Kyle McGovern

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  • mikal cronin, soul in motion, LAMC

    Hear Mikal Cronin's Ragged, Sax-Enriched 'Soul in Motion'

    On April 1, Brooklyn label Famous Class will drop the newest entry in its ongoing Less Artists More Condos single series. The upcoming split seven-inch kicks off with a new Mikal Cronin song called "Soul in Motion." Opening with an anachronistic drum machine loop, the track manages to feel akin to the dulcet fuzzbombs found on Cronin's Essential MCII (note the glowing melodies, quiet-loud dynamics, and inviting vocals) while still finding room for new fluorishes (the aforementioned percussion loop, plus organ swells and bursts of saxophone). All in all, "Soul in Motion" makes for an effervescent, rejuventating stew. Stream it below, along with the single's B-side, WAND's tunefully dissonant "Screaming Eye." Reserve a copy of the vinyl through Bandcamp.

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    Watch King Khan & the Shrines' Freaky 'Born to Die' Video

    King Khan & the Shrines have several strong suits, but punctuality is not one. The psych-soul clan waited five years to follow 2008's The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines with Idle No More, a long-awaited comeback that arrived in September 2013. (To be fair, though, King Khan suffered a self-described "huge meltdown" during the interim, due to some personal struggles.) And now, nearly 10 months after they revealed Idle No More single "Born to Die," King Khan & the Shrines have finally shared a music video for the track. Fittingly, the visual tells a temporally-challenged story of an execution.Directed by Berlin's Hylas Film, the "Born to Die" clip opens in prehistoric times, then jumps to an era when royalty wore long, flowing wigs — and apparently had hot candle-wax dripped onto their chests.

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    Stream De La Soul's J Dilla-Produced 'Smell the D.A.I.S.Y.' Mixtape

    De La Soul have been in generous spirits of late. Not long after they offered their entire discography for free, the iconic hip-hop trio shared two cuts from their latest mixtape, the J Dilla-produced Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. ("D.A.I.S.Y." is short for "Da Inner Soul of Yancey," a reference to Jay Dee's real name, James Dewitt Yancey.) Now, after dropping "Dilla Plugged In" and "Vocabulary Spills," De La have shared Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. in its entirety.The 11-track set, which features reworked, classic De La Soul lyrics over beats by the late, great Mr. Yancey, is rich in no-frills percussion, spring-loaded loops, and funky rhythms. D.A.I.S.Y. is also streaming online and available for free download through De La's official website, as well as BitTorrent.

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    Stream Black Eyes' Final Show 10 Years Later

    Ten years ago today (March 26), Washington, D.C.'s Black Eyes played their final show. The post-hardcore outfit, which formed in 2001, called it quits after performing at the Black Cat on March 26, 2004, roughly two months before the release of their second (and final) album, Cough. To commemorate the anniversary, Dischord Records has shared audio of the five-piece's final engagement. Clocking in at just over 72 minutes, the mostly muffled recording captures Black Eyes' frenetic strain of high-minded, jazz-informed art-punk. Salute Black Eyes by streaming the set below.

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    Stream Manchester Orchestra's 'Unrelenting and Unapologetic' New Album 'Cope'

    Manchester Orchestra set a specific goal for their fourth album. "We wanted to make the kind of album that's missing at this time in rock," says frontman Andy Hull. "Something that's just brutal and pounding you over the head with every track, something unrelenting and unapologetic." Enter Cope, the Atlanta outfit's latest LP, an 11-track set that blends white-knuckle energy, full-throated vocals, and tightly fastened, radio-friendly rock.Due out April 1 via Loma Vista, the fast-approaching full-length follows 2011's Simple Math, a record that, according to Hull, possessed "a palette with each song a different color." With Cope, which was recorded in an ATL house that the band themselves converted into a studio, Manchester Orchestra chose to adopt a new color scheme. "I wanted this to be black and red the whole time," Hull says.

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    Watch SoftSpot's Crisp, Slow-Motion 'Black Room Blues' Video

    SoftSpot originally hail from the South and are currently based in Brooklyn, but the trio's songs occupy a less definable space: somewhere nebulous between new age contentment and stormy art rock theatrics. On April 8, the band — singer-bassist Sarah Kinlaw, guitarist Bryan Keller Jr., and drummer Blaze Bateh (also a member of Athens, Georgia-bred outfit Bambara) — will self-release their sophomore album, MASS, an eight-track effort featuring two previously heard stunners ("You/Yours" and "King Porus") and one just-revealed tune, "Black Room Blues," which comes paired with a music video directed by Kinlaw herself.As seen above, the clip matches the hesitant pacing of "Black Room Blues" with a set of slow-motion visuals. The video follows a group of older women who embark on a night of boozy catharsis, meaning red wine and dive-bar dancing abound.

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    Watch Dum Dum Girls Rip Through 'Rimbaud Eyes' at SXSW

    Dum Dum Girls delivered a stunning performance at SPIN's House of Vans party at South By Southwest, so much so that the show ranked among the 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014. We're biased, of course, but as our own Jem Aswad noted, "Dum Dum Girls have come a long way since their last time around, with a revamped lineup and a male (!) guitarist adding subtle but robust fills to the group's resolutely straightforward girl-group rock, which in this set focused heavily on the band's two most recent albums." Now we've got a snippet of that gig to share with those of you who missed out on the annual Austin festival. Above you'll find footage of frontwoman Dee Dee Penny and co. playing "Rimbaud Eyes," a highlight from Dum Dum Girls' latest LP, this year's Too True. Watch the clip, find a close-up shot of Dum Dum Girls in SPIN's Best SXSW 2014 Portraits, and pick up Too True over at iTunes.

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    Hear Fucked Up's Epic, Fire-Breathing 'Year of the Dragon'

    Fucked Up will unleash their fourth album on June 3, but the hardcore zealots have another release planned for the spring. On April 22, the Canadian punks will return with "Year of the Dragon," the latest installment in their long-running "Zodiac" single series. The fast-approaching 12-inch comes backed by two B-sides (including the band's already-shared cover of Cardboard Brains' "I Wanna Be a Yank") and opens with a monster of a title track that has already been caught on camera during live shows, thanks to fans.Now, though, Fucked Up have shared the official studio version of "Year of the Dragon," an 18-minute behemoth that boasts throat-shredding vocals from lead screamer Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham and a layered instrumental assault that shape-shifts from bloodthirsty chug to introspective, solo-happy arena rock (and more).

  • kurt cobain, john lennon, bavaria radler, tupac shakur

    Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Tupac Sell Beer in Awful Commercial

    What if Kurt Cobain didn't die? It's a question Chuck Klosterman tried to answer for SPIN back in 2004, as the 10th anniversary of Cobain's tragic suicide approached. Now, with the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana frontman's death looming, Dutch beer company Bavaria Radler has offered their own answer to one of alt-rock's biggest "What if?" scenarios.

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    Pains of Being Pure at Heart Make GIF Video for 'Simple and Sure'

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Days of Abandon will arrive later than expected. The Brooklyn-based foursome's third album was originally scheduled to drop on April 22, but now the follow-up to 2011's Belong has an ETA of May 13. To help ease the prolonged wait, Pains have shared a music video for the LP's lead single, the glistening "Simple and Sure." Directed by BANGS and premiered on Nylon, the black-and-white clip depicts a bizarre dinner party, one that unfolds through a series of live-action GIFs.

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