Marc Hogan

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  • Antemasque, Mars Volta, Flea,

    Antemasque Herald Self-Titled Album With Autumnal 'Drown All Your Witches'

    They were wrong, so we drowned. They were right, so we got a new Antemasque song. The new project — which brings together former the Mars Volta members Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and Dave Elitch, plus (as a guest, not a member) Red Hot Chili Peppers and Atoms for Peace bass master Flea — has already shared three songs over several days: the wiry "4AM," the agile "People Forget,"  and the frenetic prog-punk of "Hangin' in the Lurch." Now they're releasing another one, "Drown All Your Witches," which you can preview in the video above.The track comes as Antemasque announce their self-titled album, which will be out July 15 (more details below).

  • Foo Fighters, crowdsource campaign, Richmond, Virginia

    Want to See Foo Fighters? A Crowdsource Campaign Couldn't Hurt

    Some Foo Fighters fans from the state where Dave Grohl grew up are trying a novel way of bringing him back.A campaign on crowdfunding site Crowdhoster has already raised almost $8,000 to help lure the Foo Fighters to Richmond, Virginia, for the first time in more than 15 years.The campaign's organizers are selling 1,400 tickets to a concert they hope will happen sometime this year. The catch: The band isn't involved in the effort."We're just a few friends and fans looking to make this happen," emails Andrew Goldin, who organized the campaign with fellow Richmond locals Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost. "Came up with the idea and thought it would be a blast to try. The band seems to have so much fun with themselves that we really think it may happen."The appearance would be Foo Fighters' first in RVA since May 17, 1998.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, RHCP, CIA, torture

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Call 'Bullshit' on Use of Music in Torture

    Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has responded to a report the CIA used the band's music as an "enhanced interrogation technique," and he's not happy about it."No, no, of course not," Smith told TMZ when asked if he approved the band's music being used in torture.  "Our music's positive man. It's supposed to make people feel good. And that's very upsetting to me. I don't like that at all. It's bullshit."When the parking-lot interviewer suggested RHCP hit "Give It Away" might work, Smith added, "Maybe some people think our music's annoying — I don't care — but that's a poor use of ... you shouldn't do that. You shouldn't be doing any of that shit. It's horrible."Bassist Flea seconded that on Twitter: "It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear Rhcp music has been used by the CIA to torture human beings.

  • Lana Del Rey,

    Hear Lana Del Rey's Smoldering 'West Coast'

    Lana Del Rey performed a new song, "West Coast," over the weekend at Coachella, and now the track is streaming online (below). Where a previous track to emerge, "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight," carried splashes of slow-mo disco, this one is consummately LDR: an atmospheric, swaying appropriation of Americana tropes. "Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love," Del Rey purrs between images from a sort of Madison Avenue Manifest Destiny — silver starlets, lit Parliaments, rock'n'roll — all set to an endless looped video of a walk on the beach. Her new album Ultraviolence, which involves the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, should be here soon. Along with the follow-up to 2012's Born to Die, she also recently recorded "Once Upon a Dream" for Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent. A North American tour is underway.

  • Disclosure, Friend Within,

    Disclosure Get in Their House Zone With Friend Within on 'The Mechanism'

    Disclosure showcased a track by British producer Friend Within last fall on their BBC Essential Mix, and now they've shared a collaboration. The impact from the U.K. dance/pop duo's Essential 2013 album Settle has yet to, er, settle, as they're playing a prime spot at Coachella this weekend. According to Pitchfork, Dislcosure and Friend Within's "The Mechanism" will be out at the end of this month via PMR. It's percolating house with emphatic spoken-word samples recalling Settle's recently Vic Mensa-flipped "When a Fire Starts to Burn."  "Once you know it's coming, stay in the zone," a voice insists. Hear what happens when you let Disclosure get in their zone below, and if you're in Detroit, listen to a guest DJ set at 2 a.m. local time tonight — okay, technically tomorrow morning — on 98.7 AMP Radio (and check out their Motor City-honoring "White Noise" video).

  • Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business,' track list

    Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' Track List May Top Its Title

    No one will ever be better at the art of being Morrissey than Morrissey. First, he gives his new album the title World Peace Is None of Your Business, which may or may not be a reference to his Nobel Peace Prize gig last year but definitely won't be easily forgotten. Now, through usual mouthpiece True to You, he has shared a track list that might even beat that.Currently set for a July release via Harvest Record and Capitol, the follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal will include some pretty remarkable song titles. Oh, sure, there's the title track, but from "Neal Cassady Drops Dead" and "I'm Not a Man" to "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle," and "The Bullfighter Dies," there's a lot to chew on here before we've heard one note of music.

  • Nas, 'Time Is Illmatic,' documentary, trailer, video

    Nas Looks Back in 'Time Is Illmatic' Documentary Trailer

    As Nas' Illmatic celebrates its 20th anniversary, the retrospectives are pouring in, and it's only fitting. The Queensbridge MC recently performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in support of his Illmatic XX reissue, which arrives on April 15 (preview it with a remix of "Life's a Bitch"). On April 16, a making-of documentary, Time Is Illmatic, premieres at New York City's Beacon Theater as part of the Tribeca Film Festival."With Illmatic, I was trying to make the perfect album," the man born Nasir Jones says in the film trailer above (via Vulture). "I was trying to make you experience my life. I wanted you to look at hip-hop differently. I wanted you to feel that hip-hop was changing and becoming something more real. I gave you what the streets felt like, what it sounded like, tasted like, felt like, all in that album. And I tried to capture it like no one else could."

  • Antemasque, Mars Volta, Flea

    Antemasque Return With Spry 'People Forget,' Uniting Ex-Mars Volta Members and Flea

    People tend to forget, so Antemasque are here to remind you. In case it already slipped your mind, that's the name of a new project bringing together three-fourths of the defunct Mars Volta — core members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, plus drummer Dave Elitch — with potential Socks, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll typist Flea. Fresh off sharing the bristling "4AM," they've already offered up another track, "People Forget," which moves limberly between frantic, lyrically dense verses and billowing, lighters-ready rock-anthem choruses. Centering it all is that unmistakable yowl: "Like a diamond in the rough"? Remember that. (Update: Antemasque's songs appear to have been removed from Bandcamp, but you can download the tracks from iTunes, including another one, "Hangin' in the Lurch.")

  • Jesse Winchester, dead, obituary,

    Jesse Winchester, Revered Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 69

    Jesse Winchester, a highly esteemed singer and songwriter with roots in Memphis, Tennessee, has died at age 69. He passed away at home in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a bout with cancer, his wife Cindy Winchester confirmed to Memphis' Commercial Appeal. Winchester had success as a solo artist with songs like 1981's "Say What" and 1970's "Yankee Lady." His biggest renown likely came from his work as a songwriter, and the list of artists performing his tunes is long: Wilson Pickett and Elvis Costello, the Everly Brothers, and Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Waylon Jennings, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia and Jimmy Buffett. Stoney Edwards took Winchester's "Mississippi, You're on My Mind," to the country top 20 in 1975.

  • Nirvana, Michael Stipe, R.E.M., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Watch Michael Stipe's Nirvana Rock Hall Induction Speech

    Last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony comes to HBO on May 31, but for now you can watch Michael Stipe's speech inducting Nirvana."This is not just pop music," the former R.E.M. leader can be seen saying in the 17-minute clip above (via Slicing Up Eyeballs). "This is something much greater than that."Stipe added: "Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word. Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened."After the event, Nirvana's members performed a secret show at Brooklyn's intimate Saint Vitus with a host of guests, including everyone who joined them onstage at the ceremony except for Lorde.Don't miss SPIN's 2005 essay The R.E.M. Method and Other Rites of Passage, and you can also check out all our original Nirvana reviews and original Nirvana cover stories.

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