Kyle McGovern

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  • broken bells, after the disco, holding on for life

    Broken Bells Are 'Holding on for Life' With Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin

    In October, Broken Bells announced that their After the Disco album would come paired with a sci-fi short film directed by Jacob Gentry and starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Terminator Salvation) and Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story). James Mercer and Danger Mouse shared the first part of said project (subtitled "Angel and the Fool") a few weeks ago, and now they've revealed the second segment, produced in collaboration with The Creators Project. Premiered on EW.com, the clip shares its title with After the Disco's shiny lead single, "Holding on for Life," which features prominently in the video.Describing the plot would ruin the fun, but just know that the seven-minute short picks up right where the previous piece left off — with Yelchin and Mara boarding a spaceship dance-party hosted by Broken Bells.

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    Watch Those Darlins' Sinister, Sexy 'In the Wilderness' Video

    A few months back, Those Darlins saluted the female form with their "Optimist" music video, directed by Veta&Theo of Ovvio Arte. Now, the Nashville garage-rock crew have reteamed with the directorial duo for another NSFW-ish clip, a short set to lusty Blur the Line track "In the Wilderness." The black-and-white video plays like a fever dream fueled by sexual fantasies and fine art. There's a visual shout-out to Man Ray's famous "Le Violon d'Ingres" photograph, a keyhole view of a steamy swingers' party, and when singer-guitarist Nikki Kvarnes snarls, "Show your teeth / Let 'em beg," the camera catches her bandmate Jessi Zazu spitting out her pearly whites.Watch the video for "In the Wilderness" above, and then check out Those Darlins' recent performance at SPIN's Soundwave Tent, filmed at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

  • quilt, tired & buttered, held in splendor

    Hear Quilt's Thrillingly Restless 'Tired & Buttered'

    Quilt's second album has an ETA of January 28, courtesy of Mexican Summer. The psych-pop trio of Anna Rochinski, John Andrews, and Shane Butler has already shared one sample from its upcoming Held in Splendor LP, the sweetly sleepy first single "Arctic Shark." Now, the Boston daydreamers have unveiled a second. New track "Tired & Buttered" turns away from the mystic sighs and laidback pace of its predecessor, opting instead for a frantic sputter powered by tightly coiled guitar spirals. Stream it below, and pre-order Held in Splendor through Mexican Summer.

  • kanye west, zappos, shit product

    Zappos Trolls Kanye West By Selling $100K 'Shit Product' Plunger

    Kanye West recently sat down with his friend and increasingly frequent collaborator Bret Easton Ellis for an interview on the writer's new podcast. The hour-long Q&A unearthed the usual load of Kanye-isms — he considers himself a "Creative Genius," even if he can't always spell the word "genius" correctly — but also revealed that 'Ye has some hate in his heart for online clothing and shoe retailer Zappos."I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos.com that he's trying to tell me what I need to focus on," West told Ellis. "Meanwhile, he sells all this shit product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling shit product."Now, Zappos has responded by listing a new item for sale: the shit product plunger. "Interested in buying sh-t product? You've come to the right place!" the Sh-t Product page reads.

  • m.i.a., matangi, stephen colbert

    Watch M.I.A. Almost Make Stephen Colbert Cry on Camera

    An unstoppable force met an immovable object on The Colbert Report last night (November 20), when M.I.A. squared off against Stephen Colbert for an interview. The late-night host quizzed the Matangi mastermind about her opinions on America — uh, she's pro-Bob Dylan and Public Enemy — and demanded to know why the Sri Lankan firebrand mixes music with politics. "It's dance music," Colbert accurately pointed out. "Just let me get up there and shake it. Do I have to dance and think about the Kumudini boat massacre of 1985?"When the faux-pundit wondered why Maya Arulpragasam also dabbles in the visual arts, the SPIN profile subject shrugged and responded, "That's what refugees do, we're multi-faceted." She was less composed when Colbert asked her thoughts on his persona. "I don't know," M.I.A. said, looking legitimately speechless for a moment.

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    Stream Eating Out's Triumphant 'Come Around'

    When Daniel Pitout isn't drumming for Vancouver punks Nü Sensae, he's fronting his hook-savvy Eating Out project, with Sensae guitarist Brody McKnight, White Lung vocalist Mish Way on bass, and Peace's Geoff Dembicki on drums. The supergroup will drop a new 7-inch, dubbed Burn, on December 3 via Suicide Squeeze. Collecting a total of three songs, the upcoming set revives material that originally appeared on a limited run of cassettes released in 2012. Now, weeks before the vinyl arrives, SPIN is streaming "Come Around," a just-grungy-enough anthem that appears on Burn's B-side. Hear it below, then pre-order the platter through Suicide Squeeze.

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    Sarah Silverman Spreads Her Love Between Elvis Costello and Miley Cyrus

    On November 23, Sarah Silverman will star in her first-ever HBO comedy special, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles. Filmed in front of an audience of 39 people at the Largo in Los Angeles, the hour-long set finds the comedian/actress under the spotlight in an incredibly intimate setting. She got on the phone with SPIN recently for a one-on-one chat to reminisce about some of her most memorable concert experiences and gush about her favorite artists.What was the last concert you went to?Let me think. I just missed a concert I was supposed to go to and then couldn't at the last minute. It was the National at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. But the last show I saw was probably Jenny Lewis at Largo six months ago, maybe. She blows my mind. I love seeing her live. Another show I missed that I was dying to go to was one of my all-time favorites, Patty Griffin.

  • britney spears, britney jean, leaks

    Preview Britney Spears' Leaky 'Britney Jean' Album

    Britney Spears' eighth album doesn't hit shelves until December 3, but fans have already gotten a lengthy look at Britney Jean thanks to a steady stream of leaks. The Las Vegas-bound pop star shared two tracks officially — "Work Bitch," which was quickly remixed by Azealia Banks, and the refreshing "Perfume" — and we've also heard a host of unofficial offerings: the "Dreaming Mix" of "Perfume," a demo take on "Passenger," a supposedly incorrect version of the William Orbit-produced "Alien," and bonus track "Brightest Morning Star." Now, Idolator points to a SoundCloud sampler that collects 30-second snippets of every single track featured on Britney Jean's deluxe edition. We'll reserve judgement until we hear the full LP, but the seven-minute preview found below doesn't bode well for the Femme Fatale follow-up.

  • television, rough trade, nyc

    Television Welcome Rough Trade NYC With Two Hometown Shows

    Beloved U.K. record store Rough Trade will open its first-ever U.S. location in New York City later this month, and the shop is set to receive a warm welcome from one of the NYC's most influential acts: Television. As BrooklynVegan points out, the art-punk visionaries will commemorate Rough Trade NYC's opening weekend with a pair of hometown shows, one on Friday, November 29 and another on Saturday, November 30.The shop officially opens its doors on Monday, November 25, and will play host to a number of in-store gigs throughout the week. Sky Ferreira, Charles Bradley, Matthew E. White, and Marissa Nadler are all on deck to drop by the Williamsburg outpost. Television are on the roster for a proper after-hours concert, booked in conjunction with the Bowery Presents. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m.

  • savages, silence yourself, concert, video

    Watch Savages Unleash Live Barrage in 40-Minute Chicago Concert

    Earlier this year, Savages stormed through Chicago's Lincoln Hall on behalf of their Essential debut album, Silence Yourself. Thankfully, the folks at local radio program Sound Opinions caught the whole 40-minute show on the record, and now NPR points to video footage of the concert. As always, the London post-punks delivered a fierce, visceral performance that included many highlights from their lone LP, including "I Am Here," "Husbands," and "Shut Up." Find the entire setlist below, then silence yourself and watch the full gig above.Savages @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago setlist: "I Am Here""City's Full""Flying To Berlin""Shut Up""Strife""Waiting For A Sign""No Face""She Will""Hit Me""Husbands"

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