Kyle McGovern

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  • pure x, angel, starlight

    Pure X Pledge Their Love on Dreamy Gem 'Starlight'

    Pure X have resurfaced and signed with Fat Possum for their upcoming third album, Angel. Due April 1, the new LP follows last year's fascinating but troubled Crawling Up the Stairs, a record primary songwriters Nate Grace and Jesse Jenkins described to SPIN as "the arc of a personal descent into hell and the slow climb back out of it."As its title suggests, Angel will be a gentler affair, one that favors the latter part of the "psych-pop" tag. "Starlight," the first sample from the full-length, finds the Austin foursome caught in a love-drunk haze, breathing sweet falsetto vocals into a bed of twinkling sonics. Stream it below.The album was recorded mostly live and set to tape over a period of five days in a century-old dance hall in rural central Texas. Angel is the band's first effort as a quartet, welcoming the addition of new full-time member Matty Tommy Davidson.

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    Savages Include Live-Only Song, Cover Suicide on New EP

    Savages will unleash a new EP later this year. In an interview with Australia's Triple J Radio, lead screamer Jehnny Beth said the post-punk revivalists will soon follow their Essential debut album, last year's Silence Yourself."We're going to release a song that we play live — a song called 'Fuckers,'" Beth revealed. "We recorded it live [from] a show we did at the Forum in London last fall."Beth didn't announce a release date or track list, but did say that the upcoming short-player will be available on vinyl and feature a cover of Suicide's classic "Dream Baby Dream" (recently covered by Bruce Springsteen as well).Savages have supported Silence Yourself with a string of music videos: "Strife," "Marshal Dear," "Husbands," "I Am Here," and "Shut Up" have all been paired with official clips over the last few months.

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    Sam Smith Serves Naughty Boy With Powerhouse 'La La La' on 'Kimmel'

    Sam Smith recently helped Disclosure secure the "Latch" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and the British singer-songwriter returned to late-night TV on February 12 to play assistant once again. This time, though, the crooner joined Naughty Boy, a producer/DJ/songwriter and fellow Brit, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their "La La La" collaboration, which graced Naughty Boy's 2013 debut album, Hotel Cabana, and topped the U.K. charts. Naughty Boy manned an MPC, parceling out high-pitched vocal clips, while the always suave Mr. Smith lent the track a stunning human touch. "I'm covering my ears like a kid," he sang. "When your words mean nothing, I go 'la la la.'"Be sure to keep your ears uncovered when you press the play button above. And watch out for Smith's solo debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due May 26 via Capitol.

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    Watch Conveyor's Stomach-Turning 'Mammal Food' Video

    Brooklyn's Conveyor have evolved at a restless rate over the last three years. The foursome's debut EP, 2011's Sun Ray, collected four tracks of radiant synth-pop. Their self-titled 2012 full-length trafficked in colorful, experimental psych-pop. Then, in late 2013, the eccentrics dropped the "Mammal Food"/"Pushups" 7-inch, a one-off containing two fuzz-coated tracks that label Gold Robot Records describes as "brusque, physical... violent, sexual id-based reactions."Conveyor are planning to release a second full-length later this year (who knows where they'll end up with that effort), but first comes a music video for "Mammal Food." Directed by Zach Fleming, the clip matches the gruffness of the song with a gross-out gorge session. That is, the video sees someone force-feeding themselves an entire doughnut in one bite, puke, then munch on broken glass.

  • u2, karen o, bono, the oscars

    U2 and Karen O Confirmed, Of Course, to Sing at 2014 Oscars

    Karen O and U2 are bound for the Oscars stage. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and Irish titans have been announced as performers for the 86th Academy Awards, happening Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.For the first time ever, Karen O will play "The Moon Song" — her Oscar-nominated contribution to Spike Jonze's Her — for a global television audience. Though Jonze helped write the lullaby's lyrics, he's not expected to share the spotlight with Karen. And don't count on Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig making a cameo, either.U2 are set to perform their Nelson Mandela tribute, "Ordinary Love," which is nominated for Best Original Song after appearing in the Idris Elba-starring biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.

  • dead rider, u.s. maple, todd rittman

    Dead Rider Induce 'Chills' With Jumbled 'Blank Screen' Video

    Chicago oddballs Dead Rider will return on March 18 with Chills on Glass, the foursome's third album and first for Drag City. (Frontman Todd Rittman is no stranger to the label, of course, having released a number of albums with his '90s noise-rock unit U.S. Maple through Drag City.) In advance of the upcoming, self-produced effort, Dead Rider have announced a string of U.S. tour dates for the spring and have shared a supremely weird and unsettling video. "Blank Screen" is a contorted, electronic-lathered track from Chills on Glass, and it now has a disjointed, splashy, and choppy visual to match.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Angel Olsen, Phantogram, Lydia Loveless, the Tontons, and More

    It's Thursday — you know what that means. We've lassoed the best album streams available online. Find new records by Angel Olsen, Phantogram, SPIN profile subject Lydia Lovelss, and more below.1) Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. "Angel Olsen has made an unforgettable and entrancing record. Burn Your Fire for No Witness is the musical equivalent of a deep, questioning stare from a lover, and what draws me to her voice is its peaceful, subtle touch. It has me leaning in to listen." (via NPR)2) Phantogram, Voices. "Phantogram plays spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse: Most of its songs have an insistent grind to them, with a percussive through-line snapping and jabbing and infusing virtually every moment with jumpy urgency...

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    Hear Spiritualized's Space-Sounds Epic 'Always Forgetting With You (the Bridge Song)'

    Last month, Youth Lagoon unleashed "Worms," an experimental head-trip that's destined to appear on Space Project, an upcoming Lefse Records compilation featuring songs that use actual outer-space sounds recorded by the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes launched by NASA in 1977. Due April 19 (this year's Record Store Day), the 14-track set also includes songs by Beach House, Mutual Benefit, Porcelain Raft, and Spiritualized, who have now shared their Space Project contribution.Titled "Always Forgetting With You (the Bridge Song)," the six-minute track is a '50s-style swooner credited to Spiritualized "Mississippi Space Program." Frontman J. Spaceman rattles off heart-melting promise after heart-melting promise over sparkling strums. "If you want a rocket ship, I would be a rocket ship for you," he sings.

  • chad smith, red hot chili peppers, will ferrell, drum battle, cancer for college

    The Will Ferrell-Chad Smith Drum Battle Is $34,000 Away From Happening

    The epic drum battle between Will Ferrell and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith is close to becoming a reality. Earlier this week, Ferrell announced on Reddit that if the charity Cancer for College was able to raise $300,000 in donations, then he would take part in a drum duel against the RHCP percussionist. Now, the campaign's Prizeo page indicates that fans have given more than $266,000 to Cancer for College, which aims to provide cancer survivors with college scholarships.Smith challenged Ferrell to the throwdown last week, when he shared a video on Funny or Die's Instagram. "I've seen your skills," Smith said in the clip, no doubt referencing Ferrell's proficiency with the cowbell.

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    Hockeysmith's 'But Blood' Video Is Dripping Wet

    Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith have yet to issue their debut EP through Double Denim Records, but the sister-duo have already displayed a talent for shape-shifting. Recording under their surname, Hockeysmith, the English ladies dropped their debut single in 2013, a double A-side featuring ghostly slow-burner "Now I Want To" and the slightly trance-y piano tune "Let's Bang." Now, Hockeysmith have shared a music video for a dynamic new track dubbed "But Blood."The song is far more potent than its predecessors, melding acid-rock riffs, sub-bass hiccups, and a gentle vocal melody, and the video complements that stew with a liquid look.

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