Kyle McGovern

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  • lil wayne, drake, grindin

    Drake and Lil Wayne Keep 'Grindin' on Pre-Tour Single

    Lil Wayne and Drake enter the ring for their co-headlining tour tonight, and in honor of the joint venture's kick-off, the hip-hop giants have shared their latest collaboration, a new track called "Grindin." With its light touches of gleaming piano, the double-billed song maintains the same sort of low-key tempo found on Drizzy and Weezy's other recent team-up, "Believe Me." Wayne stresses how busy he's been lately—"Fuck 007, I work 24/7"—and rightly so: The New Orleans king has been occupied with plotting the rap battle-themed tour with Drake, prepping their Street Fighter-inspired phone app, becoming a sports agent, dropping singles for his long-awaited Tha Carter V LP, and getting ready to release another eight albums by the end of 2015. We're a bit skeptical about that last one, but right now, we're happy to keep "Grindin" above.

  • kanye west, robocop, amber rose

    Kanye West's Unreleased 'Robocop' Video Stars Robo-Amber Rose

    Kanye West recently hinted that his next single could drop any day now. That highly anticipated track still hasn't been set loose, but the Internet has coughed up another 'Ye-related gem: a snippet of the unreleased music video for "Robocop," one of the finest track's from West's 2008 sad-bastard opus, 808s & Heartbreak. As XXL points out, a 13-second clip of the stop-motion video has been uploaded to Instagram by Shiran Barbee, a CG modeler who worked on the project. The leaked footage finds Kanye decked out in a tuxedo, face-to-face with then-girlfriend Amber Rose, whose face is superimposed onto a nude, life-sized robot/doll—think Barbie meets, uh, Robocop. As for why this video never officially saw the light, Consequence of Sound cites a very reliable source (i.e. "Internet gossip"), saying that Kanye chose to bury the piece after he and Rose broke up.

  • vic mensa, seven nation army, lollapalooza 2014

    See Vic Mensa Tear Up White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' at Lollapalooza

    Over the last few weeks, Jack White has shown plenty of love to other artists. He complimented Julian Casablancas' fashion sense at New York City's Governors Ball, covered Metallica's "Enter Sandman" at Glastonbury, fiddled with a bluesy rendition of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" in Dublin, interpolated the White Stripes' "Icky Thump" with Jay Z's "99 Problems" in Louisville, played his own version of Lorde's "Royals" in Milwaukee, and assisted Beck with a string of songs in Providence.But this past weekend, rapper Vic Mensa paid tribute to Mr. White's best-known song—yes, we're talking about the unofficial anthem of this year's World Cup, "Seven Nation Army." While playing a hometown show at Chicago's Grant Park for Lollapalooza, Mensa marched into a booming rendition of the Elephant opener.

  • guardians of the galaxy, hooked on a feeling

    'Ooga-Chaka': A Primer on the Unofficial 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Theme

    Marvel Studios maintained its stranglehold on the box office this past weekend with the genuinely delightful Guardians of the Galaxy. The Chris Pratt-powered vehicle—part sci-fi action flick, part sci-fi comedy—brought in $94.3 million during its opening weekend, the biggest debut ever for an August release, according to Box Office Mojo. There are several factors that contributed to the blockbuster's commercial and critical success: Pratt's Han Solo-ish charisma; the movie's vivid color palette; a rarely better Bradley Cooper voicing a trigger-happy, Napoleonic raccoon; a never-better Vin Diesel voicing a talking (albeit monosyllabic) tree.And, of course, there's the soothing effect of the film's '70s-heavy soundtrack.

  • chad channing, nirvana, reunion

    A Nirvana Reunion Sounds Good to Ex-Member Chad Channing

    Well, this should get the rumor mill churning: Former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing has said he'd be willing to reunite with the iconic band's other surviving members. In an interview with the NME, Channing said he wouldn't be opposed to reviving Nirvana with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at some point in the future.Asked if he'd ever join the alt-rock legends onstage, Channing, who currently leads the band Before Cars, said, "Yeah, if they wanted me to. It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass.

  • spoon, they want my soul

    7 Albums to Stream: Spoon, Diplo, Gucci Mane, Twin Peaks, and More

    A new week brings a new batch of albums to stream. Follow the links below to hear the latest releases from Spoon, Gucci Mane, Best New Artist honorees Naomi Punk, singer-songwriter Christopher Denny, and more. 1) Spoon, They Want My Soul. "It doesn't serve much function to ask where They Want My Soul fits into Spoon’s career-long worst-to-best rankings, partly because nobody can agree on what the best Spoon album is... and partly because every album is, in one way or another, of a piece with every other album. And that's what you need to know the most about They Want My Soul: It's a practiced and confident piece of power-pop from a band that plays every instrument like a drum, with a singer who can project swagger even through a hungover growl." — Stereogum (via iTunes First Play)2) Twin Peaks, Wild Onion.

  • Watch St. Vincent Shred for 'Live on Letterman' Webcast

    Watch St. Vincent Shred for 'Live on Letterman' Webcast

    St. Vincent took over the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday to play the latest installment of the Live on Letterman webcast series. Annie Clark and co. tore through a total of 11 songs, most of which appear on this year's Essential St. Vincent LP (one of the 50 Best Albums of 2014... So Far), and a handful of which date back to 2011's Strange Mercy. Even if you've already seen St. Vincent on Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Clark's guitar prowess demands attention. Watch her perform in the video above, and check out the Late Show With David Letterman tonight, July 17, to see her return to the Sullivan stage.St. Vincent's Live on Letterman set list:"Rattlesnake""Digital Witness""Cruel""Marrow""Every Tear Disappears""Surgeon""Cheerleader""Prince Johnny""Huey Newton""Regret""Birth in Reverse"

  • drake, espys, espn

    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.

  • death grips, break up

    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.

  • joyce manor, never hungover again

    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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