Kyle McGovern

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    Stream Cut Copy's Irrepressible New Album 'Free Your Mind'

    Cut Copy have unleashed their fourth album way ahead of schedule. The Australian dance-rock crew's colorful Free Your Mind LP doesn't officially drop until November 5, but the band have made the entire record available for streaming right now. We've already heard a few songs from the impending Zonoscope follow-up — the title tune (which also came with a music video starring a shirtless Alexander Skarsgård from HBO's True Blood), "Let Me Show You Love," "We Are Explorers," and "Take Me Higher" — and now fans can dive into the full 14-track collection. Frontman Dan Whitford produced the effort, which was recorded in Cut Copy's hometown of Melbourne and later mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, the Flaming Lips, MGMT) in upstate New York.

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    Watch Willis Earl Beal, King Krule Testify for 'Church of Nobody' Live Series

    Outsider artist Willis Earl Beal is so devoted to his unassuming alter ego of "Nobody" that he's now started the "Church of Nobody," an eight-part musical performance video series. The Chicago singer-songwriter has shared the first two installments of the new franchise: the first episode features a live set by Beal and his backing band, while the second spotlights London crooner Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule (née Zoo Kid). Filmed in the reception area of (where else?) a church, the two clips capture three-song sets from each artist. Beal conjures material from his recently released sophomore album, Nobody knows.

  • darkside, nicolas jaar, dave harrington

    Darkside Unfurl Shadowy Art-Pop in 'Freak, Go Home' BBC Live Video

    Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's Darkside project dwells in the shadows, navigating a murky middle-ground between twitchy laptop grooves and slicked-back guitar-work. Recently, though, the Psychic duo shed a bit of light on their live setup for an in-studio performance filmed at the BBC's Maida Vale complex. As seen above, the freshly shared clip captures a focused take on eight-minute art-pop piece "Freak, Go Home." Jaar mans the console, keys, and microphone while Harrington unspools tight guitar licks to cut through the nocturnal atmosphere. Watch the snippet above, and head over to the BBC's website to listen to the entire 28-minute session. 

  • washed out, all i know, video, urban outfitters

    Washed Out's 'All I Know' Gets Touching Coming-of-Age Video

    Washed Out set sight on the open road in a new music video highlighting Paracosm feel-good track "All I Know." Produced by Urban Outfitters and directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen, the eight-minute epic follows two best friends as they travel across America, drinking beers, charming girls, cannon-balling into motel pools, and streaking in public, all while chilling out to a sun-dappled soundtrack arranged by synth-prince Ernest Greene.The mini-movie opens with one of the lead characters talking to his buddy about a recent break-up. Turns out his ex-girlfriend has since taken up with an older man. "Apparently he's, like, 35," the second dude (unhelpfully) says.

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    Stream Super Wild Horses' Sweetly Fuzzy 'Crosswords' Album

    Earlier this year, Australian duo Super Wild Horses dropped their second album, Crosswords, in their homeland Down Under. On October 29, the follow-up to 2010's Fifteen will see an official release in the U.S. via Dot Dash Recordings. Members Amy Franz and Hayley McKee crafted much of the full-length in a temporary studio set up in an unused butter factory and then finessed the material with added instrumentation, percussion, and vocals in a proper recording space, Australia's Transient Studios. Featuring nods to country and soul (including a lo-fi cover of Smokey Robinson's "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"), Crosswords delivers 13 tracks of bubblegum garage rock, all of which can be heard below. Scroll down to stream Crosswords in its entirety, days before it lands stateside.

  • pearl jam, late night with jimmy fallon, sirens

    See Pearl Jam Blare 'Sirens' for Long-Teased 'Fallon' Performance

    Four nights into "Pearl Jam Week" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and the guests of honor finally showed up.

  • swedish house mafia, one last tour, documentary

    Swedish House Mafia Go Shirtless for Retirement in 'One Last Tour' Doc

    Swedish House Mafia have released a trailer for an upcoming documentary about their One Last Tour. Dubbed "Clip One," the two-minute video takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world-conquering trio's very public retirement. Fans hoping to see DJs Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso look despondent during interviews and play shirtless tennis will not be disappointed.Elsewhere in the teaser, fireworks light up the sky, EDM enthusiasts scream like maniacs, and the men of Swedish House Mafia reflect on their careers. The promo asks the question, "Who walks away from success?" Find the answer by pressing play above.

  • converse, bon iver, charity, national breast cancer foundation

    Bon Iver, Tegan and Sara, the National Hawking Customized Converse for Charity

    Bon Iver, the National, SPIN cover stars Tegan and Sara, and many more musicians have teamed with Converse to auction off custom-designed shoes for charity. As Stereogum points out, the In Their Shoes initiative aims to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation by selling Chuck Taylors (a.k.a. the Coolest Shoes on Earth) that feature original designs by a slew of music makers. Among the artists involved: New Order, Charli XCX, Tame Impala, FIDLAR, Wavves, Bruno Mars, Skrillex, Rudimental, JEFF the Brotherhood, the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Pepper, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Foals, Moby, and Billy Bragg.The one-off pieces of footwear are now up for sale on eBay, where they'll be biddable until October 29. As mentioned above, proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, or another charity of the artist's choice.

  • united airlines, sony music entertainment

    Sony Says United Airlines Is in the Mile-High Infringement Club

    Sony Music Entertainment and its subsidiaries have brought a lawsuit against United Airlines and Inflight Productions, arguing that the companies are willfully violating copyright laws by making thousands of songs and music videos available to passengers.As Law360 reports, Sony filed a complaint in New York federal court on October 22 that states the music giant has not given United permission to feature its recordings in the airline's "interactive, on-demand" or pre-programmed services.

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    Stream the Sounds' Propulsive Album 'Weekend'

    The Sounds had a simple plan of attack for their fifth album, the upcoming Weekend. Frontwoman Maja Ivarsson tells SPIN that she and her bandmates wanted to "capture what we do best — which is putting on a great live show." The Swedish dance-rock unit entered their home country's famous Svenska Grammafon Studion earlier this year with producer Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, the Mars Volta) and recorded the follow-up to 2011's Something to Die For over the course of seven weeks, with another month set aside for mixing.On October 29, Arnioki Records/INgrooves will unleash Weekend, an 11-track full-length that honors the punky grooves of the Sounds' signature, uh, sound (see "Shake Shake Shake" and "Take It the Wrong Way"), while delving into new territory (check out the slow-burning title track and the acoustic-infused "Great Day").

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