Kyle McGovern

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  • jeff hanneman, slayer, jeff hanneman's circle pit

    Polish Slayer Fans Rename Traffic Circle 'Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit'

    A city in Poland has saluted the late Jeff Hanneman by naming a traffic circle after the Slayer guitarist. As metal fan forum Lambgoat notes, a roundabout in Jaworzno, Poland will be called "Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit" for a full year. The tribute comes at the demand of ART-COM Ltd., a company that, aside from being run by Slayer worshippers, also won an auction to rename the traffic circle and become its "symbolic owner" for 12 months; the auction was part of Poland's annual Grand Finale charity event, organized by the nonprofit Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity.Hanneman passed away in May 2013 at the age of 49, succumbing to alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.

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    Mac Miller Opens His Heart on Bright Eyes Cover 'Lua'

    Mac Miller just became cool and he's willing to risk it all with a bold move: He's shared an earnest cover of a Bright Eyes song. As Noisey points out, the Pittsburgh rapper has recorded his own version of "Lua," a late-night tearjerker first heard on Conor Oberst's 2005 album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. Credited to Mac's producer alias Larry Fisherman, the homage is a straightforward rendition, featuring simple strumming and closed-mouth vocals that are sung and, mercifully, not rapped. Though Mac's been known to run with Cool Kid Chuck Inglish, this folky tribute isn't coming out of left field — he covered "First Day of My Life," another tender love note featured on Wide Awake, back in 2012. What, Mac, no love for Digital Ash in a Digital Urn?

  • dmx, george zimmerman, fight, boxing

    DMX Reiterates He Will Beat George Zimmerman's Ass

    DMX might be eager to fight (and, uh, urinate on) George Zimmerman in a "celebrity boxing match," but the upcoming throwdown isn't official yet. Speaking with FOX News recently (via Rap Radar), the rapper said he hasn't formally accepted the offer to get into the ring with Zimmerman, who was exonerated in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin."I was challenged," DMX said. "I still haven't really decided whether I was going to do it, but if I did do it, whatever money that was supposed to go to him would have to go to charity."Zimmerman told RadarOnline last month he'd already picked a charity to benefit from his potential beatdown, though he wouldn't reveal which one due to concerns of a backlash.

  • flaming lips, sean lennon, the beatles, david letterman

    Watch the Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon's Freaky 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds'

    Beatlemania continued to dominate the Late Show With David Letterman last night, as the Flaming Lips beamed into the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater to perform their sufficiently trippy cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The Lips, who are fresh off their Amnesty International gig at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, were once again joined on the CBS stage by very special guest Sean Lennon (the Oklahoma City freaks played Letterman with Lennon and Yoko Ono back in October).Wayne Coyne and co. delivered a spacey but faithful rendition of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band standout, complete with an elaborate setup — see the mess of multicolored tubing at Coyne's feet — and, of course, confetti. For their part, the audience offered an appropriate response: stray laughter during a second of silence, followed by rapturous applause.

  • Meg Myers

    Hear Meg Myers' Lovelorn Reflection on 'The Morning After'

    Meg Myers seethed, "Baby, I want to fuck you / I want to feel you in my bones," on "Desire," a (clearly) no-nonsense single from her upcoming Make a Shadow EP. Now, the Nashville-bred, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has followed that conquest with "The Morning After," another track from her new short-player, out February 11 via Atlantic Records.As its title suggests, "The Morning After" deals with next-day regret and, fittingly, the grit and aggression that fueled "Desire" has subsided, allowing for a quiet, twinkling ballad. "I can't feel anything the morning after you," Myers sings over acoustic guitar. "And I can't tell anyone the morning after you."Listen to the confessional below, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the Make a Shadow EP.

  • tony molina, nowhere to go, dissed and dismissed

    Tony Molina Fires Off 'Dissed and Dismissed' Stunner 'Nowhere to Go'

    Tony Molina's debut solo album came out around this time last year, but it's already getting the reissue treatment. On March 25, Slumberland Records will release Dissed and Dismissed in cassette, digital, and vinyl formats to supplement its sold-out initial pressing. The filler-averse LP burns through 12 tracks of power-pop brilliance in 12 thrilling minutes. (It's telling that Dissed and Dismissed features a Guided By Voices cover.) Molina broke out one gem from the full-length back in December ("Change My Ways"), and now he's let go of another, the 50-second shredder "Nowhere to Go."Stream the song below, pre-order Dissed and Dismissed through Slumberland, and get better acquainted with Molina by reading SPIN's 2013 piece, Meet Tony Molina: Bay Area Hardcore Veteran Unfurls Decadent Guitar Pop.

  • violin, Stradivarius violin, stolen, recovered

    Police Recover Stolen $5 Million, 300-Year-Old Stradivarius Violin

    A nearly 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in a January assault has turned up. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that police discovered the instrument, which dates back to 1715 and is valued at $5 million, in a suitcase in the attic of a Milwaukee home. Cops arrested three suspects — two men, ages 36 and 41, and a woman, age 32 — on Monday afternoon. The three are still in custody.The theft went down on January 27, when Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was attacked with a stun gun after performing a chamber concert with the violin at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Local law enforcement authorities teamed with agents in the FBI's Art Theft Program and members of Interpol (not that Interpol), and, with information from Taser International, were able to track the stun gun to one of the three suspects, Universal Allah.

  • owen pallett, in conflict, new album

    Owen Pallett Preps Brian Eno-Assisted Album 'In Conflict' for Spring Release

    Owen Pallett will return this spring with his fourth solo album. The follow-up to 2010's Heartland is called In Conflict and it's scheduled to arrive May 13 via Domino/Secret City.Written and produced by Pallett, the upcoming effort spans 13 tracks and features contributions from Brian Eno (who supplies vocals, as well as synth- and guitar-work) and the Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra. Pallett recorded the LP with drummer Robbie Gordon and bassist-singer Matt Smith serving as the core rhythm section."The record is meant to approach 'insanity' in a positive way," Pallett says in an official statement. "Depession, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being.

  • Roomrunner in the Magpie Cage, November 2013

    Roomrunner Reboot for a Dynamic New EP

    "I'm not going to lie — at first, I was kind of weirded out by these songs," Roomrunner drummer Bret Lanahan says, lounging on a couch in Baltimore recording studio the Magpie Cage. "They're a lot prettier.""It's still very much us," frontman Denny Bowen says of this fresh material, which will fuel an upcoming, currently untitled new EP. "It's just a different us. There's a dynamic range to us now. It's not just full-on, rip-your-skin-off-type bullshit."To date, feedback-juiced noise-rock has been Roomrunner's forté, as heard on the group's gut-punch of a debut album, Ideal Cities, which arrived in May 2013 via Fan Death Records. But this fall, the foursome — Lanahan, Bowen, guitarist Jeff Byers, and bassist/producer/engineer Dan Frome — retooled their creative process.

  • warpaint, album, live, french television

    Watch Warpaint Play Four Bewitching Songs in France

    SPIN recently shadowed Warpaint as they made their way around New York City, visiting the American Museum of Natural History, stopping by radio show KEXP, and playing an intimate gig at Brooklyn's Union Pool. The latter two activities were done in support of the all-female quartet's second album, the just-released Warpaint (the museum trip was more recreational, in case you were wondering).

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