Kyle McGovern

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  • CEO, wonderland, mirage

    Stream CEO's Swirling, Wondrous 'Mirage'

    CEO mastermind Eric Berglund has already offered a few glimpses at his adventurous, odd-pop Wonderland album, out February 4 in the U.S. by way of Modular. Over the last few weeks, the former Tough Alliance member has taken listeners to the carnival-rave "Whorehouse," dropped them into the rainbow-colored, rap-pilfering "Wonderland," and now he's shared "Mirage," a sparkling mini-symphony that comes decorated with glassy electronics and peppered with samples of children's laughter."Sharp contrasts and turns speak to my heart, 'cause it's what my heart has been through," Berglund told the New York Times recently, when discussing Wonderland as a whole. "Darkness doesn't appeal to me, but it's there, and the best way to not let it hurt you is to get closer to it." The Swedish one-man-band continued, saying that his sophomore LP as CEO should experienced in very specific conditions.

  • arsenio hall, biz markie, just a friend

    Watch Biz Markie Bring 'Just a Friend' to 'Arsenio Hall'

    Wait, what year is this? Last night, Biz Markie performed his classic 1989 punchline "Just a Friend" on The Arsenio Hall Show (also originally from 1989, technically). Twenty-five years after the fact, the Freddie Scott-sampling single can still inspire a television audience to howl along. Biz may be a bit longer in the tooth — and, understandably, a little shorter of breath — but the 49-year-old multi-threat remains the most magnetic guy in any room he enters. For proof, watch the clip above, but be warned: No powdered wigs were used in this performance. And to see the New Jersey native show off his beatbox skills, scroll down to see the buddy cop-spoofing skit he and Hall filmed for the January 23 broadcast.

  • no age, late show with david letterman, c'mon stimmung, an object

    See No Age Transform 'Letterman' Into DIY Art Space for 'C'mon, Stimmung'

    No Age performed on the Late Show With David Letterman on January 23, and, as the high-minded DIY duo are wont to do, they turned the space into a makeshift art exhibition. Singer-drummer Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall covered their instruments and amps with white sheets, donned identical denim outfits, and played in front of a blank backdrop while drenched in bluish light. The uniformed front was in service of "C'mon, Stimmung," a sparky art-punk fit from the Los Angeles pair's handmade 2013 album, An Object. Watch the clip above, and look out around the 2:10 mark: Randall jumps off his amp and nearly crashes onstage.No Age have also just released the music video for "I Won't Be Your Generator," a slow-burner that can also be found on An Object.

  • iska dhaaf, everybody knows, even the sun will burn

    Watch Iska Dhaaf's Thrilling, Macklemore-Featuring 'Everybody Knows' Video

    Iska Dhaaf is the partnership between guitarist/vocalist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Verdoes, who plan to release their debut album on March 11 through Brick Lane Records. In advance of the upcoming Even the Sun Will Burn LP, the Seattle duo (whose name roughly translates to "let it go" in Somali, a language Verdoes speaks fluently) have shared a jittery music video for the record's first single, "Everybody Knows."Filmed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the cinematic clip offers a peek inside the mind of a Vietnam-era soldier watching a USO Show unfold.

  • kevin morby, jena malone, harlem river

    Jena Malone Seduces in Kevin Morby's Hawaiian 'Harlem River' Video

    Kevin Morby splits his time between playing bass with Woods and co-fronting the Babies with (now former Vivian Girl) Cassie Ramone. Somehow, the Kansas City native also found time to start a solo career with last year's Harlem River, and film a new music video for the album's spare, sashaying title track. The fuzzy clip features direction from Adarsha Benjamin and stars actress Jena Malone, who dances the hula while wearing lingerie and a trench coat.

  • Poliça, i need $ money, video

    See Polica Play Motel Housekeeper in Dreamy 'I Need $' Video

    Poliça have completed their de facto trilogy of music videos supporting last year's Shulamith album. Following the torture-porn nightmare seen in "Tiff" and the dream-like paradise depicted in "Warrior Lord," we have a new visual for upcoming single "I Need $." Directed by Isaac Ravishankara, the video casts singer Channy Leaneagh as a motel cleaning woman who longs for a different kind of life, who'd rather daydream than scrub away strangers' messes. We won't give away the ending entirely, but know that the six-and-a-half-minute piece includes a coda of "So Leave," the closing track from Poliça's sophomore LP."Having 'So Leave' in the video felt as natural as a continuation of the story as it does musically on the album," Ravishankara said in an official statement, explaining the addition.

  • the hold steady, teeth dreams, i hope this whole thing didn't frighten you

    Hold Steady Aim for Arenas on 'I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You'

    The Hold Steady have shared the first single from their upcoming sixth album, Teeth Dreams. Titled "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You," the new track doesn't drastically reinvent the Brooklyn gang's brand of hyperliterate anthem-rock, but it does amplify their sound. Discussing the entire LP with Rolling Stone, frontman Craig Finn said, "We were looking to make a big rock record... Maybe it's less wild but in some ways that makes it a bigger record."And "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" definitely files in the "big rock" category, with its studio-polished guitar licks and radio-ready heft.

  • neil young, jack white, a letter home, new album

    Neil Young Plans 'Low-Tech' March Album, Denies Jack White 'Duets'

    Neil Young will deliver his next album this March. The 68-year-old guitar god confirmed the tentative release date to Rolling Stone recently and said the upcoming record will be called A Letter Home. Young didn't go into much further detail about the project, but he did say that it's "one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had."Right now, it looks as though A Letter Home will arrive via Jack White's Third Man Records. The label's website has a page devoted to the release that contains the following message: "An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."What remains unclear is whether A Letter Home is the covers album that Young and White supposedly recorded together.

  • bruce springsteen, tom morello, high hopes, just like fire would

    Watch Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello's Ashen 'Just Like Fire Would' Video

    Last year, footage surfaced of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (joined by Tom Morello) performing "Just Like Fire Would," a fist-pumper by Australian punks the Saints. Since then, the homage has ended up on the Boss' latest album, the less-than-stellar covers-and-remakes record that is High Hopes. Now, Springsteen has shared a music video for "Just Like Fire Would," and, thankfully, it's far more focused than the uneven LP it calls home. Directed by Thom Zimny, the clip captures an intimate — but no less anthemic — live performance by Springsteen and his cohorts, Morello included. Is the dust-filtered short quite as inspired as the Garden State hero's recent parody of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? No, but it needn't be — the Boss is already No. 1.

  • arcade fire, inxs, devil inside

    Watch Arcade Fire Unleash INXS' 'Devil Inside'

    Arcade Fire are currently touring Australia, spreading their disco-indebted doom and gloom for this year's Big Day Out Festival. But, as Stereogum points out, the band sometimes known as the Reflektors played a non-festival gig on January 22 at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and took the opportunity to honor some of the Aussies' favorite sons: INXS. Before the indie-rock titans closed their set with Reflektor lullaby "Here Comes the Night Time," they played a slightly muscled-up version of INXS' sultry "Devil Inside," from 1988's Kick. The tribute couldn't have come at more appropriate time — January 22, 2014 would have been the late Michael Hutchence's 54th birthday.Watch the performance via the fan-shot footage above. In case you missed AF's cover of Devo's "Uncontrollable Urge" a few months back, that's Win Butler in the bobblehead mask.

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