Kyle McGovern

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  • daft punk, random access memories, grammys, helmets

    Even Daft Punk Have to Take Off Their Helmets at the Airport

    Daft Punk may have just taken home the Grammy for Album of the Year, but most Americans have no idea what the men underneath those shiny helmets actually look like. Well, wonder no more: TMZ has unmasked the French disco duo by snapping photos of them outside Los Angeles International Airport sans disguise. Yes, it turns out that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter really are Human After All, and like the rest of us humans, they can't board an airplane while obscuring their identities. Scroll down for proof (it's also worth noting that the red TMZ arrow on the right is obscuring a Hüsker Dü T-shirt worn by Bangalter):To see more of the Random Access Memories robots in the flesh, head over to TMZ, but be warned: The video features TMZ's trademark voiceover and watercooler bloviation.

  • broken bells, after the disco, jimmy kimmel live, holding on for life

    Broken Bells Deploy Space-Age Synths on 'Kimmel'

    Shins mastermind James Mercer and production virtuoso Danger Mouse will finally drop their second album as Broken Bells on February 4. Dubbed After the Disco, the fast-approaching LP comes at the end of a lengthy and (presumably) big budget promotional cycle that's brought us bits of a sci-fi mini-movie starring Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Only Lovers Left Alive); a "Take Away Show" twofer; a remix from Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner; and now, an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!The super-duo took the Sony Outdoor Stage on January 29 to put on a laser light show and perform a pair of highlights from their must-hear full-length: the Bee Gees-biting "Holding on for Life" and retro-futurist title track. Find the former above and the latter below, and stream After the Disco in its entirety through iTunes.

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    The Whigs Announce April Album 'Modern Creation' With Triumphant 'Hit Me'

    The Whigs will return on April 22 with their fifth album, the upcoming Modern Creation. Produced by Jim Scott (whose CV includes work with Wilco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Weezer), the LP was recorded at PLYRZ Studios in Valencia, California and completed over the course of just two weeks, from start to finish. The forthcoming full-length, which follows 2012's Enjoy the Company, spans a total of 10 tracks and favors full-band live takes over studio trickery. Judging from lead single "Hit Me," the focus has paid off; stream the new song in all its jangly, garage-pop glory below. Find the album's cover art, track list, and the Whigs' tour dates below that.Modern Creation track list:1. "You Should Be Able to Feel It"2. "Asking Strangers for Directions"3. "The Particular"4. "Hit Me"5. "Modern Creation"6. "Friday Night"7. "She Is Everywhere"8. "Too Much in the Morning"9. "I Couldn't Lie"10.

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    Laura Jane Grace's Against Me! Proudly Declare 'FUCKMYLIFE666' on 'Letterman'

    We've already seen Against Me! blow through Transgender Dysphoria Blues at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and caught lead singer Laura Jane Grace during her solo acoustic tour last year. But on January 29, the Florida punks made their first late-night appearance in support of their outstanding new album, dropping in on the Late Show With David Letterman to showcase wistful chest-thumper "FUCKMYLIFE666." Grace delivered a thrilling, full-throated vocal performance, demanding answers from a national television audience. "Are things made to be destroyed?" she asked during the arena-punk anthem. "Are moments meant to pass?"Watch the clip above, and be sure to read SPIN's recent interview with Grace about Transgender Dysphoria Blues and her struggle with the titular condition: Laura Jane Grace on the Tortured Path to 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues.'

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    Hear Shorts' Sunny, Bummer Beauty 'Berlin 1971'

    Mikael Caterer, guitarist for Brooklyn-based slacker-pop crew Scott & Charlene's Wedding, has gone solo for his own project, Shorts. On March 18, the Australian native — who also teaches kindergarten in the NYC neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant — will release Shorts' debut EP, Berlin 1971, through Aloe Music. The upcoming 7-inch was recorded with the help of Woods member Jarvis Taveniere (who also produced Quilt's recent Held in Splendor LP) and features Jonah Maurer (Real Estate, Free Time, Titus Andronicus) on bass, Dylan Shumaker (Woodsman, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks) on drums, and fellow Aussie Adrian Tregonning on guitar and keys.Sneak a glimpse at the four-song set by streaming the title track from Berlin 1971, a sweet slice of bummed-out tropical-pop.

  • jimi hendrix, dead, estate, merchandise

    Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Appeal in $1.7 Million Lawsuit for Unlicensed Merchandise

    In the decades since Jimi Hendrix's death, the classic rock icon's likeness and work have been revived many times over. See the embattled, André 3000-starring biopic and last year's posthumous People, Hell and Angels compilation for quick reference. But the late, great guitarist's image has also appeared on T-shirts, posters, key chains, dart boards, and other kitschy items thanks to HendrixLicensing.com, a vendor run by Andrew Pitsicalis, who is business partners with Hendrix's younger brother, Leon.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Broken Bells, Les Claypool, CEO, Willis Earl Beal, and More

    This week's roundup of album streams stars Broken Bells, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, CEO, Willis Earl Beal, and the cast of Starbucks' Sweetheart 2014 compilation, including Beck, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, and many more. Find it all below. 1) Broken Bells, After the Disco. "James Mercer and Danger Mouse are once again collaborating as Broken Bells. The lead single from their sophomore album, "Holding on for Life," looks to stretch 2013's glitz-and-glamour revival (see: Daft Punk, Arcade Fire) into the new year, floating a lightweight falsetto over a slow-ripple groove and air-brushing the whole vehicle with sparkling sonics." — SPIN (via iTunes)2) Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Four Foot Shack. "After fronting alt-metal legends Primus for 30 years... Claypool has decided to form an Americana duo.

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    Wye Oak Ditch Guitar for Lead 'Shriek' Single 'The Tower'

    Last year, SPIN visited Wye Oak in the studio while they were working on their fourth album, an LP that marks a drastic shift in the Baltimore-bred duo's sound. "There's not a lick of guitar on this whole record," singer (and, now, bassist) Jenn Wasner said inside Brooklyn's Rare Book Room Studio, seated alongside fellow member Andy Stack. "It basically inverts what we were responsible for. Andy was playing droney bass lines on keyboard. Now he's responsible for the more upper register stuff that guitar would normally handle, while I'm playing bass lines on a bass guitar."Now, Wye Oak have officially announced the upcoming effort and shared its lead single. The follow-up to 2011's Civilian is titled Shriek and set to arrive on April 29 via North Carolina super-indie label Merge Records.

  • 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.

  • prince, lawsuit, drop

    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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