Kyle McGovern

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Biography

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    Ariel Pink Hates the Eurythmics (And Other Opinions on Weird Pop Hits)

    Ariel Pink is surrounded by contradictions. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter possesses a preternatural gift for straightforward, hook-filled songcraft, but injects his work with just enough eccentricity — lo-fi fog, spoken-word punchlines, titles like "Menopause Man" — that detractors feel plenty justified to dismiss his robust catalog of odd-but-pleasurable pop as little more than a mess of sketches and goofs. He talks publicly about the time a dominatrix "put something in his butt," but also leads sweet sing-alongs with school children. The Los Angeles fixture — born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg — has strong, loud opinions, but expresses them in tangled sentences that stop, start, and fold in on themselves.

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    Parquet Courts Are Streaming Their Album as Parkay Quarts Right Now

    Parquet Courts — er, make that Parkay Quarts — have made their newest album, Content Nausea, available for streaming right now. The 12-track effort, which the band's camp describes as "something between an EP and LP," is due out digitally on November 11 (via What's Your Rupture?) and will see a physical release on December 2. Content Nausea follows the Parquet crew's other 2014 record, the Essential Sunbathing Animal, but is mostly the work of members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown — hence the homophonic alias. Regardless of the slight name adjustment, Content Nausea makes a fine companion to its predecessor. It's a shaggy, probably-too-smart-for-its-own-good art-punk project that, at 35 minutes, never overstays its welcome.

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    Watch Nine Inch Nails' Intimate 'Hurt' on 'Austin City Limits'

    Nine Inch Nails' Austin City Limits episode aired back in April as a sneak preview of the PBS series' 40th anniversary season, but the broadcast will return to the small screen on Saturday, October 18, for its official premiere as part of the season proper. First, though, revisit this haunting rendition of "Hurt," the classic closer from NIN's 1994 masterpiece, The Downward Spiral. Watch the meditative performance above, check your local PBS listings to find out exactly when the entire episode airs in your area, and keep an eye out for future ACL broadcasts featuring Tweedy, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Eric Church, and more. (And be sure to check out SPIN's list of the 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994 to see where Nine Inch Nails finished.)

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    'American Horror Story' Warped Fiona Apple's 'Criminal' Last Night

    Last week's premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show found series MVP Jessica Lange singing a cover of David Bowie's misty-eyed 1971 classic, "Life on Mars." The showy tribute was so warmly received that the track is now available for purchase on iTunes — impressive. So how did the AHS crew decide to follow that performance up? By having actress Sarah Paulson — who plays conjoined twin sisters Bette and Dot Tattler — sing a cover of Fiona Apple's breakout hit, "Criminal," for last night's episode. The above clip isn't quite as striking as Apple's original video for the 1997 single, but still, it's worth a watch, if for no reason but to see Paulson duet with herself. Check it out above.

  • jenny lewis, austin city limits 2014, live stream

    Austin City Limits 2014 Live Stream: Beck, Jenny Lewis, Interpol, Skrillex, and More

    The second weekend of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival is currently underway, but you don't have to be at Texas' Zilker Park to catch some of the event's most anticipated sets. ACL organizers have teamed up with Red Bull TV to live-stream performances by a slew of artists, including Beck, Skrillex, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Bleachers, Mac DeMarco, Spoon, Icona Pop, Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent, Calvin Harris, tUnE-yArDs, Cults, Real Estate, and Lorde, who made a recent cameo (sort of, but not really) on South Park.Watch the webcast — and toggle between its two separate channels — below. Scroll down further for the full schedule. All times are CST. Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014 live stream:Friday, October 10:2:15 p.m. - Temples @ Channel 12:15 p.m. - Saints of Valory @ Channel 23:15 p.m. - Capital Cities @ Channel 13:15 p.m.

  • tv on the radio, seeds, careful you

    TV on the Radio Share Open-Hearted New Song 'Careful You'

    TV on the Radio have shared yet another track and lyric video in support of their upcoming fifth album, Seeds. The new song is a lovesick number called "Careful You," featuring resigned vocals, a few lines sung in French, some atmospheric effects that cloud the background, and buzzy electronics coursing all throughout. Like the previously heard (and seen) "Happy Idiot," "Careful You" comes paired with a colorful, psychedelic visual that can be seen above.

  • In My Room: The Drums' Jacob Graham

    In My Room: The Drums' Jacob Graham

    The Drums are currently on tour supporting their latest album, the breezy-yet-brooding Encyclopedia. But before the Brooklyn-based duo — which consists of Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham — hit the road, SPIN stopped by Graham's Williamsburg apartment to check out his home, thumb through his book collection, and talk about the band's early days. Click onward for a video tour of Graham's abode, followed by interactive photos. We used a Lytro camera, so you can click on the images to zoom and focus in on different elements.

  • hamilton leithauser, black hours, the walkmen

    I Did It My Way: Hamilton Leithauser Enters His Second Act

    Hamilton Leithauser is about to enter a new phase in his life. It's a drizzly April evening and the husband and father of two is, as of today, now closer to 40 than 30. He's also on the cusp of his second career. For 13 years, Leithauser crooned and howled lead vocals for the Walkmen, a largely New York-based, very New York-feeling band that favored romance, atmosphere, and collared shirts. Now, nearly six months after the group unceremoniously called it quits, their singer has gone solo, and he's playing his first one-man show on this, his 36th birthday.In actuality, Leithauser's "one-man show" is anything but.

  • peter matthew bauer, the walkmen, liberation!

    Liberation Days: Peter Matthew Bauer Begins His Spiritual Search

    By the time Peter Matthew Bauer steps up to the microphone, he's red in the face. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter appears lit with some mixture of anxiety and excitement, enhanced by an evening's worth of red wine. He's about to perform a private show at Gary's Electric Studio, a recording space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in service of his debut solo album, Liberation! The dozens-deep crowd consists largely of intimates including Bauer's longtime friends and bandmates, singer Hamilton Leithauser and guitarist Paul Maroon. For roughly 13 years, they made up three-fifths of the Walkmen, one of the finest rock outfits to emerge from New York City in the early 2000s.

  • walter martin, the walkmen, we're all young together

    The Wonderful World of Walter Martin

    Walter Martin asks to start over. The 39-year-old husband and father of two is recording a May segment for NPR's Weekend Edition and he's just tripped over his words, fumbling his introduction. More than a decade into his music career, this long-limbed and handsome man — who, it should be noted, looks natural in a cowboy hat — isn't accustomed to doing press by himself.Throughout the 2000s, the Washington, D.C. native played bass and organ for the Walkmen, that very same recently defunct band that, in hindsight, ranks as one of the decade's most formidable — if still slightly underrated — rock groups. Before that, he handled keys for Jonathan Fire*Eater, a long-gone '90s outfit that's remembered fondly but, at this point, is best known for providing three future members of the better-known act.

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