Kyle McGovern

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  • Nas, Illmatic, Time Is Illmatic, Erik Parker, One9

    Q&A: 'Time Is Illmatic' Producers Talk Nas, Hip-Hop, and Social Justice

    Twenty years ago this month, rapper Nasir Jones introduced himself to the world with Illmatic, a masterful debut album that offered a wistful yet hard-edged look at life inside New York City's Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in North America. Illmatic wedded clear-eyed, street-level reportage on the city's crack epidemic to richly musical loops and no-bullshit beats crafted by a murderers' row of respected producers that included Large Professor, Gang Starr's DJ Premier, A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, and Pete Rock.The story of Illmatic is a quintessentially American one: A young man uses his raw talent, tireless work ethic, and enviable connections to rise above his modest upbringing.

  • lorde, pure heroine, tour

    Lorde Takes Break From Tour, Citing Parents

    Lorde's Australian tour has evidently been grounded by her parents. The 17-year-old singer postponed seven dates Down Under after her folks insisted that she take a break from performing to rest."I have had to postpone my Australian shows because of a nasty chest infection and general ill health," Lorde tweeted on April 21. "I am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January. We will 100 percent be back for this tour (most likely in November) so don't worry about that."She continued: "I just need time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before I go out playing shows again.

  • dub thompson, 9 songs, no time

    Hear Dub Thompson's Festering Anti-Love Song 'No Time'

    Dub Thompson have, uh, dubbed their debut album 9 Songs, but the upcoming LP actually contains eight tracks. Main men Matt Pulos and Evan Laffer shared one cut back in March (sinewy psych-groove "Dograces"), and now they've dropped a second. "No Time" opens with crackling tape hiss and a moody swagger-stomp before adopting a reggae-like wheeze, all in service of the song's mordant thesis: "Baby, you've got no time for love." Stream the basement-scene beauty below, and pre-order 9 Songs — which is out June 10 on Dead Oceans — through iTunes.

  • johnossi, shout out louds, remix

    Shout Out Louds Leader Retrofits Johnossi's 'Gone Forever' for the DFA Crowd

    Johnossi, the Swedish duo of singer-guitarist John Engelbert and drummer Oskar "Ossi" Bonde, are planning to drop their fourth album in the U.S. on April 29 via Universal Sweden/Caroline. In advance of the 10-track set, which is dubbed Transitions, Johnossi have shared "Gone Forever," a windswept, arena-ready single that hits iTunes today, April 15. The track's digital release comes backed with a special B-side: a remix of "Gone Forever" done by Adam Olenius, frontman for fellow Stockholm outfit the Shout Out Louds. Subtitled the "Adam Boy Remix," Olenius' version narrows the original song's scope and hollows out its production, favoring cowbell clunks and a soft-edged, electronic groove over galloping grand gestures. Listen to the redux below.

  • avey tare, avey tare's slasher flicks, animal collective

    Q&A: Avey Tare Talks Slasher Flicks, Jazz, and Animal Collective's Future

    Dave Portner spent much of last year recovering. For the man best known as Animal Collective's Avey Tare, 2013 was fraught with persistent illness. "I started getting a lot of throat infections and strep throat on tour," Portner says over the phone from his Los Angeles home. "It was really recurring and bad, and would come with fevers and all this dizziness." The on-again, off-again ailments also came with postponed performances and some much-needed rest. "It forced me to be at home a lot," the 34-year-old says.

  • drake, jimmy kimmel, jimmy kimmel live, espn, espys

    Watch Drake Make Fun of Drake With Pedestrians on 'Kimmel'

    Drake will host ESPN's ESPY Awards this summer, a job that puts him in the company of past emcees such Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Late Night host Seth Meyers, and ABC funnyman Jimmy Kimmel. Now, Drake being Drake, he's curious as to what other people think of him. So, to gauge public opinion about the ESPYs announcement, the Nothing Was the Same rapper donned a disguise and asked people on Hollywood's streets how they feel about the appointment, all as part of a Thursday guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!Outfitted with a wig, fake beard, and pair of glasses, the millennial multi-threat once again proved his willingness to poke fun at himself by grilling pedestrians about a few made-up scandals. "Drake apparently got a little too tipsy and publicly urinated in a Baby Gap. How do you feel about that?" he asks one target.

  • OBN III's, worries, third time to harm

    OBN III's Fire-Off End-of-Days Anthem 'Worries'

    Austin's OBN III's will unleash their third full-length of blistering garage-punk — the appropriately titled Third Time to Harm — on May 27 via Tic Tac Totally Records. The five-some, led by frontman Orville Bateman Neeley III, let one track from the upcoming LP slip a few weeks ago ("No Time for Blues" debuted on Noisey), and now they've deployed another salvo. On the just-unveiled "Worries," Neeley assumes the role of apocalyptic soothsayer, half-crooning and half-shouting about climate change, toxic rain, and people going "bat-shit crazy" as fiery solos flank his Danzigian swagger. Hear it below.

  • thee oh sees, drop, mikal cronin, video

    Watch Thee Oh Sees' Hypnotic 'Drop' Video

    Thee Oh Sees will drop their next album — titled, uh, Drop — on April 19. The garage-rock luminaries, who are definitely not breaking up, have already shared a trio of songs from the upcoming LP: "Penetrating Eyes," "The Lens" (via Pitchfork), and the record's delirious title track (via Stereogum), which now has an official video. Put together by Arthur Carvalho, the animated clip trades in black-and-white, kaleidoscopic visuals — spiraling spiderwebs, dizzying hypno-wheels, and all-seeing eyeballs abound. Watch the video above, and keep an eye out for Drop, which arrives on Record Store Day 2014, thanks to frontman John Dwyer's Castle Face record label.

  • ema, the future's void, album stream

    10 Albums to Stream: EMA, Todd Terje, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, OFF!, Protomartyr, More

    It's that time of the week: Hotly anticipated albums are streaming online right now, and we've collected the best of the bunch. Scroll down to check out new releases by EMA, Protomartyr, Todd Terje, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, and the Flaming Lips (okay, their latest was an April Fool's gag, but still).1) EMA, The Future's Void. "What's great about The Future's Void isn't its frame of reference, which hearkens back to William Gibson's novels, Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, PJ Harvey and the just-post-Cold War mood of The X-Files. It's the fearless dexterity Anderson and her producer/main musical partner Leif Shackelford employ while making this vintage-'90s worldview resonate right now." (via NPR)2) Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right.

  • nine inch nails, austin city limits, satellite

    Watch Nine Inch Nails Bring 'Satellite' to 'Austin City Limits'

    Nine Inch Nails will make their televised Austin City Limits debut on April 5. The beloved PBS concert series is plotting a special hour-long broadcast of a 10-song set from Trent Reznor and associates, as a preview of ACL's upcoming 40th Anniversary Season, which will air this fall. Watch a web-exclusive performance of "Satellite," a darkly digital groove found on Hesitation Marks, above."We never thought we'd see the day when Nine Inch Nails would set foot on the ACL stage," executive producer Terry Lickona says in a statement. "I mean, they never did television for 25 years."To make up for lost time, NIN play an impressive batch of career-spanning tracks, cherry-pickings songs from 1989's Pretty Hate Machine, 1994's The Downward Spiral, 1999's The Fragile, and, of course, last year's thrilling comeback album.

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