Marc Hogan

writer

Biography

  • Tom Krell of How to Dress Well in Arcosanti, Arizona.

    Q&A: How To Dress Well's Tom Krell On Finding Hope in a Godless Universe

    When How to Dress Well's Tom Krell was a publicity-shy sharer of amorphous EPs, culminating in 2010's Love Remains, publicity found him. When the R&B deconstructionist finished up his songs even more ambitiously with producer Rodaidh McDonald on 2012's Total Loss, his ghostly murmurs were just as entrancing yet remained mysteriously inchoate. On "What Is This Heart?" (quotations Krell's), the Chicago-based falsetto-wielder's third album, the paradoxes, like the music, have only gotten more intense. WITH zooms in on specific, often bleak emotions and conversations, and then it zooms out again to ask more universal questions, all with a detail-rich sonic grandeur inspired by Kanye West's Yeezus.

  • nirvana mtv news 1992 phil elverum microphones video

    Watch Nirvana Fans Adorably Interviewed by MTV News in 1992 Seattle

    UPDATE: It's back!Incredibly, charming bits of vintage Nirvana-related material still exist to be recirculated online. The alternative-rock standard-bearers' past has been tirelessly exhumed in recent years, between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the Kurt Cobain death-scene items and photographs released by Seattle police, and the 20th-anniversary reissues. But there's clearly still more to dig up out there, because WashedUpEmo (via Noisey) points to a newly YouTube'd MTV News clip full of interviews with Nirvana fans on hand in Seattle on September 11, 1992, for the group's first hometown show since Nevermind got huge. One of those fans was a young Phil Elverum (c. 1:55; also, below), who went on to indie-rock glory with the Microphones and Mount Eerie. Another is a guy with a hacky sack, who says of Nirvana's success: "It sucks.

  • Charlie Rich, John Denver, 1975 Country Music Awards, lighter, card, burn, video

    Country's Classic Charlie Rich-John Denver Burn Hits YouTube, Finally

    A notorious moment in country music history recently resurfaced online. Charlie Rich, who won the Country Music Assocation Awards' Entertainer of the Year honors in 1974, was presenting the award at 1975's ceremony, and when the winner turned out to be John Denver, he — wait for it — (w ... a ... i ... t ...) set the name card on fire right there on stage. Denver beat out Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.The affably bespectacled "Leaving on a Jet Plane" singer, accepting the award live via satellite while the other nominees were actually present in the room, gave his thank-you speech as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Rightly or not, the incident went down as a defense of traditional country music against pop usurpers, and Rich's career fell into decline.

  • Big Freedia,

    Watch Big Freedia 'Explode' a Laundromat in Giddy, Cathartic Video

    Don't be fooled by the serious opening to the new video for Big Freedia's "Explode," from the New Orleans bounce royal's upcoming Just Be Free (due out June 17 via her own Queen Diva Music — can pre-order it on iTunes). Not that you shouldn't take the song seriously — you should — but what it and the visuals are really most in earnest about is that, as Freedia commands, you "release your wiggle." The busy electronic backing is all set to induce a Friday night frenzy, and the video mostly fits that objective, with a shades-wearing Freedia leading her crowd through wild dance moves, whether in a laundromat or in an alley.As for that intro, it's worth quoting, too: "My music, it makes me feel good about what i do, and the culture that i represent," Freedia narrates. "People get confused by if I am he or she. I am more than just Big Freedia. I am more than just Queen Diva.

  • Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood, year off, classical, Guardian

    Radiohead Took 'Year Off,' Jonny Greenwood Writes

    Any plans for a new Radiohead album just got that much less clear, as guitarist Jonny Greenwood has casually revealed the band is in the midst of an extended break.

  • Paramore,

    Watch Paramore's 'Fun' Concert on 'Good Morning America'

    Paramore's adamantium-plated self-titled album came out more than a year ago, but only recently did the "Beat It" meets "Like a Prayer" gospel-funk of "Ain't It Fun" crack the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, making it the Nashville band's biggest hit to date. Hayley Williams & co. played a full-throated, crowd-pleasing rendition of that song this morning in New York on Good Morning America (above). That led (below) into their previous biggest hit, "Misery Business" from 2007's Riot! — joined exuberantly by splits-doing fan Christian Brown, who previously came up onstage with the group at Madison Square Garden — and Paramore's power-pop gem "Still Into You," which we're still into. "Hey p-more family, @GMA folks have reported that this was one of their best crowds ever," Williams tweeted. "In the rain, no less!" Read SPIN's recent Paramore interviews.

  • OutKast, Andre 3000, Big Boi, Atlanta, #ATLast

    OutKast Set Atlanta Homecoming Concert

    OutKast are coming home. Already this year, the reunited duo of André 3000 and Big Boi has lined up growing array of festival dates (check their website for the latest updates), including recent performances at Governors Ball, BottleRock, and Coachella. Now the Southern rap titans have scheduled a concert back where it all started: Atlanta.As Billboard reports, OutKast will headline a September 27 show at their hometown's Centennial Park. They'll pick the other artists on the bill, who will be announced at a later date. André 3000, in a statement, said: "Coming from Atlanta gave us the freedom to be whatever we ever wanted to be because no one was paying attention. Now that everyone is, we want to say thank you."Big Boi, in his own statement, said: "It's only right that we give the hometown what we've been giving the rest of the world, Atliens in ATL, homecoming!

  • Kacey Musgraves,

    Kacey Musgraves Parks Witty, Wonderful 'Trailer Song' on 'Fallon'

    Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park was one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013, but the song the clever, free-spirited country singer performed last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon wasn't on the album. Instead, she performed live staple "The Trailer Song" (above), her hilarious kiss-off to a nosy, judgmental neighbor, and her Western-garbed band delivered an expertly twang-soaked version against a backdrop of, what else, a trailer. Though her transcendent "Follow Your Arrow" does have a "you only live once," Musgraves differs with #YOLO Drake when it comes to drunk dialing, as she explains in her other song of the night, Same Trailer Different Park's "Keep It to Yourself" (below), which wryly attempts to keep her exes in Texas, or at least away from the phone.

  • Strategy, samples, breaks, 'Pressure Wassure,' Paul Dickow, Peak Oil

    Hear Every Legendary Sample Cut Up and Reassembled on Strategy's New EP

    These are the breaks. And yet, they're not the breaks in the way you've heard them before. Paul Dickow, the Portland, Oregon-based producer who records as Strategy, has a prolific and exploratory discography, but his latest project might have the widest potential appeal yet from an artist more often associated with passionate niches (he's put out music via Kranky and 100% Silk, among other labels). The four-song Pressure Wassure EP, due out on June 17 via Peak Oil, uses famous samples — the Amen break, the Think break, the Funky Drummer, the Apache break — and stitches them back together under the influence of rave-friendly '90s U.K. hardcore. "I tried to mix new and old music together," Dickow told Thump, which premiered the tracks. Listen below, and try to spot the classic breakbeats after they've gone under Strategy's scalpel.

  • Lars Ulrich, Will Ferrell, Chad Smith, drum-off, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, battle, challenge, accepted, bring it on

    Lars Ulrich Accepts Will Ferrell and Chad Smith's Drum-Off Challenge

    Lars Ulrich has picked up the gauntlet. On June 10, Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith told SPIN the Metallica founding member was their next target for a drum battle. The actor-comedian, who dueled with his RHCP lookalike for charity in a "traditional drum-off" this past May on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, called Ulrich's physical appearance "eerily similar" to that of him and Smith."Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith," Ferrell said over the phone. "He can settle that score now, too."Enter the guy who played drums on "Enter Sandman." In an exclusive statement to SPIN, Ulrich has accepted the challenge. You can read the whole thing below.

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