Kyle McGovern

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  • arcade fire, afterlife, afterglow, reflektor

    Preview Arcade Fire's 'Afterlife' Studio Version With Haitian-Inspired Teaser

    Arcade Fire have shed yet another bit of light on their upcoming fourth album, Reflektor. The indie-rock giants dropped a brief teaser for new song "Afterlife" on Friday, treating fans to a preview of the track's studio version. Dubbed "Afterglow," the just-under-a-minute clip opens with visuals inspired by Haitian culture, falling in line with the LP's overall aesthetic of being a "mash-up of Studio 54 and Haitian voodoo," according to frontman Win Butler. For most of the trailer, the audio consists only of isolated vocals. Slowly, though, the disco-indebted music kicks in as black-and-white live footage of the band (presumably filmed during one of their recent performances at Montreal venue Salsathèque) flashes across the screen.Watch the short above, and scroll down for another "Afterlife" trailer, which was uploaded to YouTube on October 15.

  • m.i.a., matangi

    M.I.A.: 'I Found Spirituality on Google'

    M.I.A.'s upcoming, long-delayed fourth album shares its name with Matangi, the Hindu goddess of music and learning. The title may reflect a newfound spirituality for the Sri Lankan artist (whose birth name, Mathangi, also derives from "Matangi"), but M.I.A. didn't find faith through some fit of divine inspiration. She discovered it — where else? — through a search engine. "I just found spirituality on Google," she told Fader recently, "Which I hate." The singer-rapper explains further, saying, "I Googled 'green,' and Matangi popped up. When I typed in 'Matangi,' it was me and then her on the two top links.

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    MGMT Play It Straight for Once on 'Jools Holland'

    MGMT tend to go grand on camera. Their music videos either pack in oddball imagery at a steady clip (see the bizarre, restless "Your Life Is a Lie" short) or pull in esteemed actors from HBO's call sheet ("Cool Song No. 2" stars Boardwalk Empire's Michael K. Williams). The eccentricities usually carry over to the band's late-night television appearances, too: Take for example the scuba gear-enhanced guest spot on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. But that wasn't the case when MGMT beamed onto Later... With Jools Holland. Led by core members Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, the six players turned in a solid, if straightforward, performance of "Your Life is a Lie" from the band's self-titled third album. Gone were the star-shaped glasses and giant cowbell of MGMT's Late Show With David Letterman appearance. Watch it above.

  • marc trovillion, lambchop, obituary

    Marc Trovillion, Former Lambchop Bassist, Dead at 56

    Marc Trovillion, former bassist for Lambchop, has died. As Consequence of Sound points out, Trovillion passed away on Thursday, October 10, after suffering a heart attack at home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was 56 years old.According to an official statement from the band (via Nashville Scene), Lambchop's origins can be traced directly back to Trovillion's bedroom, where he, frontman Kurt Wagner, and original guitarist Jim Watkins met for weekly practices in 1987. Back then, the trio were "equipped with only a Casio keyboard, an amp and a mic strapped to the bedpost."The rememberance continues: "No matter where Lambchop might have been — in smoky practice sessions, packed into a 15-passenger van, or playing the great concert halls of Europe — Marc’s steady, solid bass playing and his innate sense of humor served as the glue that kept Lambchop together.

  • varg vikernes, burzum, trial

    Varg Vikernes' Lawyer Needs More Time to Defend Neo-Nazi in 'Racial Hatred' Trial

    Norwegian musician and neo-Nazi Kristian "Varg" Vikernes will have his day in court, but not until 2014. As the BBC reports, the man behind black-metal unit Burzum is currently facing charges of inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes, but a French court has postponed the trial to next June after Vikernes' lawyer requested more time to read documents and prepare his defense.Back in July, the 40-year-old singer was arrested in France on suspicion that he was planning a terrorist attack. Authorities took Vikernes and his wife, Marie Cachet, into custody on July 16 after she began buying shotguns. The two were released shortly thereafter, once officials were "unable to identify specific terrorist plans or terrorist target" (via Metal Injection) and discovered that Cachet had a valid firearms permit.

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    Yeasayer Play Dutch Doctor in 'Glass of the Microscope' Video

    Yeasayer don lab coats in their latest music video, the official clip for Fragrant World closer "Glass of the Microscope." The psych-rock quartet peer through (duh) microscopes, looking to cure some mysterious epidemic that's afflicting the entire planet. For added authenticity, director Ruben van Leer filmed in molecular biologist Hans Tanke's lab at Leiden University, located in the Netherlands. As Wired points out, Leiden is one of the oldest research universities in Europe and the place where 17th century scientist Antoine van Leeuwenhoek developed an early prototype of the microscope.Another location used in the shoot: the tower of Naturalis, which contains the largest collection of natural history objects in Holland.

  • sleigh bells, jimmy kimmel live, bitter rivals

    See Sleigh Bells Obliterate 'Bitter Rivals' With a Horn Section on 'Kimmel'

    If you're headed into battle, you're going to want reinforcements. Sleigh Bells employed that strategy on October 17, when they invaded Jimmy Kimmel Live! with a live drummer, a troop of back-up singers, and a horn section. The former SPIN cover stars demolished "Bitter Rivals" — the bulldoze-and-weave title track from the duo's recently released third album — and then launched into the fanged "Tiger Kit." Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller did what they do best: She swaggered across the stage, talking trash in her sugary va-va-voom, and he shredded his guitar, wielding arena-sized riffs in an ABC studio. The extra support lent the head-banging heartbreakers some extra oomph and bounce, while the zippy camerawork kept the performance feeling kinetic.

  • Western Addiction 'God Says No' Stream

    Stream Western Addiction's Barbed-Wire Battle Cry 'God Says No'

    After years of silence, California punks Western Addiction are returning with Pines, their first release since their lone full-length album, 2005's Cognicide. Recorded at Oakland's Sharkbite Studios and produced by American Steel's Ryan Massey, the upcoming 7-inch contains three songs, including the razor-sharp "God Says No." Singer-guitarist Jason Hall shared a cryptic statement about the track: "I have bursts of intense interest in a particular subject and this song is about one of my odd obsessions that will be around for life. I won't reveal the subject matter because I like when people interpret a song for themselves. For example, we have a song about cats and blood poisoning and people think it's about being attacked by a person. Here's a hint though, George Harrison used to do this at night, and it's weird, powerful, beautiful and awesome.

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    Thom Yorke Turns Into Sand 'Before Your Very Eyes' in Atoms for Peace Video

    Atoms for Peace have shared the official music video for wubby Amok opener "Before Your Very Eyes..." and it's a bizarre sight to behold. The nearly six-minute clip uses stop-motion animation and stunning visual effects to drop Thom Yorke in the middle of a desert wasteland. But the Radiohead leader isn't just wandering and twirling up and down sand dunes — no, dude is actually one with the desert, like a sort of Sandman creature (the Spider-Man villain, not the sleep-sprinkler). As the short wears on, skyscrapers and highways rise from the Earth, but quickly fall around Yorke, who's tossing, turning, and crumbling himself. Guess sometimes he gets knocked down but doesn't get up again. AFP originally premiered the video during their October 16 concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (via Pitchfork).

  • notorious b.i.g., brooklyn, street corner

    Notorious B.I.G.'s Criminal Past Glock-Blocks Street Naming Honor

    The effort to name a Brooklyn street corner after the Notorious B.I.G. has met opposition from local residents who feel Biggie's criminal past and, um, sizable stature make him unsuitable for the honor. As DNAinfo New York reports, Brooklyn Community Board 2 met on Tuesday night and discussed the proposal to co-name the intersection of Saint James Place and Fulton Street "Christopher Wallace Way," after the late MC's birth name.

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