Kyle McGovern

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  • DZ Death Rays

    Hear DZ Deathrays' Ebullient New Single 'Northern Lights'

    DZ Deathrays are planning to hit the studio in December and January to record the bulk of their upcoming sophomore album, due sometime in the first half of 2014. But first, the Australian duo — composed of alt-rock disciples Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley — are offering "Northern Lights," the lead single from their next full-length. Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, the Horrors, Sigur Rós), the first glimpse at the follow-up to last year's Bloodstreams is a cavernous epic, filled with slabs of guitar and hollering backup vocals. DZ Deathrays may be from Down Under, but they aren't too off from Fang Island, either.

  • Owen, L'Ami du Peuple, bad blood, video

    Owen Crashes a Funeral in Boozy 'Bad Blood' Video

    Earlier this year, Mike Kinsella, the Illinois singer-songwriter who records as Owen, scaled his family tree with "Bad Blood," a majestic, country-informed single from his latest album, L'Ami du Peuple. "Bad blood / Blame your mother for every shadow you're afraid of," the tunesmith sings on the track, before setting his sights on an alcoholic grandfather and a co-dependent grandmother. "The burning urge to flee / Well, that's on me."Now, the Polyvinyl vet — whose resume includes work with Cap N' Jazz, American Football, and Owls — has shared a music video for "Bad Blood" that plays out like a family funeral. Directed by Guise (the duo of Samuel Gursky and Mitchell Wojcik) and set inside of a record shop, the clip catches a group of well-dressed mourners offering their memories of the deceased.

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    Stream Caspian's Cinematic 'Hymn for the Greatest Generation' EP

    Caspian lost a band member earlier this year with the sudden and tragic passing of bassist Chris Friedrich, but the post-rock outfit are pressing on with a new tour and EP, Hymn for the Greatest Generation. Due November 11 via Triple Crown Records, the upcoming effort features three new impeccably crafted songs (the title track, "The Heart That Fed," and "CMF"), a demo version of "High Lonesome," a fuzzed-over gem from last year's Waking Season LP, and remixes of two other Waking Season highlights ("Procellous," done by Arms and Sleepers, and "Halls of the Summer," reinterpreted by Lazerbreak)."Hymn for the Greatest Generation is, in many ways, an epilogue to the story that Waking Season presented a year ago," says Caspian guitarist Phil Jamieson.

  • The Orwells in NYC, October 2013, this is happening

    The Orwells: Chicago Garage-Punk Hooligans Defy Their Ageist Doubters

    Who: The Orwells are a crew of underage scamps who keep their strain of boisterous, hook-littered garage-punk in the family. Frontman Mario Cuomo, 20, and guitarist Dominic Corso, 18, are cousins; bassist Grant Brinner and drummer Henry Brinner are 18-year-old twin brothers; and second guitarist Matt O'Keefe, 18, has been friends with everybody else since middle school. Formed in 2009 in a Chicago while the boys were still in high school, the quintet passed out their first two albums — Head and Oh! Well —in the hallways. Eventually, they released the charmingly scuzzy single, "Mallrats (La La La)," and a proper debut, Remember When, in 2012 on the Autumn Tone label, followed by a tour with fellow troublemakers FIDLAR. Earlier this year came the Other Voices EP on National Anthem, the former label of pop princesses Haim.

  • billy corgan, smashing pumpkins, TNA wrestling, sale

    Billy Corgan Might Soon Own TNA Wrestling

    Billy Corgan is best known as frontman for the Smashing Pumpkins, but the alt-rock icon also moonlights (bizarrely) as commissioner for Resistance Pro Wrestling, a professional wrestling company he founded in 2011. Now, it looks as though Corgan is about to throw some added muscle behind his in-the-ring ambitions. According to Alternative Nation, the 46-year-old is on the cusp of purchasing Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, the second-largest pro wrestling promoter in America.The site reported on November 2 that a "secondhand source" who happens to be a "key figure" in the rumored TNA sales discussions said that Corgan is deep into talks to buy the company.

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

    Hear Broken Bells' Disco-Polished 'Holding on for Life'

    James Mercer and Danger Mouse are once again collaborating as Broken Bells, and the duo have shared the first full track from their upcoming sophomore album, After the Disco. "Holding on for Life" looks to stretch 2013's glitz-and-glamour revival (see: Daft Punk, Arcade Fire) into the new year, floating a lightweight falsetto over a slow-ripple groove and air-brushing the whole vehicle with sparkling sonics. The just-unveiled track first surfaced as a snippet in the teaser trailer for After the Disco, and since then Mercer and Mouse have shared the first part of a short film that will accompany the LP (starring actress Kate Mara and actor Anton Yelchin), and announced the full-length's release date: January 14 via Columbia.Speaking to NPR about producing the new album, Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), said, "I think as far as this record is concerned, it is really kind of all-in-one.

  • eminem, marshall mathers lp 2, stream

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Eminem, M.I.A., Lamb of God, and More

    Start the work week off the right way — by streaming new albums from YouTube Music Awards performers Eminem and M.I.A., as well as upcoming reissues by Lamb of God and the late Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia project. Find links to those records and more below.1) Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. "If rapping were a purely athletic competition, Eminem would be Michael Phelps and Mary Lou Retton combined: pure agility and flexibility, like an unstoppable bullet with only white-hot hate in his wake. His flow only gets more baroque and knotty and Nutrageous with age: syllable-cramming, unnecessarily complicated assonance, a Minaj-erie of silly voices, blink-and-you-miss-it punch lines that range from slow burners to total groaners." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) M.I.A., Matangi.

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    CHVRCHES Soundtrack Virtual Reality Romance in Sci-Fi 'Lies' Video

    CHVRCHES have reunited with director Sing J. Lee for their latest music video, a sci-fi clip promoting The Bones of What You Believe single "Lies." Lee helmed the Glaswegian synth-pop trio's previous short, "The Mother We Share," and the new video imports much of its predecessor's style and tone. Like "The Mother We Share," "Lies" cuts between footage of CHVRCHES performing in a smoky abyss and a narrative focused on a despondent main character. Last time, said loner was a depressed woman wandering through city streets; this time, our protagonist is a lovelorn young man yearning for intimacy. But instead of joining a dating service or diving into the local bar scene, the gent signs up for a scientific study that drops him in a virtual reality program. It's the negotiation between romance and technology that CHVRCHES have mastered so well, rendered as a video. Watch it above.

  • the national, sea of love, jools holland

    The National Churn, London Grammar Prowl on 'Jools Holland'

    The National are currently touring the U.K. and Europe in support of their latest thought-rock opus, this year's Trouble Will Find Me. While across the pond, the SPIN profile subjects made a pit stop on the latest episode of the BBC's Later... With Jools Holland to perform "Sea of Love," a highlight from their sixth album and the song that gives the LP its pessimistic title. The audio on the clip isn't optimal — the track's churning rhythm immediately sounds muffled — but frontman Matt Berninger demands to be heard, leaning into and lashing out at the microphone, screaming, "I see you rushing down," near the video's end.Footage of fellow guests London Grammar doesn't suffer the same technical difficulties.

  • morrissey, autobiography, david morrissey

    Morrissey's 'Autobiography' Audiobook Will Be Read By Another Morrissey

    Morrissey's Autobiography will soon be released as an audiobook read by a different Morrissey. According to Moz fansite True to You, actor David Morrissey — best known to U.S. audiences as the Governor on AMC's The Walking Dead — has recorded the voice-over for the "complete and unabridged digital download" of the best-selling Penguin Classics title. So rather than hearing tales of Morrissey's "humasexuality" recounted in the mournful croon of the man himself, fans will instead bask in the theatrical delivery of a real-life thespian. Just be thankful the publisher didn't ask the voice of Darth Maul to sing the entire book.The audiobook edition of Autobiography will be released on December 5, right after the memoir lands on U.S. bookshelves on December 3 via G.P. Putnam's Sons.

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