Kyle McGovern

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  • arcade fire, win butler, reflektor

    Watch Arcade Fire's Win Butler Play Dress-Up, Sing 'Reflektor' With Mariachi Band

    Arcade Fire's Reflektor has already topped the Billboard charts, but the indie-rock juggernauts are still working to maintain an air of mystery around their fourth album. Take the above video, filmed at London's Roundhouse venue on November 12 before AF took the stage under their not-at-all-secret-identity the Reflektors. According to the obsessives with Arcade Fire Tube, the clip catches a masked Win Butler singing Reflektor's title track with a mariachi band. Rather than picking up the giant bobblehead mask he wore while covering Devo, Butler greeted concert-goers with a simple skullface-and-sunglasses combination. Press play to see the frontman ditch the "Haitian voodoo" bit for some traditional Mexican folk. And be sure to check out SPIN's exclusive feature, Inorganic at the Disco: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Dance Floor.

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    Pussy Riot Member Now Serving Term in 'Passable' Prison Colony

    Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has officially been transferred to a prison in Siberia. According to the Associated Press, Russia's human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, confirmed to news outlets that the 24-year-old punk-activist is in a medical unit at a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia."Tolokonnikova has arrived in the Krasnoyarsk territory, where she will serve the rest of her term," Lukin told the Interfax news agency (via the Los Angeles Times). "I was told [by Russian prison system authorities] she is in [the prison] hospital at her own request."Lukin did not reveal the name of the prison, but confirmed that more details about Tolokonnikova's whereabouts will soon be provided to her relatives and lawyers, who feared she had gone missing after her sudden disappearance from a penal colony in Mordovia.

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    Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy Sing for Half-Naked Models at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013

    Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy graced Victoria's Secret's catwalk on November 13, performing live for the lingerie retailer's annual fashion show. The event was recorded live at Manhattan's 69th Regiment Armory, but won't be broadcast on television until December 10, when it airs on CBS as a one-hour special at 10 p.m. EST. Luckily, though, FashionTV has shared a two-minute preview of the proceedings, which can be found above. There's Pete Wentz wearing what looks suspiciously like Kanye West's infamous kilt while FOB play "The Phoenix," T-Swift telling a bevy of nearly naked models "I Knew You Were Trouble," and, as Rihanna eloquently put it after playing the 2012 fashion show, "lots of tits and ass."

  • elvis costello, the roots, wise up ghost

    Watch Elvis Costello and the Roots Rehearse 'Wise Up Ghost' in New York City

    Before Elvis Costello and the Roots unveiled their remarkable collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, they dropped by New York City's MSR Studios to prep for their September record release show at Brooklyn Bowl. Now, footage of those rehearsal sessions has surfaced online. Scroll down to marvel at the open-collar cool of Wise Up Ghost highlights "Wake Me Up," "Cinco Minutos Con Vos," "Stick Out Your Tongue," and "Walk Us Uptown," as well as a raw-nerve rendition of Costello's Blood & Chocolate staple "I Want You."

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    Watch LAKE's Brand of Bathroom Humor in 'Perfect Fit' Video

    LAKE members Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore play house in the new music video for "Perfect Fit," a bright bit of lounge-pop from the Olympia outfit's recently released sixth album, The World is Real. Directed by Sarah Hanssen, the clip casts a spotlight on the least sexy aspects of a romantic relationship: slaving over pancakes, folding laundry, sharing the bathroom while one person flosses and the other uses the facilities. Watch the video above and dive into LAKE's tour dates below.LAKE tour dates:November 15 - San Diego, CA @ Soda BarNovember 23 - Everett, WA @ KroakersNovember 29 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

  • shocking pinks, guilt mirrors, not gambling

    Shocking Pinks 'Not Gambling' on Risky Triple-Album 'Guilt Mirrors'

    Shocking Pinks will finally follow up 2007's self-titled album. The next full-length from New Zealand tunesmith Nick Harte is set to arrive on February 18 via Stars & Letters. Guilt Mirrors will be a triple album spanning 34 tracks, "a bigger-than-life expression of the artistic process, exposing the white bones of former drug abuse, personal failure, transcendent epiphanies, and musical breakthroughs," according to an official announcement.Over the course of a few years, Harte claims that he amassed "over seven or eight albums' worth of material," totaling more than 300 demos and complete works. Portions of Guilt Mirrors were crafted after an earthquake ravaged his hometown of Christchurch and damaged his home studio.

  • radiohead, supergrass, professional music technology

    Radiohead's Beloved Music Shop Won't Be Turned Into a Mutant Travelodge

    A British music shop frequented by members of Radiohead and Supergrass has been saved from plans to turn the space into a restaurant. As BBC News reports (via the NME), Oxford City Council rejected a proposal that called for Cowley Road's Professional Music Technology to be converted into a cafe and eatery as part of a future hotel development. Travelodge owns the location that houses PMT, and plans to open a hotel on the upper floors of the site.The unanimous vote to kill the proposal was handed down on November 12, not long after Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood (brother to penis-cake fan Jonny Greenwood) and ex-Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes voiced their love of Professional Music Technology.Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Greenwood said, "I love PMT. It is the first place I go to when I need to get anything. It is very down to earth. I have known those guys for a long time.

  • ghost b.c., dave grohl, ep, stream

    10 Albums to Stream: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' Ghost B.C., Hudson Mohawke, and More

    This week's collection of album streams features an EP of covers by Ghost B.C. (SPIN cover star Dave Grohl acted as producer), plus the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which boasts new songs by the National, Lorde, Coldplay, and more. Find it all below.1) Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. "The National return in particularly morose form (that's a good thing) on 'Lean,' the Brooklyn band's contribution to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The 15-song set is rounded out by a broad range of artists including Coldplay, Lorde, Sia with Diplo and the Weeknd, the Lumineers, Christina Aguilera, Patti Smith, and Mikky Ekko." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) Hudson Mohawke, Hud Mo 100. "TNGHT mastermind and Kanye West collaborator Hudson Mohawke has shared a new mix of rare edits/remixes.

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    Stream Eagulls' Relentless 'Tough Luck' From Self-Titled 2014 Debut

    U.K. post-punks Eagulls have set a date of arrival for their self-titled debut album. The 10-track effort will land on March 4, 2014 via Partisan Records, which confirmed the news on November 13. To make up for the long lead time, Eagulls have shared the first proper single from their upcoming full-length (LP opener "Nerve Endings" was already let loose as a one-off with a Killing Joke cover). Premiered on Stereogum, "Tough Luck" files somewhere neatly between fellow British bruisers Savages and Denmark's punishing Iceage. Delve into the quintet's gloomy realm — where the mood remains overcast, the guitar lines stay taut, and the drums continuously crater — by streaming "Tough Luck" below.Scroll down for the track list and cover art to Eagulls, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the record.Eagulls track list:1. "Nerve Endings"2. "Hollow Visions"3. "Yellow Eyes"4. "Tough Luck"5.

  • jack white, rockin' legends pay tribute to jack white

    Rockabilly Greats Toast Jack White on Career-Spanning Compilation

    Jack White has built an enviable body of work nodding to largely overlooked American musical traditions. On November 19, veterans of rockabilly, early rock'n'roll, and classic punk will return the favor with a new compilation titled Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White (via Stereogum).The fast-approaching set features 14 covers plucked from different segments of White's career. There's Wanda Jackson and Shooter Jennings braving "In the Cold, Cold Night" from the White Stripes' 2003 LP Elephant; Gary U.S.

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