Kyle McGovern

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    Hear Hockeysmith's Stirring, Electro-Infused 'Hesitate'

    Back in February, England's Hockeysmith shared the flickering, drippy music video for "But Blood," the title track from the sister duo's upcoming debut EP. Now, the Best New Artist alumnae have unveiled another transfixing bit from their fast-approaching effort, which arrives May 26 via London's Double Denim Records. "Hesitate" underlines Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith's talent for sonic alchemy, fusing searing guitar riffs, electro-static outbursts, and magnetic vocals into a hypnotic whole. Find "Hesitate" below, followed by the full track list for the But Blood EP.But Blood EP track list:1. "Phantom Whistle"2. "But Blood"3. "Hesitate"4. "Meanwhile"

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    Janelle Monae Makes Like a Polaroid Picture With OutKast on 'Hey Ya!'

    OutKast's epic run of festival dates brought them back to their home state this past weekend, for a headlining slot at Georgia's CounterPoint Music Festival. As Consequence of Sound points out, the reunited ATLiens played the exact same set as they did during Coachella's second weekend, but with one noteworthy wrinkle: Future-funk empress Janelle Monáe danced onstage while André 3000 performed "Hey Ya!," the deathless crossover hit from 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Watch the "Dance Apocalyptic" belter's special guest appearance in the fan-shot footage above. Beware the blown-out audio, but, c'mon, you know how this one's supposed to go.

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    Live-Stream Tori Amos' In-Store Performance at Rough Trade NYC

    Tori Amos will take the stage at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, April 29 in support of her newest studio album, the upcoming Unrepentant Geraldines. SPIN is sending a handful of fans to the in-store performance, but we're also teaming with the folks at TourGigs to present a live audio stream of the gig. Tune in to the event by checking this space at 7 p.m. EST on April 29.Rough Trade NYC is also offering access to the concert. Pre-order Unrepentant Geraldines at Rough Trade NYC starting at 9 a.m. EST on April 29 to receive one wristband good for access not only to the intimate in-store show, but also to a Tori Amos autograph-signing that same day. Space is limited.

  • roy orbison, mystery girl — deluxe, the way is love

    Stream Roy Orbison's Never-Before-Heard 'The Way Is Love'

    Roy Orbison's final studio album, 1989's posthumously released Mystery Girl, turns 25 this year. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings is releasing Mystery Girl — Deluxe, a comprehensive reissue that features a documentary on the making of the record, in addition to nine previously unreleased studio and work-tape demos. Among those newly uncovered treasures is "The Way Is Love," a never-before-heard song that was put together by Orbison's sons — Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex — after the family discovered a one-of-a-kind vocal recording for the track."We all talked and decided it would be the best if we could play the backing instruments and sing backups on the track, fulfilling a lifelong family dream to play not only with our father, but with each other as brothers," Roy Jr. says.

  • In My Room: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman

    In My Room: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are currently on tour in support of their upcoming third album, Days of Abandon, out May 13 via Yebo Music. But before the Brooklyn daydreamers hit the road, main man Kip Berman invited SPIN to see his Greenpoint apartment, pore over his record collection, and show off a few of his guitars. Click onward for a video tour of Berman's home, followed by photos.

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    Stream PAWS' Thrilling 'Youth Culture Forever' Album

    Last fall, SPIN visited PAWS in an upstate New York studio, where they were busy hammering out their second album. "It's louder than the last record, but it's quieter than the last record," bassist Ryan Drever said. "It's faster than the last record, but it's slower than the last record. Every song is quite different, but then at the same time it's the same."Indeed, the Glaswegian garage-pop trio's soon-to-be-released sophomore LP, Youth Culture Forever, is a bolder, more dynamic beast than its predecessor, 2012's sweetly scruffy Cokefloat! LP. Yawning cello lines weave in and out of several of the upcoming album's 12 tracks; drummer Josh Swinney's thrashy percussion packs a heftier punch; and the vocals, courtesy of singer-guitarist Phillip Taylor, carry a new level of confidence.

  • mimicking birds, owl hoots, eons

    Hear Mimicking Birds' Lush, Electronic-Tinged 'Owl Hoots'

    After a four-year gap between albums, Mimicking Birds will return on May 13 with their sophomore LP. Dubbed Eons, the upcoming collection is on the approach by way of Glacial Pace Recordings, the label operated by Modest Mouse madman Isaac Brock. In support of the 11-track effort, Mimicking Birds have plotted a tour of the U.S. (which kicks off tonight, April 25, in Chicago), and shared "Bloodlines," a subtle but ambitious stunner that blends the Portland outfit's panoramic folk perspective with outdoorsy electronic flourishes. Now, the trio — singer-songwriter Nate Lacy, bassist Adam Trachsel, and drummer Aaron Hanson — have unveiled another song that follows that same path.

  • peter matthew bauer, liberation!, philadelphia raga, solo album, the walkmen

    The Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer Lives Outlaw Life on 'Philadelphia Raga'

    The Walkmen's dissolution has spawned to a trio of separate solo records: Black Hours by Hamilton Leithauser, We're All Young Together by Walter Martin, and Liberation! by Peter Matthew Bauer. That last one arrives June 24 on Mexican Summer, and will deliver 11 songs rich with the same kind of lived-in wisdom that made the Walkmen's tenure so rewarding. Bauer has already shared one track from his one-man debut, lead single "Latin American Ficciones," and now he's, er, liberated a second cut from Liberation! called "Philadelphia Raga."If "Latin American Ficciones" recalls the rough-around-the-edges, daytripping-through-the-heartland vibes of fellow Philadelphians the War on Drugs (and it does), then "Philadelphia Raga" channels the six-string mastery of wordless troubadour William Tyler.

  • nas, new album, timbaland

    Nas Teams With Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, No I.D. for New Album

    Nas is in the midst of a well-deserved victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his iconic debut album, 1994's Illmatic. But the man born Nasir Jones is also looking ahead to his next album. In a recent interview with NPR, the Queensbridge rapper offered an update on the forthcoming follow-up to 2012's Life Is Good, saying he's been working with Timbaland, No I.D., and Swizz Beatz.The 40-year-old MC explained that he first began working on the LP about a year-and-a-half ago.

  • neil young, a letter home, deluxe box set

    Neil Young Will Deliver Box Set of Jack White-Stamped 'A Letter Home'

    Neil Young's A Letter Home will soon come in a box. The rock'n'roll icon (and Pono mastermind) has announced that he's planning to put out a Deluxe Box Set version of his latest full-length, an all-covers collection recorded with Jack White. Due May 27, the limited-edition release is on the way via Reprise Records, and features two vinyl LPs, a CD, a DVD, a set of six-inch vinyl discs, and a 32-page color booklet.Regarding the two vinyl LPs: One is a standard version of A Letter Home, pressed on 180-gram black vinyl; the other is an "Audiophile" edition that's also pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, but contains a special "direct feed from the booth" version of the album. "The booth" in question is, of course, the 1940s-era Voice-O-Graph recording booth located at White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.

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