Kyle McGovern

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  • superchunk, indoor living, reissue, merge records

    Superchunk's 'Indoor Living' Reissued for Merge Records' 25th Anniversary

    Iconic indie label Merge Records has announced an upcoming reissue of Superchunk's out-of-print sixth album, 1997's Indoor Living. The remastered LP will be available in vinyl and CD formats on February 25, complete with new liner notes by bassist/Merge co-founder Laura Ballance and producer/engineer John Plymale.Physical editions of the reissue will include a download of a 14-track live album — the eighth and latest installment in Superchunk's long-running Clambakes franchise. Clambakes Vol. 8: We'd Like to Thank the Homecoming Committee captures a 1997 concert recorded at North Carolina's Duke University, and follows (of course) Clambakes Vol. 7: Shut the F*ck Up!...No, We Love You - Live at the Corner Hotel 1996, which the band shared on SoundCloud back in November.But back to Indoor Living.

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    OutKast Are Headlining Governors Ball 2014, Too

    OutKast will headline this year's Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City. A representative with the festival confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, who note that the upcoming gig will be the reunited hip-hop duo's first performance in the Big Apple in more than a decade. The announcement also marks the second major 2014 festival booking for OutKast, who, on January 8, were revealed to be one of the top-billed acts at Coachella this year, alongside Arcade Fire and Muse. Organizers for Governors Ball have yet to name the other headliners for the three-day showcase, which runs from June 6 through 8 and takes place at Randall's Island Park in NYC. But, promoters seem to be teasing the roster with hints over social media. Check out the event's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts to find said clues.

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    Milli Vanilli's Lip-Sync Scandal Turned Into Opera

    Milli Vanilli's oft-mocked but ultimately tragic story will soon become the stuff of opera.

  • red bull music academy, documentary, trailer, what difference does it make

    James Murphy, Brian Eno Talk Shop for Red Bull Music Academy Documentary

    Red Bull Music Academy is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a new documentary and book. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music offers a feature-length look at "the challenges that a life in music can bring," according to the RBMA website. Director Ralf Schmerberg filmed testimonials from a few reliable sources on the subject, including James Murphy, Nile Rodgers, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, Rakim, Flying Lotus, Debbie Harry, Philip Glass, and Thundercat. The doc will hit theaters in select cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit among them) on February 17. A day later, on February 18, What Difference Does It Make? will be released online for free.

  • angel olsen, hi-five, burn your fire for no witness

    Stream Angel Olsen's Feedback-Powered Torch Song 'Hi-Five'

    On February 18, Angel Olsen will drop her second album, the fiercely titled Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Rightly recognized as one of the 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014, the upcoming effort finds the Missouri-born singer-songwriter leaving behind the folky quietude of 2012's Half Way Home for sturdy fuzz-rock produced by John Congleton (Cloud Nothings, Modest Mouse, St. Vincent). Olsen shared the LP's first single, "Forgiven/Forgotten," a few weeks ago, and now she's let the second one slip. The just-unveiled "Hi-Five" finds a compromise between alt-country and noise-rock, offering a Southern shuffle — and lonely heart — coated in wobbly distortion. Check it out via the disco ball-sporting visual above (courtesy of Zia Anger, who also directed the music video for "Forgiven/Forgotten").

  • miguel, girls, new song, lena dunham

    'Girls' Season 3 to Premiere New Songs by Miguel, Beck, and Jenny Lewis

    Over the course of its first two seasons, HBO's Girls has scored a few already semi-classic musical moments. Lena Dunham dancing on her own to Robyn, snorting cocaine while listening to Icona Pop, and imitating Beyoncé immediately come to mind, but the half-hour, twentysomething-centric comedy/drama has also featured songs by Vampire Weekend, Santigold, fun., and Tegan and Sara. Now, with its third season set to start on January 12, it's been reported that upcoming episodes will include tunes by Miguel, Beck, Jenny Lewis, Lily Allen, and Christina Perri.In an interview with Radio.com, Girls music supervisor Manish Raval revealed that Miguel wrote a new song exclusively for the show. "We reached out to him," Raval said. "We are a huge fan of his and very early on in the process Lena said, 'Can we just call him and see if he'll do something?' We did, he said yes.

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    Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry Win Big at People's Choice Awards 2014

    The "People" have spoken and they've made one thing clear: They love Justin Timberlake. The 32-year-old multi-threat cleaned up at the 40th People's Choice Awards on January 8, collecting a total of three trophies, more than any other musician nominated. Voters crowned JT their Favorite Male Artist, Favorite R&B Artist, and christened his mega-selling The 20/20 Experience as their Favorite Album. (For what it's worth, Timberlake's third LP ranked at No. 32 on SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list.)Katy Perry was another big winner at the annual ceremony, which was held live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

  • mozes and the firstborn, skinny girl, burger records

    Watch Mozes and the Firstborn Go Sightseeing for 'Skinny Girl' Video

    Last month, SPIN shared Mozes and the Firstborn's gnarled cover of the Velvet Underground's "Lady Godiva's Operation." Now it's time to highlight an original tune by the Dutch foursome. On February 11, Burger Records will release the garage-rock gang's self-titled debut album on vinyl (a cassette version has already been floating around). But first comes the official video for "Skinny Girl," a jangly strummer featured on the LP. A joint effort between the band and Jeroen Dankers, the clip catches frontman and founding member Melle Dielesen in a number of locations — the beach, a record store, the edge of Brooklyn — as he's strumming his guitar and pledging to the titular "Skinny Girl" that she's "worth every pound in gold." Watch it above.

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    See Secret Colours Revive Outdated Listening Technology in 'It Can't Be Simple' Video

    Secret Colours aren't shy about their love of '60s psych-rock — for quick proof, check out "Blackbird (Only One)," a feedback-saturated groove from 2013's Peach LP. Now, almost a year later, the Chicago quartet have undergone a few lineup changes (singer-guitarist Tommy Evans and drummer Justin Frederick are the only current members who played on Peach), tightened their sound, and recorded a pair of forthcoming EPs: Positive Distractions Part I, out February 4, and Positive Distractions Part II, due April 29.Secret Colours shared the first single from Part I, "It Can't Be Simple," a few weeks back (via Stereogum), and now they've unveiled the track's music video. Directed by bassist Eric Hehr, the clip functions as a three-and-a-half-minute throwback to the days of vintage technology, when listening to vinyl was more than a simple affectation and huge tape reels were actually used.

  • motorhead, coachella 2014, lineup

    Coachella Hints at Motorhead, Future Islands, and the Internet for 2014 Lineup

    Coachella organizers have seemingly started to announce the lineup for this year's double-weekend festival. Over the last few days, the event's official Twitter has been dropping not-so-subtle hints as to who will take the stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, this April.Since January 3, organizers have fired off a series of tweets that strongly suggest the following artists will make the final roster: Motörhead, Future Islands (who have a new album due out March 25), Factory Floor, the Internet, Bonobo, the Glitch Mob, Bombino, and the Magician. Find the teaser tweets below.The first weekend of Coachella 2014 runs from April 11 through 13, while the second goes from April 18 through 20.

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