Kyle McGovern

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  • real estate, atlas, soundcheck

    Hear Real Estate Debut Breezy New Tracks 'The Bend' and 'April's Song'

    A few weeks back, Real Estate mapped out the details of their upcoming Atlas album and shared the LP's glinting lead single, "Talking Backwards." Now, the New Jersey-bred five-piece have debuted two more songs from their forthcoming third record via an in-studio session for WNYC's Soundcheck series. "The Bend" maintains the lazy river pace that helped the band's first two full-lengths drift forward, while the swooning instrumental "April's Song" puts frontman Martin Courtney's loyalty to Garden State heroes Yo La Tengo to good use.What's immediately clear from this January 30 performance, though, is just how tight of a live band Real Estate have become. In the time since 2011's Days, the group has expanded from a core trio — Courtney, guitarist Matt Mondanile, and bassist-singer Alex Bleeker — to a full-fledged quintet, with Jackson Pollis on drums and Matt Kallman on keyboards.

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    Black Flag's New Vocalist Is Old Vocalist Mike Vallely

    Black Flag have named Mike Vallely as their new lead singer. Rolling Stone confirmed the news in an interview with Vallely, Black Flag's manager throughout 2013, a year that saw the iconic hardcore crew reform, feud with a dueling reunion featuring former bandmates, and release a disappointing new album, the all-too-fittingly titled What The.... Black Flag's tumultuous 2013 ended with the ouster of frontman Ron Reyes, who was booted from the band during a November performance in Australia.Reyes shared word of his dismissal in a Facebook post, explaining that Vallely, who is also a professional skateboarder, walked onstage, grabbed the microphone from him, and sang the rest of the set himself. "I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag," Reyes wrote in November.

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    Chromeo and Toro y Moi Make Out With Mannequins in 'Come Alive' Video

    Chromeo's brand of cheesed-out electro-funk already comes stuffed with copious nods to the 1980s, but the Canadian duo find room for one more with their video for "Come Alive," the latest single from their upcoming White Women album. The Alex Southam-directed visual plays like an homage to the 1987 film Mannequin, a stone-cold classic in the "Oh no, I'm in love with an inanimate object" genre of rom-coms. Chromeo's Dave 1 is out of luck with the ladies, so he takes the next logical step: He starts trolling a local department store with Toro y Moi (who guests on the track) to pick up some mannequins who have magically come to life.Watch the clip — which was the first-ever video to debut exclusively to Shazam users — above.

  • john lennon, yoko ono, the beatles, breakup, howard smith

    Hear John Lennon and Yoko Ono Talk About the Beatles Breakup in 1972 Interview

    It's been more than 50 years since the Beatles dropped their debut album, and the releases keep coming. The Fab Four's early days were just revisited with the On Air — Live at the BBC, Volume 2 compilation, their U.S.-only output is being repackaged as a 13-CD retrospective, and soon, fans will be able to own a series of interviews that John Lennon and Yoko Ono did with journalist/film director Howard Smith.On April 15, MVD Entertainment Group will put out I'm Not the Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews With Howard Smith, 1969-1972, an eight-CD box set that collects five conversations John and Yoko had with Smith between 1969 and 1972.

  • 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.

  • against me!, transgender dysphoria blues, fuckmylife666, laura jane grace

    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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