Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • no-face, monsoon kiss

    Watch No-Face's Mesmerizing 'Monsoon Kiss' Video

    Back in November, anonymous producer No-Face shared his first-ever track, the chilly but alluring "Monsoon Kiss." Now, the enigmatic beatsmith — who lifted his alias from a character in animator Hayao Miyazaki's critically beloved 2001 film Spirited Away — has revealed the official music video for his debut composition. Directed by Alex Geerken, the abstract clip complements the glimmering tune with a set of wintry, black-and-white visuals: Snowflakes fall as a young woman dances alone in a seemingly endless loop, manipulating the boundaries of reality with every move. Watch it above.

  • miserable, Kristina Esfandiari, whirr

    Stream Miserable's Cratering 'Halloween Dream'

    Kristina Esfandiari, former vocalist for San Francisco shoegazers Whirr, now records under the name of Miserable. On February 18, the Native Sound will release the solo project's debut EP, the four-track Halloween Dream. Esfandiari has already shared one song from the upcoming short-player — stormy first single "Bell Jar" — and now she's offered a second. Scroll down to stream the Halloween Dream EP's title track, a crashing epic that exposes the beauty in widescreen destruction. Pre-orders of the EP are available through Bandcamp and come with a free download of "Halloween Dream."

  • dum dum girls, too true, dee dee penny

    10 Albums to Stream: Dum Dum Girls, Quilt, Duck Sauce, Hospitality, MC Tree, and More

    Happy Thursday! Look what we got you: Links to stream new material by Dum Dum Girls, Quilt, Duck Sauce, Doug Tuttle, and more. Scroll down, plug in, and enjoy.1) Dum Dum Girls, Too True. "[Dee Dee] Penny's songs are no less quotable for their simplicity, whether she's name-checking 19th-century poet Arthur Rimbaud ('Rimbaud Eyes'), fitting the album's title into the chorus of 'Too True to Be Good' or dispensing a perfect goth-pop mission statement in 'Evil Blooms': 'Why be good? Be beautiful and sad.' On Too True, Penny and Dum Dum Girls need barely 30 minutes to prove that a band can be all three at once." (via NPR)2) Quilt, Held in Splendor. "Held in Splendor is the second album from this band of visual artists, who found each other at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

  • will smith, jay z, calvin harris, hbo, electronic music comedy

    Will Smith, Jay Z, and Calvin Harris Working on EDM Comedy Series for HBO

    Calvin Harris, Jay Z, and Will Smith are joining forces for a new television show. Deadline reports that the ultra-rich trio are working with HBO to develop a half-hour comedy series that's "set in the world of electronic music."The upcoming series — which is apparently titled Higher — will be written by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, with help from Harris, who was crowned 2013's "Electronic Cash King" by Forbes.Smith will serve as executive producer, along with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Z, and many others. Higher is the latest collaboration between Hova and Will Smith, who are both linked to the forthcoming Annie remake starring Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhané Wallis. More details on the ill-advised TV series are pending. Higher is also the latest indication that EDM is making a power-play to conquer all of entertainment.

  • vivian girls, break up

    Vivian Girls Announce Breakup and Farewell Shows

    Vivian Girls are no more. The Brooklyn trio have announced that they've broken up and will play a pair of farewell shows, one in Los Angeles and one in New York."We feel as though the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace," the group said in an official statement on their website. "It's been an experience that we'll look back on and cherish and we'd like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you."The garage-girl-group formed in 2007 and over the course of seven years released a total of three albums: 2008's self-titled LP, 2009's Everything Goes Wrong, and 2011's Share the Joy. Once key figures in the lo-fi revival of the late 2000s, the band's three members will now focus on separate ventures.

  • kwes, rollerblades, Juan Tocino

    Watch Kwes Co-Star With Skating Champ in 'rollerblades' Video

    Kwes has followed last year's "36" music video with the second official clip for his 2013 debut album, ilp. The new visual once again pairs the SPIN interview subject with director Ian Pons Jewell, who previously lensed Kwes' 2012 video for "Bashful." Their latest team-up promotes ilp heartbreaker "rollerblades" and features a guest appearance by roller-skating champion Juan Tocino. As seen above, the piece pivots from a twitchy, suspenseful start to a graceful midsection that lets Tocino show off his skills. Watch through the bummer denouement, then head over to Bleep to purchase ilp, which is out now through Warp Records.

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