Kyle McGovern

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  • grammy nominations concert, katy perry, taylor swift

    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lorde Join Grammy Nominations Concert Lineup

    Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Miguel will all perform for this year's Grammy nominations television special. The confirmation came from the Recording Academy on December 5, just one day ahead of the December 6 telecast. Other additions to the lineup include T.I. and members of Earth, Wind, and Fire. They all join a roster of live talent that includes Drake, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Keith Urban.Swift and Perry won't be onstage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, though. Their performances will be broadcast from overseas locations: T-Swift from Australia, Katy (sans geisha get-up, hopefully) from Canada.Members of Earth, Wind, and Fire will be under the Nokia roof, however, taking part in a joint performance with T.I. and Robin Thicke.

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    Negligence, Unfit Pilots Caused Plane Crash That Killed Jenni Rivera

    Almost exactly one year after Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a December 9, 2012 plane crash, the causes behind the tragedy have become clearer.

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    R. Kelly Plays a Woman Like a Violin in 2 Chainz-Assisted 'Kimmel' Medley

    After thrusting and grinding all over Lady Gaga on Saturday Night Live and the 2013 American Music Awards, R. Kelly returned to network TV on December 4 to flash some of his Black Panties. The R&B giant's next album drops on December 10 via RCA (deluxe bundles come with an actual pair of black panties, natch), and the Chicago smooth-talker promoted the LP on Jimmy Kimmel Live! by playing a medley of tracks. Kellz opened with the bedroom boast "Genius," made complete with a rhinestone-studded Phantom of the Opera mask on his face and a lady on his lap, cuddled up to look like a human violin; 2 Chainz then dropped in to assist with an abridged version of "My Story"; and R.

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    Hear Grass Is Green's Gut-Punching 'Sammy So-Sick'

    Grass Is Green recently unleashed "Vacation 2.0" (via Stereogum), the fidgety closing track from their next album, Vacation Vinny, due January 14 via Exploding in Sound Records. Now the Boston punks have set the fast-approaching LP's opener loose. Scroll down to stream "Sammy So-Sick," a hunk of tightly wound riffs and rhythms that resembles the angular outbursts of Speedy Ortiz, with whom Grass Is Green will be touring next year. Find dates over at Exploding in Sound. 

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    Stream Curtis Harding's Joyous Cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Here She Comes Now'

    This whole week, SPIN is premiering a different track from Burger Records' upcoming tribute album to the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat.

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    Jack White Pledges 'We're Going to Be Friends' for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Back in September, Jack White, Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, and many more took the stage at New York City's Town Hall for "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis," a star-studded showcase built around the music of the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The movie stars Oscar Isaac as a struggling musician moving through Greenwich Village's early '60s folk scene and opens in limited release on December 6. A week later, on December 13, Showtime will air the "Another Day, Another Time" gig as a concert documentary, and Vulture has snagged an exclusive clip from the upcoming broadcast: Jack White delivering an especially rootsy rendition of the White Stripes' White Blood Cells classic "We're Going to Be Friends." Watch above, then read SPIN's in-depth interview with Oscar Isaac.

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    Drake Replaces Kanye West as Nike's Air Jordan Spokesman

    Drake is nipping at Kanye West's heels, locking down a partnership with Nike just days after Yeezy bailed on the company to link up with Adidas. As Billboard reports, Drizzy announced during a December 3 performance that he's teaming with Nike's Air Jordan brand."Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life," the Would You Like a Tour? star told a crowd in Portland, the city Nike calls home. "Growing up, I'm sure we all idolized this guy, he goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family."After the show, the Toronto MC offered a sneak peek of the collaboration, posting photos of the upcoming sneakers — the Air Jordan 10's and OVO Stingray 12's — on his Instagram. Jordan then confirmed their union with the "Hold On, We're Going Home" singer-rapper, tweeting on December 4, "He's home.

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    Cloud Nothings Tease 2014 Album With Sparse In-Studio Video

    Cloud Nothings have shared a short video teasing their next album. The black-and-white clip offers a 42-second glimpse at what the band has been up to in the studio as of late. "Proof that we haven't just been sitting at home the last few months," reads the Facebook post promoting the short. It's a fitting caption because that's about all the video confirms. Specifics — such as a track list, record title, and final release date — remain unclear. All we know for sure right now is that there's a new Cloud Nothings full-length due sometime in 2014.Back in August, frontman Dylan Baldi shared footage of him performing a new song, tentatively titled "Psychic Trauma," with an acoustic guitar in Vienna (video of a full-band version turned up around South By Southwest 2013).

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    The War on Drugs Flash 'Red Eyes' From New Album 'Lost in the Dream'

    Adam Granduciel will continue to wage the War on Drugs in 2014. The Philadelphia songsmith has announced that the project's next album will be out March 18 by way of Secretly Canadian. Dubbed Lost in the Dream, the 10-track LP follows the band's hazy 2011 outing, Slave Ambient. Granduciel assembled the upcoming effort over the course of two years, writing and recording in Philly, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey.Now, the War on Drugs have tossed out the first taste of Lost in the Dream; "Red Eyes" is a slice of New Wavy, longhair brilliance, marked with synth sheen, crisp guitarwork, and echoing vocals.

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    R. Kelly Will Liberate New 'Trapped in the Closet' Chapters in 2014

    R. Kelly will remain Trapped in the Closet through 2014. IFC has announced it will premiere new chapters of the R&B king's epic hip-hopera at some point next year.The cable network promises "more drama, more crazy situations, more tumultuous relationships, more Sylvester, more Pimp Lucius, more Reverend Mosely, more everything that you love about Trapped in the Closet." Other details are scare, but the channel will air a marathon of the 33 (!!) previous installments on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 5:15 p.m. EST.It's surely no coincidence the Trapped in the Closet programming block arrives around the same time as R. Kelly's Black Panties. The new album drops, in some cases with an actual pair of black panties, on December 10 via RCA.

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