Kyle McGovern

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  • pains of being pure at heart, simple and sure, days of abandon, video

    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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    Watch Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Generously Lord Over 'Kimmel'

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night to give the people what they want: a stunning, soulful performance on behalf their recently released fifth album, Give the People What They Want. The resilient Ms. Jones, who just beat cancer, led her band through a tender rendition of throwback beaut "Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)," followed by a restlessly buoyant version of funky rave-up "People Don't Get What They Deserve," which (rightly) earned rapturous applause from the studio audience."Soul singers are here," Jones told SPIN recently. "Soul music is here. All I want is for soul music to be played on every station, not just a handful of stations." She'll get no resistance from us. Watch Jones fight the good fight with "Making Up and Breaking Up" above and "People Don't Get What They Deserve" below.

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    See the Hold Steady Let 'Spinners' Loose on 'Letterman'

    The Hold Steady return today (March 25) with their sixth album, Teeth Dreams, an effort that finds frontman Craig Finn focused more on the pits of middle-age and less on the highs of killer parties. As SPIN's Jason Gubbels wrote in his review, "These aren't bad vibes you shake off with a make-out session inside the chillout tent: Finn's considering the despair that comes from dead-end jobs and decades of hard living, recreational depressants very much included."Still, the follow-up to 2010's underwhelming Heaven Is Whenever isn't without its bright spots. Enter "Spinners," the new LP's pick-me-up single, which the Hold Steady performed on the Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night.

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    Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Drops Delirious 'Strange Colores' Video

    Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks may be a bit of a misnomer for Dave Portner's latest project, seeing that the band's "Little Fang" single owes a sizable debt to disco's flirty shimmy. But "Strange Colores," the newest music video from the supergroup (which features ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman), arrives as advertised. Directed and edited by Olivia Wyatt, "Strange Colores" delivers a rush of, well, strange colors. A bizarre lightshow blinks furiously throughout the kaleidoscopic clip, offering a fitting visual companion to the track's blaring, hyperactive groove. Watch the short above, check out the previously shared video for "Little Fang," and find tour dates below."Strange Colores" serves as the penultimate track to Enter the Slasher House, the upcoming debut album by Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks.

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    Hear Angel Olsen Grace the BBC With Live Session

    Current SPIN cover star Angel Olsen will take over the BBC airwaves later today (March 24), for a live on-air session in support of her recently released sophomore album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. The North Carolina-based tunesmith is set to grab the microphone at 7 p.m. local London time (that's 3 p.m. EST for us Yanks). Expect Olsen to perform several highlights from her latest LP — "Forgiven/Forgotten," "Hi-Five," and "White Fire" are all likely contenders for the setlist.Speaking to SPIN about her concerts, Olsen said, "Every time I'm trying to behave as though I'm experiencing it for the first time, like it's a scene in a movie and I'm becoming a part of it." Tune in to Olsen's latest scene by heading over to BBC Radio 6 Music. (The broadcast is also booked to feature an in-studio session from Neil Innes, one of the Prefab Four, a.k.a.

  • cloud nothings, here and nowhere else, stream

    Cloud Nothings Are Streaming 'Here and Nowhere Else' LP Right Now

    Cloud Nothings have unleashed their newest album a full week early. Here and Nowhere Else doesn't officially drop until April 1 (via Carpark/Mom + Pop), but the Cleveland noise-rock trio are streaming the fast-approaching full-length on NPR right now. Anticipation for the follow-up to 2012's Essential Attack on Memory has been building steadily for the past year. Remember, the Dylan Baldi-led outfit performed the recently shared "Psychic Trauma" during South By Southwest 2013, and several months later, Baldi played an acoustic version of the thrasher while in Vienna. Then came the teaser video for the LP and, soon afterwards, Cloud Nothings' January show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, in which they tore through Here and Nowhere Else in full.

  • jason molina, songs: ohia, record store day 2014

    Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia Singles Lovingly Collected for Box Set

    April 19 marks Record Store Day 2014, a day when vinyl nerds everywhere can pore over special releases by a slew of artists, including the Flaming Lips, Mudhoney, and Pissed Jeans. This year's roster also includes the late Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia project, which will be honored with Journey On: Collected Singles, a box set featuring a host of rare recordings.On the way via the good folks at Secretly Canadian, Journey On spans a total of 18 songs spread across nine seven-inch singles. The package comes in a cloth-bound, foil-stamped clamshell box and includes a 24-page booklet, a CD containing all 18 tracks, and a custom seven-inch turntable adapter imprinted with the Songs: Ohia crossbow insignia.Journey On: Collected Singles is just the latest posthumous release from Molina, who tragically passed away on March 16, 2013 at the age of 39.

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    Kate Bush Announces First Concerts in 35 Years

    Kate Bush followers rejoice! The legendary singer-songwriter has announced her first tour in 35 years. On Friday, Bush revealed plans for "Before the Dawn," a 15-date series that will take place at the Eventim Apollo in London later this year. The run of shows begins on August 26 and ends on September 19. "I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there," Bush writes on her website, which, according to the Telegraph, quickly crashed after the news broke.Though Dame Bush has taken the stage for select appearances over the last few decades, Before the Dawn will be her first proper tour since 1979, when she embarked upon a six-week trek around Britain and mainland Europe.

  • lorde, pure heroine, westboro baptist church

    Lorde Tells Fans To Kiss Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

    The Westboro Baptist Church has beef with Lorde. The extremist organization — whose 84-year-old founder, Fred Phelps, is approaching death's door — plans to protest the 17-year-old singer's upcoming concert in Kansas City, Missouri."New Zealand came forth with a young lassie that doesn't have enough sense to put in a thimble," the WBC said in a statement, according to Billboard. "Now the world has elevated her to the status of an idol.

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    Hear 3D's Thumping Remix of Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band's 'Mad Lifeline'

    When Tunde Adebimpe isn't leading TV on the Radio, he's singing for Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band and, in turn, inspiring remixes by Massive Attack's Robert "3D" Del Naja. To wit, 3D has reworked two HWBMB tracks for a special edition vinyl that's limited to 500 copies and out now on Battle Box. "I constantly stalk Tunde with instrumentals," 3D tells SPIN. "In revenge he sent me the Higgins album and I picked two tracks that I thought would be fun to remix. Now that's sorted, I'll get back to harassing him with loops."One of the aforementioned tracks is "Mad Lifeline," a nearly eight-minute highlight from HWBMB's self-titled, debut EP, released last year through the band's own ZNA Records. In 3D's hands, the run time shrinks to five minutes and the focus shifts from prowling bass to percolating percussion, clearing the path for Adebimpe's always-soulful vocals.

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