/U.S. rock ambassador Dave Grohl up to plate for a sabre-toothed rendition of Sticky Fingers highlight "Bitch." No, Grohl didn't don a wig or a white kimono a la his recent jam session with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush, but the flannel-clad Foo Fighter thrilled sharing mic duties with Mick Jagger and shredding alongside Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. Witness the cross-generational magic above. 

  • Gold Lake

    Stream Gold Lake's Majestic, Phil Ek-Produced 'We Already Exist'

    Gold Lake are busy sorting out release details for their recently completed, Phil Ek-produced debut album, but in the meantime, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Madrid trio plans to drop a two-song single on June 18. One of the tracks featured on that upcoming release is “We Already Exist,” an airy reverie that also bears Ek’s fingerprints, a woodsy, driving rhythm that’s bolstered by singer Lua Rios’ vocals, which sound like the stuff of Divine Inspiration. Hear it below.

  • Roomrunner / Photo by Josh Sisk

    Stream Roomrunner's Entire Piledriving 'Ideal Cities' LP

    "We just wanted it to be bigger." That's what Roomrunner frontman Denny Bowen says he and his bandmates hoped to achieve with their full-length debut, the soon-to-be-released Ideal Cities. On May 28, the Baltimore wrecking crew — rounded out by bassist Dan Frome, drummer Bret Lanahan, and guitarist Jeff Byers — will follow up their two EPs (2011's self-titled effort and last year's Super Vague collection) with nine tracks of meaty, feedback-gnarled noise rock. Bowen recently spoke with SPIN about the record’s inspirations — Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, Sebadoh, the Foo Fighters’ The Colour and the Shape, to name a few — and offered a track-by-track breakdown of the foursome’s first LP.

  • hangout music fest

    Live-Stream Hangout Music Festival 2013 From the Comfort of Your Couch

    SPIN named the 15 Must-See Acts at Hangout Music Fest 2013 — Stevie Wonder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kendrick Lamar, the Breeders, Public Enemy, and Best Coast all made the cut — and now, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, you can see a good chunk of the talent at the annual Alabama showcase from the comfort of your own home. MTV is live-streaming a number of the best sets all weekend.

  • peter hook, the light, new order, movement, power, corruption & lies

    Peter Hook to Tour New Order Albums Without New Order

    To put it lightly, former New Order bassist Peter Hook doesn't have the friendliest relationship with his ex-bandmates. In the acknowledgements section of his 2012 memoir, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, Hook swiped at his onetime comrades by writing "In memoriam, rest in peace . . . New Order," despite the fact that New Order are still very much active without him. Hook, who left the band in 2007, has also gone on record as saying he's "determined to fuck New Order over in any possible way." At last he's found a way. Hook announced Friday (May 17) that he'll perform New Order's first two albums — 1981's Movement and 1983's Power, Corruption & Lies — in their entirety, plus singles and B-sides from that time period, during a North American tour with his current band, the Light.

  • ms mr, david letterman, hurricane, secondhand rapture

    MS MR Complete Milestones Hat Trick With 'Hurricane' Network TV Debut

    MS MR have had a lot of firsts lately. Last week, the New York-based electro-pop duo became the first band to participate in the new Myspace's even newer live performance video series, Live at the Log Cabin; earlier this week, MS (singer Lizzy Plapinger) and MR (producer Max Hershenow) released their first full-length album, Secondhand Rapture; and Thursday night, they made their network television debut on Late Show with David Letterman, playing "Hurricane," Secondhand Rapture's darkwave lead single. Plapinger's steady vocals anchored the performance, enveloped by a drum-synth blend. Watch it above, and head over to Myspace to see MS MR play Secondhand cuts "Hurricane," "Dark Doo Wop," and "Salty Sweet."

  • Okta Logue / Photo by Sandra Günther

    Watch Okta Logue's Home Movie-Like 'Let Go' Video

    German psych-prog unit Okta Logue just introduced themselves to the U.S. via their stateside debut, the recently released Transit EP. The ambitious four-piece previously shared a cinematic video for the short-player's title track earlier this year, and now they've offered a more intimate clip for "Let Go," the EP's swaggering second song. For a peek at Okta Logue's life on the road — strolling city streets, shopping for clothes, riding boats and buses, skateboarding, driving through European countryside, and, of course, playing shows — watch the clip above. Okta Logue's Transit EP culls material from the Frankfurt-based outfit's two studio LPs, 2011's Ballads of a Burden and this year's Tales of Transit City (released in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria today). The five-track collection is currently streaming at the Wall Street Journal. 

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