Kyle McGovern

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  • philip seymour hoffman, death, heroin, arrests

    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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    AT&T Wants to Track Your Downloads and Bandwidth Use

    A new patent from AT&T could potentially penalize Internet users who stream and download music online. As the Huffington Post reports, Patent US 20140010082 A1, which was published in January and still in the application stage, outlines a plan in which AT&T would be able to charge customers more money based on how much time they spend online and what kinds of websites they visit. Yes, this spells trouble for users of bandwidth-hungry sites like Netflix, but it also could lighten the wallets of anyone with, say, a Spotify account.If the patent moves forward, AT&T would be allowed to sell its customers different kinds of service plans, and award them with "an initial number of credits," according to the patent.

  • arcade fire, juno awards, canada

    Arcade Fire Nominated for Six 2014 Juno Awards

    Nominees for Canada's Juno Awards are in and Arcade Fire are leading this year's crop of hopefuls, with a total of six nominations. The indie-rock superstars received nods for Album of the Year (for Reflektor, an LP that ranked on SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list), Group of the Year, Juno Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year (for the title track from Reflektor), and Songwriter of the Year. Michael Bublé earned the second-highest number of nominations, pulling down four, tying with folk singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. They'll both face off against Arcade Fire in the race for Album of the Year (him for his Grammy winning To Be Loved, her for the 2012 LP Harmony).

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    Pattern Is Movement Announce Self-Titled Album With Soulful 'River'

    Pattern Is Movement will end its nearly six-year silence this spring. On April 1, Hometapes will release the Philadelphia-bred project's fourth album, a self-titled, 10-track effort that follows 2008's All Together. After undergoing various lineup and stylistic changes, Pattern Is Movement has settled into an R&B-mining duo featuring founding members Andrew Thiboldeaux (Rhodes piano, synth, bass, and vocals) and Christopher Ward (drums).To promote their upcoming effort, the studio-savvy shape-shifters have announced a month-long tour of the U.S. and shared the record's opening track, "River." Blending peppy piano, thick low-end buzz, and the kinds of vocal acrobatics usually associated with Dirty Projectors, the new single offers an inviting look at what Thiboldeaux and Ward have been brewing for the past few years.

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    Hear Lowell's Lush, Biting Electronic Anthem '88'

    Toronto-based singer Lowell first surfaced in 2012, as part of Apparatjik, a supergroup featuring Guy Berryman of Coldplay, Magne Furuholmen of A-ha, Jonas Bjerre of Mew, and producer Martin Terefe. The transcontinental collective teamed with Lowell to put out her mini-album, If You Can, Solve This Jumble, but soon, the pop auteur will release her first solo set of songs.On February 25, Arts & Crafts will drop the I Killed Sara V. EP, a short-player of high-minded, electronic sing-alongs concerned with gender politics and identity issues. The 22-year-old has already shared one track from the upcoming effort ("Cloud 69," a hefty shuffler first heard on Noisey), and now she's let go of another. Scroll down to stream "88," a dreamy pick-me-up that prepares you for romantic letdowns. "I let you know that I can be unfaithful," Lowell sings.

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    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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