Kyle McGovern

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  • Little Dragon perform on Letterman

    Watch Little Dragon's Dazzling 'Klapp Klapp' on 'Letterman'

    Just last week, Little Dragon announced their return with "Klapp Klapp," the first sample from their forthcoming third album, Nabuma Rubberband. And just last night (February 19), the synth-wielding Swedes showed up on the Late Show With David Letterman to promote the newly revealed track. Singer Yukimi Nagano led her troops through the song's Krautrock march, injecting the robo-groove with warm, alluring vocals that sound as though they swallowed the entire Ed Sullivan Theater. Watch Little Dragon's performance (and multicolored light show) above, then head over to iTunes to pre-order Nabuma Rubberband, out May 13 via Loma Vista.

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    Watch BRIT Awards 2014 Performances: Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Arctic Monkeys, and More

    The 2014 BRIT Awards are a wrap. The winners have been revealed, mics have been dropped, and performance footage is online. Yes, even if you missed the ceremony's first-ever international live-stream, you can still catch highlights from what went down at London's O2 Arena on February 19.Before Alex Turner delivered his bloody brilliant acceptance speech for Album of the Year, the SPIN Interview subject led the Arctic Monkeys through a fiery rendition of AM juggernaut "R U Mine?", complete with towering pyrotechnic effects.

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    Hear Ski Lodge Channel the Smiths on Somber Single 'Our Love Is Over Now'

    Last we heard from Ski Lodge, they were saluting Simple Minds with a shimmering cover of the Breakfast Club classic "Don't You Forget About Me." Now, the Andrew Marr-fronted foursome have resurfaced with an original new song that resembles the work of another bunch of '80s romantics: the Smiths. Titled "Our Love Is Over Now," the self-released digital single sways with the help of sullen piano, melodramatic guitar strums, and a wounded croon that packs a wallop. "Our love is over now," Marr sings. "We never had much to begin with." Stream it below.

  • yuck, another one, southern skies ep

    Yuck Share 'Another One' From Dreamy 'Southern Skies' EP

    Yuck rebounded from the departure of lead singer Daniel Blumberg with 2013's Glow & Behold, a solid sophomore effort that saw guitarist Max Bloom step up to the microphone. Now, Yuck 2.0 continues to slouch onward with the Southern Skies EP, a four-song collection due for release this spring. The '90s-loving Londoners have already shared one track from the upcoming set (the shoegazing "Athena"), and now they've dropped, well, "Another One." Paired with a pinkish visual, the new tune continues the alt-rock revival, swirling together lilting boy-girl harmonies, carefully parceled out pedal effects, and evenhanded swathes of fuzz. Listen above.

  • arctic monkeys brit awards 2014

    Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie Are the 2014 Brit Awards' Big Winners

    The 2014 BRIT Awards have come and gone at London's O2 Arena, and, for the first time ever, fans around the world were able to live-stream the annual ceremony. Arctic Monkeys were the night's big winners taking home Album of the Year and British Group after opening the ceremony with a flame-lit "R U Mine?". David Bowie, favored for the night's big award, took British Male Solo Artist instead, sending supermodel Kate Moss to accept on his behalf.

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    Dum Dum Girls Go Full Goth-Glam for 'Too True to Be Good' Video

    Back in November, Dum Dum Girls teased their Too True album by releasing a 90-second snippet of the music video for "Too True to Be Good," the record's semi-title track. Now, since the LP is officially out, the Dum Dums have shared the entire clip — unfortunately, there isn't too much here that we haven't already seen. Directed by Nathaniel Brown and produced by V Magazine, the video splits its time between overexposed shots of flowers and slightly fuzzy footage of frontwoman Dee Dee Penny vamping and lip-syncing for the camera. There is one revealing shot of Dee Dee that didn't make it into last year's preview, though, so look out for near-NSFW content.Watch the video above and flip through SPIN's recent live photo gallery, Dum Dum Girls Go All-Black-Everything at Mercury Lounge.

  • haim, coachella 2014, sideshows

    Coachella Taps Haim, the Knife, MGMT, and More for 2014 Sideshows

    Coachella will take over the Empire Polo Club grounds for two weekends this spring: April 11 through 13, and April 18 through 20.

  • sxsw, south by southwest, itunes festival

    iTunes Festival Brings Coldplay, Zedd to SXSW for U.S. Debut

    Apple plans to crash this year's South By Southwest with its very own music festival. The iTunes Festival, a free concert series held annually in London, will make its U.S. debut in Austin this March, in conjunction with SXSW. In England, the iTunes Festival runs for 30 days, hosting nightly performances for a full month. The U.S. edition will only span five days, from March 11 through 15, and will take place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, where PBS' Austin City Limits tapes.Coldplay will play the opening night of iTunes Festival at SXSW, along with Imagine Dragons and London Grammar. Pitbull, Zedd, and G.R.L. are booked for March 14, while Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, and Mickey Guyton are set to take the stage on March 15. Lineups for March 12 and 13 have yet to be announced.

  • phantogram, voices, jimmy kimmel live!

    Phantogram Seduce 'Kimmel' With 'Fall in Love' and 'Black Out Days'

    This week, Phantogram finally unleashed Voices, the follow-up to the upstate New York duo's 2009 debut album, Eyelid Movies. Singer Sarah Barthel and producer Josh Carter underlined the occasion by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two of the four songs they've shared over the past few weeks: "Fall in Love" and "Black Out Days." ("Bill Murray" and "Nothing but Trouble" had to sit this one out, sadly.) Barthel clearly put in the effort for "Fall in Love," refusing to stand still on the AT&T Outdoor Stage, but the motionless crowd suggested that Phantogram may have been better suited for an indoor venue. Cut to "Black Out Days" — with its chopped vocal samples, hip-hop beats, and soaring chorus that blanketed the audience — and forget any doubts. Find the former above and the latter below.

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    Hear ETERNAL LIPS Team With Kyp Malone for Odd-Pop 'Voice'

    ETERNAL LIPS is the recording project of Grey Gersten, a Brooklyn-based musician and artist who insists that he founded the outsider pop venture as "an imaginary band." Well, imaginary or not, ETERNAL LIPS will issue its self-titled debut EP on February 25, with help from New Mirage Records. Gersten has already let go of one track from the upcoming short-player (the Sharon Van Etten-featuring "Dream Hesitate"), and now he's freed another. Below you'll hear "Voice," a brainy groove that parcels out jiggling bass, spacey sonics set on rewind, and a vocal assist from TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone.

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