Kyle McGovern

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    The Mohawk Cancels SXSW Day Event in Wake of Fatal Car Crash

    UPDATE: Austin police have identified the driver of vehicle involved in the fatal SXSW tragedy as Rashad Owens. More to come. A fund has also been set up to help people affected by the event. For more information on the SXSW Cares Fund and to make a donation, visit sxswcares.com.In light of Thursday morning's tragic car crash in downtown Austin that left two people dead and 23 injured, local venue The Mohawk has canceled the South By Southwest event it was scheduled to host today, March 13. The daytime gig was to be an event sponsored by Vans and curated by Stereogum, which, like SPIN, is owned by SpinMedia.

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    Led Zeppelin Plan a Whole Lotta Love, Unreleased Tracks for June Reissues

    At last, the long-teased Led Zeppelin reissues have a release date. The first batch of re-releases cover the classic rock legends' first three albums — 1969's Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, and 1970's Led Zeppelin III. They'll arrive on June 3 via Atlantic/Swan Song, complete with a treasure trove of studio and live recordings.Come Celebration Day, fans will be able to relive Led Zeppelin's October 10, 1969 concert at the Olympia Theater in Paris. Packaged with the Led Zeppelin reissue, the previously unreleased live recording captures a nine-song set.

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    Neil Young and Jack White Definitely Recorded Two Songs Together for Spring LP

    Back in January, Neil Young publicly denied that he was working on an album of duets with Jack White, writing on Facebook that the "rumors [had] no basis in truth." But the iconic singer-songwriter didn't deny working with White at all, and now he's opening up a little more. In a recent interview with Billboard, Young confirmed that White plays on two songs that will appear on Young's upcoming album, A Letter Home.The 68-year-old rock legend also slightly adjusted the LP's tentative release date, saying that the record will be out "very soon," most likely in the spring. Young had previously said that A Letter Home, recorded at White's Third Man Records in Nashville, would arrive this month. "It's not ready for prime time yet," Young told Billboard. "It's not really a release yet, but it's a very unique record. It's like a time capsule.

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    Disney Hires Avicii and Kaskade to EDM-icize Classic Movie Songs

    When you wub upon a star, your EDM dreams come true.Underdog label Walt Disney Records has announced that it's entering the dance music game with a new compilation featuring EDM remixes of songs from Disney movies. Dubbed DCONSTRUCTED, the 14-track set will arrive on April 22 (a whole 21 days past a release date that would make a lot more sense) complete with contributions from Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, U.N.K.L.E., and more.Yes, soon enough, fans will be waiting for the drop in Mat Zo's "Circle of Life" and finding comfort in the Alfred Montejano Hyper Remix of "You've Got a Friend in Me." Also on-deck for an EDM makeover?

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    BANKS Emerges From Darkness in Shadowy 'Brain' Video

    Back in January, BANKS dropped "Brain," a potent R&Beats single that she brewed with the help of fellow Los Angeleno Shlohmo. Now, the up-and-coming songstress has unveiled a music video for the track, directed by Barnaby Roper. Like her previously shared clips (videos for the London EP's "Waiting Game" and "This Is What It Feels Like," and the live, acoustic "Change" session), the "Brain" short works with a dark color palette, setting a brooding, overcast mood. At different points in the mostly black-and-white visual, BANKS sings while hiding underneath a veil — at other times, she's staring the camera down as blotches of red light flash across her face. And like the smoldering song itself, the "Brain" video is at once vulnerable and intimidating.

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    Modest Mouse Fuel Album Hopes With Spring Tour

    The lonesome, crowded west won't be so lonesome this spring. Modest Mouse have announced a new tour that will take them around the U.S. and into Canada. The curmudgeonly crew have 14 shows ahead of them, 13 of which are booked throughout the month of May. The last engagement, set for August 2, will take place at the just-announced Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal.The northwestern band canceled a string of European gigs in June of 2013 so they could focus on writing their long-awaited sixth album. As of now, details on the upcoming LP are scarce. Ex-Nirvana member Krist Novoselic revealed back in September that he plays bass on one track, saying, "It's pretty edgy. I've got my big Gibson bass and a Rat distortion pedal busting out a...

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    Watch Outer Minds' Striking Stop-Motion 'We Are All Stone' Video

    Outer Minds' "We Are All Stone" music video has been a long time coming. The frenetic psych-rock track hails from the Chicago quintet's Behind the Mirror, a '60s-saluting LP that was released back in 2012 via FDH Records/Red Lounge Records; the song's stop-motion visual took eight months to craft, four of which were devoted to shooting with 35mm and 16mm film. Now, the clip is finally ready to be unveiled.Creators Zebulon Medearis and Andrew Barker have assembled a grimly beautiful, Tim Burton-esque underworld that's cloaked in darkness and filled with monsters (one of whom has a talent for playing the organ). Explore the terrain above, and keep an eye out for a new album from Outer Minds — they're set to unleash the follow-up to Behind the Mirror later this year.

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    Stream Unwound's Massive, 32-Track 'Rat Conspiracy' Box Set

    The Numero Group's exhaustive Unwound reissue campaign continues on March 18, when the archival label releases Rat Conspiracy, a 32-track set collecting two full albums and a host of rarities, live recordings, and singles.The second installment in a four-part retrospective series, Rat Conspiracy follows last year's Kid Is Gone, which covered the post-hardcore crew's nascent days, leading up to their proper debut album, 1993's Fake Train.

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    Andre 3000 Prepped for Jimi Hendrix Role With Six-Hour Guitar Sessions

    The Jimi Hendrix biopic starring André 3000 won't hit theaters until June, but the little footage we've already seen shows promise. In a clip shared earlier this month, the OutKast rapper evokes charm and humility as the late guitar god, effortlessly flirting with actress Imogen Poots, who plays model Linda Keith, the subject of the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday." But, really, André's charisma was never in question — his chops as a guitarist, however, inspired some healthy skepticism."The idea of anyone playing Hendrix, let alone a right-handed guitarist, was one of the greatest challenges of the project," Danny Bramson, producer for Jimi Hendrix: All By My Side, told Billboard. "We bet the house on our one and only choice, André Benjamin."To prepare for the part, André 3000 underwent grueling practice sessions, playing guitar for six hours every day.

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    Hear Pure X Bask in Plush Pop Pastiche on 'Heaven'

    On April 1, Pure X will follow their freaky Crawling Up the Stairs album with Angel, an unapologetic pop record filled with starry-eyed swooners. The Austin foursome shared one of the LP's love songs, "Starlight," a few weeks ago, and now they've parted with another. "Heaven" maintains the sleepy pace of its predecessor, but thins out the pink fog that clouded "Starlight." This pearl draws its shine from a gently tumbling guitar twang and a level-headed mantra fit for long-hairs: "Everything we've been through was for a reason / Heaven is a feeling / One that I can believe in."Take the leap below, then pre-order Angel through Fat Possum.

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