Kyle McGovern

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  • franz ferdinand, alex kapranos, take me out

    Franz Ferdinand Boss Takes Back Implication Pharrell Ripped Him Off

    Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has backtracked on his implication that Pharrell Williams pinched the riff from "Take Me Out" for Paloma Faith's recent single "Can't Rely on You." The dashing Scot posted the following tweet on February 3:@Pharrell Sometimes I forget how easily things can get exaggerated on here. I know you didn't borrow any riffs. Sorry for all the press BS.— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) February 3, 2014All the "press BS" began several days earlier, when Kapranos tweeted on January 31, "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..." and tossed in a link to Paloma Faith's recent video for "Can't Rely on You." Pharrell — who was just crowned Producer of the Year during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards — doesn't seem to have responded to the allegation, but the swipe prompted coverage from a number of media outlets (ahem, SPIN included).

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    Watch Pearl Jam and Win Butler's 'Rockin' Neil Young Cover

    At this point, covering Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" with Pearl Jam should be considered a rite of passage. Over the last few months, the Lightning Bolt giants have saluted Young's Freedom epic alongside St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein, as well as a fully reunited Sleater-Kinney. On February 2, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler served as guest of honor, joining Pearl Jam onstage in Perth to close out Australia's traveling Big Day Out festival, which, sadly, will not return to Perth next year, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, after lackluster ticket sales. Send off Big Day Out's Perth edition by watching the fan-shot footage of "Rockin' in the Free World" above, keeping an eye out for PJ guitarist Jeff Ament, who abstained from Arcade Fire's dress code by donning a Reflektor T-shirt. Oh, and don't worry: No fans were injured.

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    The Cure Prescribe 2014 With New Album, DVDs, and Fresh 'Trilogy' Tour

    The Cure will return this year with their 14th studio album. The goth-pop greats have announced in a press release (via Chain of Flowers) that the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's 4:13 Dream will be out sometime "in the next few months." According to the statement, the upcoming LP was recorded at the same time as 4:13 Dream and is tentatively titled 4:14 Scream. No other details on the full-length are available.Robert Smith and co. are also planning to put out several live concert DVDs in the coming months, but specifics on that project aren't clear yet either. What is clear, though, is that the Cure are plotting another "Trilogy" world tour for late 2014.

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    Watch Angel Olsen Play a '60s TV Starlet in Her Throwback 'Hi-Five' Video

    Back in December, Angel Olsen shared a Freaks and Geeks-inspired music video for "Forgiven/Forgotten," the fuzzed-over lead single from the singer-songwriter's upcoming sophomore album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Now, the Missouri-born talent has shared the promo clip for "Hi-Five," and it's another visual that channels television fantasies. Teaming once again with director and frequent collaborator Zia Anger, Olsen pretends she's a pop performer carrying the kind of TV broadcast seen during the '60s and '70s, back when starlets twirled on camera in front of elaborate, sparkling sets."They were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar," Anger said in a statement, referring to the long-gone telecasts. "The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured.

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    Watch Foo Fighters' Epic, Career-Spanning Super Bowl Concert

    Days before Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers brought the only thrills to an otherwise dull Super Bowl, the Foo Fighters helped kick off the pre-game festivities by playing a titanic show in New York City on February 1. Dave Grohl and co. took the stage at the Bud Light Hotel Amphitheater — a temporary, two-story venue housed within the iconic Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum — to pound out a two-hour-plus set mixing well-worn classics and fresher material.

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    Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio Preps for Solo Tour With 41-Minute Dance Mix

    When Chris Baio isn't playing bass for Vampire Weekend, he's cutting together electronic tracks under his solo surname, Baio. Last fall, the multifaceted Mr. Baio dropped the Mira EP, his second such short-player, following 2012's Sunburn. To support his latest set of dance-floor fare, Baio has announced a proper DJ tour, the clumsily titled (and Drake-biting) Would You Be Interested in a Mira Tour? Tour 2014.If the answer to that question is yes, then scroll down for a full list of engagements. The Modern Vampire of the City will be on the road in February, manning the decks in parts of Europe, Canada, and the U.S. And to promote his upcoming excursion, Baio has shared a new 41-minute mix.

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    Pete Seeger Tribute Show Will Go On, With Posthumous Woody Guthrie Prize

    Pete Seeger may be gone, but a tribute concert honoring the late folk legend's legacy will go on. As Billboard notes, the Grammy Museum and Woody Guthrie Center plan to celebrate Seeger's life's work at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City on February 22.Seeger was supposed to perform at the show and receive the first-ever Woody Guthrie Prize, but sadly, the 94-year-old singer and social activist passed away on January 27 from natural causes. The ceremony — which has been retitled "How Can I Keep from Singing!" — will serve as a posthumous salute and will highlight the connections between Seeger and Guthrie."The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music," said Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, in an official statement.

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    Dum Dum Girls Flash Striking 'Rimbaud Eyes' on 'Letterman'

    Dum Dum Girls touched down in New York City on January 30 to play Mercury Lounge and appear on the Late Show with David Letterman, two engagements that come in support of the nu-New Wavers' latest album, the just-released Too True. Above, enjoy video footage from the Letterman performance. The Los Angeles unit blazed through recent single "Rimbaud Eyes" and adhered to their gloom-and-glamour aesthetic: Frontwoman Dee Dee Penny wore what looked to be the exact same outfit she dons on the Too True cover (down to the lipstick), and glared at the camera as crisp post-punk guitar lines cascaded behind her voice. Watch the clip through the end to catch Dee Dee actually crack a smile when Letterman shakes her hand. And for a look at Dum Dum Girls' Mercury Lounge gig, check out SPIN's photo gallery, Dum Dum Girls Go All-Black-Everything at Mercury Lounge. 

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    Hear Real Estate Debut Breezy New Tracks 'The Bend' and 'April's Song'

    A few weeks back, Real Estate mapped out the details of their upcoming Atlas album and shared the LP's glinting lead single, "Talking Backwards." Now, the New Jersey-bred five-piece have debuted two more songs from their forthcoming third record via an in-studio session for WNYC's Soundcheck series. "The Bend" maintains the lazy river pace that helped the band's first two full-lengths drift forward, while the swooning instrumental "April's Song" puts frontman Martin Courtney's loyalty to Garden State heroes Yo La Tengo to good use.What's immediately clear from this January 30 performance, though, is just how tight of a live band Real Estate have become. In the time since 2011's Days, the group has expanded from a core trio — Courtney, guitarist Matt Mondanile, and bassist-singer Alex Bleeker — to a full-fledged quintet, with Jackson Pollis on drums and Matt Kallman on keyboards.

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    Black Flag's New Vocalist Is Old Vocalist Mike Vallely

    Black Flag have named Mike Vallely as their new lead singer. Rolling Stone confirmed the news in an interview with Vallely, Black Flag's manager throughout 2013, a year that saw the iconic hardcore crew reform, feud with a dueling reunion featuring former bandmates, and release a disappointing new album, the all-too-fittingly titled What The.... Black Flag's tumultuous 2013 ended with the ouster of frontman Ron Reyes, who was booted from the band during a November performance in Australia.Reyes shared word of his dismissal in a Facebook post, explaining that Vallely, who is also a professional skateboarder, walked onstage, grabbed the microphone from him, and sang the rest of the set himself. "I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag," Reyes wrote in November.

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