Kyle McGovern



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    Hear Wye Oak's Brainy, Buzzing New Single 'Glory'

    Wye Oak reimagine themselves as a duo driven by sturdy bass lines and jumpy keyboards on their upcoming fourth album, Shriek. Singer-bassist Jenn Wasner explained to SPIN recently that the guitars that featured so prominently on 2011's Civilian are gone because, "If I don't feel right about something or connected to something, then it's just not going to happen; I can't fake my way through it. [While writing Shriek], there was all this weird baggage associated with the guitar for me, and I couldn't get around that."Wasner and bandmate Andy Stack previewed their new working arrangement back in January with "The Tower," a thumping track that came paired with the upcoming LP's release details (Shriek is due out April 29 via Merge Records).

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    Watch Pusha T Tear Up 'Grindin'' With Tyler, the Creator at SPIN's House of Vans SXSW Party

    Pusha T headlined SPIN's House of Vans showcase at South By Southwest last week, and the Virginia MC's set at the Mohawk easily ranked as one of the Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014. Oh, were you not there to witness King Push's greatness? No worries — you can catch a snippet of the performance via the above video. The just-shared clip features footage of Pusha tearing into "Grindin'," a radio-friendly anthem taken from the Clipse's 2002 debut album Lord Willin'. Keep an eye out for Tyler, the Creator, who joyously rapped along from the venue's VIP section. After the gig, Tyler tweeted: "the joy you get when an artist you like performs a song you love. pusha did grindin and i almost died." Hit the play button to see what almost killed him.

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    Future Islands Are Streaming New Album 'Singles' Right Now

    Future Islands gave the crowd at SPIN's Stubb's showcase during South By Southwest this past weekend, but now fans everywhere can check out Singles in full: The Baltimore synth-pop crew are streaming their fourth album in its entirety over at NPR. Due March 25, the upcoming LP succeeds 2011's On the Water and marks Future Islands' first full-length for new label home 4AD. Followers — David Letterman included — will be familiar with the record's stellar opening track, "Seasons (Waiting On You)," and recently shared second taste "A Dream of You and Me." Get acquainted with the rest of the 10-track set over at NPR (remember, Singles is one of 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014), and check out photos from Future Islands' thrilling performance at SPIN's daytime SXSW party at Stubb's.

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    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 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.

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    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.

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