Kyle McGovern

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  • beck, sleigh bells, alexis krauss, treasure island music festival 2013, let's get lost

    Watch Beck 'Get Lost' With Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss at Treasure Island 2013

    Treasure Island Music Festival washed ashore in San Francisco this past weekend, bringing with it live music from Beck, Atoms for Peace, Sleigh Bells, Haim, and many more. SPIN already collected the Best Live Photos from the annual festival, but now we've found another gem (via Stereogum): Fan-shot footage of Beck playing "Let's Get Lost," his Bat for Lashes-assisted contribution to the soundtrack for 2010 blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Natasha Khan wasn't on-hand to lend her vocals to the live rendition, so the Sea Change crooner called upon Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss to fill in as co-star. As seen in the clip, the Bitter Rivals siren turned down her ususal aggro charm (see it in full flourish on a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! broadcast) to deliver a tuneful supporting performance backed by thundering percussion.

  • Worriers 'Cruel Optimist' Album Stream

    Stream Worriers' Passionate, Political Pop-Punk Debut 'Cruel Optimist'

    Worriers began in 2008 as a side gig for all three players involved: Lauren Denitzio of Measure [sa], Mike Hunchback of the Weird Fantasy Band, and the Babies' Justin Sullivan. In the years since, Denitzio has carried on with Worriers and made the project her primary focus, and on October 29, she'll release the handle's debut album, Cruel Optimist. Recorded with the help of guitarist Rachel Rubino, drummer Mikey Erg, and bassist Tim Burke, the upcoming full-length acts as a pop-punk manifesto, serving up eight thrilling tracks that blend ragged hooks with political lyrics."I've been asked how my other interests and politics are reflected in my music," Denitzio says.

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    Hear Cut Copy's Spacey Summer-of-Love Jam 'We Are Explorers'

    Cut Copy have liberated yet another song from their fast-approaching fourth album, Free Your Mind. Though the newly unveiled "We Are Explorers" follows the throbbing "Let Me Show You Love" and the LP's bubbling, bongo-enhanced title track (not to mention its music video starring True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård sans shirt), it was actually the first glimpse we got of Cut Copy's Zonoscope successor. Back in June, Dan Whitford and co. played the tune during a Stateside gig. At the time, SPIN noted that "thick synth blast and four-four pulse powers the thing, while upbeat melodies and cowbell sweeten the deal." The title may have been adjusted since then, but the warmly futuristic mood has remained in tact, with laser sound effects firing off over breathy backing vocals.

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    KFC Didn't Fix Danny Brown's Teeth, Internet Still Full of Lies

    Does anything in the above photograph of Danny Brown seem unusual? Perhaps it's the absence of the Detroit MC's trademark gap-toothed grin, instead replaced by a mouthful of fresh pearly whites? Now, the Internet would have you believe that the above image is real — in fact, a Tumblr account posing as a Pitchfork affiliate would have you believe that KFC, of all entities, paid for Danny Brown to fix his smile — but, alas, the Internet is lying to you. As Complex points out, the photo of post-dental work Danny is making the rounds online, being touted as proof that the squwaky spitter has repaired teeth. But the original image — which features the Old rapper beaming his true, broken smile — was simply Photoshopped back in 2012 by a Tumblr user.

  • courtney love, memoir, my story

    Courtney Love's Memoir Lays Bare 'Tragic Romance' With Kurt Cobain

    UPDATE: According to representatives for Courtney Love, the singer's upcoming memoir does not yet have an official release date, title, cover, or synopsis. Love's reps told SPIN that Pan Macmillan, the company that is reportedly publishing the book's U.K. edition, posted incorrect information online without approval from Love's camp or fellow publisher HarperCollins, which is handling the U.S. pressing. That false info was then picked up by Amazon and circulated online. Love's reps also insisted that Pan Macmillan's description of the memoir was not the official summary. Stay tuned for more updates as they unfold.Morrissey has some new competition in the musician-turned-memoirist game: Courtney Love is collecting her entire life's story as a 400-page book.

  • ennio morricone, new york, los angeles, concerts

    Ennio Morricone Packs a 200-Person Orchestra for Two Rare U.S. Shows

    Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will bring some of his most iconic works to life for two concerts in the U.S. next year. As BrooklynVegan points out, the 84-year-old will play Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on March 20, and then he'll take over Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 23. Both performances will feature the Italian maestro facing off with a 200-member orchestra and choir.Despite Morricone's long history with Hollywood — he's been nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Original Score, and in 2007, he received an Honorary Oscar for his career achievements — the upcoming L.A. gig will be his first-ever West Coast concert. He made his live-debut in the U.S. just a few years ago, in 2007, with a performance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

  • jim james, state of the art (a.e.i.o.u.)

    Jim James Can't Cure Digital Ennui in 'State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)' Video

    Jim James' spirituality-focused Regions of Light and Sound of God LP opens with "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)," a Flaming Lips-like meditation on humanity's role with modern technology. "We've got our wires all crossed / Our tubes are all tied," the My Morning Jacket frontman sings on the first track from his solo album. "And I'm straining to remember / Just what it means to be alive." Now, the Louisville mainstay has shared a music video for the song that aims for the track's robotic heart.Premiered on Billboard, the clip follows a sad-sack who's got a television for a head. Decked out in his best powder-blue blazer, this half-man, half-machine is all mope — he wanders city streets, sits on rooftops, and walks along a beach, never quite knowing where he belongs.

  • cee lo green, ecstasy, sexual assault, the voice

    Cee Lo Green Cleared of Sexual Assault, Slapped With Ecstasy Possession

    Cee Lo Green will reportedly be cleared of charges that he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a year ago, but the Goodie Mob MC will be charged with possession of ecstasy. According to TMZ, who cite "law enforcement sources," the Los Angeles County District Attorney will officially throw out the sexual assault case on Monday (October 21), but the D.A. will hit Cee Lo with one felony count of furnishing ecstasy.As the gossip site points out, a woman claimed that she had eaten with Cee Lo at a sushi restaurant in Downtown L.A. in 2012. The woman told police that while they were there, the singer-rapper spiked her drink with ecstasy; the "next thing she knew" she was waking up in a bed naked with Cee Lo in the room.The star of NBC's The Voice not only denied the allegations but encouraged a full investigation. Now it's been reported that the D.A.

  • Far-Out Fangtooth 'Bow Your Head' Album Stream

    Stream Far-Out Fangtooth's Shadowy Horror-Fuzz Album 'Borrowed Time'

    Far-Out Fangtooth first took shape in 2009, as a collective that bonded over B-movies and avant-garde weirdness. Since then, the Philadelphia outfit has doubled its number of permanent members (from two to four), and let loose a few collections of festering, psychedelic post-punk. A self-released tape led to a self-titled 7-inch, which helped beget a debut full-length, Pure & Disinterested, in 2011. Now, Far-Out Fangtooth are doling out Borrowed Time, a nine-track platter of churning goth-grit that arrives on October 29 via Siltbreeze Records. Produced by Justin Pittney (who recorded 2012's three-song The Thorns EP) and mixed by Jeff Ziegler (whose previous credits include fellow Philly fixture Kurt Vile), the upcoming LP is streaming in full right here at SPIN. Scroll down to marvel at the feedback-filled horror show.

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    Download Kurt Vile's Ethereal Chill-Out Treasure 'Feel My Pain'

    SPIN cover star Kurt Vile is planning a special gift just in time for the holidays. As SPIN previously noted, on November 19, the Philadelphia all-star will deliver an expanded edition of his Essential Wakin On a Pretty Daze album that includes a new, seven-track EP titled it's a big world out there (and i am scared). Now, the psych-inclined folkie has shared a first glimpse of the upcoming release by way of finger-picked treasure "Feel My Pain.""This track was recorded during the first cluster of sessions at Dreamland Studios, May 2012," Vile writes on the Matador Records blog, adding that those same sessions birthed most of the nine-minute beaut "Wakin On a Pretty Day." The singer-songwriter continues in his post: "We added a lot to this later only to strip it back again favoring the raw to the chamber-pop this go 'round.

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