Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • night terrors of 1927, guilty pleas EP

    Stream Night Terrors of 1927's Anthemic Debut EP 'Guilty Pleas'

    Last year, former Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett teamed with Jarrod Gorbel — ex-frontman for Brooklyn outfit the Honorary Title — to craft darkly cathartic synth-pop under the moniker Night Terrors of 1927. In the months since, the duo have posted a handful of tracks to their SoundCloud page and shared a music video for "Dust and Bones," the call-to-arms opening track from their upcoming debut EP, Guilty Pleas. Now, Sennett and Gorbel have shared the entire five-track effort, days before its official release on November 11 via Atlantic Records. Scroll down to stream the whole Guilty Pleas EP in all its open-hearted, high-drama glory.

  • pussy riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

    'Missing' Pussy Riot Member Actually Just in Different Prison Colony

    Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova isn't missing — she's just been moved to a new prison, claim officials with Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service. The clarification came on November 2 (via the Guardian), just one day after members of Tolokonnikova's family claimed she had vanished following her sudden removal from the penal colony where she was being held.Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service released a statement on October 18 announcing that the punk-activist's request for a transfer had been granted. The 23-year-old, who is currently serving a two-year jail sentence for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," recently held a nine-day hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment and alleged death threats she endured at Russia's Penal Colony No. 14.Her father, Andrei Tolokonnikova, told BuzzFeed on November 1 that no one had heard from Tolokonnikova since October 21.

  • youtube music awards, eminem, lady gaga, arcade fire

    YouTube Music Awards Live-Stream: Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem, M.I.A., and More

    The very first YouTube Music Awards are currently underway in New York City and streaming live via — where else — YouTube. Tune in to see live performances by Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem (think he'll maybe, possibly lip-sync again?), M.I.A., Avicii, and more, including Tyler, the Creator, who recently criticized the show for being "BUTT."Awards are being handed out in six categories, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are eligible for four of them (Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, YouTube Breakthrough, and YouTube Phenomenon). Some of the other nominees: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Atoms for Peace, Bat for Lashes, Justin Bieber, Rudimental, and PSY. Actor/musician Jason Schwartzman and comedian/musician Reggie Watts are co-hosting the 90-minute webcast, while filmmaker Spike Jonze plays creative director.Watch the inaugural YouTube Music Awards by hitting the play button above.

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    Stream Four Tet's Rarity-Packed Two-Hour Solid Steel Mix

    Four Tet, a.k.a. Kieran Hebden, is a longtime friend to Ninja Tune's Solid Steel radio program. Since 2001, the Beautiful Rewind craftsman has contributed a number of mixes to the show, and on December 6, he'll perform at Solid Steel's 25th Anniversary celebration in London. In advance of the upcoming engagement, the producers at Solid Steel's radio broadcast gave Four Tet control of the airwaves for a full two hours (via Fact). The U.K. DJ-producer delivered a blend of "unofficial edits and mixes," according to Ninja Tune's SoundCloud page."I guess these edits were mainly made to be played in clubs and I've always like the tradition of DJs extending and rearranging to make things work in their sets," Hebden says in the statement.

  • flume, autre ne veut, ghostface killah

    Flume Pits Autre Ne Veut Against Ghostface Killah on New 'Space Cadet'

    Australian beatsmith Flume is plotting a mammoth reissue of his self-titled debut album. Due November 12 in the U.S. via Mom + Pop, the deluxe edition of Flume spans four discs, collecting the original LP, a host of remixes (Flume reworking other artists' work and vice versa), a 70-minute tour documentary, a producer disc with stems for three songs, and a nine-track hip-hop mixtape. Flume has already shared two cuts from the mixtape — a new version of "Holdin On" featuring Freddie Gibbs and the Stalley-assisted "Intro" — and now he's let go a third.Flume has drafted Autre Ne Veut and Ghostface Killah (!!) to fill out his twinkling "Space Cadet" instrumental. Debuted on Gorilla vs. Bear, the alternate take spreads Autre Ne Veut's slick vocals over Flume's starry sonics, and then jettisons the airy falsetto and down-pitched clips in favor of Killah's punchy boasts.

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    Sebadoh Get Confrontational on Thrashing 'No Wound'

    In September, Sebadoh returned with Defend Yourself, a decent album and the band's first in 14 years. As frontman Lou Barlow tells it, the 13-track collection was partly inspired by his separation from his wife and partner of 25 years, Kathleen Billus. In a recent interview with SPIN, Barlow said, "It's almost like I had to actually leave her for me to be honest — these songs were all pressing on me, but I needed the bigger theme to the songs, and I couldn't continue. For years, I had really written my way around the situation, and I had never been able to address it directly... So I decided to face them and it actually took some changes in my life to start finishing songs."Now that fans have had a few weeks to digest Defend Yourself, we have another song from the '90s all-stars' comeback.

  • m.i.a., matangi, stream

    Stream M.I.A.'s Entire 'Matangi' Album Right Now

    M.I.A.'s Matangi is streaming in full right now, days ahead of its formal release. The Sri Lankan singer-rapper's drama-plagued fourth album doesn't drop until November 5, but the artist born Maya Arulpragasam has put the whole 15-track LP online. So far, we've already heard a host of songs from the follow-up to 2010's MAYA — "Y.A.L.A.," "Come Walk With Me," "Bring the Noize," "Only 1 U," "AtTENTion," and "Bad Girls," in addition to the near-identical "Sexodus" and "Exodus" — and now fans can feast on the entire platter. The official stream comes not long after the LP leaked.In an interview with Fader, M.I.A. said the LP was inspired by research she did on Matangi, the Hindu goddess of music and learning. "[Matangi] was a gangster, she was from the hood, but she was a goddess and hangs out in the jungle," M.I.A. said.

  • guantanamo baywatch, love this time, surf n turf EP

    Hear Guantanamo Baywatch's Gritty Swooner 'Love This Time'

    Portland's Guantanamo Baywatch are teaming with Nashville's Natural Child for the upcoming Surf N Turf EP, an aptly named split effort that pairs the former's beach-side grit with the latter's deep-in-the-heartland sprawl. Due December 3 via Suicide Squeeze Records, the collaborative release features Guantanamo Baywatch's "Love This Time," a scruffy ode to puppy love that lingers on malt shop harmonies before hitting the shore.

  • eminem, marshall mathers lp 2, saturday night live

    Eminem Is a Wax Figure With Kerry Washington in Awkward 'SNL' Promos

    Eminem will make his sixth appearance on Saturday Night Live on November 2, and the self-described "Rap God" has posed for a pair of advertisements to promote the fast-approaching telecast. We use the word "pose" because that's really all that Em does in the two quick-hit commercials. Seriously — dude is so stiff he looks like he was dropped off straight from Madame Tussauds. Hit the play button above to watch the Detroit MC play the straight man opposite SNL castmember Nasim Pedrad and first-time host Kerry Washington.Em's upcoming stint on SNL takes place a few days before he unleashes his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The 16-song set — which features guest appearances by Rihanna, SPIN cover star Kendrick Lamar, fun.'s Nate Ruess, and Skylar Grey — drops on November 5, the same day SiriusXM airs their "Town Hall" Q&A session with the 41-year-old MC.

  • arcade fire, reflektor, devo, uncontrollable urge

    Watch Arcade Fire Salute Devo's Urgent 'Uncontrollable Urge'

    Arcade Fire played Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium on October 31, and in the spirit of Halloween, the Reflektor crew pretended to be Devo — well, for one song. The indie-rock juggernauts covered "Uncontrollable Urge," the jittery opening track from Devo's 1978 debut album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (via Merge Records' Facebook).As seen in the fan-shot footage above, AF's tight, faithful rendition is plenty thrilling, but what makes the performance even more impressive is the fact that frontman Win Butler pulled the song off while wearing one of those oversize bobblehead masks from the "Reflektor" music video. The picture's fuzzy for much of the clip, but Arcade Fire's New Wave savvy is unquestionable.The Palladium gig is just the latest engagement on Arcade Fire's busy tour schedule.

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