Kyle McGovern

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  • jimi hendrix, andre 3000, jimi hendrix: all by my side

    Andre 3000 Prepped for Jimi Hendrix Role With Six-Hour Guitar Sessions

    The Jimi Hendrix biopic starring André 3000 won't hit theaters until June, but the little footage we've already seen shows promise. In a clip shared earlier this month, the OutKast rapper evokes charm and humility as the late guitar god, effortlessly flirting with actress Imogen Poots, who plays model Linda Keith, the subject of the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday." But, really, André's charisma was never in question — his chops as a guitarist, however, inspired some healthy skepticism."The idea of anyone playing Hendrix, let alone a right-handed guitarist, was one of the greatest challenges of the project," Danny Bramson, producer for Jimi Hendrix: All By My Side, told Billboard. "We bet the house on our one and only choice, André Benjamin."To prepare for the part, André 3000 underwent grueling practice sessions, playing guitar for six hours every day.

  • pure x, heaven, angel

    Hear Pure X Bask in Plush Pop Pastiche on 'Heaven'

    On April 1, Pure X will follow their freaky Crawling Up the Stairs album with Angel, an unapologetic pop record filled with starry-eyed swooners. The Austin foursome shared one of the LP's love songs, "Starlight," a few weeks ago, and now they've parted with another. "Heaven" maintains the sleepy pace of its predecessor, but thins out the pink fog that clouded "Starlight." This pearl draws its shine from a gently tumbling guitar twang and a level-headed mantra fit for long-hairs: "Everything we've been through was for a reason / Heaven is a feeling / One that I can believe in."Take the leap below, then pre-order Angel through Fat Possum.

  • panda bear, sonic boom, marijuana, new song

    Hear Panda Bear's Hazy Marijuana Song

    Panda Bear is out of hibernation. The Animal Collective member born Noah Lennox is working on his fifth solo album, a full-length that's tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. He's also been playing shows recently (he's slated to appear at the Red Bull Music Academy's New York festival in May) and performing some new material. One such song has now appeared online.As Gorilla vs. Bear notes, Panda Bear collaborator Sonic Boom — who helped produce 2011's Tomboy and is now working on its follow-up — shared what is likely a live version of a new P-Bear track. The song is featured on a mixtape that was made for Assis! Debout!

  • caroline polachek, ramona lisa, backwards and upward

    Chairlift's Caroline Polachek Contorts 'Backwards and Upwards' as Ramona Lisa

    Chairlift's Caroline Polachek is going solo under the moniker of Ramona Lisa. On April 15, the Something siren will issue her one-woman debut, Arcadia, through Brooklyn's Terrible Records, the label co-founded by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. The LP lands in Europe and Japan on April 14 via Pannonica, and hits Australia and New Zealand on April 14 by way of Mistletone.Ramona Lisa categorizes the 11 songs on Arcadia as "pastoral electronic music," a tag that fits snugly over the effort's title track, which surfaced in February. Now, we have a second sample from the forthcoming set: "Backwards and Upwards," a churning tune that feels more "electronic" than "pastoral." Marvel at the synth-washed track by pressing play on the lyric video above.Find the cover art and track list for Arcadia below.Arcadia track list:1. "Arcadia"2. "Backwards and Upwards"3. "Getaway Ride"4. "Avenues"5.

  • pharrell williams, G I R L, international day of happiness

    Pharrell Works for the UN Now, Too

    Pharrell won't be happy until everyone's happy. The ubiquitous singer/producer/hat enthusiast is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation to promote the International Day of Happiness, otherwise known as March 20.As Rolling Stone points out, fans are urged to submit YouTube videos of themselves doing something that makes them happy to the website 24 Hours of Happiness (not to be confused with the 24 Hours of Happy page). The clips should be set to Pharrell's Oscar-nominated Despicable Me 2 hit "Happy" and be marked with the hashtag #HAPPYDAY."Whether you are dancing, singing, or just being happy, we want you to submit your videos," the 24 Hours of Happiness site reads. "Take action to create a happier world for people everywhere."Participants are free to begin sharing their submissions on March 10. Pharrell will highlight the best videos on March 20, at noon in each time zone.

  • dave grohl, butch vig, smart studios

    Help Fund This Documentary Featuring Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, and Shirley Manson

    Between 1982 and 2010, Butch Vig's Smart Studios served as an alt-rock fortress in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded by Vig and fellow Garbage member Steve Marker, the now-defunct space was involved in the creation of many notable records, including Nirvana's Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins' Gish, Garbage's Version 2.0, and, more recently, Death Cab for Cutie's Plans and Narrow Stairs. Now, Smart Studios is the subject of a proposed documentary that's in need of funding. Director Wendy Schneider has started a Kickstarter campaign that's aiming to raise a total of $120,000 on behalf of The Smart Studios Story.To drum up interest in the doc, Schneider has shared a trailer that features appearances by Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Shirley Manson, and Vig himself.

  • bob mould, david letterman, workbook

    Watch Bob Mould Compel 'Letterman' to 'See a Little Light'

    Bob Mould plans to release a new studio album on June 3, but the alt-rock icon dipped into his past last night on the Late Show With David Letterman. In honor of the 25th anniversary of his debut solo LP, the recently reissued Workbook, Mould performed "See a Little Light," a jangly anthem found on his first post-Hüsker Dü effort. And, just as in his last appearance on Letterman, Mould delivered a powerful performance with support from Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy of Verbow and Spl:t S:ngle. Watch the clip above and find Mould's upcoming tour dates below.The 25th anniversary reissue of Workbook is out now in double-CD and double-vinyl formats thanks to Omnivore Recordings.

  • rick ross, arsenio hall, kanye west, big sean, sanctified

    Watch Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Big Sean Bless 'Arsenio Hall' With 'Sanctified'

    Rick Ross' Mastermind may be light on wits, but the Teflon Don's newest album isn't without its bright spots. One such highlight is "Sanctified," a radio-ready, gospel-rap rave-up featuring Kanye West and Big Sean, both of whom joined Ricky Rozay on The Arsenio Hall Show last night to perform the track. The March 6 telecast marked 'Ye's second late-night television appearance in just under two weeks (Yeezus recently blessed Late Night With Seth Meyers with a greatest-hits medley), and his second surprise appearance onstage in just under two weeks (Mr. West also crashed Drake's recent gig in Berlin). The triple-billing also served as the second major musical coup for Arsenio this week: Prince took over the revived talk show on March 5.Watch Ross, West, and Sean bring "Sanctified" to life via the video above.

  • pussy riot, attacked, mcdonald's

    Pussy Riot Sprayed With Paint at McDonald's

    Pussy Riot's Maria "Masha" Alyokhina and Nadezhda "Nadia" Tolokonnikova have been victimized yet again. The Guardian reports that the two activists were recently attacked by several men at a McDonald's in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. As seen in a video Pussy Riot uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were sitting in the restaurant when they were approached by the group, who threw garbage and green paint on them while screaming obscenities.As Pitchfork points out, one man yelled, "[Go] to America!" while another screamed, "Get out of town, fucking whores." Alyokhina wrote on Twitter that the assault happened while she and Tolokonnikova were en route to a local penal colony where she served her nearly two-year prison sentence.In the video, which can be seen below, Tolokonnikova shouts, "It hurts!" as the attackers shoot paint in her face with a syringe.

  • mac demarco, salad days, new album, 2014, brother

    Mac DeMarco Chills With 'Brother' on Fresh 'Salad Days' Single

    Mac DeMarco will serve up his Salad Days LP on April 1 via Captured Tracks. The follow-up to 2012's 2 spans 11 tracks, several of which have already been spotted online: Live versions of "Treat Hear Better," "Salad Days," and "Let Her Go" have surfaced in the last few weeks, and lead single "Passing Out Pieces" dropped back in January. Now, the Canadian singer-songwriter has released the record's official second single, "Brother."Here, DeMarco drops the prank-pop antics heard on the bogus song "Eddie's Dream" (best remembered for its plea for a "little bit of pussy"), and doles out the sort of world-weary wisdom found on other Salad Days bits.

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