Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • arcade fire, reflektor, jimmy kimmel live, capitol records

    See Arcade Fire Preach Outside the Capitol Records Building for 'Kimmel'

    Arcade Fire commandeered the iconic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles on October 29, the same day the indie-rock titans unveiled their long-awaited fourth album, Reflektor. The Canadian collective played on an elevated stage located at the foot of the tower as part of a live-stream event for the Music Experiment. Fans who missed out on the webcast will be able to watch the set on-demand "soon," according to organizers, but for now, replay Reflektor tunes "Flashbulb Eyes" and "Afterlife," which aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.As seen above, "Flashbulb Eyes" opens with a fake-out: Arcade Fire's eerie bobblehead counterparts performing the Luddite-repping track, beset by camera flashes and faux-paparazzi. The Kimmel crew quickly pan over to the real AF, who stride through the dub-indebted song while looming over a crowd of hundreds.

  • Wye Oak at Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn, New York, September 2013

    Wye Oak Embrace Reinvention, Abandon Guitar on Upcoming Fourth Album

    "We've been really excited," Wye Oak's Andy Stack says, "that this record can finally be a time when people put to rest the moniker 'indie folk.'" The 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist is sitting alongside his bandmate, 27-year-old singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner, inside Rare Book Room, a dimly lit studio decorated with musky furniture, located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Here, the duo are in the midst of recording their as-yet-unofficially-titled fourth album, due for release in 2014 via Merge Records.The upcoming full-length follows 2011's alluring (and profile-raising) Civilian, and marks a drastic shift for Wye Oak's creative process. "There's not a lick of guitar on this whole record," says Wasner, who has now assumed bass-playing duties. "It basically inverts what we were responsible for. Andy was playing droney bass lines on keyboard.

  • obliterations, wage slaves, video

    Obliterations Mount Sex, Death, and Explosions in NSFW 'Wage Slaves' Video

    Obliterations combine the talents of four Black Flag-waving hardcore professionals: vocalist Sam James Velde (also of Night Horse and Bluebird), guitarist Stephen McBean (from Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops), bassist Austin Barber (splits time with Saviours), and drummer Flo Schanze. The Los Angeles outfit recently released their self-titled debut 7-inch via Outer Battery Records, and now they've let loose an official video for "Wage Slaves," a ruthless salvo that targets blue- and white-collar drones marching through their 9-to-5 existence. Like the previously shared clip for the vicious "Kick Against the Pricks," this just-unveiled short is a compilation video that cobbles together old footage.

  • kanye west, 30 seconds to mars, city of angels video

    Kanye West Stumps for 30 Seconds to Mars in 'City of Angels' Video

    Here's where being Jared Leto must be useful: 30 Seconds to Mars' 11-minute "City of Angels" music video features appearances by Kanye West, James Franco, Selena Gomez, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olsen, Juliette Lewis, Alan Cumming, Corey Feldman, and many more. The short film opens with Yeezus talking about Los Angeles. Some personal touchstones for 'Ye: Dr. Dre, Tupac, Kim (of course), low-riders, pools, and Walt Disney (again, of course).Directed by Leto himself as "Bartholomew Cubbins," the just-released clip collects testimonials from all of the aforementioned stars discussing their visions of L.A.

  • morrissey, autobiography, american release

    Morrissey's 'Autobiography' Finally Nabs U.S. Publisher, Release Date

    We knew it was gonna happen someday: Morrissey's much-discussed Autobiography is coming to America. Slicing Up Eyeballs reports (via Moz fan site True to You) that the former Smiths singer's life story has found an American publisher in G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House.So far, the book has only been available in the U.K. and Europe, where it was published — after some disagreements with the drama-prone author — by Penguin Classics. Now, the Pope of Mope's stateside disciples will be able to read the 480-page tell-all after it hits U.S. bookshelves on December 3, conveniently in time for the holiday season. Dial-a-Cliché, anyone?Moz's Autobiography is already a runaway success overseas, having topped the U.K. book charts in its first week with roughly 35,000 copies sold (via the Guardian).

  • lou bega, lou reed, the velvet underground

    Please Stop Confusing Lou Bega With Lou Reed

    Lou Reed's death on October 27 has inspired a wealth of tributes for the late Velvet Underground founder. Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, and Arctic Monkeys have recently covered some of Reed's most iconic songs, while John Cale, David Bowie, Kim Gordon, and many more have shared remembrances, either through official statements or social media. But a whole slew of other people have misdirected their condolences towards Lou Bega — yes, he of "Mambo No. 5" fame. The one-hit wonder revealed on Facebook on October 28 that he's been inundated with loads of "R.I.P." messages because a reporter mixed up the man who mamboed up the Billboard charts in 1999 with the man who walked on the wild side in 1972. "i have been receiving Tons of condolences because of a Journalist confusing our Identities," the post reads.

  • savages, marshal dear, silence yourself, slaughterhouse-five

    Savages Honor 'Slaughterhouse-Five' With Animated 'Marshal Dear' Video

    Savages have followed their recent gut-punching music videos for "Husbands" and "I Am Here" with a third doomy visual, this one for Silence Yourself closer "Marshal Dear." As Matablog points out, the clip was inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's classic science-fiction novel Slaughterhouse-Five, and features design and animation from U.K. artist Gergely Wootsch. Conceived and storyboarded by Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson, the just-released clip focuses on a specific scene from the 1969 book, which follows American Billy Pilgrim through his tenure as a soldier in World War II and his experiences traveling through time.Matablog writes: "The scene from the novel occurs whilst main protagonist Billy believes he has become 'unstuck in time.' He turns on the TV and focuses on a scene in a movie about bombers in the Second World War.

  • blaenavon, KOSO EP, prague

    Watch Blaenavon Tear 'Prague' Apart in Live Video

    Blaenavon are a young U.K. trio who recently followed their previously released single ("Into the Night"/"Denim Patches") with their debut EP, KOSO. To promote the new four-track effort, members Ben Gregory, Frank Wright and Harris McMillan — all 17 years old — have shared an official music video for "Prague," a Foals-like ringer that serves as the boys' latest single. Directed by Hobby Holmes and produced by the folks behind the Mahogany Blog's Sessions series, the clip captures a raw and formidable live performance. Watch the clip above and head over to iTunes to purchase the KOSO EP, which is out now via Transgressive Records.

  • le trouble, reality strikes ep

    Stream Le Trouble's Tireless 'Reality Strikes' EP

    Back in September, Le Trouble unleashed "Real Talk (Part 2)," the deliriously dancey first single from the Montreal fivesome's debut EP, Reality Strikes. Now, days ahead of the collection's November 5 release, the genre-hopping maximalists — who pride themselves on trying to "ride that thin line between Meat Loaf, Hall and Oates, and punk" — have shared the entire six-track effort. For a slick synthesis of dreamy balladry ("Fine Line"), fidgety guitar-work ("Mission Bell"), and arena-ready power-pop (the title track), scroll down to stream the Reality Strikes EP in full. 

  • saddest landscape, loss will find us

    Hear the Saddest Landscape's Furious Post-Hardcore Assault 'Loss Will Find Us'

    Post-hardcore unit the Saddest Landscape are teaming up with fellow noise-makers My Fictions for a split EP dubbed When You Are Close, I Am Gone. Due November 12 via Topshelf Records, the three-track effort collects a previously unreleased track from each outfit, in addition to a 13-minute collaborative song featuring both bands.

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