Kyle McGovern

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  • arcade fire, reflektor, tour

    Arcade Fire in Costume Drama Over Tour Dress Code

    Before Arcade Fire revealed their tirelessly teased Reflektor album, the indie-rock giants played a series of small club shows under the guise of the Reflektors and asked fans to abide by a formal attire or costume dress code. Now, the Canadian six-piece have a full-scale North American arena tour planned for 2014, and they're making the same demands.As Stereogum points out, if you want to get into the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky to see Arcade Fire on March 6, heed this Ticketmaster disclaimer: "NIGHT OF SHOW: Please wear formal attire or costume."Understandably, there's been a bit of backlash against AF for their black-tie ambitions.

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    Kanye West Can't Spell 'Creative Genius' and Other Interview Humblebrags

    Author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis is now also a podcaster, and for the debut episode of his new venture, the Less Than Zero scribe brought his good friend Kanye West on as guest. Throughout their hour-long conversation — which is only part one of a two-part series — Ellis and West talk about a variety of topics, but considering that the two visionaries are collaborating on a script together, it's fitting that they spend much of their time discussing their favorite films. For the record, the flick 'Ye has seen the most is probably Menace II Society, he really enjoys the work of Paul Thomas Anderson (particularly There Will Be Blood), and one of his favorite movies of the year is 12 Years a Slave.Now, this is a Kanye West interview, which means there are the requisite moments of self-aggrandizement.

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    Watch Francis and the Lights' Sun-Dappled 'Like a Dream' Video

    Francis and the Lights have already shared two out-of-this-world R&B cuts from the upcoming Like a Dream EP: "ETC" and "If They Don't Come Tomorrow." Now, main brain Francis Farewell Starlite — a former Drake tourmate and collaborator — has let go a third by way of a new music video. The visual for "Like a Dream" boasts direction from Jake Schreier, ex-Francis and the Lights keyboardist and filmmaker behind 2012's Robot & Frank, which features an original score by Starlite's piano-pop project.As seen above, the just-unveiled video follows Starlite as he two-steps through a field, practically gliding as he basks in warm sunlight and hopes for a breakthrough. "I'm ready for the big-time," he speak-sings. "Is it ready for me?"Starlite may get his answer after November 25, when London label Good Years Recordings drops the Like a Dream EP.

  • queens of the stone age, josh homme, vampyre of time and memory, video

    Queens of the Stone Age Drop Creepy 'Vampyre of Time and Memory' Video

    At long last, Queens of the Stone Age have released the official video for ...Like Clockwork slow-burner "The Vampyre of Time and Memory." The desert dwellers first teased the interactive clip in late October, with a promise that the horror-themed short would be released on October 30, just in time for Halloween. Mischief Night came and went, and aside from a performance on Conan, the holiday passed without an appearance from "The Vampyre of Time and Memory." QOTSA have now filled that absence.The video, directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco and produced by the Creators Project, is available in two formats: a standard version (dubbed the "Directors' Cut") that's streaming above, and an interactive version that can be seen at the project's official website.

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    Watch Wampire Bite From '80s Horror Films in 'The Hearse' Video

    Way back in January, Wampire first teased their debut album with "The Hearse," an accomplished lead single that tempers its macabre title with New Wave flourishes. Now, the Portland duo are still promoting their since-released Curiosity LP, only now they're touting an official music video for "The Hearse." Directed by Raphaël Pfeiffer, the clip opens with a nod to the track's '80s pedigree: fade in to a large-haired model posing against a neon-pinkish backdrop for a photo shoot. Quickly, though, the short takes a sharp turn into slasher flick territory, as the photographer takes his admiration for the leading lady a few (violent) steps too far. Watch the mini-horror movie unfold above.

  • jim james, austin city limits, the black angels

    Watch Jim James and the Black Angels Co-Headline 'Austin City Limits'

    Jim James delivered a four-song sermon on the latest episode of Austin City Limits, performing highlights from his spiritual Regions of Light and Sound of God LP. The My Morning Jacket frontman and SPIN interview subject treated viewers to a suite of songs from his debut solo album: "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)," "Know Til Now" (pre-disco remix), "A New Life," and "Actress." Now fans can watch the entire set, since the kind folks at PBS have made the whole 54-minute telecast available for streaming.Like ACL's recent Vampire Weekend/Grizzly Bear twofer, James' episode included a second headliner. Hometown heroes the Black Angels filled out the second half of the program, delivering a six-song performance that mostly focused on their latest album, the "Don't Play With Guns"-featuring Indigo Meadow.

  • the beatles, words of love, video

    The Beatles Flee Legions of Fans in Throwback 'Words of Love' Video

    Fifty years after their debut album, the Beatles have a new music video. The Fab Four's early days — specifically the suit-and-tie, mop-top era of 1963 and '64 — recently yielded the massive retrospective On Air — Live At the BBC, Volume 2. Now, because the Beatles are in such desperate need for extra press, Capitol Records has shared an official clip for "Words of Love," a Buddy Holly cover that appears on the compilation.Directed by Pete Candeland, the visual cuts together archival footage of Beatlemania's heyday. The boys try to ward off mobs of crazed fans, girls scream and faint, and we get a glimpse of Paul McCartney long before he was buddies with Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. Touches of the Beatles' latter-day psychedelia creep in via some animated effects, but the two-minute short is largely a snapshot of the Beatles before they picked up their Revolver and joined Sgt.

  • soundgarden, screaming life/fopp, reissue

    Stream Soundgarden's Ferocious 'Screaming Life/Fopp' Reissue

    Soundgarden staged a triumphant comeback last year with King Animal, the Seattle titans' first studio album in 16 years. Now, Chris Cornell and co. are digging deep into their past with a reissue of their first-ever release, 1987's Screaming Life EP. As SPIN noted previously, Sub Pop will unleash the retrospective in digital and double-vinyl formats on November 26. The six-track Screaming Life collection also comes bundled with 1988's four-song Fopp EP, and "Sub Pop Rock City," the band's contribution to 1988's Sub Pop 200 compilation.Producer Jack Endino, who helmed the original Screaming Life set and helped with the new remasters, recalls the EP sessions in a statement.

  • pearl jam, carrie brownstein, st. vincent

    See Pearl Jam Salute Neil Young With Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent

    Carrie Brownstein recently played journalist to grill Pearl Jam about their lengthy career and their 10th album, Lightning Bolt. But on November 15, the Sleater-Kinney alumna played guitar alongside the alt-rock statesmen, joining them onstage at Dallas' American Airlines Center to help cover Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," from 1989's Freedom LP. (They took on the electric version, of course.) Brownstein also brought out her "good friend Annie" — better known as Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent — to split vocal duties with Eddie Vedder. Stereogum spotted some fan-shot footage of the seven-minute performance, which can be seen above. The cameraman had nosebleed seats, but thankfully, he made smart use of the "zoom in" feature.St. Vincent, meanwhile, has also announced plans to hit a series of venues in Europe early next year.

  • the 1975, tour, head.cars.bending

    Watch the 1975's Stylish 'Head.Cars.Bending' Tour Video

    The 1975 are currently on tour in support of their self-titled debut album, and have no plans to stop any time soon. The Manchester foursome will be playing shows in the U.K. and Europe through March 2014, and then they'll cross the Atlantic to headline a slate of North American gigs in the spring. Of course, the "M.O.N.E.Y." makers have already logged many long nights on the road, and the boys have got a brand new tour diary video to prove it.Set to "Head.Cars.Bending" from this year's Music for Cars EP, the just-released clip once again pairs the 1975 with director and regular collaborator James Booth, who also helmed the band's acoustic "Chocolate" video. Hit the play button above to watch the Brits' black-and-white, sped-up travelogue, which takes them from New York City to high above the clouds. Find dates for the 1975's upcoming North American tour below.

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