Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • Martin Courtney in his room in Brooklyn, New York, January 2014

    In My Room: Real Estate's Martin Courtney

    Real Estate are set to release their third album, Atlas, on March 4 via Domino Records, and frontman Martin Courtney was kind enough to welcome SPIN into his home to talk about the new record. The New Jersey native gave us a tour of his Brooklyn apartment, played a few records, and showed off two of the guitars he used while mapping out Atlas. "I really love it a lot," Courtney says, fawning over one of his Martin guitars. "We recorded in the Wilco Loft where there were probably dozens of way older and nicer Martins and Gibsons, and acoustics of all makes and models, but I just really like the way that guitar sounds."Check out Martin Courtney's living room and watch him play a few tunes in the video above, and scroll down for photos of his apartment (shot by SPIN Photo Editor Jolie Ruben).

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    Hear Christine Hoberg's Expert Beatbox Skills on 'Actions'

    Singer and composer Christine Hoberg has a penchant for outré vocals. Case in point: "Actions," the beatbox-driven second single from the Brooklyn songwriter's sophomore studio album, World Within. Like its predecessor — that would be eccentric hymnal-cum-lead single "All That Hate" — "Actions" is a masterwork of mouth-work, a carefully layered and arranged showcase for Hoberg's fluttery voice and one-woman ingenuity.Stream "Actions" below and head over to Bandcamp to grab the just-unveiled World Within. Hoberg is also playing an album release show at Glasslands on February 11. Find tickets through Ticketfly.

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

    The Will Ferrell-Chad Smith Drum Battle Is On

    Well, the boxing match between DMX and George Zimmerman isn't happening, but the drum-off between the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Will Ferrell is just heating up. Last week, Smith challenged his real-life lookalike, Ferrell, to a drumming contest via a video posted on Funny or Die's Instagram."Drum battle, me and you," Smith said in the clip. "I've seen your skills — you don't got 'em." Now, as Rolling Stone points out, Ferrell has accepted the challenge, sharing the following message on Reddit while Smith hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session:"Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen.

  • phantogram, fall in love, voices, video

    Watch Phantogram's Sexy Light Show in 'Fall in Love' Video

    For the past two months, Phantogram have diligently teased their long-awaited second album with a steady stream of tracks and music videos.

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    Hear Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Soften on 'Little Fang'

    Last year, Animal Collective co-leader Avey Tare unveiled his new band, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, a self-described "jazz power trio" featuring ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman. Now, the indie supergroup have announced the details of their debut album, Enter the Slasher House. The upcoming LP drops on April 8 in the States (and April 7 everywhere else) with help from Domino Records, the label that's released the three most recent Animal Collective albums, including 2012's Centipede Hz.Given the members' respective resumes and the "Slasher Flicks" handle, it wouldn't be out of line to assume Avey Tare and co. specialize in avant menace — not so with lead single "Little Fang." The track swings with disco-pop ease, leaving behind the watery cave explored on Avey's solo debut, 2010's Down There.

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    Hear Ex-Cult's Brutal, Psych-Tinged Proto-Punk on 'Midnight Passenger'

    Ex-Cult emerged in 2012 with a self-titled debut album that SPIN described as "a weird, sometimes frightening set of tight-fisted proto-punk." The Memphis five-piece — led by Chris Shaw, formerly of local hardcore crew Vile Nation — followed that first full-length with a grueling tour schedule that saw them desecrate dive bars all over the U.S.

  • russian police choir, nbc, sochi olympics, daft punk

    In Olympic Russia, Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Covers You

    Here's one reason to give Daft Punk's overplayed "Get Lucky" one more listen: The Russian Police Choir covered the Grammy-gobbling song during the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Olympics. To see dozens of uniformed men sing the runaway hit from last year's Random Access Memories (with dashes of choreography sprinkled throughout!), watch the footage over at NBC. But heed our warning: Just like the helmet-less photos of Daft Punk at the airport, you can't un-see this.We should've known the official death knell for the Best Song of 2013 was coming, though. Footage of the Russian Police Choir covering "Get Lucky" made the rounds online last year. Find that clip below.

  • angel olsen, white fire, burn your fire for no witness

    Angel Olsen Devastates on Quiet Crusher 'White Fire'

    Angel Olsen's fast-approaching second album promises to be a much fuller affair than her debut album, 2012's Half Way Home. Compare garage-rock single "Forgiven/Forgotten" and fuzzy wobbler "Hi-Five" to, say, the minimalist folk tunes found on Half Way Home opener "Acrobat" for quick proof. But now, the Missouri-born singer-songwriter has shared a new track that recalls the striking intimacy of her first LP."White Fire" is a spare, seven-minute rumination that feels like the ghost of another song. Olsen's vocals are sleepy and listless as she details one personal tragedy after another. "I heard my mother thinking me right back into my birth," she sings, unspooling a numb melody with her guitar. "I laughed so loud inside myself it all began to hurt.""White Fire" definitely requires patience, but it rewards listeners who play close attention. Hear the track above, find tour dates below.

  • kacey musgraves, austin city limits, step off

    Kacey Musgraves Soars With Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' in 'Austin City Limits' Outtake

    After featuring performances by Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, and Jim James, PBS concert series Austin City Limits will end its 39th season on Saturday, February 8. Country darling Kacey Musgraves will close out the show's recent run of episodes, topping a bill that features singer-songwriter Dale Watson. To tease the broadcast, producers have shared a web-exclusive outtake that catches Kacey singing "Step Off," a pro-positivity tune from her Grammy-winning Same Trailer, Different Park, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013. About a minute into the clip, though, Musgraves' backing band pivots to a reggae-inflected arrangement that leads to a cover of Bob Marley's classic "Three Little Birds." Watch the video above, and look below for a backstage interview with Musgraves, in which the 25-year-old singer discusses her start in the music business and songwriting process.

  • jonny greenwood, paul thomas anderson, inherent vice, score

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Will Soundtrack Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

    Jonny Greenwood and Paul Thomas Anderson are joining forces once again. Pitchfork has confirmed that the Radiohead guitarist will score Anderson's upcoming film Inherent Vice. This will be the third collaboration between the duo: Greenwood previously composed original music for Anderson's 2007 opus There Will Be Blood and his 2012 epic The Master, which also featured one of the last great performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.Based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name, Inherent Vice takes place in Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s and tells the story of a "drug-fueled detective" investigating the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend, according to IMDb.

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