Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

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    Watch the Head and the Heart 'Shake' Powerfully for 'Letterman'

    The Head and the Heart sat down with SPIN recently to talk about some of their favorite things and discuss their newly released second album, Let's Be Still. "We're more confident and trust ourselves more now," singer Jon Russell said, comparing the fresh effort to the Seattle group's self-titled 2011 debut. "The headspace for this record was, 'Let's not figure out what this sounds like — let's just write the best songs we possibly can.'"The folk-rock six-piece showed off one of those polished gems to a national audience on October 16, thanks to a tender performance on the Late Show With David Letterman. After tumbling and hollering through "Shake," a keyboard-sprinkled yarn off of Let's Be Still, the Sub Pop signees earned high-marks from Letterman, who cracked wise about joining the band on tour.

  • Ravenna Woods 'Border Animals' Video Stream

    Watch Ravenna Woods Star in a Slo-Mo Suspense Flick for 'Border Animals'

    Ravenna Woods are a self-described crew of "gloomy darkhorse indie folk-punkers" who will unleash their second album, The Jackals, on November 12 via RavWoo Records. First, though, comes a suspenseful music video for "Border Animals," a cavernous epic slated for the upcoming LP. Directed by Blaine Ludy and produced by Super Frog Saves Tokyo, the clip finds the Seattle foursome seated in the middle of a room filled with taxidermied animals. Surrounded by stuffed bears and various horned forest-dwellers, Ravenna Woods keep still as the furry decor slowly comes to life. Watch what happens by pressing play above.

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    Arctic Monkeys Finally Hit 'Kimmel,' Kanye West Feud Be Damned

    Arctic Monkeys were supposed to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 9, but the Brits were bumped in favor of Kimmel's lengthy, beef-quashing sit-down with Kanye West. Instead, Alex Turner and associates dropped by the ABC talk show on October 16 to play two songs from their Mercury Prize-nominated AM LP: Oozing opener "Do I Wanna Know?" and 2012 Record Store Day single "R U Mine?" No Josh Homme cameos or Drake homages for this live show — just two cocksure, falsetto-laced takes on a pair of muscular, fuzz-filled stunners.And the boys have every reason to feel confident, because, as the NME points out, their recently released fifth album has helped vinyl sales in the U.K. reach their highest point since 2003. So far, in 2013, more than 532,000 wax LPs have been purchased across the pond — that's a year-on-year increase of more than 100 percent.

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    15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Best Coast, Omar Souleyman, Ryan Hemsworth, and More

    Happy Thursday! We've gift-wrapped new albums by Best Coast, Omar Souleyman, Poliça, Ryan Hemsworth, Chief Keef, and many more. They're all streaming right now — find links below. 1) Best Coast, Fade Away. "Fade Away contains a 'faster-paced, energetic set of songs inspired by Mazzy Star, Patsy Cline, My Bloody Valentine, and Ambien.' Indeed, the pint-sized LP returns Best Coast to their wake-and-heartbreak roots: This new batch of songs sports some of the spit shine of last year's slightly countrified The Only Place, but, by and large, Fade Away hews closer to the West Coast power-pop the twosome perfected on their 2010 breakthrough Crazy for You." — SPIN (via SoundCloud)2) Omar Souleyman, Wenu Wenu.

  • Elf Power 'Darkest Wave' Video Stream

    Watch Elf Power's Woozy 'Darkest Wave' Video

    Nineteen years on and Elf Power are still conjuring some of the finest psychedelic-folk to emerge from the Elephant 6 collective. Earlier this month, the Athens, Georgia mainstays unveiled their latest full-length experiment, Sunlight on the Moon, through Darla Records/Orange Twin Records. Now, they're supporting the LP with a video for "Darkest Wave," a low-key, fuzzed-out track that nods to the tune of a steady tambourine pulse. Directed by Jason Thrasher and edited by Kyle Carruthers, the just-released clip throws a dreamy gaze at the individual members of Elf Power, as the camera woozily fades in and out from close-up to close-up. Drift along with the lens by hitting the play button above.

  • Mike Donovan 'Do Do Ya' Video Stream Interview

    Watch Mike Donovan Sing Karaoke in VHS-Warped 'Do Do Ya' Video

    Sic Alps called it quits back in July, but frontman Mike Donovan is continuing on with a solo career. This week, the San Francisco garage-rock mastermind issued Wot, the first album released under his own name. "Where [Sic Alps] had made it to, in terms of the lineup and the songs, the whole story of the band," Donovan tells SPIN. "I feel like we were at a good spot to end it, have it be the last chapter. It was a happy death." Now he's back with a new single, the frayed feel-good tune "Do Do Ya?," and a new music video. Created by Viktor Rosengruen, Janosch Pugnaghi, and Jan Lankisch, the "Do Do Ya?" clip equips Donovan with a microphone, guitar, and saxophone, and casts him in front of a green screen that makes it loook as though he's running through the streets of Cologne. "It's got that karaoke vibe," Donovan says.

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    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 Nites: Kurt Vile, Misfits, Flatbush Zombies, and More

    Organizers for Fun Fun Fun Fest have announced the roster for this year's FFF Nites showcase, the series of after-hours performances happening at venues throughout Austin, Texas. Artists tapped for the bonus shows include SPIN cover star Kurt Vile, Misfits, Chelsea Light Moving, Mac DeMarco, Pop. 1280, Flatbush Zombies, the Men, and Bleached. Fun Fun Fun Fest proper takes place at Auditorium Shores and runs from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10, but the Nites gigs kick off on Thursday, November 7. Other performers working late into the eve: Quasi, Pelican, RJD2, Dana Falconberry, OBN III's, Coliseum, Lemuria, Small Black, Bob Mould (DJ set), Big Black Delta, Cro-Mags, Del the Funky Homosapien, White Lung, and Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set).

  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down We the Common at ACL 2013

    See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Triumph Through 'We the Common'

    Earlier this year, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down released their third album, We the Common, a 12-track platter stuffed with highlights. There's the twangy "Holy Roller," the Joanna Newsom duet "Kindness Be Conceived," and the LP's semi-title track, "We the Common [For Valerie Bolden]," which was inspired by a woman who's serving life without parole in the California prison system. In April, the ode to Ms. Bolden was paired with an official music video featuring This American Life host Ira Glass and comedian John Hodgman. Now, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down have treated SPIN to another visual for the life-affirming tune. As seen above, the video captures an intimate performance from the San Francisco band, with frontwoman Thao Nguyen singing and plucking at a banjo, leading the outfit through the buzzy-but-folksy anthem.

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    A Tribe Called Quest Tease Retirement After Kanye West Gigs

    A Tribe Called Quest will serve as the opening act for two shows on Kanye West's fast-approaching Yeezus tour. That's a noteworthy pairing in and of itself, but the upcoming gigs have taken on some extra heft now that Q-Tip has hinted they'll be his group's last-ever performances. "In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali," Tip tweeted on Wednesday (via Consequence of Sound). "It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started... NYC." The Queens crew will take the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 20 and then check their rhimes at Madison Square Garden on November 24. Tribe first started kicking it in 1985, and then went on to release five studio albums, two of which (1991's The Low End Theory and 1993's Midnight Marauders) are part of the hip-hop canon.

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    Neneh Cherry Teams With Four Tet, Robyn for 'Raw' 2014 Album

    Neneh Cherry is plotting her first solo album in more than 16 years. The Swedish singer-songwriter/rapper/trip-hop survivor has announced that her next full-length will arrive in early 2014 by way of Smalltown Supersound. More details are on the way, but as of now it's confirmed that Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) produced the LP, which reportedly boasts a guest appearance from another Stockholm siren: Robyn. Cherry also collaborated with London duo RocketNumberNine on the record. According to a press release, the upcoming effort was made over a five-day period, at a steady pace of recording and mixing two songs per day. "It was a liberating experience, not endlessly trying to fiddle with the music, re-recording hundreds of times," Cherry says in a statement.

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