Kyle McGovern



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    Best the ESPYs Ever Had: Drake's Finest Moments as Entertainer

    When Drake was announced as the host of ESPN's 2014 ESPY Awards, some people were skeptical. (The naysayers included a handful of pedestrians polled for a Jimmy Kimmel Live! bit featuring Drizzy himself.) But by now, the 27-year-old rapper's multi-threat status shouldn't be called into question. To prove that Aubrey Graham is a man of many talents — and to coincide with the 2014 ESPYs, which air live tonight at 9 p.m. EST — we've rounded up evidence that the "Trophies" MC is not in need of any Sound Advice. He already has the makings of a great emcee.Exhibit A: Drake's isn't as self-serious as his soapy songs may suggest.

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    Death Grips Have Broken Up

    Death Grips are no more, it seems. In a note shared on their Facebook page, the experimental hip-hop group have announced that they're calling it quits. "We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over," the message reads. "We have officially stopped."According to the post, Death Grips have canceled all of their scheduled live dates, bailing on their upcoming tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden (not that keeping appointments was ever their strong suit). The noise-rap band's dissolution comes less than a month after the release of their latest album, niggas on the moon. When Death Grips dropped the surprise eight-track effort on June 8, they explained that the record is the first half of an intended double album dubbed the powers that b.

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    Hear Joyce Manor's Wistful Pop-Punk Beauty 'Schley'

    California's Joyce Manor drop pearls of pop-punk wisdom: songs that are rich in melody, short in length, and colored with a gentle-hearted loneliness. On July 22, Epitaph Records will release Never Hungover Again, the foursome's third album and follow-up to 2012's less optimistically titled Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. The upcoming, 10-track LP features the previously shared, minute-long "Catalina Fight Song" and the just-revealed "Schley," a nostalgic ballad boasting a bouncy bass line and coiled hooks.

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    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Plot Fall U.S. Tour

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new live lineup, which they'll be bringing across the United States this fall. On October 5, the Brooklyn-based band will kick off a slew of tour dates with another recently resurrected outfit, the New Pornographers. Pains' current roster includes frontman Kip Berman, bassist Jacob Sloan, returning guitarist Christoph Hochheim (who played on 2011's Belong), and Hochheim's twin brother, Anton, on drums. They're all overseas at the moment, promoting this year's Days of Abandon, a 10-song LP that features previously heard tracks "Simple and Sure," "Eurydice," and "Until the Sun Explodes."For their part, the New Pornographers will be touring on behalf of their upcoming sixth album, Brill Bruisers, due out August 26 on Matador.

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in Brooklyn, April 2014

    Young Adult Friction: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Rebirth

    Kip Berman loves to talk about bands. The boyish 34-year-old singer-guitarist — who leads the oh-so-preciously named group the Pains of Being Pure at Heart — can literally spend hours gushing about songwriters, lyrics, record labels, even interviews that artists have done.Over the course of an April afternoon and evening, Berman peppers conversation with regular references to Tom Petty, Titus Andronicus, and Destroyer's Dan Bejar. He recalls how, years ago, he took fashion cues from the Strokes and laughs about the time Julian Casablancas told a journalist he owned only a handful of records, one of them being Bob Marley's greatest-hits collection."I love bands that can create their own universe," Berman says on a dreary Good Friday.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Jack White, the Fresh & Onlys, First Aid Kit, and More

    As another week ends, another round of album streams crops up. Scroll down to find the latest from Jack White, First Aid Kit, the Fresh & Onlys, clipping., and others. 1) Jack White, Lazaretto. "Jack White is streaming his new album, Lazaretto, in full. We've previously heard 'Temporary Ground,' 'High Ball Stepper,' and 'Just One Drink,' of course. Now, although we'll have to wait another week to play with the insane vinyl version of the thing, we can hear the entire record right now. " — SPIN (via iTunes First Play)2) clipping., CLPPNG. "The instrumental part of CLPPNG's 3-D sound attack is occasionally revelatory, as in the clanging meat-locker of 'Body and Blood.' Sometimes the vocals are exactly right, like in 'Wake Up,' where literal alarm clock harmonies are overlaid by Mariel Jacoda's singing.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, the Orwells, 50 Cent, and More

    Happy Friday! Look what we arranged for you: A collection of album streams, featuring new records by Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, the Orwells, Bob Mould, 50 Cent, and more.1) Fucked Up, Glass Boys. "David Comes to Life was widely praised for its conceptual, novella-like pacing and irreverence in a genre defined by revved-up meters and a lo-fi sheen. Glass Boys is still yell-y, but its ten tracks build on David's collapsing of hardcore tropes and turn them into something more melodic and elegant. There are blissful guitar swells, dizzying meter changes, heavy starts and sparse closes, and a couple of surprisingly dense moments of groove." — SPIN (via Pitchfork)2) Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal.

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    Conor Oberst Survives Dystopian Future in 'Zigzagging Towards the Light' Video

    Conor Oberst came to terms with his past in SPIN's current cover story, but the singer-songwriter looks to the future in the new music video for "Zigzagging Towards the Light," a highlight from his recently released solo album, Upside Down Mountain. Directed by David Altobelli, the black-and-white clip begins ten years from now and opens with Oberst giving an interview to a disembodied voice (à la Spike Jonze's Her) that tells him "the camera is everywhere." During the Q&A, the Bright Eyes mastermind alludes to some kind of major, blackout-related disaster that's happened in the past decade, the specifics of which are left unclear.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Neil Young, Sharon Van Etten, Mariah Carey, and More

    Happy Memorial Day weekend! Soundtrack the unofficial start of summer by streaming new albums from Neil Young, Mariah Carey, Sharon Van Etten, the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, and more. Find details and links below.1) Neil Young, A Letter Home. "Neil Young's covers album A Letter to Home includes everything from Bruce Springsteen's 'My Hometown' to Willie Nelson's 'On the Road Again' to the Everly Brothers' 'I Wonder if I Care as Much.' The 10-song set was recorded at Jack White's Nashville HQ, in Third Man's '40s-era Voice-O-Graph booth." — SPIN (via The Huffington Post)2) Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse is now set for a May 27 release and, in advance, is streaming in full on iTunes... The album clocks in at 15 tracks on its standard edition, featuring collaborations with Nas, Wale, Mary J.

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    Papercuts Go to the Zoo in 'Life Among the Savages' Video

    Papercuts returned this month with Life Among the Savages, the full-length follow-up to 2011's Fading Parade. Now, the recording project of San Francisco singer/songwriter/producer Jason Quever has birthed a music video for the new LP's lush title track. The clip maintains an intimate, homemade feel — fitting, since Quever directed the piece himself — by pairing dimly lit shots of domestic life with footage of a day spent at the zoo. (Life among the savages, indeed.) Occasionally, the camera drifts to an empty seashore just before sunset, giving the hazy, baroque-pop track the kind of dreamy visual button it deserves.

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