Kyle McGovern



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    10 Albums to Stream: Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, More

    Inch closer to the weekend by streaming new releases from Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Rhye's Milosh, and more. Find links below and enjoy.1) Soundgarden, Screaming Life/Fopp. "Soundgarden are digging deep into their past with a reissue of their first-ever release, 1987's Screaming Life EP. Sub Pop will soon unleash the six-track collection, which 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." (via SPIN)2) A Perfect Circle, Stone and Echo. "On November 26, A Perfect Circle return with their career-spanning box set, A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone And Echo.

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    Cut Copy Groove Into 'We Are Explorers' on 'Fallon'

    Back in June, Cut Copy confirmed the inevitable arrival of their fourth album while performing a then-brand new track called "Explorers." In the months since, the Australian dance-rock outfit have renamed the synth-powered tune "We Are Explorers," released the Free Your Mind LP, and, most recently, performed "We Are Explorers" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On November 19, frontman Dan Whitford led his four-on-the-floor crew through a slick rendition of the squiggly standout, crooning into the microphone and throwing his arms up in the air while the New Wave blast washed over and cowbell percussion clanged onward. Watch it above.

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    Stream Arcade Fire's Full 'Reflektor' Session on BBC Radio 1

    Arcade Fire dropped the whole "We're the Reflektors!" schtick on November 19 for an appearance on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. The Canadian collective played a short (but still kind of long) live set at Maida Vale Studios that included renditions of "Afterlife," "Reflektor," and "Normal Person." Frontman Win Butler also followed up his last chat with Lowe by sitting down for an interview alongside his wife and bandmate, Régine Chassagne. Indie rock's First Couple discussed their particular brand of "heady body music," how Reflektor fits into the loose trilogy established on their first three albums, working with James Murphy, and more. Hear it all by streaming the broadcast below. And don't worry — no dress code required.

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    See Walking Shapes' Epic, Kids-Only 'Horse' Video

    New York City's Walking Shapes are currently offering their debut album, Mixtape (Volume 1), as a free download on their website, and the five-piece have just sweetened the deal by sharing an ambitious music video for "Horse," an eccentric, dance-driven yarn from the LP. Directed by Eamon O'Rourke, the nearly seven-minute clip uses a cast of kids to tell a story about "the dichotomy of the world, and politics, squashed into a playground setting," according to Walking Shapes member Jesse Kotansky (guitar, violins, and vocals). Watch a crew of ragamuffins exact revenge on a bunch of schoolyard bullies in the fantastical video above.Also of note: One of the girls in the "Horse" video (Lucia Ryan, seen riding the horse) is part of a child-operated production company called Peanut Blooder & Jelly.

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    Hear A Perfect Circle's Glorious 15-Minute 'Diary of a Madman/Lovesong' Live Suite

    A Perfect Circle recently unleashed "By and Down," their first new song in nine years. On November 26, the alt-metal unit will share another gift: the career-spanning box set, A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone and Echo. As SPIN noted earlier this week, the comprehensive set includes the 20-track Stone and Echo live LP — recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver, Colorado on August 11, 2011 — in both album and DVD form, but the collection also comes with live versions of A Perfect Circle's three studio albums: 2000's Mer de Noms, 2003's Thirteenth Step, and 2007's eMOTIVe, all captured during the supergroup's 2010 three-night run of full-album performances.In advance of the fast-approaching retrospective, A Perfect Circle have shared an exclusive track that appears on the eMOTIVe Live full-length (now available for pre-order on iTunes).

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    Watch Rathborne's Hallucinatory 'SOFT' Video

    Back in September, Rathborne released SOFT, an 11-track debut album that, as SPIN noted, "segues back and forth through the American underground, channeling the garage-rock sludge of Ty Segall in places (see the title track) and resurrecting the melodic charms of R.E.M. in others ('Wanna Be You')." Now, the New York City foursome — singer-guitarist Luke Rathborne, bassist Darren Will, drummer Jamie Alegre, and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Gianopoulos — are wading further into the muck with the official music video for SOFT's titular tune.Directed by Jack Schurman, the clip trades in psychedelic visuals: Rathborne are bathed in blue light, performing live, and leaving behind tracer trails with every motion. Partake by hitting the play button above, and scroll down for Rathborne's North American tour dates.

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    Watch Fall Out Boy 'Save Rock and Roll' With Arena-Rock Twofer on 'Kimmel'

    Fall Out Boy have set some lofty ambitions for themselves this year. First, they dubbed their comeback album Save Rock and Roll, then they hoped to make fans, uh, "kick the shit out of your bedroom at your parents' house" with the Ryan Adams-produced Pax Am Days EP. But on November 18, the reunited emo-pop outfit settled for a more modest goal: close out Jimmy Kimmel Live! with two thrilling performances. And that's exactly what the Chicago crew pulled off with their late-night twofer highlighting Save Rock and Roll fist-pumpers "Alone Together" and "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." Watch the former above and the latter below. Sorry, neither clip features any Victoria's Secret fashion models.

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    Jay Z and Barneys Pull the Plug on 'Holiday' Charity Event

    Jay Z's "New York Holiday" party has been called off. Women's Wear Daily reports that the charity event, which was tentatively planned as the formal kick-off for Hova's collaboration with Barneys New York, has been nixed in the wake of the racial profiling controversy that's dogged the business deal for the last few weeks.Barneys was expected to sponsor the shindig at an off-site location on Wednesday, November 20, the same day Jay's holiday collection hits the fashion retailer's shelves. The event would have raised funds for the rap mogul's Shawn Carter Foundation, an organization that aims to help young people afford higher education.The cancellation comes just days after Jay issued a second statement answering critics (such as The Daily Show) who demanded he sever ties with Barneys after the company was accused of racially profiling against young African-American shoppers.

  • Yellow Dogs Memorial Concert, Brooklyn Bowl, November 18, 2013 / Photo by Daniel Topete

    Yellow Dogs Memorial Concert: Nada Surf and Friends Mourn at Brooklyn Bowl

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    Watch Franz Ferdinand's Piercing 'Bullet' Video

    In a recent backstage interview with SPIN, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos shared some insight as to how the band crafted the set list for the tour behind this year's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. "We've been opening the set up with 'Bullet' quite a lot recently," Kapranos said at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. "It's like a total shock to the system. It's like walking out, grabbing someone by the scruff of their neck, and yanking them up." Now the Glaswegian foursome have shared a striking new music video for the track.Directed by Andy Knowles, the black-and-white clip finds Kapranos in full-on greaser mode, wearing a leather jacket and sporting slicked-back rockabilly hair, as if he's been taking fashion tips from the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner.

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