Kyle McGovern

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    The Death Set Fashion Pizza Bikinis for NSFW 'Lite the Fuse' Video

    The Death Set have returned with the just-unleashed King Babies EP, a four-track set that also has the honor of being the 500th release from Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records. To promote the new short-player, the Australia-bred, Brooklyn-based trio — now composed of Johnny Siera, Dan Walker, and Will Broussard — have also dropped an official video for "Lite the Fuse," the EP's opening electro-punk assault. Directed by Sofia Szamosi, the clip depicts a sort of, ahem, "adult" pizza party, where slices serve as bikini bottoms and pepperoni bits act as nipple pasties. Watch above, and head over to iTunes to buy the King Babies EP.

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    Watch Vampire Weekend's Stately 'Kimmel' Double-Header

    Vampire Weekend defended their title of 2013's Band of the Year on January 20, performing a twofer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The quick-witted foursome opened with "Hannah Hunt," the smoldering centerpiece from their masterful third LP, Modern Vampires of the City (one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 and a personal favorite of this writer). VW capped off their one-night stand on the Sony Outdoor Stage with a rendition of "Unbelievers," a jaunty Modern tune the band played on Kimmel for Halloween 2012. Get more acquainted with "Hannah Hunt" above and spend time with "Unbelievers" below.

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    Stream Doug Tuttle's Psych-Warped, Self-Titled Debut Album

    A few months back, Doug Tuttle showed off his guitar prowess with "Turn This Love," a six-minute stunner from his upcoming, self-titled debut album. Due January 28 via Trouble in Mind Records, the 11-track LP is Tuttle's first solo effort — this time last year, he was a top-ranking member of the now-defunct psych-rock outfit MMOSS. But now, Tuttle is free to do his daytripping on his own. The six-string Cat's Cradle found on "Turn This Love" was only the beginning: Expand your consciousness by streaming the hazy, inspired collection below.

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    Stream Sleepy Sun's Mammoth Psych-Rock Album 'Maui Tears'

    Last year, SPIN debuted Sleepy Sun's "11:32," a festering psych-garage single from the San Francisco outfit's upcoming fourth album, Maui Tears. Now we're streaming the entire nine-track LP before it officially drops on January 28 via Dine Alone Records. For a mind-melting trip that explores languid space-rock ("Outside"), stoner-waltz delirium ("Everywhere Waltz"), and more, listen below. To pre-order Maui Tears, head over to iTunes.

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    See Saint Motel Crash '70s Italian Disco in 'My Type' Video

    Saint Motel are planning to release their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2012's Voyeur, sometime early this year. To kick-off their comeback, the Los Angeles foursome have cut together a music video for recent single "My Type," a four-on-the-floor strut set to appear on the upcoming LP. Directed by Sam Winkler, the video plays off the track's clubby pedigree by dropping lead singer A.J. Jackson into a clip filmed at an Italian discoteca. Watch the vintage visual above, and head over to Saint Motel's website to order a 7-inch featuring "My Type," along the similarly fresh tune "Ace in the Hole."

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    Hear Les Claypool's Duo de Twang Cover Alice in Chains' 'Man in the Box'

    Les Claypool follows in the American roots music tradition with Four Foot Shack, the upcoming debut album from his newest project, Duo de Twang. Due February 4 via ATO Records, the 15-track LP features backwoods covers of songs by the Bee Gees, Alice in Chains, and Claypool's main band, Primus, all done with a simple guitar-and-bass arrangement (and filled out with the occasional banjo and mini-tambourine).Claypool and his Duo de Twang partner, longtime friend Bryan Kehoe, recently shared one track from the full-length — a hillbilly rendition of Primus' "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," heard on Rolling Stone — and now they've let another Shack cut loose.

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    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the National's Bryce Dessner Partner for Classical Album

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the National's Bryce Dessner are collaborating on a classical-music release. On March 3, Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Classics will release a split-album collection of the two guitarists' finest compositions.The upcoming record will consist of nine tracks chosen for their "quintessentially American themes such as the vast expanses of the country's landscape, or a sense of nostalgic longing," according to a press release: Three orchestral works by Dessner and a six-song suite from Greenwood's score to Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood.From Dessner's end, listeners will hear 2011's "St. Carolyn by the Sea," featuring Bryce and his brother/National bandmate Aaron Dessner on guitar.

  • dave grohl, dain bramage, laundry room demos

    Demos From Dave Grohl's Pre-Nirvana Days Discovered

    Long before Dave Grohl founded the Foo Fighters, drummed in Nirvana, and appeared on the cover of SPIN five times, he played in a band called Dain Bramage. Founded in 1985, the three-piece — which was rounded out by Reuben Radding and Dave Smith — came to an end after about two years, when Grohl quit to join Virginia hardcore outfit Scream.During their short run, Dain Bramage only released a single album, 1987's I Scream Not Coming Down. But now, Antiquiet has dug up a batch of Dain Bramage recordings that date back to Grohl's teenaged years. Simply dubbed the "Laundry Room Demos: 1986," the unearthed set spans eight murky tunes and includes a snotty cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band." For a look back at Dave Grohl's salad days, stream the "Laundry Room Demos" at Antiquiet; for a look at Dain Bramage circa 2013, check out this photo from September.

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    Austra Host Mind-Warping Dance Party in 'Hurt Me Now' Video

    For the last several months, Austra have repped for their Olympia album with a string of intense and outré music videos. First there was the startlingly intimate visual for "Home," then came the slimy "Painful Like" clip, which was followed by the NSFW short for "Forgive Me." Now, the SPIN profile subjects have shared another bizarre video, this one for the darkly dramatic and electronic track "Hurt Me Now."Premiered through Dazed Digital, the piece reunites Austra with M Blash, who previously directed the video for "Lose It," a synthy single from the Toronto trio's 2011 debut, Feel It Break. "Working with M Blash is a rare experience," Austra singer Kate Stelmanis says in a statement.

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    Savages Score Beachside Murder in Brutal 'Strife' Video

    Savages have unleashed an official music video for Silence Yourself bruiser "Strife." Directed by Pop Noire co-founder Antoine Carlier, the black-and-white visual echoes the beach murder scene contained in Albert Camus' classic existentialist novel The Stranger."We wanted to make a video that focused on a timeless human physicality and physical expression, a search for understanding through the movement, action, and reaction of two characters," frontwoman Jehnny Beth writes in a blog post. "We chose the classical landscape of the empty beach. A fight ensues between two men: one older, one younger; a tragic outcome, and death." In other words, it's standard territory for Savages. Watch the piece above.The "Strife" clip is just the latest in a series of Silence Yourself clips.

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