Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • King Tuff

    King Tuff Promises Mystery and Sex on 'Volcanic' New Album

    "The place you gotta go to change / Is deeper into the strange." So sings King Tuff — a.k.a. 31-year-old singer-guitarist Kyle Thomas — on "Unusual World," a glammy gem from his self-titled second album, released in 2012. It's a sentiment that Tuffy echoes in late March while speaking on the phone with SPIN about his next full-length. "You've gotta dive into the abyss," Tuff says from his Los Angeles home, "if you wanna get anything good."According to the Brattleboro, Vermont native, diving into the "abyss" means indulging the extremes of one's personality. And for Tuff, that's playing up his persona as a garage-pop jester and a giggle-prone trickster who finds joy in being playfully cagey.

  • antlers, familiars, hotel

    Hear the Antlers' Sleepily Inviting 'Hotel'

    The Antlers will return on June 17 with their fourth album, Familiars. News of the upcoming LP came paired with a Hana Tajima-directed video for the record's gentle lead single, "Palace." Now, the Brooklyn trio — singer Peter Silberman, multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, and drummer Michael Lerner — have shared another track from the full-length follow-up to 2011's Burst Apart. The just-revealed "Hotel" trades on the Antlers' strengths: drowsy horns, twinkling keyboard bits, muted guitar, and lyrics that confront mortality, whether they're intended to or not. "And when I check out," Silberman sings, "It won't matter how my name's spelled." Listen to "Hotel" below, and head over to iTunes to pre-order Familiars.

  • Bethany Cosentino, best coast, new album

    Best Coast Salute Gwen Stefani, Sugar Ray on New Album

    A little over a week ago, Best Coast finished tracking their third album. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino makes it a point to say "third" while speaking on the phone with SPIN because, as she sees it, last year's Fade Away — a seven-track effort released through her very own Jewel City imprint — was "not really a full record.""I wanted to put something out that was almost a preview to a new record," Cosentino says. "If people want to think of this as record four they can. But to us, as Best Coast, this is our third record. This is something that we spent time on, that we tried to perfect as well as we could."The upcoming full-length does not yet have an official title or release date, but Cosentino plans for the LP to arrive later this year — though not by way of Jewel City. "I think that we're probably going to end up going to a label to put it out," the former SPIN cover girl says.

  • dub thompson, 9 songs, no time, video

    Dub Thompson's 'No Time' Video Is a 'Sexy Game of Cosmic Twister'

    Earlier this month, SPIN debuted Dub Thompson's "No Time," a bleak strip of reggae-inflected psych-pop that appears on the upcoming 9 Songs LP, out June 10 via Dead Oceans. Now, 19-year-olds Matt Pulos and Evan Laffer — who make up the project's core duo — have shared an official video for the track, which the guys describe as a "sexy game of cosmic Twister" (via NPR). That's definitely one way to describe the visual, and here's another: The clip bears similarity to Dub Thompson's VHS-flavored "Dograces" video, but instead of capturing a fuzzy live performance, "No Time" unfolds like an interactive Salvador Dalí painting, as the POV floats past bizarre clocks and purple pyramids. Take a tour through Visual Surreality above, and head over to iTunes to pre-order 9 Songs, which, by the way, only features eight songs.

  • hockeysmith, but blood ep

    Hear Hockeysmith's Stirring, Electro-Infused 'Hesitate'

    Back in February, England's Hockeysmith shared the flickering, drippy music video for "But Blood," the title track from the sister duo's upcoming debut EP. Now, the Best New Artist alumnae have unveiled another transfixing bit from their fast-approaching effort, which arrives May 26 via London's Double Denim Records. "Hesitate" underlines Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith's talent for sonic alchemy, fusing searing guitar riffs, electro-static outbursts, and magnetic vocals into a hypnotic whole. Find "Hesitate" below, followed by the full track list for the But Blood EP.But Blood EP track list:1. "Phantom Whistle"2. "But Blood"3. "Hesitate"4. "Meanwhile"

  • outkast, janelle monae, hey ya

    Janelle Monae Makes Like a Polaroid Picture With OutKast on 'Hey Ya!'

    OutKast's epic run of festival dates brought them back to their home state this past weekend, for a headlining slot at Georgia's CounterPoint Music Festival. As Consequence of Sound points out, the reunited ATLiens played the exact same set as they did during Coachella's second weekend, but with one noteworthy wrinkle: Future-funk empress Janelle Monáe danced onstage while André 3000 performed "Hey Ya!," the deathless crossover hit from 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Watch the "Dance Apocalyptic" belter's special guest appearance in the fan-shot footage above. Beware the blown-out audio, but, c'mon, you know how this one's supposed to go.

  • tori amos, unrepentant geraldines, rough trade nyc

    Live-Stream Tori Amos' In-Store Performance at Rough Trade NYC

    Tori Amos will take the stage at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, April 29 in support of her newest studio album, the upcoming Unrepentant Geraldines. SPIN is sending a handful of fans to the in-store performance, but we're also teaming with the folks at TourGigs to present a live audio stream of the gig. Tune in to the event by checking this space at 7 p.m. EST on April 29.Rough Trade NYC is also offering access to the concert. Pre-order Unrepentant Geraldines at Rough Trade NYC starting at 9 a.m. EST on April 29 to receive one wristband good for access not only to the intimate in-store show, but also to a Tori Amos autograph-signing that same day. Space is limited.

  • roy orbison, mystery girl — deluxe, the way is love

    Stream Roy Orbison's Never-Before-Heard 'The Way Is Love'

    Roy Orbison's final studio album, 1989's posthumously released Mystery Girl, turns 25 this year. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings is releasing Mystery Girl — Deluxe, a comprehensive reissue that features a documentary on the making of the record, in addition to nine previously unreleased studio and work-tape demos. Among those newly uncovered treasures is "The Way Is Love," a never-before-heard song that was put together by Orbison's sons — Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex — after the family discovered a one-of-a-kind vocal recording for the track."We all talked and decided it would be the best if we could play the backing instruments and sing backups on the track, fulfilling a lifelong family dream to play not only with our father, but with each other as brothers," Roy Jr. says.

  • In My Room: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman

    In My Room: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are currently on tour in support of their upcoming third album, Days of Abandon, out May 13 via Yebo Music. But before the Brooklyn daydreamers hit the road, main man Kip Berman invited SPIN to see his Greenpoint apartment, pore over his record collection, and show off a few of his guitars. Click onward for a video tour of Berman's home, followed by photos.

  • PAWS, youth culture forever

    Stream PAWS' Thrilling 'Youth Culture Forever' Album

    Last fall, SPIN visited PAWS in an upstate New York studio, where they were busy hammering out their second album. "It's louder than the last record, but it's quieter than the last record," bassist Ryan Drever said. "It's faster than the last record, but it's slower than the last record. Every song is quite different, but then at the same time it's the same."Indeed, the Glaswegian garage-pop trio's soon-to-be-released sophomore LP, Youth Culture Forever, is a bolder, more dynamic beast than its predecessor, 2012's sweetly scruffy Cokefloat! LP. Yawning cello lines weave in and out of several of the upcoming album's 12 tracks; drummer Josh Swinney's thrashy percussion packs a heftier punch; and the vocals, courtesy of singer-guitarist Phillip Taylor, carry a new level of confidence.

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