Kyle McGovern



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    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.

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    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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    Hear Odonis Odonis Bathe Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' in Noise-Punk Sludge

    Last year, noise-punks Odonis Odonis followed their outstanding Hollandaze LP with a six-track freakout dubbed the Better EP. On April 15, Canada's Buzz Records will release Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, the Toronto trio's sophomore full-length. But first comes Odonis Odonis' horrifying take on a classic, Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Frontman Dean Tzenos strips the iconic song of its country twang, instead offering a deadpan vocal from the post-punk abyss, while bassist Denholm Whale and drummer Jarod Gibson do right by the band's self-coined "industrial surf-gaze" tag. Lower yourself into the "Ring of Fire" below, and get a glimpse of Hard Boiled Soft Boiled with advance track "New Obsession."Hard Boiled Soft Boiled track list:1. "Tension"2. "Are We Friends"3. "Order in the Court"4. "New Obsession"5. "Breathing Hard"6. "Mr. Smith"7. "Release"8. "Angus Mountain"9. "Office Sluts"10.

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    Watch Lost in the Trees Relive 'Past Life' at Moog Music's Sound Lab

    Last month, Lost in the Trees revealed the eerie music video for "Past Life," the darkly soulful title track from the North Carolina crew's third album. Now, to coincide with the record's February 18 release via Anti-, frontman Ari Picker and co. have shared footage of a live performance of "Past Life," filmed at the Moog Music headquarters' sound lab in Asheville, North Carolina. Even when it's rearranged to put extra emphasis on Lost in the Trees' new electro-rock aesthetic (note the three Moog synthesizers and set of electronic drums), the song runs on a beating heart and heavenly vocals. Watch the six-minute video above, and head over to iTunes or the Anti- store to purchase Past Life.

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    Stream SKATERS' New York-Mined Debut Album 'Manhattan'

    SKATERS spew out windswept pop-punk that salutes (and skewers) the foursome's adopted home of New York City. Vocalist Michael Ian Cummings and drummer Noah Rubin grew up together outside Boston, and guitarist Josh Hubbard hails from England, but, as Rubin tells it, the band (which includes bassist/New Yorker Dan Burke) was founded on a mutual love of late '70s NYC punk. "We moved here excited for New York to be that place," he says, "and instead it was a very competitive and fragmented artistic environment."Enter Manhattan, SKATERS' debut album, an 11-track portrait of life in the Big Apple.

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    The Constantines Reunite for Summer Tour

    The Constantines are getting the band back together.

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    Fishbone Owe $1.4 Million for Stage-Diving on Fan

    Fishbone have to fork over $1.4 million to a fan who sued them over injuries she sustained at 2010 concert. As the Associated Press reports, Kimberly Myers — a 46-year-old mother of three from New Jersey — broke her skull and collarbone after Fishbone's lead singer, Angelo "Dr. Madd Vibe" Moore, dived from a Philadelphia stage and landed on top of her. Now, a federal judge has awarded Myers a hefty payday, finding that Moore hasn't shown any real remorse for the incident.U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois wrote in a Wednesday ruling that despite the fact that Myers lost consciousness at the show, Fishbone "continued to perform as if nothing had happened." DuBois has ordered Moore and his business partner, bassist John Norwood Fisher, to pay $1.1 million in compensatory damages.

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    Direct Majical Cloudz's Live Show in Interactive 'Love Soul' Video

    Thurston Moore, Palms, and Kevin Drew have all shared intense video valentines recently, and now Majical Cloudz have joined the fray. The Montreal synth duo just released an interactive music video for "Love Soul," their latest non-album single, following last year's "Savage" one-off. As seen above, the clip lets the viewer cycle through different black-and-white shots of Majical Cloudz performing the clinking ballad in an intimate, chandelier-filled venue. The bits of footage — which include a few close-ups of frontman Devon Welsh's wide-eyed stare — run on an endless loop, so you have to keep clicking to move the camera forward.In an official statement, Welsh said that "Love Soul" was written around the same time as Majical Cloudz's sophomore album, 2013's Impersonator, but ultimately left off the record. "It was a part of our set during our first shows," he said.

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    Palms Ruin Valentine's Day With Tragic, NSFW 'Mission Sunset' Video

    Chino Moreno has been focusing on his † † † (Crosses) side-project lately, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and sitting down for an interview with SPIN, but the Deftones leader has just shared a video for his other other band, Palms. Directed by Adam Mason, the clip acts as a companion to "Mission Sunset," a 10-minute epic from Palms' self-titled 2013 debut album. Billed on YouTube as a "short film," the piece tells the story of a tragic breakup, using time jumps to slowly reveal a narrative marked by heartbreak, infidelity, and, ultimately, death. In other words, just the sort of love story one should embrace on Valentine's Day. Watch the haunting visual above, then read SPIN's recent Q&A, Chino Moreno Talks His New, Not-at-All-Witch-House Band, Crosses.

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