Kyle McGovern



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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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