Kyle McGovern

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    Arctic Monkeys Score Night of Vice in NSFW 'Arabella' Video

    The Arctic Monkeys' "Arabella" stands out as a creeper on an album full of creepers, a Black Sabbath-worshipping head-banger that also inspires pelvic thrusts. Now, the 2014 BRIT Awards' biggest winners have paired their latest AM single with an appropriately risqué music video. Directed by Jake Nava, the black-and-white clip depicts a seedy, smoke-filled party: flashes of female nudity, shots of motorcycles, and a devilishly hammy performance from consummate showman (and SPIN Interview subject) Alex Turner, who looks pleased to be off of the farm, and into the gutter. Watch the "Arabella" video above.

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    'Frozen' Hit Wins Oscar for Best Original Song

    And the Oscar goes to Frozen's "Let It Go." The Disney-minted chart-topper was given the trophy for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who just EGOT-ed) accepted the statuette at the annual ceremony, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and once again held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.The kid-friendly tune put some stiff competition on ice (sorry). Among the losers: U2's "Ordinary Love," the Nelson Mandela tribute that won a Golden Globe after appearing in the Idris Elba-starring biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Pharrell Williams' "Happy," his Despicable Me 2 contribution that's also set to appear on his second solo album, the upcoming G I R L; and Karen O's "The Moon Song," a tender lullaby written for Spike Jonze's Her.

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    A$AP Rocky and Gesaffelstein Are 'In Distress' for 'Divergent' Soundtrack

    The star-studded soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi film Divergent has already let loose a number of its exclusives: M83's sax-powered "I Need You," Zedd's "Find You," the I See MONSTAS remix of Ellie Goulding's "Hanging On," and Snow Patrol's "I Won't Let You Go." Now Complex has debuted another track, a team-up between A$AP Rocky and French producer Gesaffelstein. The just-released collaboration bears the apropos title of "In Distress," the first sign that this blockbuster will resemble the sort of unnerving work Gesaffelstein contributed to SPIN's 2013 Album of the Year, Kanye West's Yeezus. Rocky tries to coat the mayhem in his signature slickness, but the song is a woolly, off-balance beast, marked by yelping siren samples and apocalyptic throb.

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    Listen to the Pixies' 'World Cafe' Concert Here

    The Pixies recently dropped by NPR's Tiny Desk for an intimate, three-song concert that sort of connected the dots between their newer material and their classic output from the 1980s and early '90s. Well, if Doolittle devotees still aren't sold on EP-2, then please make allowance for this latest attempt: The Pixies are playing a set for NPR's World Cafe right now, and it's streaming online. The program begins at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, and can be heard on more than 200 stations nationwide in the U.S.

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    Watch Real Estate Play Entire 'Atlas' Album Live

    Real Estate's Atlas doesn't arrive until March 4, but you can listen to the entire album right now. As SPIN pointed out recently, the studio version has been streaming on iTunes Radio for the last several days. Now, NPR has shared footage of the New Jersey-bred band performing the record in full. Real Estate took the stage at New York City's SubCulture on February 27 to glide through Atlas as part of NPR's First Listen Live series. The easy-going five-piece played the follow-up to 2011's Days in order, opening with the cresting guitar-work of "Had to Hear," and eventually moving on to lead single "Talking Backwards," the "April's Song" instrumental, the jazz-imbued centerpiece that is "The Bend," and the resplendent "Crime."Watch all those and more above. To get a tour of frontman Martin Courtney's Brooklyn apartment, check out SPIN's In My Room video starring the singer-guitarist.

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    Watch Holograms' Beautifully Brutal 'Lay Us Down' Video

    Holograms have a flair for brutality. If that wasn't clear from the Swedish outfit's bruising brand of post-punk, the vicious cover art to last year's Forever LP, or the death-centric music video for "Meditations," then it should be from their newest video, a seven-minute short for Forever closer "Lay Us Down." The just-released clip bookends the track with audio of religious chanting, set to intense, black-and-white imagery: a solar eclipse, wolves attacking each other, a tombstone, and more flash across the screen. After the intro fades away, the opening chords of "Lay Us Down" sink in and the actual video begins, starting with a shot of a man running for his life in an empty parking garage. And the piece doesn't lighten up from there. Watch it above, and head over to iTunes to purchase Forever.

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    Hear Jeffertitti's Nile Cover Bessie Smith's 'Blue Spirit Blues' in Psych-Rock Mania

    Jeffertitti's Nile pride themselves on being fluent in "Transcendental Space-Punk Doo Wop," a self-coined categorization that frees the Los Angeles oddballs up to cover any kind of territory they so desire. On "Blue Spirit Blues," the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album, they settle on sweaty, psych-tinged blues fury, offering a down-and-dirty cover of a song originally done by jazz legend Bessie Smith.Stream "Blue Spirit Blues" below, and find it later on The Electric Hour, out April 29 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records. Recorded largely at the Ojaj, California studio of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the forthcoming LP features a good amount of drumming from Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, a.k.a. the guy that Nile frontman Jeffertitti plays bass for on the road. Pre-orders of The Electric Hour are available through Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.

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    Prince Sends Lady-Clone to Decree 'Arsenio Hall Show' Takeover

    Prince will rule The Arsenio Hall Show next week. His Royal Purpleness is set to take over the recently renewed talk show on Wednesday, March 5. The "Breakfast Can Wait" charmer will be the episode's only guest, so expect him to play several songs and sit down with Arsenio to discuss his plans for 2014. It's not yet clear if there will be pancakes or relationship advice, à la Prince's Super Bowl Sunday guest-spot on Fox's New Girl.Of course, Prince being Prince, he didn't make the announcement via mere press release. No, Prince needsto send a "letter-bearing clone" to deliver his messages on-camera. As seen in the video above, Lady-Prince dropped off an envelope with Arsenio, who read the message to a studio audience.

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    The Roots Almost Done With 'Dense' New Concept Album

    Last year, the Roots revealed that their 11th studio album will bear the curious title of & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. The Philadelphia crew have been busy with a number of projects since then (teaming with Elvis Costello for the collaborative Wise Up Ghost LP, writing memoirs, becoming the house band for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, trying to make friends) but they've stayed pretty quiet about their next full-length — until now.Black Thought recently spoke with XXL about the Roots' proper follow-up to 2011's undun, saying they're "close to being done on it" and that it will "hopefully" be out in the spring. The MC explained that & Then You Shoot Your Cousin will be "another concept album in the spirit of undun," but won't focus on just one kind of character. "We create quite a few different characters in this record," he said.

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    LCD Soundsystem's Final Show Chronicled in Blockbuster Five-LP Set

    LCD Soundsystem have been dead and buried for almost three years now, but the DFA all-stars still have one more album in them. On April 19, a.k.a. Record Store Day 2014, Warner Bros. will release a live album documenting LCD's legendary final show at Madison Square Garden. Titled The Long Goodybe: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden, the upcoming vinyl set will be spread across five LPs and capture the entire April 2011 performance, a farewell that stretched nearly four hours.The Long Goodbye will see wide release on May 20, the same day it becomes available digitally. LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy produced and mixed the record himself. In a 2013 interview, the 44-year-old mastermind (and coffee-maker/subway enthusiast) discussed the process of assembling the send-off package, saying, "It's killing me...

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