Kyle McGovern

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    Parquet Courts Stretch Out on Seven-Minute 'Instant Disassembly'

    Parquet Courts will soon follow their Essential Light Up Gold LP with Sunbathing Animal, a 13-track effort that's due out June 3 by way of What's Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop. The Brooklyn indie-punks have already shared the upcoming album's Tasmanian Devil-ish title track (first as sheet music, then a stream, and finally with a music video), as well as the wordy, squalling "Black and White." Now, the SPIN profile subjects have deployed a third cut: the languid, seven-minute "Instant Disassembly." Pore over Parquet Courts' newest word-puzzle below.

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    Watch Polica's Live, Hallucinatory 'Spilling Lines' Video

    Poliça have teamed up with the clothing brand AllSaints to film a pair of live videos, as part of the fashion retailer's newly launched London Sessions series. Back in February, the Minneapolis duo (singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson) decamped to London's Wapping Power Station to perform "Smug" and "Spilling Lines," two stunners from their sophomore album, last year's Shulamith. Now, the folks over at AllSaints have debuted the footage. The monochromatic "Smug" clip can be found on Vimeo, but the neon-lit "Spilling Lines" clip — with its quick cuts, rotating tracking shots, and trancey visuals — can be seen above.Hit the play button above, and find Poliça's tour dates below. And look out for the deluxe edition of Shulamith, which is out June 10 on Mom + Pop and comes packaged with the new, four-song Raw Exit EP.

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    Watch Tori Amos' Commanding Live Show at Rough Trade NYC

    Late last month, Tori Amos played an intimate show at Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC in support of her 14th studio album, the just-released Unrepentant Geraldines. SPIN snapped some photos and teamed with TourGigs to present a live audio stream of the concert, and now we're sharing video from the April 29 gig.Above you'll see Amos dust off "Parasol," from 2005's The Beekeeper, and below you'll find performances of "Trouble's Lament" and "Selkie," two highlights from the singer-songwriter's latest effort. Watch the clips, which include snippets of a backstage interview with Amos, and head over to iTunes or Amazon to purchase Unrepentant Geraldines.  

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    Walter Martin Frees 'I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N' for Intimate Live Video

    On May 13, ex-Walkman Walter Martin will release his debut solo album, the family-friendly and aptly titled We're All Young Together. The 10-track LP favors easygoing arrangements, playful lyrics, and a number of impressive guest spots. So far, Martin has shared duets with Karen O and the National's Matt Berninger, as well as an endearing ode to the Beatles. Now, the 39-year-old husband and father of two has released a live video that highlights another ditty called "I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N." Directed by former Walkmen drummer Matt Barrick, the above clip catches Martin playing the electric piano and leading a sing-and-spell-along rendition of the track, the studio version of which features singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson on backing vocals.

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    10 Albums to Stream: the Black Keys, Swans, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and More

    Another week nears its close, and with it comes a new roundup of album streams. Follow the links below to hear new records by the Black Keys, Swans, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Chromeo, and many more.1) The Black Keys, Turn Blue. "The Black Keys are now streaming their eighth album, Turn Blue, via iTunes Radio's 'First Play' series. We've experienced a few highlights from the Danger Mouse co-produced LP to date: the televangelical video for 'Fever,' the gloomy title track, the stormy single 'Bullet in the Brain,' and also that weird prank call from drummer Patrick Carney to his band's label, Nonesuch." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) Swans, To Be Kind. "'Screenshot' opens on a telltale skulking, stalking note, with repetitive curls of guitar and bass that make for a cruel kind of disembodied funk doled out in slow motion.

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    Hear Heliotropes' Haunting Cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'March of the Pigs'

    Nine Inch Nails' monumental second album, 1994's The Downward Spiral, turned 20 this year, and the kind folks at Brooklyn's Goodnight Records have put together a belated birthday present in honor of the landmark LP. The label has tapped two bands on its roster — Heliotropes and Friend Roulette — to record a split seven-inch single featuring covers of two Downward Spiral cuts. Heliotropes slow down "March of the Pigs" on the A-side, trading the original's teeth-gnashing menace for ghostly stoner-rock, while Friend Roulette sanitize the slither of "Piggy" with playful psych-pop.The vinyl won't be available for purchase until May 20, but both tracks are streaming below. Explore this new Downward Spiral, then revisit SPIN's 2013 cover story on Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor.

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    King Tuff Promises Mystery and Sex on 'Volcanic' New Album

    "The place you gotta go to change / Is deeper into the strange." So sings King Tuff — a.k.a. 31-year-old singer-guitarist Kyle Thomas — on "Unusual World," a glammy gem from his self-titled second album, released in 2012. It's a sentiment that Tuffy echoes in late March while speaking on the phone with SPIN about his next full-length. "You've gotta dive into the abyss," Tuff says from his Los Angeles home, "if you wanna get anything good."According to the Brattleboro, Vermont native, diving into the "abyss" means indulging the extremes of one's personality. And for Tuff, that's playing up his persona as a garage-pop jester and a giggle-prone trickster who finds joy in being playfully cagey.

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    Hear the Antlers' Sleepily Inviting 'Hotel'

    The Antlers will return on June 17 with their fourth album, Familiars. News of the upcoming LP came paired with a Hana Tajima-directed video for the record's gentle lead single, "Palace." Now, the Brooklyn trio — singer Peter Silberman, multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, and drummer Michael Lerner — have shared another track from the full-length follow-up to 2011's Burst Apart. The just-revealed "Hotel" trades on the Antlers' strengths: drowsy horns, twinkling keyboard bits, muted guitar, and lyrics that confront mortality, whether they're intended to or not. "And when I check out," Silberman sings, "It won't matter how my name's spelled." Listen to "Hotel" below, and head over to iTunes to pre-order Familiars.

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    Best Coast Salute Gwen Stefani, Sugar Ray on New Album

    A little over a week ago, Best Coast finished tracking their third album. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino makes it a point to say "third" while speaking on the phone with SPIN because, as she sees it, last year's Fade Away — a seven-track effort released through her very own Jewel City imprint — was "not really a full record.""I wanted to put something out that was almost a preview to a new record," Cosentino says. "If people want to think of this as record four they can. But to us, as Best Coast, this is our third record. This is something that we spent time on, that we tried to perfect as well as we could."The upcoming full-length does not yet have an official title or release date, but Cosentino plans for the LP to arrive later this year — though not by way of Jewel City. "I think that we're probably going to end up going to a label to put it out," the former SPIN cover girl says.

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    Dub Thompson's 'No Time' Video Is a 'Sexy Game of Cosmic Twister'

    Earlier this month, SPIN debuted Dub Thompson's "No Time," a bleak strip of reggae-inflected psych-pop that appears on the upcoming 9 Songs LP, out June 10 via Dead Oceans. Now, 19-year-olds Matt Pulos and Evan Laffer — who make up the project's core duo — have shared an official video for the track, which the guys describe as a "sexy game of cosmic Twister" (via NPR). That's definitely one way to describe the visual, and here's another: The clip bears similarity to Dub Thompson's VHS-flavored "Dograces" video, but instead of capturing a fuzzy live performance, "No Time" unfolds like an interactive Salvador Dalí painting, as the POV floats past bizarre clocks and purple pyramids. Take a tour through Visual Surreality above, and head over to iTunes to pre-order 9 Songs, which, by the way, only features eight songs.

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