Kyle McGovern

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  • owls, tim kinsella, two, i'm surprised, video

    Owls Deal in Creepy Card Game for 'I'm Surprised...' Video

    Long-quiet emo outfit Owls finally made their return this month with Two, the follow-up to their self-titled 2001 debut album. Before the LP hit iTunes, frontman Tim Kinsella and co. teased the comeback with a trailer and a pair of tracks: "I'm Surprised..." and "Ancient Stars Seed." Now, the Chicago foursome have shared an eerie music video for the former. Directed by Todd Mattei, the clip depicts a séance-like scene: Owls hide in the shadows and play their instruments, while the camera follows a mysterious card game. What's being gambled isn't clear, but judging from the decor (glasses of red wine, display fruit, a human skull), the stakes are high.

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    Ultra Music Festival 2014 Live-Stream: Deadmau5, Tiesto, Zedd, and More

    Ultra Music Festival is taking over Miami's Bayfront Park right now and fans everywhere can witness the extravaganza. That's right: Organizers are live-streaming the three-day event, which runs from March 28 through 30, on YouTube right now. Day three brings sets by Hardwell, David Guetta, Gaia, Cedric Gervais, Steve Angello, and many more. (The second day's webcast captured performances by Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Alesso, Krewella, and many more. Day one delivered sets from Tiësto, Zedd, Datsik, the Glitch Mob, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, and others.)Catch it all above and stay tuned for a rebroadcast that begins early Sunday morning at 1:15 a.m. EST and ends at 11 a.m. EST. The festivities will continue all weekend, and we'll be updating the stream accordingly. But for now, press the play button above, and find a schedule below.

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    Kurt Cobain Will Be a Comic-Book Star Now, Too

    Kurt Cobain is getting his very own comic book. Bluewater Productions, a publishing and production company that specializes in comics and graphic novels, will soon print a biography of the late Nirvana frontman, who tragically died at the age of 27 in April of 1994. The upcoming title — which is written and illustrated by Jayfri Hashim, and set for an April 2 release, ahead of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death — is just the latest entry in Bluewater's "Tribute" series, a franchise that has previously covered the lives of other iconic rock stars, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison."The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us that," says Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis.

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    Watch Janelle Monae Revive 'Idol' With 'What Is Love'

    Janelle Monáe touched down on American Idol Thursday night to perform "What Is Love," her tropical-flavored contribution to the upcoming animated feature film Rio 2. As per usual, The Electric Lady delivered a show-stealing performance. (Remember, David Letterman dubbed Monáe "the hardest working woman in showbusiness" last year — and that was before the SPIN profile subject killed it on Today, Saturday Night Live, and The Arsenio Hall Show.) If Idol really is circling the drain, then Monáe successfully injected some rhythm into the reality show's death throes. Watch the performance clip above and find a trailer for Rio 2 below. The kid-centric flick, which also features Monáe in a small speaking part, lands in theaters on April 11.

  • the national, jimmy fallon, this is the last time

    Watch the National Vow 'This is the Last Time' on 'Fallon'

    Earlier this month, the National made their Saturday Night Live debut, serving as musical guest alongside host (and fellow SNL newbie) Lena Dunham. And last night (March 27), the dour'n'dapper quintet returned to the small screen on behalf of NBC, dropping by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Backed by a screen projecting lava lamp-like visuals, the SPIN profile subjects performed "This is the Last Time," a quiet deep cut from their sixth album, 2013's sturdy Trouble Will Find Me.In case you're wondering why the National are promoting a record that's nearly a year old, here's the reason: Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary directed by frontman Matt Berninger's brother, Tom, opens in theaters and hits iTunes today, March 28.

  • sxsw, austin, car crash, fourth victim dead

    Fourth Person Dies Following SXSW 2014 Car Crash

    A fourth person has died from injuries suffered in the tragic car crash that occured at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, earlier this month. According to KVUE.com, 18-year-old De'Andre Tatum of Fort Worth, who had been in a medically induced coma since the March 13 incident, was pronounced dead on Thursday.Two other people — Austin resident Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, of the Netherlands — were declared dead on the scene. A third victim, 26-year-old Austin resident Sandy Le, died on March 17 at University Medical Center Brackenridge, the same hospital that was treating Tatum.The driver, 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens, has been charged with one count of capital murder after allegedly plowing his vehicle into pedestrians on a downtown Austin street that had been closed-off for SXSW.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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