Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

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    Cocteau Twins Stepchildren Snowbird Woo Radiohead Members for Debut

    Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde has teamed with singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen to form a new project dubbed Snowbird. The duo's debut album, moon, arrives in January via Raymonde's Bella Union label and boasts an impressive guest list. Among the contributors: Radiohead members Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Midlake's Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith, Lanterns on the Lake's Paul Gregory, and tunesmith Jonathan Wilson.Raymonde and Dosen — or, as you might like to call them, Cocteau Head and the Radio Twins — have shared a track from the upcoming LP, the aptly named "Porcelain." Raymonde said of Snowbird in a statement, "It would be a little odd if it didn't remind people of Cocteau Twins," and he's right.

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    Lady Gaga Will Reportedly Sing in Outer Space in 2015

    Lady Gaga plans to go boldly where no pop star has gone before. According to Us Weekly, the ARTPOP auteur will become the first artist to sing in outer space. The magazine reports that Mother Monster will leave Earth's atmosphere in early 2015, by way of a Virgin Galactic ship, where she'll perform one of her many hits."She has to do a month of vocal training because of the atmosphere," says "a source," who adds that Gaga will be joined by her glam squad.The out-of-this-world gig will happen in conjunction with New Mexico's Zero G Colony festival, a three-day showcase highlighting cutting-edge technology. Gaga's historical performance is set to happen at dawn on the third day of the fest, which will be held at Spaceport America.

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    See J. Cole Charm 'Letterman' With String-Laced 'Crooked Smile'

    J. Cole flashed his "Crooked Smile" on the Late Show With David Letterman on November 5, dropping by the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater stage to promote his chart-topping sophomore album, Born Sinner. The SPIN interview subject didn't bring along TLC's T-Boz and Chilli, who guest on the track's album version, but he did enjoy support from a pair of sturdy-voiced backup singers and a four-piece string section. Cole's robust rendition of the "love your body" single earned high praise from the late-night show's host. Letterman not only tossed out an enthusiastic "Fantastic!," he blew a big kiss to the MC's supporting players. Watch the footage above.Meanwhile, SPIN profile stars St. Lucia showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to host an intimate dance party set to "Elevate" and "All Eyes on You," two sun-speckled highlights from recently released debut LP When the Night.

  • pussy riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, prison transfer

    Pussy Riot Member Moved to Siberian Prison Colony as 'Punishment,' Husband Says

    Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is headed to a remote prison colony in Siberia, according to her family members and lawyers. The Guardian reports that Tolokonnikova's husband, Petya Verzilov, said he has received "100 percent reliable" information that his wife is being transferred to a prison in the country's Krasnoyarsk region, which is four time zones and 2,000 miles from her family in Moscow, Russia. According to Verzilov, the move is punishment for Tolokonnikova's very public criticisms of labor conditions in prison."They do not have the ability to put on the usual psychological or physical pressure they can use with inmates because of the high profile of the case," Verzilov said.

  • janelle monae, the electric lady, soul train awards 2013

    Five-Time Nominee Janelle Monae to Present at the 2013 Soul Train Awards

    Janelle Monáe has been added to the list of presenters at this year's Soul Train Awards, which will air on the BET and CENTRIC television networks on December 1. The Electric Lady joins a presenters lineup that includes Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, E-40, Toni Braxton, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, actress Vivica A. Fox, and comedian Bill Bellamy.Monáe is also up for five Soul Train Awards: Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award, Best Dance Performance, Video of the Year, and Best Collaboration. The latter four nominations are all for the SPIN interview subject's collaborative single with Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N." With nods in five categories, Monáe has the second-most nominations, tying with Justin Timberlake, "Primetime" guest Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, and Tamar Braxton.

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    Stream Tough Age's Battle-Damaged Bubblegum Debut Album

    Tough Age's forté is scuzz-pop, another term for the sort of chunky garage-punk that comes coated in swathes of sugary hooks. On November 12, the Vancouver foursome — singer-guitarist Jarrett K., guitarist Penny Clark, bassist Lauren Smith, and drummer Chris Martell — will let their self-titled debut album loose on the world. Produced by Mint Records labelmate Jay Arner, the upcoming LP features lovestruck doo-wop ("The Heart of Juliet Jones"), noodling guitar-jangle ("Seahorse"), and nihilistic navel-gazing ("I Waste Too Much Time on Myself"). Find all that and more by streaming the entire 11-track album below.

  • doug tuttle, turn this love, stream

    Hear Doug Tuttle's Stupefying 'Turn This Love,' From MMOSS Guitarist's Solo Debut

    Until very recently, Doug Tuttle played guitar for New Hampshire psych crew MMOSS, who called it quits earlier this year. Now, the six-string wizard has gone solo, with plans to unleash his self-titled debut album on January 28, through Trouble in Mind Records. In advance of the upcoming 11-track LP, Tuttle is offering "Turn This Love," a six-minute jam that bleeds together hazy organ drones and melodic vocal sighs before being taken over by silly-putty guitar heroics. Stream it below, and scroll further for the track list and cover art to Doug Tuttle.Doug Tuttle track list:1. "With Us Soon"2. "Forget the Days"3. "Turn This Love"4. "Where You Plant Your Love... Is Where It Grows"5. "Lasting Away"6. "Leave Your Body"7. "We Could Live"8. "I Won't Do"9. "Sewn Day"10. "I Will Leave"11. "Better Days (Wool's Grown Lighter)"

  • tennis system, call it home, part time punks session ep

    Stream Tennis System's Ode to West Coast Living 'Call It Home'

    Los Angeles transplant Matty Taylor records sun-roasted pop-punk as Tennis System. So far, the one-man band has two albums under its belt — 2009's The Future of Our History and 2011's Teenagers — and on November 19, Tennis System will serve its latest slice of rebellion, the five-track Part Time Punks Session EP. Recorded at Bedrock Studios in L.A. with the help of Michael Stock (founder of the Part Time Punks showcase) and producer Drew Fisher (Melvins, Bleached, Babies), the upcoming EP features a number of songs that were captured in a single take. One such tune is the soaring "Call It Home," a warmly distorted West Coast anthem that's streaming below. To pre-order the Part Time Punks Session EP, head over to PaperCup Music.

  • speedy ortiz, sadie dupuis, ciara, ride

    Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis Takes Ciara on a Lo-Fi 'Ride'

    Speedy Ortiz's fluency with '90s slacker-rock is unquestionable. To wit, before frontwoman Sadie Dupuis led the Best New Artist-honored foursome, she fronted a Pavement cover band. Now, Dupuis has applied her love of lo-fi to an off-kilter cover of Ciara's 2010 Basic Instinct single "Ride."Surprisingly, the just-uncovered tribute holds onto the original's pitch-warped backing vocals, but the rest of the track boasts a home-recording pedigree. Note the live percussion in place of the drum track, the bedroom-pop haze that hangs over Dupuis' boasts and spindly guitar squall, and, of course, the lack of a Ludacris cameo. Scroll down to stream Dupuis' version of "Ride," which appears on the latest compilation by the Massachusetts-formed Half Pint Collective.

  • ty segall, the man man, video, sleeper

    Ty Segall Fights Gun-Toting Monsters in 'The Man Man' Video

    Ty Segall may have turned down the volume for his mostly acoustic Sleeper album, but the garage-rock champ still filled his latest LP with plenty of freakouts. See "The Man Man," a standout that wraps with a burnt-out-blues guitar solo. Now that coda has a violent visual to match: Segall has shared the song's official music video, a grainy, grindhouse-y short directed by Leaf. As seen above, the clip stars a group of bubblegum-chewing, automatic weapons-wielding monsters on the lookout for Ty. We don't want to give away the ending, so hit the play button above to see what happens to the SPIN cover star.Ty Segall tour dates:November 29 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who? FestivalDecember 1 - Camber Sands, U.K. @ ATP Festival (End of an Era Part 2)December 2 - London, U.K. @ ScalaDecember 3 - Paris, France @ La MaroquinerieDecember 4 - Brussels, Belgium @ VK

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