Kyle McGovern

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  • courtney barnett, anonymous club

    Courtney Barnett Signs With Mom + Pop, Preps Proper Debut Album

    Courtney Barnett has become part of the Mom + Pop family. The 26-year-old Australian singer-songwriter has announced that she's inked a deal with the New York-based label, which will re-release her debut album this spring.Barnett's first full-length, last year's The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, was actually a compilation featuring, yes, two EPs: 2012's I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris and 2013's How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose. While the 12-track set caught attention here in the U.S. (earning Barnett a Best New Artist distinction here at SPIN), the record never received a physical release in the States. That'll change on April 15, when Mom + Pop issue The Double EP in North America in CD and vinyl formats, thanks to a licensing agreement with the London label Marathon Artists."I'm very hands on with my music," Barnett told Billboard, discussing the Mom + Pop signing.

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    Watch Quilt's Free-Spirited 'Tie Up the Tides' Video

    Quilt first took shape while co-founders Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler were students at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. "Our early days were really funny," Rochinski told SPIN recently. "We knew how to play music, but we were goofy, weird art-school people in a band." That art-school pedigree shines through in the psych-folkies' latest music video, an abstract visual for "Tie Up the Tides," the latest single from Quilt's recently released Held in Splendor LP. Directed and edited by Edward Greenberg and Ian Perlman, the clip sidesteps any kind of traditional narrative, and instead hangs together as a distillation of the trio's shaggy, hippie-friendly aesthetic. "There is no me and there is no you," Rochinski sings, rainbow colors and feathers swirling over her, Butler, and drummer John Andrews.

  • radiohead, polyfauna, app

    Radiohead, Still Stalling on New Album, Release 'PolyFauna' App

    Radiohead are dragging their feet on their ninth album, but the Oxford chaps have shared a brand new project: an app called "PolyFauna." According to the band's website, the program is "an experimental collaboration" between Radiohead and U.K. digital design studio Universal Everything. The project grew out of the sessions behind Radiohead's most recent LP, 2011's The King of Limbs, and the sounds and imagery associated with the record's elliptical opener, "Bloom."PolyFauna arrives on February 11, almost exactly three years after the release of The King of Limbs, which dropped on February 18, 2011. (Shout-out to SPIN contributor Daniel Kreps for the following tweet: "On the almost-three-year anniversary of The King of Limbs, Radiohead announces...

  • jimmy kimmel, eric church, the outsiders

    Eric Church Nearly Burns Down 'Kimmel' During Pyro-Friendly Visit

    Eric Church set Jimmy Kimmel Live! ablaze on February 10, performing a pyrotechnics-powered set on the late-night talk show's AT&T Outdoor Stage. The SPIN cover star delivered a masterful double-header, spotlighting two tracks from his Essential new album, The Outsiders, out today (February 11) via EMI Nashville. The North Carolina-grown country star played the LP's chest-thumping, outlaw-repping title track, then went wistful for the record's second single, "Give Me Back My Hometown."Watch the flames and fireworks above, and find the power ballad below.For an close-up look at Church, read SPIN's February cover story, Eric Church Marks His Territory.

  • the tontons, make out king and other stories of love

    Stream the Tontons' Lusty 'Make Out King and Other Stories of Love' Album

    The Tontons may take their name from a giant snow lizard seen in Star Wars, but don't rush to judgement; the Houston crew are well-versed in lovers' rock. To wit, the group's second album, due out February 18, is called Make Out King and Other Stories of Love. The foursome — led by sultry-voiced singer Asli Omar and rounded out by bassist Tom Nguyen, as well as brothers Adam and Justin Martinez, on guitar and drums, respectively — have already shared two songs from the forthcoming follow-up to their 2009 self-titled debut: Paste pulled the curtain back on taut soul-rock track "Veida" and Rolling Stone ushered in opening charmer "Magic Hour."Now, the Tontons are offering the entire LP for an early listen, right here at SPIN. For 40 minutes of natural charisma and steamy hooks, stream Make Out King and Other Stories of Love below. Pre-orders are now available through iTunes.

  • maynard james keenan, tool, tour dates

    Tool's 2014 Tour Just Got Bigger

    Tool have expanded their brief 2014 tour plans. The art-metal godheads announced on their website that they'll be making a few extra stops on their March itinerary. In addition to the U.S. and Mexico gigs announced last month, Maynard James Keenan and co. have added another six engagements: two more concerts in California, one in Las Vegas, and three in Texas. Tickets for all of the newly confirmed dates — except for the March 25 performance in Houston — go on sale Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. local time. The Houston tickets will be available at noon local time on February 14.VIP pre-sales will go up for grabs on Thursday, February 13 at 10 a.m. PST through Tool Army and 3 p.m. PST through Tool's official website.Little is confirmed about Tool's supposedly in-the-works new album.

  • 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).

  • christine hoberg, actions, world within

    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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