Kyle McGovern

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  • Kittyhawk 'The Green' Stream

    Stream Kittyhawk's Open-Hearted, Lo-Fi Charmer 'The Green'

    Emo revivalists Kittyhawk are currently hawking their self-titled EP on their Facebook page, but the Chicago foursome will soon have another release to peddle. In late November, Flannel Gurl Records will uncage a split 7-inch featuring "The Green," an oh-so-slightly scuffed gem that charms with its boy-girl vocal harmonies, threadbare production, and squealing guitar. Stream it below, and pre-order the disc — which will also feature a tune from Cherry Cola Champions — through Flannel Gurl. 

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    Bruno Mars' 'Gorilla' Video Is a Stripper Soap Opera Starring Freida Pinto

    Bruno Mars has gone Hollywood for his latest music video. The future Super Bowl Halftime prince drafted Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto and longtime character actor Luis Guzmán to star in the official clip for "Gorilla," the fourth single to emerge from Mars' stellar sophomore album, last year's Unorthodox Jukebox. Co-directed by the pop crooner himself with the help of frequent collaborator Cameron Duddy, the cinematic visual casts Pinto as Isabella, an exotic dancer who has caught the ire of her scantily clad co-workers while earning attention from Bruno's character, the frontman of the strip joint's house band. Guzmán plays the club's manager and announcer, and when he beckons Pinto's Isabella onto the pole, sparks fly. No, seriously — sparks literally fly when she disrobes.

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    Dinosaur Jr. Jump Into Style Game With Mishka Clothing Line

    Dinosaur Jr. are expanding their mini-merchandise empire into the world of fashion. After coming out with their very own (and very purple) shoes, vanity headphones, and coffee-table book, the indie-rock royals now have an exclusive clothing line. Created in collaboration with New York clothing company (and mixtape purveyor) Mishka, the upcoming wardrobe consists of four T-shirts, a varsity jacket, a pair of beanie caps, and a few baseball caps. Find some photos below (via Stereogum). Frontman J Mascis has been a fan of Mishka for a while. To wit, in several of the photos for SPIN's in-depth Dinosaur Jr. feature, Dinosaur Jr.: Rediscovering the Gnarl, the guitar hero can be seen wearing a hat that boasts the fashion house's signature "Keep Watch" eyeball logo. The Dino-themed threads will debut on Wednesday, October 23 at Mishka's Brooklyn shop.

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    Watch Carrie Brownstein Grill Pearl Jam About 'Sirens' and Survival

    Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt doesn't just bring the thunder — it's also brought us a star-studded promotional campaign. A few weeks ago, photographer/filmmaker Danny Clinch shared a mini-documentary that features the grunge icons discussing their latest album with director Judd Apatow, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, champion surfer Mark "MR" Richards, and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia/Wild Flag fame. Since then, PJ have peeled off a few extended clips shot during the making of said short film. We've seen Eddie Vedder talk about parenting and religion with Apatow, and also caught Brownstein directing questions to the band at large (minus Vedder) about their creative process.

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    The Flaming Lips Play 'Ender's Game' With Sci-Fi 'Peace Sword' EP

    The Flaming Lips have unsheathed details of their upcoming Peace Sword EP. Due October 29 on all digital retailers, the short-player features a total of six tracks.

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    Moogfest 2014 Expands to Five Full Days of Music and Synth Appreciation

    Moogfest's makeover continues. Organizers for the annual music festival have announced that its 2014 edition will take place over five days, a sizable increase from the showcase's usual two- or three-day run. From April 23 through 27, Asheville, North Carolina will host a slew of events that honor the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, the founder of Moog Music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer.Specific details regarding Moogfest 2014 haven't been confirmed yet, but in its new five-day iteration, the fest will deliver "an experimental lineup of daytime conference programming, curated by a soon-to-be-announced lineup of cultural, artistic, and technological luminaries," per an official press release.

  • The Can't Tells 'No Television' Album Stream

    Stream the Can't Tells' Nervy Debut Album 'No Television'

    Back in August, the Can't Tells took SPIN on a memorable trip to the "Drugstore," a lunging lead single that offered an early glimpse at the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston trio's debut album, the fast-approaching No Television. Now, with the record's October 22 release date looming, the Can't Tells have made the entire effort available to hear in full. Each band member — Mike DiSanto (guitar/vocals/bass), Blaze McKenzie (bass/vocals/guitar), and Jonathan Smith (drums) — is credited with producing and writing songs for the LP, amounting to a 10-track set that's rough-edged yet tuneful, cocky but still prone to the jitters, and wordy while feeling like an album-length inner monologue. Tune in to No Television below, and pre-order the album via iTunes.

  • randy blythe, lamb of god, manslaughter trial, trailer, as the palaces burn

    Lamb of God Relive Manslaughter Trial in 'As the Palaces Burn' Trailer

    Lamb of God have shared a trailer for an upcoming film that documents the recent manslaughter trial of lead singer Randy Blythe. As Empire Online points out, the feature — titled As the Palaces Burn, which is also the name of the metal band's soon-to-be-reissued third album — was originally coneived as a project that would focus on the Richmond, Virginia crew's international success and multicultural fanbase. But once the story of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek's death engulfed the group, director Don Argott was forced to shift his focus mid-filming. That change of direction can be felt in the above three-minute teaser, as it opens with testimonials from Lamb of God fans from around the world before pivoting to Blythe's arrest in 2012. Blythe was eventually acquitted of manslaughter charges, a verdict that an appeals court in Prague upheld in June of this year.

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    Arcade Fire, Tom Waits Hop Onto Bridge School Benefit 2013 Lineup

    Arcade Fire will shine their Reflektors at this year's Bridge School Benefit. The indie-rock heavyweights have been added to the lineup for Neil Young's annual San Francisco Bay Area charity concert, taking place on October 26 and 27. Other recent additions to the acoustic event include Tom Waits and Jack Johnson, who join a slew of previously confirmed performers: Queens of the Stone Age, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, fun., My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Heart, and Diana Krall.The Killers, unfortunately, are no longer on the bill. "We are so disappointed we won't be able to participate," drummer Ronnie Vanucci said in an official statement. "The fact of the matter is, without [bassist Mark Stoermer] on tour with us right now, we simply aren't able to prepare an acoustic set for one of the year's most important music charity events properly.

  • Psychic Teens Interview

    Psychic Teens: Philadelphia Goth-Punks Brood and Snicker Into the Abyss

    Who: Psychic Teens dole out bleak washes of post-punk punishment, cobbling together their sound from bits of Bauhaus, curtains of shoegaze, and an undercurrent of Lynchian discomfort. The trio — composed of singer-guitarist Larry Ragone, bassist Joe Decarolis, and drummer Dave Cherasaro — formed in 2010 and quickly established their festering rhythm. "We came from a lot of similar bands in our area," Ragone says.

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