Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • secret colours, it can't be simple, positive distraction part I

    See Secret Colours Revive Outdated Listening Technology in 'It Can't Be Simple' Video

    Secret Colours aren't shy about their love of '60s psych-rock — for quick proof, check out "Blackbird (Only One)," a feedback-saturated groove from 2013's Peach LP. Now, almost a year later, the Chicago quartet have undergone a few lineup changes (singer-guitarist Tommy Evans and drummer Justin Frederick are the only current members who played on Peach), tightened their sound, and recorded a pair of forthcoming EPs: Positive Distractions Part I, out February 4, and Positive Distractions Part II, due April 29.Secret Colours shared the first single from Part I, "It Can't Be Simple," a few weeks back (via Stereogum), and now they've unveiled the track's music video. Directed by bassist Eric Hehr, the clip functions as a three-and-a-half-minute throwback to the days of vintage technology, when listening to vinyl was more than a simple affectation and huge tape reels were actually used.

  • motorhead, coachella 2014, lineup

    Coachella Hints at Motorhead, Future Islands, and the Internet for 2014 Lineup

    Coachella organizers have seemingly started to announce the lineup for this year's double-weekend festival. Over the last few days, the event's official Twitter has been dropping not-so-subtle hints as to who will take the stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, this April.Since January 3, organizers have fired off a series of tweets that strongly suggest the following artists will make the final roster: Motörhead, Future Islands (who have a new album due out March 25), Factory Floor, the Internet, Bonobo, the Glitch Mob, Bombino, and the Magician. Find the teaser tweets below.The first weekend of Coachella 2014 runs from April 11 through 13, while the second goes from April 18 through 20.

  • hold steady, teeth dreams, new album, razor & tie,

    The Hold Steady Celebrate 10th Birthday With New Album and Tour

    The Hold Steady will set their sixth album loose this spring. The Brooklyn bar-rock heroes have confirmed to Billboard that they'll release a full-length titled Teeth Dreams on March 25. The upcoming LP will be the band's first release for Washington Square, a new imprint launched by the label Razor & Tie. Producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Evanescence) helmed the effort, which will serve as the follow-up to 2010's underwhelming Heaven Is Whenever. The official track list for Teeth Dreams has not yet been revealed.Of course, with a new album on the way, the Hold Steady have announced a string of tour dates. To start, the five-piece will hit the road on January 29, kicking off an eight-show trek around the U.S.

  • alfred hitchcock, king krule, a lizard state

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents... King Krule's 'A Lizard State' Video

    King Krule roped in an impressive guest star for his latest music video: the late Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Young Archy Marshall has shared the official clip for "A Lizard State" — a taut, foul-mouthed number from the 19-year-old's debut studio album, the jazz-inclined 6 Feet Beneath the Moon — and the black-and-white visual boasts a special appearance from the master of suspense himself. The video opens and closes with a pair of segments taken from the iconic auteur's classic television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Between Hitchcock's coy intro and outro is a short that features King Krule, once again in his best suit and tie, defying gravity and performing "A Lizard State" as (what else) lizards slowly crawl over him.

  • the walkmen, nba all-star weekend, alt-star party

    The Walkmen Are Already Reuniting

    And the record for the shortest breakup-reunion cycle goes to the Walkmen! Roughly six weeks after word spread that the New York romantics are going on "a pretty extreme hiatus," it's been confirmed that they'll get back together for a one-off benefit gig next month.As Stereogum notes, the Walkmen will take the stage for the Rock On Foundation's first Alt-Star Party, which happens on February 15 during NBA All-Star Weekend. "We thought it might take a lifetime to get us back together — til the Alt-Star Party gave us the nod," frontman Hamilton Leithauser said in a punny statement. "How could we stay on the bench? We're coming 110%. Full-court press. Man to man. Rock n Roll, Pick n Roll."The event will take over One-Eyed Jacks in New Orleans and will also feature a DJ set from Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson and a performance by Lost Bayou Ramblers.

  • future islands, new album, singles, 4AD

    Future Islands Jump to 4AD for 'Bold' New Album 'Singles'

    Future Islands have officially announced their fourth album. The record is called Singles and it's set to be released on March 25 by way of 4AD, the band's new label after parting ways with Thrill Jockey. According to a press release, the follow-up to 2011's On the Water is Future Islands' "boldest and most immediate work to date," due in part to a new partnership with producer Chris Coady, whose previous credits include Beach House, Grizzly Bear, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Fans of the synth-savvy swooners can expect a more polished, hi-fi sound for their 4AD debut.The Baltimore trio — made up of frontman Samuel T. Harring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion, and keyboardist/guitarist/programmer Gerrit Welmers — is also plotting a hefty tour schedule in support of Singles.

  • washed out, all i know, late show with david letterman

    Washed Out Confidently Bare 'All I Know' on 'Letterman'

    Washed Out's Ernest Greene exposed his Paracosm (definition: a fantasy world typically invented by children) on January 7 with an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. The chillwave chieftain brought a four-piece band onto the CBS talk show to play "All I Know," a bright spot from Washed Out's most recent studio album, the aforementioned Paracosm. Greene entrusted the electronics with one of his backing musicians, freeing himself to pick up a guitar, take center stage, and sing like he belongs in the spotlight, not a bedroom studio. Watch the confident performance above, then check out the lengthy music video for "All I Know," produced by Urban Outfitters.

  • liam finn, snug as fuck, the nihilist

    Liam Finn Announces New 'Nihilist' Album With 'Snug as Fuck' Single

    Liam Finn will return this year with his third studio album. Dubbed The Nihilist, the 12-track LP is set for an April 8 release via Yep Roc Records. Finn, whose dad is Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz, recorded the follow-up to 2011's FOMO in a Brooklyn studio overlooking the Manhattan skyline."As soon as I found my own space to bunker down, the songs started taking shape," the New Zealand-bred singer-songwriter says in a statement. "There was a surreal feeling created through the energy of where I was and looking over at Manhattan and seeing it as a subconscious dimension, an entity in itself where every story under the sun was happening all at once.

  • lou reed, will hermes, biography

    'Definitive' Lou Reed Biography to Focus on His Love of New York

    In the months since Lou Reed's death, many words have been written about the late icon. Robert Christgau bid farewell, Dave Hickey lamented the loss of "the master of the mundane and the malicious," and Laurie Anderson wrote two separate heartbreaking tributes, just to name a few. Soon, though, there will be a full-fledged biography of the Velvet Underground co-founder, authored by music journalist Will Hermes.The New York Times reports that the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux has signed a deal with Hermes to write the book Lou: A New York Life. In an email interview, Hermes said he plans to write "a full, definitive biography." Regarding the project's still-tentative subtitle, the writer explained that NYC would "figure prominently" in the book, "because, how could it not?

  • queens of the stone age, josh homme, night of a thousand vaginas

    Josh Homme to Participate in Night of a Thousand Vaginas

    Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme will soon plunge into A Night of a Thousand Vaginas.Uh, let's try that again: Josh Homme is set to participate in a comedy show called A Night of a Thousand Vaginas! Benefiting Texas Abortion Fund (via the NME). The January 19 event is being organized by reproductive rights group A Is For and scheduled to take place at Los Angeles venue Largo at the Coronet.Homme is just one of the guests expected to take the stage, in addition to comedians Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Jen Kirkman, and Tiffany Haddish. Parks and Recreation MVP Retta will host the showcase alongside actress/comedian/writer Laura Kightlinger.The ...Like Clockwork king is no stranger to the comedy world.

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