Marc Hogan



  • Beyoncé

    Watch Beyonce's Amazing, Obama-Inaugurating 'Star-Spangled Banner'

    Alicia Keys has her work cut out for her.Beyoncé, who will perform the Super Bowl halftime show next month after Keys opens the event with the national anthem, took her own turn at "The Star-Spangled Banner" this morning during President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremonies.

  • Dawn Richard's

    Dawn Richard Kicks Armored Butt in Ballet-Like '86' Video

    Dawn Richard's "'86" evokes Kate Bush as much as it does current R&B chart-topper Rihanna, and like the British art-pop giant, she's unafraid to borrow from the distant past. The chain mail from Richard's recent Armor On EP reappears in the new video for this standout from Essential album GoldenHeart, a cryptic but visually masterful clip set in a forest that belongs almost equally to the South and medieval England.Directed by ELY, whose knack for capturing sumptuous choreography previously surfaced in work for Minnesota pop explorers Poliça, the video shows Richard dancing, with ballet-like grace, amid wind-strewn leaves. There are female dancers in gorgeous, old-timey hats. There's a loving family.

  • Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl and Swedish Metal Band Ghost's ABBA Cover Sounds Like This...

    Over the weekend, not long after Dave Grohl debuted his Sound City Players at Sundance Film Festival, an enterpising YouTube user posted audio of yet another unlikely Grohl collaboration. As previously reported, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer recently teamed up with Swedish metal band Ghost on a cover of "I'm a Marionette," by Sweden's biggest pop export, ABBA. Grohl produced and plays drums on the track, which, now that it has surfaced, brings to mind that scene in Arrested Development where Michael opens a bag marked with the words "DEAD DOVE DO NOT EAT": Well, we don't know what we expected. With pummeling percussion, funereal organ, and plenty of guitar heroics, it sounds pretty much like a Swedish metal band covering ABBA with Dave Grohl on drums. In this case, the original's dark theme and Broadway-level drama lend themselves to metal fairly seamlessly.

  • Guns N' Roses

    Guns N' Roses Turn Las Vegas Into 'Paradise City' in 3D Movie Preview

    Last fall, Guns N' Roses played a 12-show Las Vegas residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band revealed on Twitter that the November 21 show was being captured in 3D. Now, 3D concert-movie producers Rock Fuel Media have posted a nearly eight-minute clip from the residency, featuring, what else, "Paradise City." The band has changed over the years, as has Axl Rose's high-pitched voice, but when the confetti drops, the fireballs burst, and Rose scampers up to join the above-stage pole dancers, well, it's safe to say the seedily hedonistic GNR spirit remains intact.Rock Fuel has set up a Facebook page for a full 3D concert movie from GNR's "Appetite for Democracy" Vegas stint, and says to expect a release in theaters, on TV, and via DVD later this year.

  • Oliver

    Hear Oliver's Body-Moving Fool's Gold EP 'Mechanical'

    To judge by the robotic hook, the title of the first track on Oliver's new EP stands for "move your body." Consider that a mission statement for Oliver's Fool's Gold debut EP Mechanical, which arrives tomorrow (pre-order on iTunes here). About half of the four-song effort leans toward rubbery and propulsive electro-house in the vein of Daft Punk, Justice, and their descendants, while other tracks veer more toward gliding, ecstatic Italo disco fit for late-night drives. Either way, bodies ought to be in motion.

  • Crystal Castles'

    Crystal Castles Host Creepy Makeout Party in 'Sad Eyes' Video

    Crystal Castles have an uneasy relationship with coherence. On latest album III, that's to the shrill electronic duo's detriment, as their former euphoric gloom at times resolves into forbidding murk. Eurodance-pulsing "Sad Eyes" is the closest the record gets to the pop jugular, though its Auto-Tune eeriness remains just out of reach. The song's new analogue-textured video intersperses performance footage with enigmatic footage of masked people kissing, and at one point nearly reenacts the globally significant album cover art as a post-party reveler leaning for support. Looking into Alice Glass' eyes, the sadness is hard to detect.Check out Through a Glass, Darkly: A Curious Conversation With Crystal Castles

  • Postal Service

    The Postal Service Tease Some Kind of 2013 Reunion

    Earlier this month on The Colbert Report, the usually plugged-in host Stephen Colbert, as part of a unusually awkward interview even by Colbert standards, informed guest Ben Gibbard that "probably most people know you from Death Cab for Cutie." That's news to SPIN: As our own Dan Weiss wrote in a review of Gibbard's new solo album Former Lives, "his best-known work is a side project, the Postal Service." Death Cab, after all, never got swagger-jacked by Owl City.Today, as Stereogum points out, the Postal Service's official website now shows only the above graphic: the band's name and the current year, in the style of 2003's cuddly electro-pop cult favorite Give Up.

  • Lupe Fiasco

    Why Lupe Fiasco's Anti-Obama Inauguration Performance Is Unsurprising

    In Chicago, in 2004, when those blue "Obama" buttons first started popping up, the similarity to the name of America's Public Enemy #1 was obvious. When it turned out this U.S. Senate candidate was born Barack Hussein Obama, the idea that he would eventually become a two-term president of the country then run by George W. Bush was less so.After Lupe Fiasco, a rapper from Chicago, told CBS News in 2011 that "the biggest terorrist is Obama in the United States of America," hip-hop magnate Russell Simmons gave him a chance to clarify. It all came back, just like a decade ago, to Osama Bin Laden. Noting correctly that both bore responsibility for killing innocent children, Fiasco asked, "What's the difference?"So it's a booking miscue of ridiculous proportions that Fiasco was ever asked to play an Obama inauguration party in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

  • Baauer and Just Blaze

    Just Blaze and Baauer Take Trap-Rave 'Higher' With Jay-Z Sample

    It was only a matter of time before Just Blaze unleashed a track like "Higher," but it's still immensely satisfying that he's done it in such a next-level way. Way back in 2011, the veteran hip-hop producer called TNGHT half Hudson Mohawke his "favorite producer" of "right now," in tweets that are no longer Googleable but were quoted in a print issue of WaxPoetics. Now, joined by tourmate and "Harlem Shake" party-starter Baauer, he has pushed that Kanye West affiliate's trap-rave sound to a place where only Just Blaze could take it, with bigger builds, bolder synths, and even Jay-Z (from The Blueprint's Just Blaze-helmed "U Don't Know").If Just Blaze's recent "Behold! (Exhibit J)" was, as SPIN rap blogger Brandon Soderberg playfully put it, "house, of the non-guido fist pump variety," then this is electronic dance music — do we have to say EDM? — for everyone.

  • Divine Fits' Dan Boeckner in

    Watch Divine Fits Get Wet in Dreamlike 'My Love Is Real' Video

    "My Love Is Real" is a head-fake. Like Brian Wilson's "I may not always love you...", except in the opposite direction, the title phrase on this frosty new waver from Divine Fits' excellent 2012 album A Thing Called Divine Fits gives way to way to its reverse: "My love is real," former Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs man Dan Boeckner declares, "until it stops." Stereogum points to the song's surreal new video, which director Alexa Gerrity, who previously directed a series of trailers for the group, says was inspired by 1968 Burt Lancaster film The Swimmer (itself based on a 1964 John Cheever short story). Divine Fits' Britt Daniel and Sam Brown each step into a Los Angeles residential swimming pool fully clothed, as Boeckner sings urgently in the house above. Finally, Boeckner sees himself outside below taking the plunge.

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