Kyle McGovern

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Biography

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    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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    Stream Radical Dads' Fist-Pumping 'Creature Out'

    Radical Dads issued their sophomore album, Rapid Reality, back in May, but the Brooklynites are already firing off a follow-up. On November 5, the double-guitar-and-drums trio — composed of singer-guitarist Lindsay Baker, guitarist Chris Diken, and former Clap Your Hands Say Yeah drummer Robbie Guertin — will drop the "Creature Out" 7-inch through EAU Records. Days before the vinyl's release, SPIN is streaming the disc's lead track. Scroll down for a triumphant, meat-and-potatoes indie anthem.

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    Lady Gaga and Haim Slated for 'Saturday Night Live' Takeovers

    Lady Gaga and Haim are both set to appear on Saturday Night Live next month. Mother Monster will work hard for viewers' "Applause" on November 16, serving as both host and musical guest, while SPIN cover stars Haim will play musical companions to first-time host Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, on November 23. The announcement came on October 31 via SNL's official Twitter.Gaga's upcoming shift of double-duty will mark her third appearance as a performer on the late-night sketch show and first as master of ceremonies. The live broadcast will follow the November 5 release of Gaga's third full-length album, the long-awaited ARTPOP. No clue yet as to which track the singer will perform, but she's got quite a stable to choose from, including the aforementioned "Applause," the recently shared "Venus," the R.

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    SPIN at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013: Soundwave Stage Schedule

    New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes over City Park's Festival Grounds this weekend (November 1 through 3), presenting live performances by Pearl Jam, SPIN cover stars Nine Inch Nails (but not How to Destroy Angels, as originally planned), the Cure, Paramore, Desaparecidos, and many more.SPIN will be teaming with Toyota to host a series of exclusive sets at the Soundwave Tent. Come by on Friday, November 1 to see Those Darlins; drop in on Saturday, November 2 to catch Cults; and show up on Sunday, November 3 to witness Rudimental take the stage, followed by a lengthy DJ set by Rusty Lazer.

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    Watch MGMT's Freaky Outer Space Ballet in 'Alien Days' Video

    MGMT now have a trilogy of outré music videos for their problematic, self-titled third album. Following the absurd "Your Life is a Lie" clip and the Michael K. Williams-starring visual for "Cool Song No. 2," the psych-pop six-piece have dropped a video for spacey single "Alien Days." Co-directed by Sam Fleischner and Megha Barnabas, the short divides its time between two sets of characters. First, we have a 19th century-looking couple who live out in the country and spend their leisure time strapped into giant gyroscopes. Then we have a pair of aliens who are really into elaborate dance routines and firing beams of light from the palms of their hands. The threads intersect near the clip's end, but we won't say how — that's up to you to explore. Watch the "Alien Days" video above via Noisey.

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    Read Laurie Anderson's Heartbreaking Letter About Lou Reed's Last Days

    Lou Reed's widow Laurie Anderson has penned an obituary for the iconic singer-songwriter. Published in Long Island, New York's East Hampton Star newspaper, the piece offers some insight into the final days of the Velvet Underground co-founder, who succumbed to liver disease on October 27 at the age of 71."Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs," Anderson writes. "And we made it!" She continues: "Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.

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    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Cut Copy, Melvins, Luscious Jackson, and More

    Happy Halloween! Treat yourself with new albums by Cut Copy, Melvins, Luscious Jackson, the Sounds, and more. Find links to free streams below. 1) Cut Copy, Free Your Mind. "After 2011's somewhat introverted Zonoscope, the Melbourne foursome's return to the bounce of their breakthrough second record, 2008's In Ghost Colours, is welcome. 'We Are Explorers' is the closest to that album, its melody evoking the innocence and verve of their most well-known song, 'Hearts On Fire.' The biggest props on Free Your Mind are paid to the more rave-focused side of Manchester's Factory Records." (via NPR)2) The Sounds, Weekend. "The Sounds had a simple plan of attack for their fifth album.

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    Ellie Goulding Shills for Nokia in Charity Single Video 'How Long Will I Love You'

    Back in September, Ellie Goulding asked "How Long Will I Love You" with a music video collecting snippets from the upcoming film About Time, starring Rachel McAdams. That clip has since been disabled, but it's now been replaced with another video. Directed by filmmaker Roger Michell, the new visual for "How Long Will I Love You" serves a few purposes. It promotes Goulding's song, which is not only a bonus track on her deluxe Halcyon Days, but also the official charity single for the BBC's Children In Need, a campaign supporting disadvantaged youths in the U.K. The alternate video is also a selection from Michell's forthcoming short film Tom & Issy, featuring Goulding alongside actor Dylan Edwards.

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    Steve Reich's Radiohead Tribute 'Radio Rewrite' Lands New York Premiere

    Steve Reich's Radiohead-inspired piece "Radio Rewrite" will soon fall into its right place. On November 16, the Kid A-informed composition will make its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it will be performed by the Alarm Will Sound ensemble (via BrooklynVegan). And unlike this series of drawings created by fifth-graders inspired by Radiohead, there will be no scythes or suicide booths involved.As SPIN previously noted, "Radio Rewrite" is a new piece by Reich that's inspired by Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place." The minimalist composer has said the work grew out of an encounter with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

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    Watch the Killers Honor Lou Reed's 'Pale Blue Eyes'

    The Killers have paid tribute to the late, great Lou Reed. At their Las Vegas hometown's first annual Life Is Beautiful Festival on October 27, the covers-prone four took a pause from their usual bombast to play a tender, low-key version of "Pale Blue Eyes," an understated classic from the Velvet Underground's 1969 self-titled third album (and a personal favorite of Patti Smith). The fan-shot footage seen above doesn't offer a close-up of frontman Brandon Flowers, but the audio comes through clearly, along with the sentiment.The Killers and Reed collaborated previously, teaming up for "Tranquilize," a single taken from the glammy band's 2007 Sawdust compilation.

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