Kyle McGovern

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  • 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.

  • the sounds, weekend, album

    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").

  • paul mccartney, queenie eye, video, kate moss, johnny depp

    Paul McCartney Plays for Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Jude Law in 'Queenie Eye' Video

    Paul McCartney returns to Abbey Road in his latest music video, the official clip for New single "Queenie Eye." Directed by Simon Aboud, the just-released short finds the former Beatle recording the track in the famed London studio with a little help from his very famous friends. Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Sean Penn, Jeremy Irons, Chris Pine, and more appear in the clip, which finds Macca pounding out the fuzz-covered song in the middle of the star-filled gathering. Basically, it's McCartney's personal rolodex set in motion. The piece's closest spiritual companion? Michael Jackson's 1989 mini-movie for "Liberian Girl," which packed in cameos from John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, Paula Abdul, Dan Aykroyd, and many others (Bubbles included, natch). Watch the Hollywood-mining video for "Queenie Eye" above. Macca's New is out now and currently No. 1.

  • sam smith, arctic monkeys, do i wanna know?

    Hear Sam Smith Smolder Over Arctic Monkeys' 'Do I Wanna Know?'

    Much digital ink has already been posted about how the Arctic Monkeys' stellar fifth album imbues a healthy dose of R&B panache. SPIN noted flashes of Aaliyah a few weeks ago when reviewing the Mercury Prize-nominated AM; we also recently spoke with frontman Alex Turner about TLC; and, of course, there was the Brits' strut-worthy cover of Drake's smooth single "Hold On, We're Going Home." In case that's not enough evidence that Arctic Monkeys are fluent in the art of slick grooves, here's some more: soulful U.K. singer Sam Smith covered AM opener "Do I Wanna Know?" during an October 23 appearance at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.Though he made his name by hopping onto dance-pop tunes and collaborating with Disclosure, Smith didn't rework "Do I Wanna Know?" for the club (or flip the "Latch," if you will).

  • guided by voices, kevin fennell, drum kit

    Guided by Voices Drummer Booted Out of Band After Failed Kit Auction

    Guided by Voices drummer Kevin Fennell recently put his drum kit up for auction on eBay, offering fans a chance to own a small piece of indie-rock history for no less than $55,000. Unfortunately for Fennell, the list price may have been too high of an ask, seeing that bidding has now officially closed and no one has tried to take home the set. But the failed attempt to make some extra cash has come at an even greater cost for the drummer: He's been kicked out of Guided by Voices.GBV issued a statement on their Facebook page on October 23, saying, "For the record, the band Guided by Voices has nothing to do with the sale of Kevin Fennell's drums. He is acting on his own and is no longer in the band." Fucking Nostalgic points to what is allegedly an email conversation between Fennell and frontman Robert Pollard, in which the two exchange heated messages about the auction.

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