Kyle McGovern

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    Firefly Music Festival 2014: OutKast, Foo Fighters, and Chance the Rapper Fill Out Lineup

    The lineup for this year's Firefly Music Festival has been revealed and — big surprise — OutKast are headlining. The reunited ATLiens recently let it be known that they'll play more than 40 festival dates this year, including sets at Coachella and Governors Ball. Now, the beloved rap duo (who may or may not be at work on a new album) are officially booked to play Firefly when it takes over the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware.Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Sleigh Bells, Chance the Rapper, and Weezer are also on-roster for the four-day showcase, which runs from June 19 through 22. Here's the rest of the lineup: Jack Johnson, Sky Ferreira, Tegan and Sara, Girl Talk, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, the Lumineers, Band of Horses, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Childish Gambino, Portugal.

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    Coinye West Is Now Out of Print

    Coinye is no more. Kanye West is pursuing further legal action against the creators of Coinye West, the recently released — and now-defunct — cryptocurrency that bears the Yeezus rapper's cartoon likeness. As TMZ reports, Kanye has filed legal documents in New York requesting that a judge immediately shut down the marketing and sale of the internet money. Now, it looks as though 'Ye's wish has come true. The project's website is pretty much blank, aside from the following header: "COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye."The original Coinye West site was shut down last week after Kanye slapped the makers with a cease-and-desist letter, a move that also prompted the creators to bump up the release date of their virtual coinage.

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    Merge Records Plans Its Own Summer Music Festival

    Merge Records turns 25 this year, and the mega-indie label has a few celebrations planned. There's the bimonthly, subscription-based single series Or Thousands of Prizes, featuring exclusive tracks from company cofounders Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, the Mountain Goats, Lambchop, and more. And there's also the monthly reissue series that will see classic albums from the Merge back catalogue repackaged and re-released — Lambchop's Nixon and Superchunk's Indoor Living are the first two LPs confirmed for that campaign. Now, the North Carolina tastemakers have announced that they'll be hosting their very own festival this summer.The Merge Festival will take place in Carrboro, North Carolina from July 23 through 26. More details are not yet available, but fans can expect a lineup that will pull from the label's impeccable roster.

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    Ty Segall's Fuzz Covers the Kinks' 'Till the End of the Day' With Garage-Punk Fury

    On January 21, Brooklyn label Famous Class will release the 10th entry in its ongoing Less Artists More Condos split 7-inch series. The fast-approaching twofer packs a distortion-addled wallop: On the A-side, Ty Segall's Fuzz outfit delivers a garage-punk cover of the Kinks' 1965 single "Till the End of the Day," while up-and-coming sludge-punks CCR Headcleaner ooze "Free the Freaks" on the B-side. Segall's stamp usually guarantees a certain level of mad-eyed intensity and furious energy, and Fuzz's version of "Till the End of the Day" doesn't disappoint. Stream the single below, and head over to Famous Class to pre-order the black vinyl.Once again, digital proceeds will benefit the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The LAMC franchise was started in 2012 to honor the memory of Ariel Panero, a Famous Class co-founder who died in 2010.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Doug Paisley, Against Me!, Mogwai, and More

    We've got your weekly fix of fresh album streams. Scroll down to find new, must-hear releases by Doug Paisley, Against Me!, Warpaint, and more.1) Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings. "Though he's historically written guitar-driven folk tunes, Doug Paisley has a penchant for letting his creativity meld with that of collaborators', a dimension he believes adds depth to his body of work. He enlisted the talents of Chicago-based guitarist (and Cairo Gang leader/longtime Will Oldham collaborator) Emmett Kelly, Garth Hudson on keys, and the vocal stylings of Mary Margaret O'Hara. Additionally, Paisley drew inspiration from a recent trip to Lee 'Scratch' Perry's legendary Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica, where pivotal works by Bob Marley & the Wailers and the Clash were recorded." — SPIN (via CBC Music)2) Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

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    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Dates Booked After Record-Breaking Year

    Organizers for Fun Fun Fun Fest have announced 2014 dates for the annual festival. The ninth edition of Fun Fun Fun runs from November 7 through 9, and will take over Auditorium Shores and Butler Park in Austin, Texas. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are set to go on sale on February 12. An official lineup for the three-day showcase has yet to be announced.Last year's Fun Fun Fun Fest featured performances by M.I.A., Kurt Vile, Snoop Dogg, Slayer, the Walkmen, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, and many others. The 2013 event surpassed all records from previous years, including attendance, ticket sales, merchandise, and sponsorships, according to organizers.

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    Sleigh Bells Bring 'Young Legends' to 'Letterman' With Paul Shaffer

    Sleigh Bells continued their Bitter Rivals tour of the late-night talk show circuit on January 13, following their recent stops at Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. The former SPIN cover stars champed out a rendition of punchy track "Young Legends," supported by a horn section, a trio of backup singers, and, amazingly, Letterman sidekick Paul Shaffer on piano. Watch the heavy-weight performance above.

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    Real Estate Confirm 'Atlas' Album With 'Talking Backwards' Single

    Real Estate will return just in time for the spring. The New Jersey-bred indie rock outfit will release their long-teased third album, Atlas, on March 4 via Domino. Spanning a total of 10 tracks, the upcoming LP follows 2011's sublime Days, and, according to an official announcement, it's the group's "most collaborative and richly detailed album to date."The five-piece — singer-guitarist Martin Courtney, guitarist Matt Mondanile, bassist-singer Alex Bleeker, and new full-time members drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman — recorded Atlas over the summer and fall of 2013 at Wilco's Chicago studio, the Loft.

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    Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff Honor New Orleans in 'St. Roch Blues' Video

    Hurray for the Riff Raff is the brainchild of Alynda Lee Segarra, a 26-year-old native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, fled home at the age of 17, and eventually settled in New Orleans. On February 11, the roots revivalist will release her newest album, the 12-track Small Town Heroes, due out via ATO Records and currently up for pre-order through iTunes. In advance of the upcoming LP, Hurray for the Riff Raff share the video for "St. Roch Blues," a soulful six-minute tribute to the New Orleans neighborhood of St. Roch that's inspired by a horrifying series of murders that took place in the area in 2011.Directed by Joshua Shoemaker and featuring members of Louisiana outfit the Deslondes, the clip draws a line from Segarra's past to present.

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    S. Carey Maps Lush Terrain on His Gorgeous New 'Range of Light'

    Sean Carey takes his time. For the past two years, the Bon Iver drummer and backing vocalist has been assembling Range of Light, his second solo album under the slightly pseudonymous moniker S. Carey. "You have to be patient," he says. "You can hear the patience in the music."Due in April through Jagjaguwar, the album was recorded over a handful of four-to-five-day sessions wherein Carey and his backing band would hone in on three or four songs at a time. In one sense, that piecemeal approach mimics the making of Carey's debut LP, 2010's All We Grow, which was also put together across a two-year span, in between bouts of touring with Bon Iver.

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