Kyle McGovern

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  • slowdive, reunion, primavera sound

    Slowdive End 20-Year Silence With Promise of Tour, Possible New Album

    Shoegaze giants Slowdive are planning a full-scale reunion. After announcing on January 28 that they're getting back together to play this year's Primavera Sound music festival in Barcelona, Spain, the English dream-weavers have confirmed yet another performance. Days before their May 29 appearance at Primavera, Slowdive will perform at London's the Village Underground on May 19. The upcoming gig will be the band's first in 20 years, almost exactly to the day — the last time Slowdive took the stage was on May 21, 1994, at Lee's Place in Toronto, as the group's website points out."I'm super excited," chief songwriter Neil Halstead said in a recent interview with the Quietus. "We had our first rehearsal last week, which was fun. We were surprisingly good.

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    Prince Abandons $22 Million Lawsuit Against Average Internet Denizens

    Well, that was fast. Prince has officially dropped his $22 million copyright lawsuit against 22 different users of Facebook and Google's Blogger platform, less than two weeks after filing the complaint. TMZ reports it has obtained documents filed in federal court in California that state the Purple One has abandoned his case against the mostly anonymous bootleggers, who allegedly uploaded a bunch of unofficial videos of Prince performing live.Prince was seeking $1 million from each of the defendants, two of whom were identified as Dan Chodera and Karina Jindrova. According to Prince's paperwork, Chodera and Jindrova supposedly ran a now-deactivated Facebook account that posted several concert clips.

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    Shadowy Swedish Trio Kate Boy Flirt With the Electro-Pop Abyss

    The relationship between Kate Akhurst, Markus Dextegen, and Hampus Nordgren Hemlin began, like so many relationships before it, over a drink.Back in 2011, Akhurst — at the time, an Australian songwriter-for-hire based in London — was visiting Stockholm when she was introduced to Swedish producers/songwriters Dextegen and Hemlin by a mutual acquaintance. Pleasantries and bar conversation quickly led to a spontaneous trip to a recording studio, which resulted in "Northern Lights," a moonlit electro-pop single that generated a substantial amount of online buzz when it debuted in 2012."We weren't even a band then," Akhurst says over the phone in a Stockholm studio, remembering that first impromptu session.

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    Watch the Darcys' Seedy, Reno-Set 'Horses Fell' Video

    Last year, the Darcys described their third album as a record about "moving forward [and] learning in motion." But the Toronto quartet's newest video, for cinematic track "Horses Fell," hones in on someone whose life has stalled. "This video follows Sonny Castille, a former Vegas lounge singer who lost everything to drug addiction," explains director Michael Maxxis. "He moved to Reno, so he could disappear. I met Sonny at a slot machine in the Sands Hotel at 2 a.m., and was moved by his story. It is a story that is presented in his eyes.

  • angelina jolie, maleficent, lana del rey

    Hear Lana Del Rey's Creepy 'Once Upon a Dream' Cover in 'Maleficent' Trailer

    Lana Del Rey's version of Sleeping Beauty ballad "Once Upon a Dream" won't be fully revealed until after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, but viewers got an early peek at the track via a new trailer for Disney's upcoming Maleficent film. The clip, which aired during the live CBS broadcast of "Music's Biggest Night," offers a 90-second snippet of what the Tropico siren has conjured up for the Angelina Jolie-starring blockbuster, due out in theaters May 30. Smoky vocals, a bewitching come-hither delivery, and delicate piano turn the 1959 fairytale song into a haunting lullaby. Preview it above, and hear the full song in high-quality audio below.

  • sirvana, paul mccartney, nirvana, cut me some slack, dave grohl, grammys 2014

    Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney Adorably Accept the Best Rock Song Grammy

    Sirvana — the fanboy-dreamed collaboration between Sir Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana — picked up its very first Grammy on January 26. The supergroup's "Cut Me Some Slack" may have been robbed of an Oscar nomination, but the Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack highlight was crowned Best Rock Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards."We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Paul and for Ringo," SPIN cover star Dave Grohl said while accepting the award. "This song was two hours in my studio. I called up Paul and said, 'Hey, man, do you want to come jam with some friends of mine?' He came over, we knocked this out in a couple of hours, and to me, that’s what rock'n'roll is all about."McCartney chimed in, adding, "He said, 'Do you want to come over and do a jam on 'Long Tall Sally?' I said, 'No, we've been there, done that.

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    Grammys 2014 Winners: Daft Punk Win Album of the Year, Macklemore (Almost) Wins the Rest

    Daft Punk's Random Access Memories took home the biggest prize during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26. The robots' ode to the glitzy, long-gone disco era was declared the Album of the Year, beating out Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, Taylor Swift's Red, and Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest.The star-studded LP was also awarded the title of Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. RAM's "Get Lucky," meanwhile, snatched the trophies for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, bringing Daft Punk's total win count to five, more than any other artist nominated this year.Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cleaned up as well, collecting four Grammys.

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    Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong Confirmed to Perform at 2014 Grammys

    Well, it's official: Madonna will perform at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced the news on January 24, confirming rumors that the Material Girl would play the live ceremony, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26.Organizers for the Grammys also revealed that Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will perform during the telecast as well. The pop-punk veteran will share the stage with country star Miranda Lambert to pay tribute to the late, great Phil Everly. (Armstrong recently teamed up with Norah Jones to release their own version of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.) Armstrong and Lambert are also each up for Grammys this year. He's nominated as a member of Green Day for Best Music Film, for the ¡Cuatro!

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    Watch Ty Dolla $ign's Beautifully Bombed-Out 'Never Be the Same' Video

    Ty Dolla $ign's Beach House EP washed up on iTunes this week, and the Los Angeles rapper-singer is promoting his debut short-player with an apocalyptic video for the Jay Rock-assisted, sorta-Drake-shaded (in name, at least) "Never Be the Same." Ignore the sea salt air-vibes conjured by the EP's title, and forget about the pool party Dolla threw with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for the "100 Everything" clip a few months back — this just-dropped visual takes place in a bombed-out wasteland brought to life by director Jerome D.As Dolla reflects, via syrupy vocals, on how success has altered his life, the camera surveys the devastation surrounding him: crumbling buildings, abandoned school buses, orphaned children left to their own devices. Okay, so maybe it's a dramatic interpretation of the song's "shit done changed" thesis, but the track comes with its own melodramatic tendencies.

  • dan croll, seet disarray, from nowhere, video

    Dan Croll Enters High-Stakes Staring Contest in 'From Nowhere' Video

    Budding British singer-songwriter Dan Croll will release his debut album in the U.S. on April 1. Titled Sweet Disarray, the 12-track set is on the way via Capitol Records and collects a handful of previously released gems from the chameleonic 23-year-old, including soulful strummer "Home," the horn-blasted "Compliment Your Soul," and chipper electronic tune "In/Out." Also featured on the Joe Willis-produced LP — which lands in the U.K. on March 10 — is "From Nowhere," the full-length's light-footed opener."From Nowhere" has also received the music video treatment courtesy of directing team Mathy + Fran. The clip channels the prim spirit of Wes Anderson, depicting a high-stakes, National Staring Competition. Watch Croll lock eyes with the enemy above, then scroll down for the full track list to Sweet Disarray. And stay tuned for details on his upcoming U.S.

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