Kyle McGovern

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  • the family crest, the world, beneath the brine

    Stream the Family Crest's Thundering 'The World'

    Last year, the Family Crest teased the "grand sounds" of their upcoming sophomore album with The Headwinds EP. Now, the orchestral rock collective — a core group of seven led by founding member Liam McCormick that features more than 400 "Extended Family" members — have locked down a release date for their second full-length. The Kickstarter-funded Beneath the Brine will see the light on February 25, by way of Portland record label Tender Loving Empire. First, though, comes "The World," a masterfully arranged epic featured on the forthcoming LP. Stream it below.Beneath the Brine track list: 1. "Beneath the Brine"2. "The World"3. "Love Don't Go"4. "William's Dirge"5. "Howl"6. "The Water's Fine"7. "I Am The Winter"8. "She Knows My Name"9. "As We Move Forward"10. "When the Lights Go Out"11. "There's A Thunder"12. "Make Me A Boat"

  • NØMADS, in the mend

    Stream NOMADS' Barbed Fuzz-Bomb 'In the Mend'

    NØMADS is a noise-rock duo formed by Nathan Lithgow — the recording and touring bassist for Inlets and My Brightest Diamond — and drummer Garth MacAleavey, who played percussion on the road for Inlets and who also serves as sound enigneer for the Philip Glass Ensemble and New York venue Le Poisson Rouge. On April 8, Brooklyn record label/collective Mecca Lecca will unleash NØMADS' debut album, Free My Animal. Produced, recorded, and mixed entirely by Lithgow and MacAleavey, the upcoming LP comes with the rocking "In the Mend," a fanged first taste that rains death from above, circa 1992. Hear it below, and for a chance to see NØMADS live, pick up tickets for their January 28 gig at Glasslands Gallery.

  • warm soda, matthew melton, young reckless hearts

    Hear Warm Soda's Heart-Swelling 'When Your Eyes Meet Mine'

    Warm Soda dropped their debut album less than a year ago, but the power-pop hellions already have a follow-up on the way. On March 11, California garage-rock hub Castle Face Records will release Young Reckless Hearts, the successor to 2013's Someone for You. Frontman Matthew Melton produced the 12-track set at his Fuzz City Studios in Oakland, and now he's shared the first sample from the upcoming LP. Scruffy swooner "When Your Eyes Meet Mine" is streaming below, followed by the cover art and track list to Young Reckless Hearts.Young Reckless Hearts track list:1. "Going in Circles"2. "Postcards"3. "Young Reckless Hearts"4. "Someday You Will Understand"5. "Forbidden Emotion"6. "Save This Dance for Me"7. "When Your Eyes Meet Mine"8. "The One I Need"9. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"10. "Things That We Said"11. "Will I Still Want You? (When I Find You)"12. "Stranger to Me"

  • u2, golden globes, nelson mandela, ordinary love

    U2's Mandela Tribute 'Ordinary Love' Wins Best Song Golden Globe

    There was no way U2 weren't going to win an award for a song about Nelson Mandela. And so it came to pass at the 71st Golden Globe Awards that the Irish stadium rockers took home the Best Original Song trophy for "Ordinary Love," their first new song in three years, written in honor of the late Nelson Mandela and featured in the Idris Elba-starring biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."This really is personal for us," Bono said during the band's acceptance speech. "This man turned our life upside down, right-side up, a man who refused to hate, not because he didn't have rage or anger or these things, but that he thought love would do a better job. We wrote a love song because it kind of is what is extraordinary about the film — it is kind of a dysfunctional love story. That's why you should see this film.

  • protomartyr, scum rise!, under color of official right

    Stream Protomartyr's Post-Punk Punisher 'Scum, Rise!'

    Who could resist a call-to-arms like "Scum, Rise!"? This anthem-to-be is extracted from Detroit punks Protomartyr's sophomore album, Under Color of Official Right, due on April 8 and collecting 14 pummeling tracks into the band's first full-length for Hardly Art. To help (un)ease the wait, the foursome — singer Joe Casey, guitarist Greg Ahee, bassist Scott Davidson, and drummer Alex Leonard — have fired off this single, which undercuts its rebellion with a cruel reminder: "There's nothing you can do." Stream "Scum, Rise!" below and scroll further for the full track list to Under Color of Official Right.Under Color of Official Right track list:1. "Maidenhead"2. "Ain't So Simple"3. "Want Remover"4. "Trust Me Billy"5. "Pagans"6. "What the Wall Said"7. "Tarpeian Rock"8. "Bad Advice"9. "Son of Dis"10. "Scum, Rise!"11. "I Stare at Floors"12. "Come & See"13. "Violent"14.

  • alice in chains, ?uestlove, mtv video music awards, grammy, toilet, bathroom

    Poople's Choice Awards: Alice in Chains, ?uestlove Keep Their Trophies in the John

    Award season is now in full swing. The Grammy Awards are fast on the approach, the Golden Globes go down on Sunday, Oscar nominations are due next week, and the "People" just showered Justin Timberlake with love. But what are these trophies really worth? Well, they're not really worth shit, if you believe Alice in Chains or ?uestlove.On January 9, Alice in Chains shared a photo of their MTV Moonman boldly going where many men and women have gone before: the bathroom. "This #MTV Video Music Award doubles as a toilet paper dispenser," reads the cheeky Facebook caption.

  • miley cyrus, britney spears, french tv, wrecking ball, ban, work bitch

    Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears Are Too Naked for French TV

    Don't expect Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" to crash onto French daytime television any time soon. The New York Times reports that the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel, the organization that lords over French broadcasting, has pretty much banned the fleshy visual from airing during the day and evening.The council has also blacklisted Britney Spears' whips-and-chains-filled video for "Work Bitch." Both clips have reportedly played during daytime programs, sometimes with a warning that they're inappropriate for children under the age of 10, sometimes without a warning.

  • david byrne, Jherek Bischoff, talking heads

    Watch David Byrne Revive the Talking Heads' 'And She Was' With Jherek Bischoff

    Earlier this week, composer Jherek Bischoff played a pair of guest-heavy gigs at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. As Stereogum points out, the Seattle-based visionary shared the stage with several artists, including Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Mirah, and his "Eyes" collaborator, David Byrne. Now, fan-shot footage of Bischoff and Byrne performing together has surfaced online. Above you'll see Byrne lead a rendition of "Strange Overtones," a future-funk team-up he recorded with Brian Eno back in 2008; and below you'll find a slightly behind-schedule shout-out to Santa Claus (Byrne introduces the song with a way-behind-schedule jab at Karl Rove), followed by an orchestral-pop take on the Talking Heads' Little Creatures classic "And She Was." (Warning to anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Bischoff: The camera stays focused on Byrne for all three clips.)

  • bruno mars, super bowl 2014, halftime show

    When Is Super Bowl Halftime 2014?

    Bruno Mars will play the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, February 2. But the Unorthodox Jukebox crooner isn't the only performer with plans that weekend. A long roster of big-ticket acts have gigs planned in and around the New York City area, including the Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kings of Leon, Robin Thicke, and the Roots. Scroll down for more details.Event: VH1's Super Bowl BlitzDates: January 27 - February 1Venue: Various (New York, NY)Lineup: J.

  • flagland, it's your time

    Hear Flagland's Woolly Hum-Along 'It's Your Time'

    Flagland were raised on the meat-and-potatoes of alt-rock. To wit, the band's Facebook page cites three key influences: "Nirvana, Pixies, Weezer." Now the Brooklyn-based trio — comprising singer-guitarist Kerry Kallberg, bassist-singer Dan Francia, and drummer Nick Dooley — specialize in "panic rock for the panicked," which is another way to say that they're heavy into gloriously unkempt fits of '90s revivalism.On February 25, Flagland will release Love Hard, their third album and first for Father/Daughter Records. The boys have already shared the upcoming LP's waltzy first single, "Comfortable Life" (via Stereogum), and now they've unveiled the second. "It's Your Time" is a shaggy slacker behemoth, sung by Francia and boosted by vocal harmonies that would make Blue Album-era Matt Sharp proud.

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