Kyle McGovern

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  • red hot chili peppers, super bowl halftime, nipples

    Super Bowl Fans Feel Scandalized By Red Hot Chili Peppers' Nipples

    If history has taught us anything, it's that nipples and the Super Bowl don't mix well. Ten years after Janet Jackson stole the halftime show with her infamous "wardrobe malfunction," the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined Bruno Mars during the Big Game to provide some old-guard, rock'n'roll star-power and play the skins to Mars' shirts. And, just like Janet before them, Anthony Kiedis and Flea enraged Americans by flashing their areolas on live, national television. Deadspin reports that the Federal Communications Commission received 53 complaints pertaining to Super Bowl XLVIII, several of which were focused on the excess of flesh."THIS PERSON NAMED ANTHONY KIEDIS WAS NAKED TO THE WASTE [sic], THRUSTING HIS PELVIS, SAYING 'WHAT HE GOT HE GOT TO GIVE IT PUT IT IN YOU,'" reads one caps-lock complaint. "HE IS CLEARLY TALKING ABOUT HIS PENIS.

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    Watch Twin Shadow Dumpster-Dive for SXSW

    George Lewis Jr. is known for many things. Among them: His Twin Shadow alias, his love of synth-powered melodrama, his talent for covering other artists' songs, and his enthusiasm for motorcycles. But having a sense of humor? Not so much. And yet here we have a new video from the folks at Funny or Die that proves Lewis has comedy chops (or, at the very least, knows people who do). The just-released clip pokes fun at South By Southwest pop-up shows by having Twin Shadow play a surprise gig from inside a dumpster. Of course, the audience members are too busy chugging beer, snapping selfies, and looking at their phones to appreciate Twin Shadow's live rendition of Confess stunner "Five Seconds." Dumpster dive above.

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    The Mohawk Cancels SXSW Day Event in Wake of Fatal Car Crash

    UPDATE: Austin police have identified the driver of vehicle involved in the fatal SXSW tragedy as Rashad Owens. More to come. A fund has also been set up to help people affected by the event. For more information on the SXSW Cares Fund and to make a donation, visit sxswcares.com.In light of Thursday morning's tragic car crash in downtown Austin that left two people dead and 23 injured, local venue The Mohawk has canceled the South By Southwest event it was scheduled to host today, March 13. The daytime gig was to be an event sponsored by Vans and curated by Stereogum, which, like SPIN, is owned by SpinMedia.

  • led zeppelin, reissues

    Led Zeppelin Plan a Whole Lotta Love, Unreleased Tracks for June Reissues

    At last, the long-teased Led Zeppelin reissues have a release date. The first batch of re-releases cover the classic rock legends' first three albums — 1969's Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, and 1970's Led Zeppelin III. They'll arrive on June 3 via Atlantic/Swan Song, complete with a treasure trove of studio and live recordings.Come Celebration Day, fans will be able to relive Led Zeppelin's October 10, 1969 concert at the Olympia Theater in Paris. Packaged with the Led Zeppelin reissue, the previously unreleased live recording captures a nine-song set.

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    Neil Young and Jack White Definitely Recorded Two Songs Together for Spring LP

    Back in January, Neil Young publicly denied that he was working on an album of duets with Jack White, writing on Facebook that the "rumors [had] no basis in truth." But the iconic singer-songwriter didn't deny working with White at all, and now he's opening up a little more. In a recent interview with Billboard, Young confirmed that White plays on two songs that will appear on Young's upcoming album, A Letter Home.The 68-year-old rock legend also slightly adjusted the LP's tentative release date, saying that the record will be out "very soon," most likely in the spring. Young had previously said that A Letter Home, recorded at White's Third Man Records in Nashville, would arrive this month. "It's not ready for prime time yet," Young told Billboard. "It's not really a release yet, but it's a very unique record. It's like a time capsule.

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    Disney Hires Avicii and Kaskade to EDM-icize Classic Movie Songs

    When you wub upon a star, your EDM dreams come true.Underdog label Walt Disney Records has announced that it's entering the dance music game with a new compilation featuring EDM remixes of songs from Disney movies. Dubbed DCONSTRUCTED, the 14-track set will arrive on April 22 (a whole 21 days past a release date that would make a lot more sense) complete with contributions from Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, U.N.K.L.E., and more.Yes, soon enough, fans will be waiting for the drop in Mat Zo's "Circle of Life" and finding comfort in the Alfred Montejano Hyper Remix of "You've Got a Friend in Me." Also on-deck for an EDM makeover?

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    BANKS Emerges From Darkness in Shadowy 'Brain' Video

    Back in January, BANKS dropped "Brain," a potent R&Beats single that she brewed with the help of fellow Los Angeleno Shlohmo. Now, the up-and-coming songstress has unveiled a music video for the track, directed by Barnaby Roper. Like her previously shared clips (videos for the London EP's "Waiting Game" and "This Is What It Feels Like," and the live, acoustic "Change" session), the "Brain" short works with a dark color palette, setting a brooding, overcast mood. At different points in the mostly black-and-white visual, BANKS sings while hiding underneath a veil — at other times, she's staring the camera down as blotches of red light flash across her face. And like the smoldering song itself, the "Brain" video is at once vulnerable and intimidating.

  • modest mouse, tour dates, new album

    Modest Mouse Fuel Album Hopes With Spring Tour

    The lonesome, crowded west won't be so lonesome this spring. Modest Mouse have announced a new tour that will take them around the U.S. and into Canada. The curmudgeonly crew have 14 shows ahead of them, 13 of which are booked throughout the month of May. The last engagement, set for August 2, will take place at the just-announced Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal.The northwestern band canceled a string of European gigs in June of 2013 so they could focus on writing their long-awaited sixth album. As of now, details on the upcoming LP are scarce. Ex-Nirvana member Krist Novoselic revealed back in September that he plays bass on one track, saying, "It's pretty edgy. I've got my big Gibson bass and a Rat distortion pedal busting out a...

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    Watch Outer Minds' Striking Stop-Motion 'We Are All Stone' Video

    Outer Minds' "We Are All Stone" music video has been a long time coming. The frenetic psych-rock track hails from the Chicago quintet's Behind the Mirror, a '60s-saluting LP that was released back in 2012 via FDH Records/Red Lounge Records; the song's stop-motion visual took eight months to craft, four of which were devoted to shooting with 35mm and 16mm film. Now, the clip is finally ready to be unveiled.Creators Zebulon Medearis and Andrew Barker have assembled a grimly beautiful, Tim Burton-esque underworld that's cloaked in darkness and filled with monsters (one of whom has a talent for playing the organ). Explore the terrain above, and keep an eye out for a new album from Outer Minds — they're set to unleash the follow-up to Behind the Mirror later this year.

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    Stream Unwound's Massive, 32-Track 'Rat Conspiracy' Box Set

    The Numero Group's exhaustive Unwound reissue campaign continues on March 18, when the archival label releases Rat Conspiracy, a 32-track set collecting two full albums and a host of rarities, live recordings, and singles.The second installment in a four-part retrospective series, Rat Conspiracy follows last year's Kid Is Gone, which covered the post-hardcore crew's nascent days, leading up to their proper debut album, 1993's Fake Train.

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