Kyle McGovern



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    Grammys 2014 Winners: Daft Punk Win Album of the Year, Macklemore (Almost) Wins the Rest

    Daft Punk's Random Access Memories took home the biggest prize during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26. The robots' ode to the glitzy, long-gone disco era was declared the Album of the Year, beating out Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, Taylor Swift's Red, and Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest.The star-studded LP was also awarded the title of Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. RAM's "Get Lucky," meanwhile, snatched the trophies for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, bringing Daft Punk's total win count to five, more than any other artist nominated this year.Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cleaned up as well, collecting four Grammys.

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    Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong Confirmed to Perform at 2014 Grammys

    Well, it's official: Madonna will perform at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced the news on January 24, confirming rumors that the Material Girl would play the live ceremony, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26.Organizers for the Grammys also revealed that Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will perform during the telecast as well. The pop-punk veteran will share the stage with country star Miranda Lambert to pay tribute to the late, great Phil Everly. (Armstrong recently teamed up with Norah Jones to release their own version of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.) Armstrong and Lambert are also each up for Grammys this year. He's nominated as a member of Green Day for Best Music Film, for the ¡Cuatro!

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    Watch Ty Dolla $ign's Beautifully Bombed-Out 'Never Be the Same' Video

    Ty Dolla $ign's Beach House EP washed up on iTunes this week, and the Los Angeles rapper-singer is promoting his debut short-player with an apocalyptic video for the Jay Rock-assisted, sorta-Drake-shaded (in name, at least) "Never Be the Same." Ignore the sea salt air-vibes conjured by the EP's title, and forget about the pool party Dolla threw with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for the "100 Everything" clip a few months back — this just-dropped visual takes place in a bombed-out wasteland brought to life by director Jerome D.As Dolla reflects, via syrupy vocals, on how success has altered his life, the camera surveys the devastation surrounding him: crumbling buildings, abandoned school buses, orphaned children left to their own devices. Okay, so maybe it's a dramatic interpretation of the song's "shit done changed" thesis, but the track comes with its own melodramatic tendencies.

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    Dan Croll Enters High-Stakes Staring Contest in 'From Nowhere' Video

    Budding British singer-songwriter Dan Croll will release his debut album in the U.S. on April 1. Titled Sweet Disarray, the 12-track set is on the way via Capitol Records and collects a handful of previously released gems from the chameleonic 23-year-old, including soulful strummer "Home," the horn-blasted "Compliment Your Soul," and chipper electronic tune "In/Out." Also featured on the Joe Willis-produced LP — which lands in the U.K. on March 10 — is "From Nowhere," the full-length's light-footed opener."From Nowhere" has also received the music video treatment courtesy of directing team Mathy + Fran. The clip channels the prim spirit of Wes Anderson, depicting a high-stakes, National Staring Competition. Watch Croll lock eyes with the enemy above, then scroll down for the full track list to Sweet Disarray. And stay tuned for details on his upcoming U.S.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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