Kyle McGovern

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  • tele novella, don't be a stranger

    Watch Tele Novella Trick and Treat in Halloween-Themed 'Don't Be a Stranger' Video

    Members of now-defunct bands Voxtrot and Agent Ribbons have teamed up to form Tele Novella, a psych-pop unit that carefully coats its '60s-style harmonies in layers of fuzz. The indie supergroup is planning to release a full-length album some time in 2014, but first comes a 7-inch vinyl led by the traipsing track "Don't Be a Stranger." To promote the upcoming disc, due out November 5, Tele Novella have shared an official music video for the single. Filmed in the outfit's hometown of Austin, the clip finds Tele Novella decked out in Halloween costumes, playfully terrorizing local, uh, haunts.

  • lou reed, death, velvet underground, twitter reactions

    R.I.P. Lou Reed: David Bowie, John Cale, Kim Gordon, and More Honor the Late Rock Icon

    Following reports that Lou Reed died on Sunday, October 27, at the age of 71, droves of musicians expressed grief and paid tribute to the Velvet Underground co-founder on Twitter. As of press time, an official cause of death has not yet been revealed, but Reed's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told the New York Times he believed Reed's passing was related to a liver transplant the singer-songwriter underwent earlier this year. Wylie added, "He was as great an artist as it's possible to be in my opinion."Surviving VU member John Cale shared a simple but tender remembrance on Facebook, writing, "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I've lost my 'school-yard buddy.'"David Bowie's official Facebook posted a photo of Bowie and Reed together in 2007 with a caption that reads, "It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71.

  • Janelle Monae on Saturday Night Live

    Miley Cyrus' Twerk Overshadows Janelle Monae's Moonwalk on 'SNL'

    Janelle Monáe made her Saturday Night Live debut on October 26, performing two sci-fi standouts from her recently released second album, The Electric Lady. Just as she did on the Late Show With David Letterman and NBC's Today back in September, Monáe demanded that viewers "Dance Apocalyptic." The sparkly clean sock-hop tune still thrills, of course — Letterman didn't dub the impeccably coiffed singer "the hardest working woman in show business" for no reason.

  • Watch Pearl Jam Strike 'Fallon' With White-Hot 'Lightning Bolt'

    Watch Pearl Jam Strike 'Fallon' With White-Hot 'Lightning Bolt'

    "Pearl Jam Week" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon came to an end Friday night (October 25), and the alt-rock icons were in-house to close the celebration. To promote the Seattle band's chart-topping 10th album, Lightning Bolt, the folks at Fallon booked a week of musical programming with a Pearl Jam theme: Chris Cornell and the Avett Brothers covered the group's 1992 B-side "Footsteps"; Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold put on "Corduroy," from 1994 LP Vitalogy; Dierks Bentley followed with a slightly countrified version of Ten anthem "Alive" (supported by the Roots and PJ guitarist Mike McCready); and Pearl Jam themselves showed up on night four to sound off "Sirens," the second single from their new full-length.Last night saw frontman Eddie Vedder sit down for a quick chat with host Jimmy Fallon and fellow guest/noted Pearl Jam fan Javier Bardem.

  • cut copy, free your mind, stream

    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.

  • willis earl beal, church of nobody, king krule

    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.

  • super wild horses, crosswords

    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.

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