Kyle McGovern

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  • 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.

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    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.

  • liars, new album, march 2014

    Liars Hint at March Album With Colorful Instagram Teasers

    Liars are hinting that they've got a new album on the way. As Stereogum points out, the ever-elusive trio have been posting a series of short videos on their Instagram for the past week, and the latest reveals a simple message: "LIARS MARCH 2014." No other details have been announced, but considering that each clip features a snippet of blippy electronic music and hews to the same sort of rainbow-color scheme, a new album seems likely.It's been two years since the Brooklyn trio's WIXIW, so they're due for another collection of heady, existentialist dance tunes, especially if they're keeping with their album-every-two-years schedule. (Sisterworld landed in 2010.) Scroll down to watch Liars' three Instagram teasers, then revisit the band's early days via their 19-minute remix of their own 2001 track, "Mr. Your on Fire Mr."

  • the orwells, dirty sheets, single

    Hear the Orwells' Sleazy New Single 'Dirty Sheets'

    Back in October, the Orwells tore through New York City's Bowery Ballroom, serving as the opening act for FIDLAR. Somewhere in the set — before or after 20-year-old frontman Mario Cuomo dropped his pants onstage — the garage-rock upstarts played "Dirty Sheets," a sleazy new stomper that's going to be released as a one-off single early next year. According to the NME, Atlantic will drop the track on January 13, just before the Chicago quintet start touring the U.K. That's all well and good, but the Orwells have already shared "Dirty Sheets" on SoundCloud. Listen to the liquor-soaked, grit'n'grinder below, and read SPIN's profile on the band, The Orwells: Chicago Garage-Punk Hooligans Defy Their Ageist Doubters.

  • 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.

  • dum dum girls, too true to be good, video

    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.

  • gene ween, aaron freeman, ween, final demo recordings

    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.

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