Kyle McGovern

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  • pearl jam, sleater-kinney, reunion, neil young

    See Sleater-Kinney Reunite Onstage With Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam gave fans something to be truly thankful for over Thanksgiving weekend: a full-on Sleater-Kinney reunion. On Friday, November 29, the Lightning Bolt titans ended their performance at Portland's Moda Center by bringing out former Sleater-Kinney members Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss to assist with a stellar cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," from the singer-songwriter's 1989 LP, Freedom.Though the indie-rock luminaries have stayed busy since they called it quits in 2006 — Tucker with her solo career, Brownstein with Portlandia and Wild Flag (among other projects), and Weiss also with Wild Flag, Quasi, and Drumgasm — the surprise guest appearance marks the first time all three musicians have played together onstage in seven years.

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    Stream Natural Child's Epic Cover of the Velvet Underground's 'White Light/White Heat'

    The Velvet Underground's classic second album, White Light/White Heat, turned 45 this year, and to commemorate the occasion, on December 10, Universal Music Enterprises will release a triple-disc "Super Deluxe Edition" of the record, which, by the way, topped SPIN's list of the Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s. Burger Records is joining in the celebration as well, teaming up with Universal to release The Velvet Underground — White Light/White Heat Tribute Album, a full-length homage to the Velvets' avant-rock masterpiece. Also due on December 10, the upcoming tribute features covers by Natural Child, the Memories, Mozes and the Firstborn, Curtis Harding, Mr.

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    Watch U2's Triumphant Performance of 'The Electric Co.' at 1983's US Festival

    Last month, SPIN premiered an exclusive clip from the upcoming US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 concert DVD, which caught the Clash performing "Should I Stay or Should I Go" at the titular festival. Now, we're offering a second snippet of the US Festival 1983 package, out December 3 via MVD. Above, watch footage of U2 blasting through "The Electric Co.," the penultimate anthem from the Irish band's 1980 debut album, Boy. In it, fresh-faced Bono scales the California stage and serenades the thousands-deep crowd below.Directed by Glenn Aveni with Icon and Unuson acting as producers, US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 features another performance by U2, a live rendition of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," seen on Rolling Stone. The fast-approaching DVD also packs in live music from Stevie Nicks, Men at Work, Judas Priest, INXS, Stray Cats, and more.

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    PAWS Chase Hi-Fi Glory on New Album 'Youth Culture Forever'

    "I hate whenever anyone uses the word 'mature' near a sophomore album," says PAWS frontman Phillip Taylor. "It just makes you sound like an absolute douche."The 23-year-old singer-guitarist is sitting on the floor of a cozy recording studio in upstate New York, where he and his two bandmates — drummer Josh Swinney, 24, and bassist Ryan Drever, 27, who replaced ex-member Matthew Scott — are working on their sophomore full-length, a tighter, more considered follow-up to their debut LP, last year's Cokefloat!It's early November and the Scottish trio are hibernating in the home of Adam Pierce, the manager for the U.S. division of U.K. label FatCat Records. Located roughly an hour north of Manhattan (if traffic's light), Pierce's house rests on a hill in bucolic Highland Mills, just across from the mountainous Black Rock Forest nature preserve.

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    Watch Radkey's Breakneck 'Start Freaking Out' Video

    Radkey reimagined themselves as comic book characters in a recent music video — see the splashy visual for the Devil Fruit EP opener "Romance Dawn" — but the garage-punk trio offer a more realistic look at their live show in their newest clip. Directed and edited by William Rees (who reportedly bonded with the teenaged boys of Radkey over a mutual love of Zelda video games), the just-released video captures an onstage rendition of "Start Freaking Out," a fiery tantrum found on the aforementioned Devil Fruit EP.

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    Watch Twin Shadow's Breathtaking Cover of U2's 'With or Without You'

    For Twin Shadow's latest UNDR THE CVRS video, '80s expert George Lewis Jr. reimagines a classic from the Reagan-era: U2's intimate yet arena-sized torch song "With or Without You." The Confess crooner trades the original's plodding drums for robo-percussion, replaces the probing bass-line with low-end synths, and favors pitch-warped vocals over Bono's chest-beating hollers. What remains, though, is the track's cinematic allure. Revisit The Joshua Tree by watching the black-and-white video above. Also, be sure to check out other clips from Twin Shadow's monthly UNDR THE CVRS series. Lewis has already shared his takes on Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years," Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire," and 10cc's "Not in Love."

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    The National Get Eaten in 'Bob's Burgers' Thanksgiving Video

    While Morrissey's busy rebranding Thanksgiving as "Thankskilling," the National are celebrating the harvest-themed holiday with the folks behind animated FOX sitcom Bob's Burgers. The comedy program's November 24 episode was a Thanksgiving special that highlighted a new song by the Trouble Will Find Me fivesome: "Sailors in Your Mouth," a mopey ode to gravy consumption. Now, Entertainment Weekly has premiered a cartoon clip for the track that casts the SPIN profile subjects as seamen in a gravy boat. To see the National get eaten by Bob, head over to EW.com. And to watch St. Vincent busk in another Bob's Burgers clip, click here.

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    Stream the Lowest Pair's Wondrous Banjo Duet 'Living Is Dying'

    Solo country siren Kendl Winter is teaming with Palmer T. Lee of the Boys N' the Barrels to form the Lowest Pair, a double-banjo duo. On January 14, the rootsy twosome will release their debut album, 36¢, through Team Love Records. Recorded and engineered by Trampled By Turtles member Dave Simonett, the upcoming album collects 11 tracks, one of which is streaming right here at SPIN. Head below to hear "Living Is Dying," a tender, finger-picked duet that finds Winter beckoning, "Sweet love, won't you come with me / We can roll around under the cherry tree / Til the neighbors kick us off their property."

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    See Eminem as Max Headroom in Lewinsky-Referencing 'Rap God' Video

    Eminem has unveiled the official music video for "Rap God," the speedy, six-minute single from the Detroit MC's latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Slim Shady hinted at his transformation into fictional '80s talk-show host Max Headroom earlier this month with a 30-second teaser for the clip — now we've got the whole visual, directed by Rich Lee, who also helmed the 2010 video for Em's Recovery hit "Not Afraid." The video falls in line with Em's recent nostalgic streak (see the title of MMLP2, its throwback cover art, and the Beastie Boys-biting video for "Berzerk") by tossing in screenshots from vintage video games, dusting off footage of Bill Clinton's "sexual relations" soundbyte, and working in a 14-years-late homage to The Matrix.Watch the "Rap God" video above, then check out SPIN's review of MMLP2: we've got a written edition and a video version starring a pair of kittens.

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    Hear Migos Big-Up Bill Gates on 'Ran Up the Money'

    Migos recently scored a touchdown with "Emmitt Smith," a salute to the former Dallas Cowboys running back that's set to appear on the Atlanta trio's Y.R.N. 2 mixtape. Now, the "Bando" brothers are paying tribute to another member of America's elite: mega-wealthy magnate Bill Gates. The new hat tip ("I done ran up the money / In the hood I'm Bill Gates") comes via "Ran Up the Money," another trap-powered missive from the upcoming Young Rich Niggas sequel. Produced by Phenom Da Don and DeeMoney, the track rolls through heavy gong hits and a slew of mumble-mouthed shout-outs — press the play button below to hear Migos name-drop Gates, Aaliyah, Dikembe Mutombo, Wikipedia, and, of course, Versace. Scroll down further for the song's pitch-perfect artwork.

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