Kyle McGovern



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    A Nirvana Reunion Sounds Good to Ex-Member Chad Channing

    Well, this should get the rumor mill churning: Former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing has said he'd be willing to reunite with the iconic band's other surviving members. In an interview with the NME, Channing said he wouldn't be opposed to reviving Nirvana with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at some point in the future.Asked if he'd ever join the alt-rock legends onstage, Channing, who currently leads the band Before Cars, said, "Yeah, if they wanted me to. It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass.

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    7 Albums to Stream: Spoon, Diplo, Gucci Mane, Twin Peaks, and More

    A new week brings a new batch of albums to stream. Follow the links below to hear the latest releases from Spoon, Gucci Mane, Best New Artist honorees Naomi Punk, singer-songwriter Christopher Denny, and more. 1) Spoon, They Want My Soul. "It doesn't serve much function to ask where They Want My Soul fits into Spoon’s career-long worst-to-best rankings, partly because nobody can agree on what the best Spoon album is... and partly because every album is, in one way or another, of a piece with every other album. And that's what you need to know the most about They Want My Soul: It's a practiced and confident piece of power-pop from a band that plays every instrument like a drum, with a singer who can project swagger even through a hungover growl." — Stereogum (via iTunes First Play)2) Twin Peaks, Wild Onion.

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    Watch St. Vincent Shred for 'Live on Letterman' Webcast

    St. Vincent took over the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday to play the latest installment of the Live on Letterman webcast series. Annie Clark and co. tore through a total of 11 songs, most of which appear on this year's Essential St. Vincent LP (one of the 50 Best Albums of 2014... So Far), and a handful of which date back to 2011's Strange Mercy. Even if you've already seen St. Vincent on Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Clark's guitar prowess demands attention. Watch her perform in the video above, and check out the Late Show With David Letterman tonight, July 17, to see her return to the Sullivan stage.St. Vincent's Live on Letterman set list:"Rattlesnake""Digital Witness""Cruel""Marrow""Every Tear Disappears""Surgeon""Cheerleader""Prince Johnny""Huey Newton""Regret""Birth in Reverse"

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    Best the ESPYs Ever Had: Drake's Finest Moments as Entertainer

    When Drake was announced as the host of ESPN's 2014 ESPY Awards, some people were skeptical. (The naysayers included a handful of pedestrians polled for a Jimmy Kimmel Live! bit featuring Drizzy himself.) But by now, the 27-year-old rapper's multi-threat status shouldn't be called into question. To prove that Aubrey Graham is a man of many talents — and to coincide with the 2014 ESPYs, which air live tonight at 9 p.m. EST — we've rounded up evidence that the "Trophies" MC is not in need of any Sound Advice. He already has the makings of a great emcee.Exhibit A: Drake's isn't as self-serious as his soapy songs may suggest.

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    Death Grips Have Broken Up

    Death Grips are no more, it seems. In a note shared on their Facebook page, the experimental hip-hop group have announced that they're calling it quits. "We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over," the message reads. "We have officially stopped."According to the post, Death Grips have canceled all of their scheduled live dates, bailing on their upcoming tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden (not that keeping appointments was ever their strong suit). The noise-rap band's dissolution comes less than a month after the release of their latest album, niggas on the moon. When Death Grips dropped the surprise eight-track effort on June 8, they explained that the record is the first half of an intended double album dubbed the powers that b.

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    Hear Joyce Manor's Wistful Pop-Punk Beauty 'Schley'

    California's Joyce Manor drop pearls of pop-punk wisdom: songs that are rich in melody, short in length, and colored with a gentle-hearted loneliness. On July 22, Epitaph Records will release Never Hungover Again, the foursome's third album and follow-up to 2012's less optimistically titled Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. The upcoming, 10-track LP features the previously shared, minute-long "Catalina Fight Song" and the just-revealed "Schley," a nostalgic ballad boasting a bouncy bass line and coiled hooks.

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in Brooklyn, April 2014

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Plot Fall U.S. Tour

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new live lineup, which they'll be bringing across the United States this fall. On October 5, the Brooklyn-based band will kick off a slew of tour dates with another recently resurrected outfit, the New Pornographers. Pains' current roster includes frontman Kip Berman, bassist Jacob Sloan, returning guitarist Christoph Hochheim (who played on 2011's Belong), and Hochheim's twin brother, Anton, on drums. They're all overseas at the moment, promoting this year's Days of Abandon, a 10-song LP that features previously heard tracks "Simple and Sure," "Eurydice," and "Until the Sun Explodes."For their part, the New Pornographers will be touring on behalf of their upcoming sixth album, Brill Bruisers, due out August 26 on Matador.

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in Brooklyn, April 2014

    Young Adult Friction: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Rebirth

    Kip Berman loves to talk about bands. The boyish 34-year-old singer-guitarist — who leads the oh-so-preciously named group the Pains of Being Pure at Heart — can literally spend hours gushing about songwriters, lyrics, record labels, even interviews that artists have done.Over the course of an April afternoon and evening, Berman peppers conversation with regular references to Tom Petty, Titus Andronicus, and Destroyer's Dan Bejar. He recalls how, years ago, he took fashion cues from the Strokes and laughs about the time Julian Casablancas told a journalist he owned only a handful of records, one of them being Bob Marley's greatest-hits collection."I love bands that can create their own universe," Berman says on a dreary Good Friday.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Jack White, the Fresh & Onlys, First Aid Kit, and More

    As another week ends, another round of album streams crops up. Scroll down to find the latest from Jack White, First Aid Kit, the Fresh & Onlys, clipping., and others. 1) Jack White, Lazaretto. "Jack White is streaming his new album, Lazaretto, in full. We've previously heard 'Temporary Ground,' 'High Ball Stepper,' and 'Just One Drink,' of course. Now, although we'll have to wait another week to play with the insane vinyl version of the thing, we can hear the entire record right now. " — SPIN (via iTunes First Play)2) clipping., CLPPNG. "The instrumental part of CLPPNG's 3-D sound attack is occasionally revelatory, as in the clanging meat-locker of 'Body and Blood.' Sometimes the vocals are exactly right, like in 'Wake Up,' where literal alarm clock harmonies are overlaid by Mariel Jacoda's singing.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, the Orwells, 50 Cent, and More

    Happy Friday! Look what we arranged for you: A collection of album streams, featuring new records by Fucked Up, Parquet Courts, the Orwells, Bob Mould, 50 Cent, and more.1) Fucked Up, Glass Boys. "David Comes to Life was widely praised for its conceptual, novella-like pacing and irreverence in a genre defined by revved-up meters and a lo-fi sheen. Glass Boys is still yell-y, but its ten tracks build on David's collapsing of hardcore tropes and turn them into something more melodic and elegant. There are blissful guitar swells, dizzying meter changes, heavy starts and sparse closes, and a couple of surprisingly dense moments of groove." — SPIN (via Pitchfork)2) Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal.

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