Kyle McGovern

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  • stars, from the night

    Stars Sip Champagne Till Sunrise in Booze-Fueled 'From the Night' Video

    A few weeks ago, Stars shared "From the Night," the lead single from the Canadian band's upcoming seventh album, No One Is Lost. A joyous ode to staying out (and staying young), the song's thesis of let's-worry-about-everything-tomorrow is distilled in its chorus: "I don't care if we never come back from the night." Now, the indie-pop vets have shared a video for the track and, as expected, the clip follows Stars through a night of drinking, dancing, laughing, and just having a good time in general. (Plus, someone's wearing a bunny-mascot head. Not sure if that's a bonus, but it's a fact.) "We went out, like we always do, we got drunk, like we sometimes do, we saw friends that we don't see enough and we filmed it all," co-lead singer and songwriter Torquil Campbell told SPIN.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 9 Juggernaut DJs, Warbling Spitters, and Lo-Fi Eccentrics

    SPIN Singles Mix: 9 Juggernaut DJs, Warbling Spitters, and Lo-Fi Eccentrics

    Welcome to SPIN's Singles Mix! Every Friday, the SPIN staff will pick its favorite must-hear tracks from the week for your weekend playlists. From chilly piano-pop to smooth rap to hook-friendly punk, these are the songs you need to hear right now.

  • janelle monae, sesame street

    Janelle Monae Visited 'Sesame Street' and Was Amazing

    Well, this is adorable: Janelle Monáe visited Sesame Street recently to teach Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, and co. about the importance of perseverance. The SPIN profile subject encouraged the Sesame crew not to give up when things aren't their way by singing a song called "The Power of Yet," written by Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman. ("The Electric Lady," while thrilling, might have gone over kids' heads.) "I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on "Sesame Street," Monáe told Billboard earlier this year. "I'm here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of 'yet.' Never, ever, ever give up because there's so much power in 'yet.'" Well said. Watch Monáe's clip above, then revisit Cookie Monster's Icona Pop parody because it's amazing.

  • the cure, the beatles, paul mccartney

    The Cure's Cover of the Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye' Is Pretty Much Perfect

    November 18 will see the release of The Art of McCartney, a Paul McCartney tribute album featuring covers by Bob Dylan, KISS, Perry Farrell, Smokey Robinson, Billy Joel, Chrissie Hynde, Peter, Bjorn, & John, and more. Also included? This lovely version of the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" done by the Cure. Above you'll see the goth-pop icons perform a faithful rendition of the 1967 single, with a little help from Macca's son, James McCartney, on keyboards. Of course, Robert Smith's fragile, unmistakable voice injects the song with an extra bit of giddy curiosity. As Pitchfork points out, this is the first recording to come from the Cure since 2008.

  • spoon, they want my soul, david letterman

    Watch Spoon Turn 'Letterman' 'Inside Out'

    Spoon dropped in on David Letterman last night to promote their fantastic eighth album, They Want My Soul. Fresh off of a gig at Boston Calling Musical Festival, Britt Daniel and co. took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform "Inside Out," easily the new record's prettiest highpoint. The glimmering ballad stands not only as one of the finest songs in the Austin-bred band's entire catalog — it's also one reason this past summer didn't suck as bad as you thought. Watch the dimly lit performance above.

  • ariel pink, pom pom, put your number in my phone

    Ariel Pink Has a New Album and He Wants Your Phone Number

    Ariel Pink will return this fall with a new album of lo-fi pop treasures. The former SPIN profile subject has announced that his next record is called pom pom and it will be out on November 18 via 4AD, the same label that put out his two most recent LPs: 2010's Before Today and 2012's Mature Themes. Unlike those albums, pom pom is credited solely to Ariel Pink, and not to the band Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti.A press release promises that the new full-length will deliver "unfiltered Ariel," meaning "infectious tales of romance, murder, frog princes, and Jell-O." (There's always room for Jell-O.) The upcoming album — billed as Pink's "magnum opus" — spans 69 minutes and 17 tracks, including the just-released "Put Your Number in My Phone," a low-key love ditty, more crush song than come-on.

  • nirvana, smells like teen spirit, lyrics, teens react

    These Teens Have No Idea What Nirvana's Talking About in 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

    A few months ago, we found undeniable proof that today's teenagers know about Nirvana, thanks to a viral clip that asked a group of kids to react to the iconic video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." That was reassuring and made us feel a little less old. Here's something a little less reassuring: another video that asks a few teens to read, react to, and make sense of the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Admittedly, "Teen Spirit" features some of Kurt Cobain's most oblique turns-of-phrase, and the meaning behind his words is certainly open to interpretation, but we're pretty sure when he said, "Load up on guns / And bring your friends," he wasn't referring to a group of bros playing Call of Duty. Thankfully, a good deal of the participants recognize the "Here we are now, entertain us" hook.

  • 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.

  • nine inch nails, gone girl, trent reznor

    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.

  • mumford & sons, parody, dion beary

    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).

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