Kyle McGovern

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    Police Recover Stolen $5 Million, 300-Year-Old Stradivarius Violin

    A nearly 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in a January assault has turned up. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that police discovered the instrument, which dates back to 1715 and is valued at $5 million, in a suitcase in the attic of a Milwaukee home. Cops arrested three suspects — two men, ages 36 and 41, and a woman, age 32 — on Monday afternoon. The three are still in custody.The theft went down on January 27, when Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was attacked with a stun gun after performing a chamber concert with the violin at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Local law enforcement authorities teamed with agents in the FBI's Art Theft Program and members of Interpol (not that Interpol), and, with information from Taser International, were able to track the stun gun to one of the three suspects, Universal Allah.

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    Owen Pallett Preps Brian Eno-Assisted Album 'In Conflict' for Spring Release

    Owen Pallett will return this spring with his fourth solo album. The follow-up to 2010's Heartland is called In Conflict and it's scheduled to arrive May 13 via Domino/Secret City.Written and produced by Pallett, the upcoming effort spans 13 tracks and features contributions from Brian Eno (who supplies vocals, as well as synth- and guitar-work) and the Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra. Pallett recorded the LP with drummer Robbie Gordon and bassist-singer Matt Smith serving as the core rhythm section."The record is meant to approach 'insanity' in a positive way," Pallett says in an official statement. "Depession, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being.

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    Roomrunner Reboot for a Dynamic New EP

    "I'm not going to lie — at first, I was kind of weirded out by these songs," Roomrunner drummer Bret Lanahan says, lounging on a couch in Baltimore recording studio the Magpie Cage. "They're a lot prettier.""It's still very much us," frontman Denny Bowen says of this fresh material, which will fuel an upcoming, currently untitled new EP. "It's just a different us. There's a dynamic range to us now. It's not just full-on, rip-your-skin-off-type bullshit."To date, feedback-juiced noise-rock has been Roomrunner's forté, as heard on the group's gut-punch of a debut album, Ideal Cities, which arrived in May 2013 via Fan Death Records. But this fall, the foursome — Lanahan, Bowen, guitarist Jeff Byers, and bassist/producer/engineer Dan Frome — retooled their creative process.

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    Watch Warpaint Play Four Bewitching Songs in France

    SPIN recently shadowed Warpaint as they made their way around New York City, visiting the American Museum of Natural History, stopping by radio show KEXP, and playing an intimate gig at Brooklyn's Union Pool. The latter two activities were done in support of the all-female quartet's second album, the just-released Warpaint (the museum trip was more recreational, in case you were wondering).

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    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.

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