Kyle McGovern

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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.

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    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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    Stream Drowners' Flirty 'A Button on Your Blouse'

    A few months back, SPIN premiered "Luv, Hold Me Down," the first single from Drowners' upcoming, self-titled debut album. Now, the New York foursome have shared another treasure from the LP, which is out January 28 via Frenchkiss Records. Scroll down to stream "A Button on Your Blouse," a chiming, lyrically deft come-on. "Why don't you just come around and undo another button on your blouse?" singer-guitarist Matt Hitt proposes. "These days, you know, I rarely leave the house and I hate the thought of you / I hate the thought of you missing out."

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    James Blake Drops New Song '40455,' Remixes Beyonce for BBC Radio Session

    James Blake took over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves for a two-hour Residency on January 16, and the Mercury Prize winner/Grammy nominee took the opportunity to debut a new song. Dubbed "40455," the just-revealed tune comes draped in the same nocturnal mood as last year's Overgrown album, but it maintains a soulful simmer throughout its nealy four-minute runtime, and never widens to the scope of, say, Overgrown's mammoth title track.Blake also shared a few other treasures during his DJ stint, including a fake interview with the ever-enigmatic Burial, a reworking of Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love," and a Mystikal remix called "Pay Me." Like Blake's recent remix of Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills," the homages are credited to his occasional alias of Harmonimix.Scroll down for the highlights, and listen to the entire two-hour broadcast over at the BBC Radio 1 website.

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    Stream Charli XCX's Punky Kiss-Off 'Allergic to Love'

    Charli XCX has shared a sweetly vicious (viciously sweet?) new track through Twitter. Titled "Allergic to Love," the just-dropped cover (the song originally belongs to Swedish crew Snuffed by the Yakuza) clocks in just over a minute and delivers a punky electro punch that falls in line with the "very shouty and raw" direction that Charli plans to take with her next album.In a recent backstage interview with SPIN, the "SuperLove" siren discussed her True Romance follow-up, saying, "I feel like everyone's expecting me to make a 'synth-pop' record... I hate that term so much, I can't think of anything worse. The music I'm making now is so much more live — it's inspired by the Ramones, the Hives, Weezer."For a glimpse at what Charli's aiming for, stream "Allergic to Love" below.

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    Watch Broken Bells Unveil 'The Changing Lights' for 'Take Away Show'

    For months now, Broken Bells have been teasing their upcoming second album with snippets of a sci-fi short film starring Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin. But for their latest visual, the duo of Danger Mouse and James Mercer have taken a much more grounded approach, teaming up with La Blogothèque for a pair of "Take Away Show" clips. Filmed in a Paris piano shop, the black-and-white videos catch Broken Bells in the midst of an intimate performance.Above you'll find a rendition of "The Changing Lights," a new song featured on the forthcoming After the Disco, out February 4 via Columbia.

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    Hear Chuck Inglish and Chromeo Bond Over Cowbell on 'Legs'

    Cool Kids co-founder Chuck Inglish will finally release his debut solo album this spring. Convertibles is set to arrive on April 8 via Dave Sitek's Federal Prism and Inglish's own Sounds Like Fun imprint.Produced by Inglish and Incubus' Mike Einziger (Avicii, Frank Ocean), the 12-track full-length boasts a lengthy guest list, including Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson, BJ the Chicago Kid, Mac Miller and Ab-Soul (on the previously shared "Came Thru/Easily"), Vic Mensa, and fellow Cool Kids member Sir Michael Rocks.Also involved with the upcoming project? Chromeo, who have been busy lately with White Women, their own features-heavy LP that's due later this year. With Inglish, Chromeo co-star on "Legs," the new single from Convertibles. Available for streaming below, the track comes imbued with Chromeo's brand of cheeseball-funk, cowbell and all.

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    Hear Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles Talk Depression With Marc Maron

    A few months ago, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles revealed that the New Jersey band's fourth album will be a 33-track rock opera about manic depression. Now, in a recent interview with comedian/podcaster Marc Maron, Stickles details his personal struggle with depression."The depression that I went through last year was the worst thing that I ever experienced in by far," Stickles says in the latest episode of Maron's twice-weekly WTF podcast. "The thing that was really terrifying about it was not that I looked into the future and felt, like, an unspeakable dread, because I had felt that dread my entire life. I felt the dread but I couldn't articulate it."The Local Business leader then discusses the treatment he underwent and the effect that taking medication had on his creativity.

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