Kyle McGovern

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  • eric church, the outsiders, stream

    10 Albums to Stream: Eric Church, Cibo Matto, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and More

    SPIN is happy to present your weekly roundup of album streams. Scroll down to find new material from SPIN cover star Eric Church, Cibo Matto, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Temples, Noah Gundersen, and more.1) Eric Church, The Outsiders. "The greatest thing about The Outsiders is its range, both in sound and in the stories [Eric Church] tells.

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    Watch Jerome LOL Clear History in Crowd-Sourced 'Deleted' Video

    Back in November, Los Angeles beatsmith Jerome LOL dropped "Always," a shuffling collaboration with singer Sara Z that appears on Jerome's Deleted/Fool EP. Now, the full four-track effort is out via Bandcamp, and the Body High label head has paired it with a bit of fan service. As Fader points out, the man known IRL as Jerome Potter has shared a music video for the EP's semi-title track, the (once again) Sara Z-assisted "Deleted." The visual acts as a spiritual sequel to the much beloved visual for "Changes," from Jerome's former outfit LOL Boys.Just as "Changes" cobbled together snippets of Mac users filming themselves with Photo Booth, "Deleted" compiles crowd-sourced, meme-fluent footage. (Note the cameo by Drake's Nothing Was the Same mug.) But what could easily be written off as an empty hodgepodge of clips takes on extra heft when paired with Sara Z's robo-addled vocals.

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Investigation Yields Four Arrests, 350 Bags of Heroin

    Police have arrested four people believed to have connections to the drugs found in the apartment of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The New York Times reports that law enforcement officials discovered more than 350 bags of heroin on the evening of February 4, when they took three men and one woman into custody as part of the investigation into Hoffman's death.

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    Stream Noah Gundersen's Powerful Debut Album 'Ledges'

    Singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen has three EPs to his name — 2008's Brand New World, 2009's Saints and Liars, and 2011's Family — but the 24-year-old has yet to put out a proper full-length. That'll change on February 11, when the Washington native releases Ledges, his debut album.The upcoming LP was recorded in Seattle's Studio Litho, the homebase of Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, and was crafted with the help of Gundersen's sister, Abby (who supplies violin, cello, and piano), and his younger brother, Jonathan, who plays drums. Ledges spans 11 tender tracks and weaves together tales of faith, temptation, redemption, death, and doubt, offering the kind of perspective usually found in much older tunesmiths."I'm not a religious person anymore," says Gundersen, who grew up in a rigidly religious household.

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    Radkey Bow Down to Black Sabbath on 'Feed My Brain' Single

    Later this month, Radkey will embark on their first-ever headlining tour of the U.K. To prepare for the milestone outing, the Missouri trio — real-life, teenaged brothers Dee (vocals and guitar), Isaiah (bass), and Solomon Radke (drums) — have been busy cooking up new songs to follow last year's one-two punch of the Cat & Mouse and Devil Fruit EPs. One such track, "Feed My Brain," will be released as a digital single on March 4.Mixed by Ross Orton (whose fingerprints are all over Arctic Monkeys' AM), the new tune slows down the restless garage-punk pace heard previously on "Romance Dawn" and "Start Freaking Out." With "Feed My Brain," the Best New Artist upstarts have conjured a bluesy, lumbering headbanger.

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    Nas Strolls Down 'Memory Lane' With 'Illmatic' Reissue, Documentary

    Nas' Illmatic turns 20 this year, and to celebrate his landmark debut leaving "the essence of adolescence," the Queens rapper is reissuing the album in a double-disc anniversary edition. Dubbed Illmatic XX, the upcoming re-release is out April 15 through Sony Legacy, and promises a collection of rare remixes and unreleased demos and freestyles. The LP's 10 original tracks, meanwhile, have been remastered for their milestone birthday. (If it feels as if Illmatic just received the reissue treatment, that's because it did: In December 2012, Get On Down put out a different deluxe version of Illmatic, featuring a 48-page photo book, full lyric insert, and more.) Nasty Nas is also planning to tour the U.S., performing Illmatic in full. Details are forthcoming, but the 40-year-old hip-hop legend is already booked to play the John F.

  • AT&T Wants to Track Your Downloads and Bandwidth Use

    AT&T Wants to Track Your Downloads and Bandwidth Use

    A new patent from AT&T could potentially penalize Internet users who stream and download music online. As the Huffington Post reports, Patent US 20140010082 A1, which was published in January and still in the application stage, outlines a plan in which AT&T would be able to charge customers more money based on how much time they spend online and what kinds of websites they visit. Yes, this spells trouble for users of bandwidth-hungry sites like Netflix, but it also could lighten the wallets of anyone with, say, a Spotify account.If the patent moves forward, AT&T would be allowed to sell its customers different kinds of service plans, and award them with "an initial number of credits," according to the patent.

  • arcade fire, juno awards, canada

    Arcade Fire Nominated for Six 2014 Juno Awards

    Nominees for Canada's Juno Awards are in and Arcade Fire are leading this year's crop of hopefuls, with a total of six nominations. The indie-rock superstars received nods for Album of the Year (for Reflektor, an LP that ranked on SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list), Group of the Year, Juno Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year (for the title track from Reflektor), and Songwriter of the Year. Michael Bublé earned the second-highest number of nominations, pulling down four, tying with folk singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. They'll both face off against Arcade Fire in the race for Album of the Year (him for his Grammy winning To Be Loved, her for the 2012 LP Harmony).

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    Pattern Is Movement Announce Self-Titled Album With Soulful 'River'

    Pattern Is Movement will end its nearly six-year silence this spring. On April 1, Hometapes will release the Philadelphia-bred project's fourth album, a self-titled, 10-track effort that follows 2008's All Together. After undergoing various lineup and stylistic changes, Pattern Is Movement has settled into an R&B-mining duo featuring founding members Andrew Thiboldeaux (Rhodes piano, synth, bass, and vocals) and Christopher Ward (drums).To promote their upcoming effort, the studio-savvy shape-shifters have announced a month-long tour of the U.S. and shared the record's opening track, "River." Blending peppy piano, thick low-end buzz, and the kinds of vocal acrobatics usually associated with Dirty Projectors, the new single offers an inviting look at what Thiboldeaux and Ward have been brewing for the past few years.

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    Hear Lowell's Lush, Biting Electronic Anthem '88'

    Toronto-based singer Lowell first surfaced in 2012, as part of Apparatjik, a supergroup featuring Guy Berryman of Coldplay, Magne Furuholmen of A-ha, Jonas Bjerre of Mew, and producer Martin Terefe. The transcontinental collective teamed with Lowell to put out her mini-album, If You Can, Solve This Jumble, but soon, the pop auteur will release her first solo set of songs.On February 25, Arts & Crafts will drop the I Killed Sara V. EP, a short-player of high-minded, electronic sing-alongs concerned with gender politics and identity issues. The 22-year-old has already shared one track from the upcoming effort ("Cloud 69," a hefty shuffler first heard on Noisey), and now she's let go of another. Scroll down to stream "88," a dreamy pick-me-up that prepares you for romantic letdowns. "I let you know that I can be unfaithful," Lowell sings.

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