Kyle McGovern

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  • the orwells, who needs you, david letterman

    David Letterman Really Loves the Orwells

    Well, if this doesn't turn the Orwells into a national concern, we're not sure what will. The Chicago garage-punks made their network television debut on January 15, dropping by the Late Show With David Letterman to trash the Ed Sullivan Theater. While four of the band's members blasted through the title track from last year's Who Needs You EP, frontman Mario Cuomo barked into the microphone, drunkenly strutted around the set, collapsed on the floor, thrusted his crotch upward, and then sat down in one of the chairs next to Letterman's desk before finishing the song.Best of all? Letterman and Paul Shaffer were so thrilled with the performance that they demanded the Orwells do an encore.

  • water liars, ray charles dream

    Stream Water Liars' '50s-Saluting 'Ray Charles Dream'

    Water Liars will soon return with their self-titled third album. On February 4, the Mississippi-based trio — singer-guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster, drummer-vocalist Andrew Bryant, and bassist GR Robinson — will release the 11-track follow-up to last year's Wyoming through Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum. The country-punks have already shared one cut from the fast-approaching full-length ("I Want Blood"), and now they've unveiled another: the malt shop-wrecking "Ray Charles Dream.""'Ray Charles Dream' is exactly what it's named," Kinkel-Schuster says. "I had a dream one night that I was walking in the dark and came up on Ray Charles, sitting alone in this dark, singing these words. When I woke up it was still dark in the room and it took me a minute to find my pen and paper, but I got it down and fell back to sleep, but I had lost the dream.

  • guns n' roses, rock on the range

    Rock on the Range 2014 Lineup: Guns N' Roses, Slayer, Mastodon, and More

    Guns N' Roses, Slayer, Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock will all take the stage at this year's Rock on the Range festival.

  • thurston moore, twilight, break up

    Twilight's First Album With Thurston Moore Will Also Be Their Last

    Back in 2012, Thurston Moore revealed that he was joining forces with black metal supergroup Twilight. Now, nearly two years later, Twilight have announced their first album with the Sonic Youth co-founder. Unfortunately, it will also be the band's last.Immediately upon sharing release details for III: Beneath Trident's Tomb, Twilight also confirmed that they're breaking up. Due March 18 via Century Media, the upcoming LP will be Twilight's third full-length and follow-up to 2010's Monument to Time End.The six-track LP features Moore on guitar and vocals Stavros Giannopoulos (Atlas Moth) on guitar and vocals; Wrest (Leviathan) on drums, bass, and vocals; N.

  • drake, saturday night live, nothing was the same

    Drake Admits He's 'The Saddest Boy in All of Canada' in Amazing 'SNL' Promos

    Drake will put his child-actor chops to use on January 18 when he serves as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. If SNL's just-released promotional teasers are any indication of what to expect from the Degrassi alum, then rest easy: "We'll Be Fine."While Eminem played it way too straight in his recent SNL promos, Drake looks to be enjoying himself on camera. The "Worst Behavior" rapper is laid-back, confident, and more than willing to poke fun at his persona with SNL castmembers Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah. In a span of just a few minutes, Drake goes from being the subject of a fanboy-crush, deflects an eye-roll-inducing "Started From the Bottom" pun, and shows off his "ACTING!" skills by freely admitting that he's "the saddest boy in all of Canada."Watch the bits above, and relive Drake's stellar 2013 by flipping through The Year in Drake.

  • the knife, tour, shaking the habitual

    The Knife's Aerobic Karaoke Tour Is Coming to America

    The Knife will follow their upcoming Coachella appearance with a proper North American tour. The Swedish brother-sister duo plans to bring their totally bonkers live show — which features "danceoke" and "Death Electro Emo Protest Aerobics" — to a handful of cities this April. In a recent blog post, the Knife explained that the upcoming gigs will be slightly different from the Shaking the Habitual shows they played in Europe last year. "With care and attention, we gathered our impressions and got back together to rework the show," the Knife wrote. "This is a continuation. Some songs are the same, some songs are new. Moves are added and changed. Some instruments are electrified and more voices are heard.

  • morrissey, new album, record deal, harvest records

    Morrissey's New Album Finds a Home at Harvest Records

    Morrissey mentioned recently that he was about to record his next solo album, and now it's official: The long-awaited follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal will be out later this year. The 54-year-old revealed in a January 15 announcement that he will begin work on his tenth LP later this month in France.Moz will be joined in the studio by producer Joe Chiccarelli (previous credits include Beck, the White Stripes, and the Strokes), as well as his longtime touring and recording band, featuring guitarists Boz Boorer and Jesse Tobias, bassist Solomon Walker, drummer Matthew Walker, and keyboardist Gustavo Manzur.The upcoming LP will be Morrissey's first with new label Harvest Records. That's right — the former Smiths frontman has finally inked a fresh record deal, Amanda Palmer's career advice be damned.

  • haim, days are gone, live, kroq

    Watch Haim Play a Live Session for Los Angeles' KROQ Right Now

    Haim are playing a private, intimate show at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ, and organizers are live-streaming the Los Angeles event. The SPIN cover starlets are expected to take the stage at 4 p.m. EST, and answer a few questions from fans. After the brief audience Q&A, the sister-trio — comprised of Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim — will launch into songs from their 50 Best Albums of 2013-honored debut, Days Are Gone. Here's hoping for a rendition of SPIN's No. 4 Best Song of 2013, "Falling." Watch the concert above. And don't worry if you miss the show as it's happening — the footage will replay for 24 hours straight after Haim finish their performance.

  • governors ball music festival, jack white, skrillex

    Governors Ball 2014 Lineup: Jack White, the Strokes, Skrillex, Vampire Weekend, and More

    Jack White, the Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and Skrillex will be joining OutKast at this year's Governors Ball Music Festival. Organizers for the annual event, now in its fourth year, announced the 2014 lineup in throwback fashion: By taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times. The three-day showcase, which runs from June 6 through 8, is also set to feature live performances by TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Disclosure, Spoon, and Neko Case. Despite making a mess last year, Governors Ball will return to New York City's Randall's Island. Other big names on the bill: Janelle Monáe, Damon Albarn, Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Kurt Vile, Earl Sweatshirt, Jenny Lewis, Chance the Rapper, Julian Casablancas solo, Broken Bells, and James Blake. And here's the rest of the talent lined up: Interpol, Axwell and Ingrosso, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels, Foster the People, J.

  • suicide squeeze records, forever singles

    King Tuff, JEFF the Brotherhood Fill Out Suicide Squeeze's 'Forever Singles' Compilation

    Seattle label Suicide Squeeze Records is collecting some of its finest singles for an upcoming, limited-edition compilation. Due out March 4, Suicide Squeeze Presents: Forever Singles culls 14 tracks from previously released 7-inches and repackages them onto hand-numbered, custom-color green vinyl. Limited to just 1,000 copies, the wax slice features tunes by JEFF the Brotherhood ("Heavy Days"), Audacity ("Finders Keepers"), La Luz ("T.V. Dream"), King Tuff ("Wild Desire"), Dirty Beaches ("Lone Runner"), and Bleached ("Electric Chair").Stream Bleached's fuzz-pop contribution below, scroll down for the full Forever Singles track list, and head over to the Suicide Squeeze site to pre-order the compilation, which is expected to ship some time around February 17.

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