Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • m.i.a., matangi, satellite nights

    See M.I.A. Blast Through 'Y.A.L.A.' at Soho House's 'Satellite Nights' Party

    Earlier this month, M.I.A. celebrated the arrival of her fantastic Matangi album by crashing Soho House's Satellite Nights event series, which had taken up a single-night residency at a Brooklyn warehouse. SPIN helped sponsor the showcase, snapped some photos of the Sri Lankan visionary, and now we've got video footage of Maya Arulpragasam performing "Y.A.L.A.," a life-affirming, Drake-dismissing standout from her fourth LP. Watch highlights from M.I.A.'s smoke-filled, neon-lit show above.Be sure to read SPIN's review of Matangi, followed by our recent ARTPOP profile of the singer-rapper: M.I.A.: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Artist.

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    See Dum Dum Girls' Gloom-Chic 'Too True' Album Trailer

    Dum Dum Girls have shared a trailer for their upcoming third album, Too True. Premiered on V Magazine and directed by Nathaniel Brown, the clip contains a 90-second snippet of the LP's sorta-title track, "Too True to Be Good," and also serves as a sneak preview of the song's official music video. The visual trades heavily in Dum Dum Girls' Phil Spector-meets-New Wave aesthetic. Frontwoman Dee Dee Penny playfully vamps for the camera, accenting her natural charisma with sunglasses, lush red lipstick, and a collared dress.

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    Gene Ween Hawks 'Final Demo Recordings' to Ease Financial Struggles

    Ween broke up in 2012, but former frontman Aaron Freeman has revived his Gene Ween alias for one last release. As Stereogum notes, the alt-rock goofball has shared a new collection of tunes titled Gener's Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009-2011). Available now on Bandcamp, the six-track set features a handful of songs Freeman recorded between 2009 and 2011 (just as the title suggests) that never made it onto an official Ween record and were also left off of Freeman's 2012 solo debut, Marvelous Clouds.According to a message posted on Bandcamp, Freeman, now 43, is selling the mini-album to remedy some money troubles. "After 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), Aaron Freeman (a.k.a. Geen Ween) was left in a dire financial situation," the announcement reads.

  • roy harper, child abuse charges

    Folk Legend Roy Harper Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

    English folk legend Roy Harper has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl, the BBC reports. The 72-year-old will appear in court on Monday, November 18, to face charges on nine counts of sexual assault. According to police, the alleged abuse took place between 1975 and 1977, and involved a single victim, who was 12 years old when it began. A summons was issued to Harper, who currently lives in Ireland, on October 16, after he was voluntarily interviewed by authorities back in February.Over the course of his nearly half-century career, Harper has released more than 20 studio albums, the most recent of which, Man and Myth, was issued in September via Bella Union. The singer-songwriter has been cited as an influence by a variety of artists, including Johnny Marr, Fleet Foxes, and Joanna Newsom, with whom Harper has toured.

  • kylesa, low tide, video, ultraviolet, brodie rush

    Watch Kylesa Warp Reality in Animated 'Low Tide' Video

    Kylesa obliterated an entire city in their animated video for "Unspoken," and now the Savannah, Georgia-based metal crew has set its sights on the stars. In support of this year's Ultraviolet LP, the genre-melting five-piece has shared a cartoon clip for power-psych ballad "Low Tide." Directed by Brodie Rush (who also helmed the "Unspoken" visual), the just-released short spans outer space, the depths of the earth, and the human body's inner workings, all by way of vivid stop-motion graphics. Hit the play button above to see Kylesa's vision of the universe, wherein trees burst into flames, dinosaur fossils rest alongside crash-landed UFOs, and the margins of metaphysics are negotiable.

  • r.e.m., near reunion, athens

    R.E.M. Tease Fans With Three-Fourths of a Reunion in Athens, Georgia

    R.E.M. staged a near-reunion in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, on November 14, as bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry performed alongside guitarist Peter Buck at local live music institution the 40 Watt Club. As Slicing Up Eyeballs notes, three-fourths of the iconic band got back together to play "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," a country-kissed single from R.E.M.'s classic sophomore album, 1984's Reckoning. Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe didn't join in on lead vocals, but according to a tweet from an audience member, he was in the crowd, which had gathered to see Buck, who is planning a second solo album and was sharing the bill with ex-Drivin' N' Cryin' lead singer Kevn Kinney.The indie legends, who called it quits in 2011, have "zero plans" for a legit reunion, but this isn't the first time they teased fans with a coy almost-reconciliation.

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    Stream Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves' Ruthless 'How Much Shit Can You Take'

    Chris Wollard's main gig, post-hardcore unit Hot Water Music, recently ended an eight-year hiatus with the release of 2012's Exister LP. Now, the Florida native has revived his long-dormant solo project, Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves, with a new 7-inch single. Due November 19 via No Idea Records, the upcoming vinyl features two new tracks: "Aliens" and "How Much Shit Can You Take," a teeth-gnashing salvo that finds Wollard playing lead pirate, screaming, "No mistake / We only want to hear you beg for mercy." Find out "How Much Shit Can You Take" by streaming the track below.

  • Goodbye, Lou Reed: New Yorkers Lovingly Celebrate His Life and Music

  • arcade fire, win butler, reflektor

    Watch Arcade Fire's Win Butler Play Dress-Up, Sing 'Reflektor' With Mariachi Band

    Arcade Fire's Reflektor has already topped the Billboard charts, but the indie-rock juggernauts are still working to maintain an air of mystery around their fourth album. Take the above video, filmed at London's Roundhouse venue on November 12 before AF took the stage under their not-at-all-secret-identity the Reflektors. According to the obsessives with Arcade Fire Tube, the clip catches a masked Win Butler singing Reflektor's title track with a mariachi band. Rather than picking up the giant bobblehead mask he wore while covering Devo, Butler greeted concert-goers with a simple skullface-and-sunglasses combination. Press play to see the frontman ditch the "Haitian voodoo" bit for some traditional Mexican folk. And be sure to check out SPIN's exclusive feature, Inorganic at the Disco: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Dance Floor.

  • pussy riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, prison transfer, siberia

    Pussy Riot Member Now Serving Term in 'Passable' Prison Colony

    Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has officially been transferred to a prison in Siberia. According to the Associated Press, Russia's human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, confirmed to news outlets that the 24-year-old punk-activist is in a medical unit at a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia."Tolokonnikova has arrived in the Krasnoyarsk territory, where she will serve the rest of her term," Lukin told the Interfax news agency (via the Los Angeles Times). "I was told [by Russian prison system authorities] she is in [the prison] hospital at her own request."Lukin did not reveal the name of the prison, but confirmed that more details about Tolokonnikova's whereabouts will soon be provided to her relatives and lawyers, who feared she had gone missing after her sudden disappearance from a penal colony in Mordovia.

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