Kyle McGovern

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    U2's Sleek 'Invisible' Video Is Now Entirely Visible

    U2 offered a minute-long glimpse of their "Invisible" music video during the snooze-fest that was Super Bowl XLVIII, and now the arena-rock giants have unveiled the full clip. Directed by Mark Romanek, the black-and-white visual captures a highly stylized (and heavy on the leather) performance by U2, who played their first show in four years this past January. Bono is, of course, a master at holding the camera and making audience members feel as though they matter, and Romanek smartly works to that strength.

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    New Orleans' Hurray for the Riff Raff Blaze Trails, Tangle Up Roots Music

    Who: Hurray for the Riff Raff founder Alynda Lee Segarra currently operates out of New Orleans, but the 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent originally hails from the Bronx. (Full disclosure: We attended elementary school together.) But days before her 17th birthday, she ran away from her New York City home. "It was definitely the dramatic thing of leaving a note and doing that whole thing," says the singer-songwriter, who spent years hopping trains and traveling the U.S. "My focus was to explore the country and live a nomadic lifestyle. But New Orleans immediately became my spiritual home." Once she established herself in the Big Easy (not long after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region), Segarra fell in with a circle of musicians called the Dead Man's Street Orchestra, a local collective in need of a washboard player.

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    OFF! Hate on Hippies, Happiness in Brilliant 'Void You Out' Video

    After all of the legal drama and tiresome insults exchanged during the Black Flag vs. FLAG feud, one has to wonder: How does hardcore vet Keith Morris still have the strength to not only lead FLAG, but also front his OFF! supergroup? "The reason I'm in the band is because I don't know any better," Morris explains, while cooking himself breakfast, in OFF!'s new music video for recent single "Void You Out." "I have absolutely no idea what we would be doing if we weren't playing music. Strangling squirrels up in Griffith Park? Strangling kids at the beach?"Directed by Jason Farrell, the just-released clip is part documentary, part live show.

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    Death Extend Life Span With Archive Compilation 'Death III'

    Death will soon see new life. On April 22, Drag City will unleash Death III, a nine-track album collecting songs pulled from the proto-punks' past.The upcoming LP will be the third such archival release from Death, the '70s Detroit trio featuring brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney. In their original incarnation, Death disbanded before putting out a proper full-length. Then, in 2009, Drag City culled the group's early demos and tracks to form the ...For the Whole World to See LP. That same year, Death reunited with guitarist Bobbie Duncan standing in for David Hackney, who died from lung cancer in 2000. A second album — Spiritual, Mental, Physical — followed in 2011.Now, as Pitchfork points out, Drag City is prepping Death III, a compilation that highlights some of the band's final recordings with David Hackney.

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    Courtney Barnett Signs With Mom + Pop, Preps Proper Debut Album

    Courtney Barnett has become part of the Mom + Pop family. The 26-year-old Australian singer-songwriter has announced that she's inked a deal with the New York-based label, which will re-release her debut album this spring.Barnett's first full-length, last year's The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, was actually a compilation featuring, yes, two EPs: 2012's I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris and 2013's How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose. While the 12-track set caught attention here in the U.S. (earning Barnett a Best New Artist distinction here at SPIN), the record never received a physical release in the States. That'll change on April 15, when Mom + Pop issue The Double EP in North America in CD and vinyl formats, thanks to a licensing agreement with the London label Marathon Artists."I'm very hands on with my music," Barnett told Billboard, discussing the Mom + Pop signing.

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    Watch Quilt's Free-Spirited 'Tie Up the Tides' Video

    Quilt first took shape while co-founders Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler were students at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. "Our early days were really funny," Rochinski told SPIN recently. "We knew how to play music, but we were goofy, weird art-school people in a band." That art-school pedigree shines through in the psych-folkies' latest music video, an abstract visual for "Tie Up the Tides," the latest single from Quilt's recently released Held in Splendor LP. Directed and edited by Edward Greenberg and Ian Perlman, the clip sidesteps any kind of traditional narrative, and instead hangs together as a distillation of the trio's shaggy, hippie-friendly aesthetic. "There is no me and there is no you," Rochinski sings, rainbow colors and feathers swirling over her, Butler, and drummer John Andrews.

  • radiohead, polyfauna, app

    Radiohead, Still Stalling on New Album, Release 'PolyFauna' App

    Radiohead are dragging their feet on their ninth album, but the Oxford chaps have shared a brand new project: an app called "PolyFauna." According to the band's website, the program is "an experimental collaboration" between Radiohead and U.K. digital design studio Universal Everything. The project grew out of the sessions behind Radiohead's most recent LP, 2011's The King of Limbs, and the sounds and imagery associated with the record's elliptical opener, "Bloom."PolyFauna arrives on February 11, almost exactly three years after the release of The King of Limbs, which dropped on February 18, 2011. (Shout-out to SPIN contributor Daniel Kreps for the following tweet: "On the almost-three-year anniversary of The King of Limbs, Radiohead announces...

  • jimmy kimmel, eric church, the outsiders

    Eric Church Nearly Burns Down 'Kimmel' During Pyro-Friendly Visit

    Eric Church set Jimmy Kimmel Live! ablaze on February 10, performing a pyrotechnics-powered set on the late-night talk show's AT&T Outdoor Stage. The SPIN cover star delivered a masterful double-header, spotlighting two tracks from his Essential new album, The Outsiders, out today (February 11) via EMI Nashville. The North Carolina-grown country star played the LP's chest-thumping, outlaw-repping title track, then went wistful for the record's second single, "Give Me Back My Hometown."Watch the flames and fireworks above, and find the power ballad below.For an close-up look at Church, read SPIN's February cover story, Eric Church Marks His Territory.

  • the tontons, make out king and other stories of love

    Stream the Tontons' Lusty 'Make Out King and Other Stories of Love' Album

    The Tontons may take their name from a giant snow lizard seen in Star Wars, but don't rush to judgement; the Houston crew are well-versed in lovers' rock. To wit, the group's second album, due out February 18, is called Make Out King and Other Stories of Love. The foursome — led by sultry-voiced singer Asli Omar and rounded out by bassist Tom Nguyen, as well as brothers Adam and Justin Martinez, on guitar and drums, respectively — have already shared two songs from the forthcoming follow-up to their 2009 self-titled debut: Paste pulled the curtain back on taut soul-rock track "Veida" and Rolling Stone ushered in opening charmer "Magic Hour."Now, the Tontons are offering the entire LP for an early listen, right here at SPIN. For 40 minutes of natural charisma and steamy hooks, stream Make Out King and Other Stories of Love below. Pre-orders are now available through iTunes.

  • maynard james keenan, tool, tour dates

    Tool's 2014 Tour Just Got Bigger

    Tool have expanded their brief 2014 tour plans. The art-metal godheads announced on their website that they'll be making a few extra stops on their March itinerary. In addition to the U.S. and Mexico gigs announced last month, Maynard James Keenan and co. have added another six engagements: two more concerts in California, one in Las Vegas, and three in Texas. Tickets for all of the newly confirmed dates — except for the March 25 performance in Houston — go on sale Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. local time. The Houston tickets will be available at noon local time on February 14.VIP pre-sales will go up for grabs on Thursday, February 13 at 10 a.m. PST through Tool Army and 3 p.m. PST through Tool's official website.Little is confirmed about Tool's supposedly in-the-works new album.

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