Kyle McGovern

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  • julian casablancas, voidz, tyranny, where no eagles fly

    Julian Casablancas and the Voidz Let Loose With 'Where No Eagles Fly'

    Julian Casablancas has deployed yet another track from his upcoming album with the Voidz. As the Strokes News fan site points out, the singer has followed his 11-minute, electronics-infused "Human Sadness" with a new song called "Where No Eagles Fly." Debuted on BBC Radio 6, the track sticks to a more reasonable run time (a manageable four minutes or so) and more closely resembles a Strokes song. That said, "Where No Eagles Fly" interrupts its slinking guitar-and-bass combination with washes of unsettling static, as Casablancas moves back and forth between his comfy crooning and throat-shredding yelps. "Where No Eagles Fly" can be found on the Tyranny LP (which is due out September 23 via Casablancas' own Cult Records), but it can also be heard on the BBC Radio 6 — just skip to the 45:00 mark.

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    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' 'Gone Girl' Score Will Make You 'Curdle and Unravel'

    Back in January, Trent Reznor confirmed that he and regular collaborator Atticus Ross would be scoring David Fincher's latest film, an adaptation of the thriller novel Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Reznor and Ross have yet to share a full piece of the upcoming project — though we did get a glimpse via a trailer that debuted in April — but they have offered some details on the writing and recording process. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Reznor explains that Fincher asked him to "'think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors.'"Fincher interjects, saying, "I said a spa, not a massage parlor!" That does make the score seem a little less seedy, but either way, Reznor says he and Ross were told to focus on the way that music played at a spa "artificially tries to make you feel like everything's OK.

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    Dude Proves Every Mumford & Sons Song Sounds the Same

    Mumford & Sons began a lengthy hiatus last September, and while the bluegrass-loving Brits are reportedly working on a new album, the follow-up to 2012's Grammy-winning Babel likely won't arrive until early next year. But fans can satisfy their hunger for snoozy folk-rock with Dion Beary, a man who has distilled the band's formula to its purest essence: strum an acoustic guitar steadily, sing softly, sing loudly, pine for a woman in a completely sexless way, then shout suddenly. And there you have it, a song that toes the line between inoffensive and irritating, or, as Beary puts it, "Every Mumford and Sons Song Basically." Watch his top-notch parody of such hits as "I Will Wait" and "The Cave" by pressing the play button above (via Gawker).

  • adam levine, maroon 5, jimmy fallon

    Adam Levine Might Be Better at Musical Impressions Than Jimmy Fallon

    Adam Levine may or may not be the Sexiest Man Alive. He may or may not be a douchebag. But one thing is certain: The Maroon 5 frontman is a damn fine impressionist. Levine dropped by The Tonight Show last night to promote his band's new album, the recently released V, and to square off against Fallon in a battle of musical impressions.Actually, the segment was called "Wheel of Musical Impressions" and, like anything involving Fallon, the tone was too friendly and giggly to feel competitive. Still, Levine proved that he can mimic Frank Sinatra (singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" no less), do a solid Michael Jackson (covering the theme to Sesame Street), and conjure Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder with startling accuracy.

  • david bowie is, exhibit, documentary

    Watch an Exclusive Preview of Upcoming 'David Bowie Is' Documentary

    On September 23, the international David Bowie Is exhibition — a retrospective celebrating the music icon's career, legacy, and style — will make its way to Chicago. Launched in 2013 at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the collection features more than 300 items from the David Bowie Archive, including original costumes, photos, handwritten lyrics, and album artwork, all of which will be on display in Chi-Town's Museum of Contemporary Art through January 4. The same day that David Bowie Is opens in Chicago, 100 movie theaters across the U.S.

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    10 Songs That Influenced the New Pornographers' Power-Pop Gem 'Brill Bruisers'

    Lately, Carl Newman has been listening to a lot of music. That may not be surprising, considering that the 46-year-old has made a career out of playing music, but as Newman explains, "sometimes when you're a musician, you're so absorbed in music being your life. For me, I would just forget to listen to music." For the last 15 years or so, Newman has led the New Pornographers, a Canadian power-pop band that not only boasts a bit of star-wattage — singer-songwriter Neko Case and indie-rock raconteur Dan Bejar, who records under the moniker of Destroyer, are both members — but has also built a brainy and electrifying body of work.

  • j mascis, funny or die, fred armisen

    Fred Armisen Corrupts Hippie Cult in J Mascis' 'Every Morning' Video

    A few months ago, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis assisted Fred Armisen with his duties as band leader for Late Night With Seth Meyers. Now, Armisen has repaid the gesture by appearing in Mascis' newest music video, a Funny Or Die-approved clip for his solo single "Every Morning." Directed by Danny Jelinek, the grainy visual follows a fictional '70s cult — led by Mascis, naturally — called the Space Children of the Forest. The long-hairs enjoy their days out in nature, sipping Kool-Aid, and holding hands while their leader does what he does best — that is, until The Man (played by Armisen) turns them onto these new things called computers. Watch the flower children wilt above, and look out a cameo from Broken Bells/Shins mastermind James Mercer."Every Morning" appears on Mascis' Tied to a Star, his recently released one-man album that's out now on Sub Pop Records.

  • dave grohl, hbo, foo fighters, sonic highways, barack obama

    Barack Obama Appears in Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways' Trailer

    Dave Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum just had their third daughter together, so this ranks as the second-most exciting Grohl news of the day, but it's a biggie nonetheless: Foo Fighters have unleashed a star-studded trailer for their upcoming HBO show, Sonic Highways.

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    Weezer: 'Everything Will Be Alright' but 'the End' Coming Later Than Expected

    With their newest album title, Weezer promise Everything Will Be Alright in the End, but it looks like The End will come a little later than expected. So, maybe that's good news? The alt-rock giants have pushed the ninth LP's release date back from September 30 to October 7, as Pitchfork points out. Weezer broke the news on Tumblr, writing, "We have to release EWBAITE one week later than planned... This is a bummer and really hate to make our fans wait longer. We worked very hard to finish the album on time for you, so we're really sorry and hope you understand."To make it up to fans eagerly awaiting the follow-up to 2010's Hurley, Weezer will treat everyone who pre-orders the upcoming record on Pledge Music to an advance download of a new song on September 30. The offer is also available to any fresh pre-orders.

  • Kanye West and Paul McCartney's 'Piss' Song Might Have Leaked

    Kanye West and Paul McCartney's 'Piss' Song Might Have Leaked

    Earlier this week, word got out that Kanye West and Paul McCartney might be making music together, including a song called "Piss on My Grave." Now, Vulture has dug up some proof that might substantiate the rumored collaboration: a very brief Instagram clip that features a snippet of 'Ye repeatedly rapping, "Piss on your grave," over a brooding beat that wouldn't be out of place on West's 2013 masterpiece, Yeezus.From what we can tell, Macca's influence can't be heard on the video.As far as recently leaked Kanye bits go, this one files below the two-minute slice of "All Day" and the Insta-tease of his team-up with Chief Keef. But, given West and McCartney's respective track records, we'll give this one the benefit of the doubt. Listen below.

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