Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • wytches, austin, npr

    Watch the Wytches Boil and Bubble for Unplugged Austin Set

    The Wytches recently cast a spell over audiences at South By Southwest, earning a slot among the 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014. "At their best," SPIN wrote, "the band recalls the gnarlier moments of '60s garage-punk a la the Nuggets compilation, and they've got the power and stage presence to pull it off." While down in Austin, frontman Kristian Bell also found the time to play a quiet solo show for the folks at NPR, who have now shared footage of the stripped-bare gig. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, Bell performed three tracks from the Wytches' forthcoming debut album, Annabel Dream Reader: "Wide at Midnight," "Crying Clown," and "All of My Skin." The outdoor set may be unplugged, short on two members, and light on the band's usual strain of psych-sludge, but the songs still possess a raw potency that can't be denied.

  • wish i was here, zach braff, soundtrack, the shins, chris martin, bon iver

    Zach Braff's New Soundtrack Will Probably Change Your Life

    Zach Braff's upcoming movie Wish I Was Here ranked among the 10 Best Films We at Sundance Film Festival 2014. If that wasn't enough to stoke your interest, well, how about this: The flick's soundtrack will boast new, original songs by Bon Iver, the Shins, and more. Braff confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly, and added that Wish I Was Here also includes a collaboration between Coldplay's Chris Martin and Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall."It wasn't ready yet for [Sundance]," Braff said of the song, which was written by Martin and features Marshall on vocals. "It's the title song of the movie. It's one of the most amazing songs ever." Perhaps it will even change your life?

  • cloud nothings, here and nowhere else, stream

    10 Albums to Stream: Cloud Nothings, Mac DeMarco, Johnny Cash, and More

    Cloud Nothings, Mac DeMarco, Pure X, Manchester Orchestra, and Johnny Cash all have albums on the way. The best part? They're streaming online right now. Dig in below.1) Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else. "Here and Nowhere Else captures the sound and spirit of guys who've learned over time how to best harness their own vitality... It's telling that [the album] closes with Cloud Nothings' best song yet, 'I'm Not Part of Me' — an irresistible anthem that keeps accelerating and intensifying as it barrels along." (via NPR)2) Mac DeMarco, Salad Days. "Being pegged as class clown on his previous solo outings... likely shaped the mind state in which we find DeMarco here. Without the attention-grabbing antics, his core sound — an amiably loping, obscurely funky jangle, the Kinks as filtered through Kurt Vile or Bradford Cox — hasn't changed much.

  • midnight faces, the fire is gone, over again

    Hear Midnight Faces' Triumphant Post-Punk 'Over Again'

    Midnight Faces unites vocalist Philip Stancil with composer Matthew Doty, who, along with Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, co-founded the post-rock outfit Saxon Shore in the early 2000s. But for Midnight Faces, Doty stays focused on crisp, synth-lined pop drama, as heard on the project's 2013 debut album, Fornication. On May 13, the Los Angeles-based duo will return with The Fire is Gone, a sophomore effort that's due out via Broken Factory. But first comes lead single "Over Again," a darkly shaded track that merges a post-punky bass line with snapping percussion, twinkling sonics, and an ascendant chorus. Hear it below.

  • mikal cronin, soul in motion, LAMC

    Hear Mikal Cronin's Ragged, Sax-Enriched 'Soul in Motion'

    On April 1, Brooklyn label Famous Class will drop the newest entry in its ongoing Less Artists More Condos single series. The upcoming split seven-inch kicks off with a new Mikal Cronin song called "Soul in Motion." Opening with an anachronistic drum machine loop, the track manages to feel akin to the dulcet fuzzbombs found on Cronin's Essential MCII (note the glowing melodies, quiet-loud dynamics, and inviting vocals) while still finding room for new fluorishes (the aforementioned percussion loop, plus organ swells and bursts of saxophone). All in all, "Soul in Motion" makes for an effervescent, rejuventating stew. Stream it below, along with the single's B-side, WAND's tunefully dissonant "Screaming Eye." Reserve a copy of the vinyl through Bandcamp.

  • king khan, king khan and the shrines, born to die, video, idle no more

    Watch King Khan & the Shrines' Freaky 'Born to Die' Video

    King Khan & the Shrines have several strong suits, but punctuality is not one. The psych-soul clan waited five years to follow 2008's The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines with Idle No More, a long-awaited comeback that arrived in September 2013. (To be fair, though, King Khan suffered a self-described "huge meltdown" during the interim, due to some personal struggles.) And now, nearly 10 months after they revealed Idle No More single "Born to Die," King Khan & the Shrines have finally shared a music video for the track. Fittingly, the visual tells a temporally-challenged story of an execution.Directed by Berlin's Hylas Film, the "Born to Die" clip opens in prehistoric times, then jumps to an era when royalty wore long, flowing wigs — and apparently had hot candle-wax dripped onto their chests.

  • de la soul, j dilla, smell the d.a.i.s.y.

    Stream De La Soul's J Dilla-Produced 'Smell the D.A.I.S.Y.' Mixtape

    De La Soul have been in generous spirits of late. Not long after they offered their entire discography for free, the iconic hip-hop trio shared two cuts from their latest mixtape, the J Dilla-produced Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. ("D.A.I.S.Y." is short for "Da Inner Soul of Yancey," a reference to Jay Dee's real name, James Dewitt Yancey.) Now, after dropping "Dilla Plugged In" and "Vocabulary Spills," De La have shared Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. in its entirety.The 11-track set, which features reworked, classic De La Soul lyrics over beats by the late, great Mr. Yancey, is rich in no-frills percussion, spring-loaded loops, and funky rhythms. D.A.I.S.Y. is also streaming online and available for free download through De La's official website, as well as BitTorrent.

  • black eyes, final show, dischord records

    Stream Black Eyes' Final Show 10 Years Later

    Ten years ago today (March 26), Washington, D.C.'s Black Eyes played their final show. The post-hardcore outfit, which formed in 2001, called it quits after performing at the Black Cat on March 26, 2004, roughly two months before the release of their second (and final) album, Cough. To commemorate the anniversary, Dischord Records has shared audio of the five-piece's final engagement. Clocking in at just over 72 minutes, the mostly muffled recording captures Black Eyes' frenetic strain of high-minded, jazz-informed art-punk. Salute Black Eyes by streaming the set below.

  • manchester orchestra

    Stream Manchester Orchestra's 'Unrelenting and Unapologetic' New Album 'Cope'

    Manchester Orchestra set a specific goal for their fourth album. "We wanted to make the kind of album that's missing at this time in rock," says frontman Andy Hull. "Something that's just brutal and pounding you over the head with every track, something unrelenting and unapologetic." Enter Cope, the Atlanta outfit's latest LP, an 11-track set that blends white-knuckle energy, full-throated vocals, and tightly fastened, radio-friendly rock.Due out April 1 via Loma Vista, the fast-approaching full-length follows 2011's Simple Math, a record that, according to Hull, possessed "a palette with each song a different color." With Cope, which was recorded in an ATL house that the band themselves converted into a studio, Manchester Orchestra chose to adopt a new color scheme. "I wanted this to be black and red the whole time," Hull says.

  • softspot, black room blues, MASS

    Watch SoftSpot's Crisp, Slow-Motion 'Black Room Blues' Video

    SoftSpot originally hail from the South and are currently based in Brooklyn, but the trio's songs occupy a less definable space: somewhere nebulous between new age contentment and stormy art rock theatrics. On April 8, the band — singer-bassist Sarah Kinlaw, guitarist Bryan Keller Jr., and drummer Blaze Bateh (also a member of Athens, Georgia-bred outfit Bambara) — will self-release their sophomore album, MASS, an eight-track effort featuring two previously heard stunners ("You/Yours" and "King Porus") and one just-revealed tune, "Black Room Blues," which comes paired with a music video directed by Kinlaw herself.As seen above, the clip matches the hesitant pacing of "Black Room Blues" with a set of slow-motion visuals. The video follows a group of older women who embark on a night of boozy catharsis, meaning red wine and dive-bar dancing abound.

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