Kyle McGovern

writer

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  • jeopardy!, rap, hip-hop, notorious b.i.g.

    Can You Answer These 'Jeopardy!' Rap Questions?

    The quizmasters at Jeopardy! have been on a musical kick as of late. Last month, the network TV game show tested contestants' knowledge of alt-rock trivia with questions related to Nine Inch Nails, the White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, and more. On Monday night (January 6), Jeopardy! delivered the hip-hop equivalent with a category called "It's a Rap." Host Alex Trebek rhymed his way through an entry-level history lesson on the Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Beastie Boys, and other iconic MCs.Yes, you read that correctly: Alex Trebek actually rapped a few bars on the air. To hear the 73-year-old overenunciate Public Enemy lyrics ("You go ooh and ahh when I jump in my car"), watch the video above.

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    BANKS Bewitches With Acoustic Rendition of 'Change'

    Los Angeles singer BANKS named her debut effort London, because she wrote the EP's four songs during, what she describes as, "an insane, emotionally heightened three-week period" spent in the English city. That description can be found in the video above, which was filmed during BANKS' recent return to the U.K.

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    Vampire Weekend Cover Opera Giant Andrea Bocelli's 'Con te Partiro'

    In honor of Valentine's Day, Starbucks is releasing Sweetheart 2014, a compilation of love songs featuring covers by Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and more. Due February 4 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group, the upcoming collection spans a total of 13 tracks, two of which we've already heard: Beck's version of John Lennon's "Love" and Jim James' reworking of Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low."Now Rolling Stone has uncovered a third. The latest Sweetheart tune comes from Vampire Weekend (SPIN's 2013 Band of the Year), who have set their sights on "Con te Partirò," the neo-classical song made famous by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. "'Con te Partirò' is one of the greatest love songs of all time," says VW frontman Ezra Koenig. "Its beauty transcends language. Thank you, Mr.

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    Watch Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Bring 'Lariat' to 'Fallon'

    Stephen Malkmus recently confessed to SPIN that he's not a night owl. "I don't live for the night like I did a little bit when I was younger," the 47-year-old said. "I'm not in that lifestyle mode — I'm more of a chin-stroker when I listen to music." Self-imposed curfew aside, the indie-rock icon made his way onto Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on January 6, to promote his sixth album with the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags.Joined by bassist Joanna Bolme, guitarist Mike Clark, and drummer Jake Morris, Malkmus slid through Wig Out standout "Lariat," name-dropping Tennyson, venison, Mudhoney, and Bongwater's Double Bummer on national television.

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    Watch Lost in the Trees' Terrifying 'Past Life' Video

    Lost in the Trees have slimmed down in the time since 2012's A Church That Fits Our Needs. What was once an orchestral-folk six-piece is now an electro-rock foursome that values minimalism and pulsing grooves. But under the leadership of frontman Ari Picker, the North Carolina unit retains its richness — for proof, look no further than the music video for "Past Life," the title track from Lost in the Trees' upcoming third album.Directed by Dan Huiting and Andre Durand, the dazzling visual follows a mysterious hooded figure on a drive down a dark road. Like the lyric video for Lost in the Trees' recent "Rites" single (via Rolling Stone), it's a haunting short that commands attention. Watch it above.Past Life is out February 18 on Anti-.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Sharon Jones, More

    It's that time of the week again: We've rounded up the best album streams available online. Scroll down to find links to the latest from Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Del the Funky Homosapien, and more.1) Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes. "High Hopes is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio effort... [Rage Against the Machine's Tom] Morello appears on eight of the album's songs, including a reworked version of 1995's 'The Ghost of Tom Joad,' in which he duets with Springsteen. The collection also packs in covers of tracks by Suicide ('Dream Baby Dream') and Australian punks the Saints ('Just Like Fire Would'), as well as a studio version of 'American Skin (41 Shots),' a song that has so far only been available as a live recording." — SPIN (via CBS)2) Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son.

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    Watch Ellie Goulding's Psychotropic 'Goodness Gracious' Video

    Way back in August, Ellie Goulding dropped "Goodness Gracious," a tropical-flavored highlight from Halcyon Days, the hefty reissue of her sophomore album, 2012's Halcyon. Now, in the dead of winter, the song's official music video has washed ashore. Unlike the two clips for tender ballad "How Long Will I Love You" (the first being a tie-in for a movie soundtrack, the second a shameless advertisement for a smartphone), the "Goodness Gracious" visual suits the track it's serving.Directed by Kinga Burza, the video delivers a rush of color in neon-lit dance parties, sparklers, and ultra-vivid sunsets. It's as if Goulding downed some psychotropic Starbursts with a bunch of friends and filmed the whole weekend. Bask in the warm climate above.

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    Eurythmics Will Reunite to Cover the Beatles

    The Eurythmics' Annie Lenox and Dave Stewart are reuniting for one night only in honor of the Beatles. The Recording Academy has announced that the "Sweet Dreams" duo will cover songs by the Fab Four for The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to the Beatles, a television special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' landmark appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.The upcoming broadcast will be taped at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, the day after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are held. The Grammys' Salute to the Beatles won't air until Sunday, February 9, at 8 p.m.

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    Watch Grizzly Bear's Last Gig Ahead of Possible Hiatus

    On January 5, Grizzly Bear finally wrapped their world tour in support of 2012's outstanding Shields with a sold-out show at Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House. As Consequence of Sound points out, the entire concert was streamed live online and now, the two-hour gig can be replayed at your leisure. The 21 song-set focuses on Grizzly Bear's last three studio efforts: the full-band debut that was 2006's Yellow House, 2009's breakthrough Veckatimest LP, and the recently expanded Shields. Fans of the chamber-rock quartet should savor the live footage — it's likely to be the last Grizzly Bear show for a while.

  • chromeo, toro y moi, come alive, white women

    Hear Chromeo 'Come Alive' With Toro y Moi on 'White Women' Anthem

    Chromeo continue to tease White Women, the electro-funk duo's upcoming fourth album. Dave 1 and P-Thugg have already let go of two goofball-glitz gems ("Over Your Shoulder" and "Sexy Socialite"), and now they've unleashed a third, the Toro y Moi-assisted "Come Alive." The spacey groove coats its be-here-now thesis in nuovo-disco simmer and sparkle, and drops in high-pitched vocals from Chaz Bundick for decoration.The Toro y Moi/Les Sins/Sides of Chaz singer is just one of many guests featured on the follow-up to 2010's Business Casual.

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