Kyle McGovern

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Biography

  • color war, it could only be this way, sos

    Watch Color War Load Up on Pomp and Circumstance for Lush 'SOS' Video

    Color War's Justin "Billy J" Lin and Lindsay Mound originally met in 2004, when they were both working as visual artists. In 2009, the Brooklyn-based duo began collaborating on music, assuming their name and honing their dark electronics. Now, Color War are gearing up to unveil their debut album, It Could Only Be This Way, due March 4 via Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. With that preparation comes the official video for the album's second single, "SOS" (lead track "Obelisk" surfaced last summer). Directed by Lin and Mound's friend Julia Ngeow, the clip is rich in ceremony and color, telling the story of a royal who's beset upon by evil forces. Watch the drama unfold above.

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    Stream Diane Coffee's Rippling Cover of Washed Out's 'Amor Fati'

    When Shaun Fleming isn't drumming for Foxygen, he's building a solo body of work as Diane Coffee. Last year, the psych-pop specialist released Diane Coffee's debut full-length, the "Tale of a Dead Dog"-featuring My Friend Fish. Now, Fleming has returned with a non-album one-off track — a cover of Washed Out's "Amor Fati," a pillowy highlight from Ernest Greene's 2011 LP Within and Without. To hear a chillwave classic remade as a flower-child daydream, stream the tribute below.

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    Quilt Aren't Afraid to Go Chasing Waterfalls

    Who: Quilt's vintage strain of psychedelic folk first blossomed in the late 2000s, at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. "Our early days were really funny," recalls vocalist/guitarist/organist Anna Fox Rochinski. "We knew how to play music, but we were goofy, weird art-school people in a band. It was awesome." Rochinski, singer-guitarist Shane Butler, and drummer Taylor McVay bonded over shared interests, exchanged mix CDs — Butler's first contribution included songs by the 13th Floor Elevators, the Red Crayola, the Kinks, and Grateful Dead — and, over the course of a year, recorded most of what eventually became their self-titled debut album, released in 2011 by Mexican Summer. "The whole debut record was like our graduate school," says Butler.

  • interpol, fifth album, tour dates, nme awards tour

    Interpol Announce U.K. Tour Dates as They Finish Fifth Album

    Interpol are in the midst of a comeback. The dapper New York trio — now composed of sometimes rapper Paul Banks, EmptyMansions man Sam Fogarino, and guitarist Daniel Kessler — have announced a slate of upcoming tour dates. In addition to their already confirmed festival dates (Governors Ball Music Festival and All Tomorrow's Parties Iceland included), Interpol will headline this year's NME Awards Tour, which encompasses eight dates in the U.K., beginning in March.The announcement came through Interpol's website, with the reveal that the band is almost done with their fifth album. No real details on the full-length (title, track list, release date) are public yet. Right now, we just know that Interpol are in the U.K., putting finishing touches on the follow-up to 2010's self-titled LP, and that recording sessions ended in December (via Twitter).

  • trent reznor, david fincher, gone girl, score

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Reunite With David Fincher for 'Gone Girl'

    David Fincher's next feature film Gone Girl will feature an original score by the critically beloved director's go-to fan-adored team: Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross. The Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels boss confirmed the news on Twitter today, writing "and yes, Atticus and I are scoring David Fincher's upcoming Gone Girl!" This will be the third Fincher movie that Reznor and Ross have handled, following 2010's The Social Network and 2011's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

  • temples, mesmerise, video, sun structures

    Watch Temples' Mysterious, Animated 'Mesmerise' Video

    On February 11, rising psych-rock outfit Temples will drop their debut album, Sun Structures. In advance of the upcoming full-length, which is one of 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014, the English foursome have shared a music video for sun-streaked single "Mesmerise." Directed by Benjael Halfmaderholz, the animated clip follows a tiny floating pyramid as it drifts through a labyrinth that mysteriously emerges from the sands of a desert. In other words, it's a puzzling visual that more than earns its title. Watch "Mesmerise" above, and head over to iTunes to pre-order Sun Structures.

  • mac demarco, salad days, new album, passing out pieces

    Mac DeMarco's 'Passing Out Pieces' Single Brings 'Salad Days' LP Details

    Mac DeMarco recently let slip that his next album would be called Salad Days and that it would be out in April. (He also teased the LP with a joke song about craving "a little bit of pussy," but that's beside the point.) Now, the oddball, often nude crooner has officially announced the details of his new record.The follow-up to 2012's 2 will arrive on April 1 via Captured Tracks and it'll come with a total of 11 songs, including the "Salad Days" title track, "Treat Her Better," and "Let Her Go," three tunes DeMarco played during a New Year's Eve radio session for Canada's CKUA. The April Fool's Day LP will also feature "Passing Out Pieces," the album's wobbly first single. "Can't claim to care / Never been reluctant to share," the 23-year-old DeMarco sings, sounding a bit weary for his age.

  • future islands, seasons (waiting on you), video, singles, album

    Future Islands Tip Hat to Cowboys With 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' Video

    Future Islands' lovelorn synth-pop has its origins in Baltimore, but the East Coast trio set their sights on America's heartland in the new video for "Seasons (Waiting On You)," the opening track from upcoming album Singles. The just-unveiled video once again pairs Future Islands with director Jay Buim, who previously helmed the band's "Tin Man," "Balance," and "Grease" clips. This time, Buim examines the idea of the modern cowboy, an archetype that takes part in rodeos, group prayer, and bar room games of pool, while still holding onto a certain kind of quiet, dignified romance that city slickers have let slip away."For us, sometimes, it's quite spellbinding how Jay can translate our sound into an image," Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Harring says in an official statement.

  • the death set, king babies ep, dim mak records, lite the fuse

    The Death Set Fashion Pizza Bikinis for NSFW 'Lite the Fuse' Video

    The Death Set have returned with the just-unleashed King Babies EP, a four-track set that also has the honor of being the 500th release from Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records. To promote the new short-player, the Australia-bred, Brooklyn-based trio — now composed of Johnny Siera, Dan Walker, and Will Broussard — have also dropped an official video for "Lite the Fuse," the EP's opening electro-punk assault. Directed by Sofia Szamosi, the clip depicts a sort of, ahem, "adult" pizza party, where slices serve as bikini bottoms and pepperoni bits act as nipple pasties. Watch above, and head over to iTunes to buy the King Babies EP.

  • vampire weekend, modern vampires of the city, hannah hunt, jimmy kimmel live

    Watch Vampire Weekend's Stately 'Kimmel' Double-Header

    Vampire Weekend defended their title of 2013's Band of the Year on January 20, performing a twofer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The quick-witted foursome opened with "Hannah Hunt," the smoldering centerpiece from their masterful third LP, Modern Vampires of the City (one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 and a personal favorite of this writer). VW capped off their one-night stand on the Sony Outdoor Stage with a rendition of "Unbelievers," a jaunty Modern tune the band played on Kimmel for Halloween 2012. Get more acquainted with "Hannah Hunt" above and spend time with "Unbelievers" below.

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