Kyle McGovern

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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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    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.

  • francis and the lights, like a dream, video

    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.

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