Kyle McGovern

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  • angel olsen, hi-five, burn your fire for no witness

    Stream Angel Olsen's Feedback-Powered Torch Song 'Hi-Five'

    On February 18, Angel Olsen will drop her second album, the fiercely titled Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Rightly recognized as one of the 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014, the upcoming effort finds the Missouri-born singer-songwriter leaving behind the folky quietude of 2012's Half Way Home for sturdy fuzz-rock produced by John Congleton (Cloud Nothings, Modest Mouse, St. Vincent). Olsen shared the LP's first single, "Forgiven/Forgotten," a few weeks ago, and now she's let the second one slip. The just-unveiled "Hi-Five" finds a compromise between alt-country and noise-rock, offering a Southern shuffle — and lonely heart — coated in wobbly distortion. Check it out via the disco ball-sporting visual above (courtesy of Zia Anger, who also directed the music video for "Forgiven/Forgotten").

  • miguel, girls, new song, lena dunham

    'Girls' Season 3 to Premiere New Songs by Miguel, Beck, and Jenny Lewis

    Over the course of its first two seasons, HBO's Girls has scored a few already semi-classic musical moments. Lena Dunham dancing on her own to Robyn, snorting cocaine while listening to Icona Pop, and imitating Beyoncé immediately come to mind, but the half-hour, twentysomething-centric comedy/drama has also featured songs by Vampire Weekend, Santigold, fun., and Tegan and Sara. Now, with its third season set to start on January 12, it's been reported that upcoming episodes will include tunes by Miguel, Beck, Jenny Lewis, Lily Allen, and Christina Perri.In an interview with Radio.com, Girls music supervisor Manish Raval revealed that Miguel wrote a new song exclusively for the show. "We reached out to him," Raval said. "We are a huge fan of his and very early on in the process Lena said, 'Can we just call him and see if he'll do something?' We did, he said yes.

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    Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry Win Big at People's Choice Awards 2014

    The "People" have spoken and they've made one thing clear: They love Justin Timberlake. The 32-year-old multi-threat cleaned up at the 40th People's Choice Awards on January 8, collecting a total of three trophies, more than any other musician nominated. Voters crowned JT their Favorite Male Artist, Favorite R&B Artist, and christened his mega-selling The 20/20 Experience as their Favorite Album. (For what it's worth, Timberlake's third LP ranked at No. 32 on SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list.)Katy Perry was another big winner at the annual ceremony, which was held live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

  • mozes and the firstborn, skinny girl, burger records

    Watch Mozes and the Firstborn Go Sightseeing for 'Skinny Girl' Video

    Last month, SPIN shared Mozes and the Firstborn's gnarled cover of the Velvet Underground's "Lady Godiva's Operation." Now it's time to highlight an original tune by the Dutch foursome. On February 11, Burger Records will release the garage-rock gang's self-titled debut album on vinyl (a cassette version has already been floating around). But first comes the official video for "Skinny Girl," a jangly strummer featured on the LP. A joint effort between the band and Jeroen Dankers, the clip catches frontman and founding member Melle Dielesen in a number of locations — the beach, a record store, the edge of Brooklyn — as he's strumming his guitar and pledging to the titular "Skinny Girl" that she's "worth every pound in gold." Watch it above.

  • 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.

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    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.

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