Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • avey tare's slasher flicks, enter the slasher house, avey tare, little fang

    Hear Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Soften on 'Little Fang'

    Last year, Animal Collective co-leader Avey Tare unveiled his new band, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, a self-described "jazz power trio" featuring ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman. Now, the indie supergroup have announced the details of their debut album, Enter the Slasher House. The upcoming LP drops on April 8 in the States (and April 7 everywhere else) with help from Domino Records, the label that's released the three most recent Animal Collective albums, including 2012's Centipede Hz.Given the members' respective resumes and the "Slasher Flicks" handle, it wouldn't be out of line to assume Avey Tare and co. specialize in avant menace — not so with lead single "Little Fang." The track swings with disco-pop ease, leaving behind the watery cave explored on Avey's solo debut, 2010's Down There.

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    Hear Ex-Cult's Brutal, Psych-Tinged Proto-Punk on 'Midnight Passenger'

    Ex-Cult emerged in 2012 with a self-titled debut album that SPIN described as "a weird, sometimes frightening set of tight-fisted proto-punk." The Memphis five-piece — led by Chris Shaw, formerly of local hardcore crew Vile Nation — followed that first full-length with a grueling tour schedule that saw them desecrate dive bars all over the U.S.

  • russian police choir, nbc, sochi olympics, daft punk

    In Olympic Russia, Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Covers You

    Here's one reason to give Daft Punk's overplayed "Get Lucky" one more listen: The Russian Police Choir covered the Grammy-gobbling song during the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Olympics. To see dozens of uniformed men sing the runaway hit from last year's Random Access Memories (with dashes of choreography sprinkled throughout!), watch the footage over at NBC. But heed our warning: Just like the helmet-less photos of Daft Punk at the airport, you can't un-see this.We should've known the official death knell for the Best Song of 2013 was coming, though. Footage of the Russian Police Choir covering "Get Lucky" made the rounds online last year. Find that clip below.

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    Angel Olsen Devastates on Quiet Crusher 'White Fire'

    Angel Olsen's fast-approaching second album promises to be a much fuller affair than her debut album, 2012's Half Way Home. Compare garage-rock single "Forgiven/Forgotten" and fuzzy wobbler "Hi-Five" to, say, the minimalist folk tunes found on Half Way Home opener "Acrobat" for quick proof. But now, the Missouri-born singer-songwriter has shared a new track that recalls the striking intimacy of her first LP."White Fire" is a spare, seven-minute rumination that feels like the ghost of another song. Olsen's vocals are sleepy and listless as she details one personal tragedy after another. "I heard my mother thinking me right back into my birth," she sings, unspooling a numb melody with her guitar. "I laughed so loud inside myself it all began to hurt.""White Fire" definitely requires patience, but it rewards listeners who play close attention. Hear the track above, find tour dates below.

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    Kacey Musgraves Soars With Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' in 'Austin City Limits' Outtake

    After featuring performances by Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, and Jim James, PBS concert series Austin City Limits will end its 39th season on Saturday, February 8. Country darling Kacey Musgraves will close out the show's recent run of episodes, topping a bill that features singer-songwriter Dale Watson. To tease the broadcast, producers have shared a web-exclusive outtake that catches Kacey singing "Step Off," a pro-positivity tune from her Grammy-winning Same Trailer, Different Park, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013. About a minute into the clip, though, Musgraves' backing band pivots to a reggae-inflected arrangement that leads to a cover of Bob Marley's classic "Three Little Birds." Watch the video above, and look below for a backstage interview with Musgraves, in which the 25-year-old singer discusses her start in the music business and songwriting process.

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    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Will Soundtrack Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

    Jonny Greenwood and Paul Thomas Anderson are joining forces once again. Pitchfork has confirmed that the Radiohead guitarist will score Anderson's upcoming film Inherent Vice. This will be the third collaboration between the duo: Greenwood previously composed original music for Anderson's 2007 opus There Will Be Blood and his 2012 epic The Master, which also featured one of the last great performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.Based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name, Inherent Vice takes place in Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s and tells the story of a "drug-fueled detective" investigating the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend, according to IMDb.

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    Polish Slayer Fans Rename Traffic Circle 'Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit'

    A city in Poland has saluted the late Jeff Hanneman by naming a traffic circle after the Slayer guitarist. As metal fan forum Lambgoat notes, a roundabout in Jaworzno, Poland will be called "Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit" for a full year. The tribute comes at the demand of ART-COM Ltd., a company that, aside from being run by Slayer worshippers, also won an auction to rename the traffic circle and become its "symbolic owner" for 12 months; the auction was part of Poland's annual Grand Finale charity event, organized by the nonprofit Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity.Hanneman passed away in May 2013 at the age of 49, succumbing to alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.

  • mac miller, bright eyes, lua, cover

    Mac Miller Opens His Heart on Bright Eyes Cover 'Lua'

    Mac Miller just became cool and he's willing to risk it all with a bold move: He's shared an earnest cover of a Bright Eyes song. As Noisey points out, the Pittsburgh rapper has recorded his own version of "Lua," a late-night tearjerker first heard on Conor Oberst's 2005 album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. Credited to Mac's producer alias Larry Fisherman, the homage is a straightforward rendition, featuring simple strumming and closed-mouth vocals that are sung and, mercifully, not rapped. Though Mac's been known to run with Cool Kid Chuck Inglish, this folky tribute isn't coming out of left field — he covered "First Day of My Life," another tender love note featured on Wide Awake, back in 2012. What, Mac, no love for Digital Ash in a Digital Urn?

  • dmx, george zimmerman, fight, boxing

    DMX Reiterates He Will Beat George Zimmerman's Ass

    DMX might be eager to fight (and, uh, urinate on) George Zimmerman in a "celebrity boxing match," but the upcoming throwdown isn't official yet. Speaking with FOX News recently (via Rap Radar), the rapper said he hasn't formally accepted the offer to get into the ring with Zimmerman, who was exonerated in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin."I was challenged," DMX said. "I still haven't really decided whether I was going to do it, but if I did do it, whatever money that was supposed to go to him would have to go to charity."Zimmerman told RadarOnline last month he'd already picked a charity to benefit from his potential beatdown, though he wouldn't reveal which one due to concerns of a backlash.

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    Watch the Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon's Freaky 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds'

    Beatlemania continued to dominate the Late Show With David Letterman last night, as the Flaming Lips beamed into the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater to perform their sufficiently trippy cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The Lips, who are fresh off their Amnesty International gig at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, were once again joined on the CBS stage by very special guest Sean Lennon (the Oklahoma City freaks played Letterman with Lennon and Yoko Ono back in October).Wayne Coyne and co. delivered a spacey but faithful rendition of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band standout, complete with an elaborate setup — see the mess of multicolored tubing at Coyne's feet — and, of course, confetti. For their part, the audience offered an appropriate response: stray laughter during a second of silence, followed by rapturous applause.

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