Marc Hogan

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  • Robyn

    Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own' Sales Jump Post-'Girls' Golden Globe Wins

    Golden Globe Awards viewers are showing Robyn love. "Dancing on My Own," a standout from the singer and songwriter's 2010 Body Talk album trilogy, saw its sales climb after the Sunday night awards show, where the song blasted over the speakers during the HBO TV series Girls' two wins.According to the Hollywood Reporter, label sources said the song's sales that night were twice their normal daily average. In the week that ended the same night as the awards ceremony, "Dancing on My Own" reportedly moved an estimated 7,000 copies, its highest weekly total since the song aired in an episode of Girls last spring.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    Hear Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Sepia-Soul 'So Good at Being in Trouble'

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Sky Ferreira remix was no fluke. In stretching out the atmospheric-pop singer's "Everything Is Embarrassing," UMO maestro Ruban Nielson was already working with a song bearing the R&B-conscious fingerprints of Solange collaborator Blood Orange. On "So Good at Being in Trouble" (via Pitchfork), UMO veer back more toward the type of old-school soul tributes favored by Jamie Lidell, Mayer Hawthorne, or Richard Swift, whose arrangements retain a vintage grit absent from the more commercially successful retro-soul of, say, Adele."So good at being in trouble / So bad at being in love," Nielson croons in a high register that brings out a rich catch to his voice.

  • Britney Spears

    Grab Britney Spears' Booming 'Gimme More' Remix From Her 'Femme Fatale' Tour

    Britney Spears' exit for The X Factor and split from her fiance mean more of her for the rest of us. For those who want even more, her tour musical director Simon Ellis has posted a download of the remix of her "Gimme More" that was used on the pop singer's 2011 Femme Fatale tour (via Perez Hilton). With heavy low-end and choir-like backing vocals, this version sounds like it might appear in a Tim Burton Batman film or a weirdly Broadway-oriented Lex Luger mixtape.Given that "Gimme More," originally from 2007's Blackout, also features on Spears' new single with will.i.am, "Scream and Shout," here's yet another reason to hope, unreasonably, that Britney wasn't just kidding when she hinted at a Blackout 2.0.OK all you Britney fans who wanted my Femme Fatale tour Gimmee More remix.

  • Kurt Vile and Bradford Cox

    Kurt Vile and Bradford Cox Board 'Freak Train' in Newly Unearthed Live Collaboration

    Bradford Cox and Kurt Vile have obvious similarities, from their prolific home-recording approaches to their shared affinity for atmospheric rock. In fact, Deerhunter frontman Cox even covered "Freak Train," a song from Vile's 2009 Matador debut Childish Prodigy, a few years ago on a free mixtape released under his Atlas Sound solo guise. Cox also joined Vile in an entrancingly rambling, nine-minute rendition of the krautrock-chugging zone-out at the Earl in Atlanta on August 7, 2011 (via Pitchfork).Recorded by Chunklet proprietor Henry Owings, the performance comes from Vile's final show with the best-known lineup of his band the Violators, which then included the War on Drugs leader Adam Granduciel. The recording comes as one of six bonus live tracks from a reissue of Vile and the Violators' limited-edition 2009 EP The Hunchback, out today on TestosterTunes.

  • Renny Wilson

    Hear Renny Wilson's Full Debut Album: Smooth Space Odyssey 'Sugarglider'

    The first person Renny Wilson thanks on his BandCamp page, after his fans, is Arthur Russell. The late cellist, singer, and composer had a wonderfully varied discography, as 2008's folk-leaning Love Is Overtaking Me demonstrated. But Wilson's January 22 debut on Mint Records, Sugarglider, suavely adheres to Russell's underwater-disco inclinations. Opening with gaudy saxophones and ornamented with Chic-informed bass lines, the Edmonton artist's upcoming album is synth-soaked, falsetto-filled, and dream-like. In other words, it ought to appeal to fans not only of Russell, but also of recent records by Toro y Moi, El Perro Del Mar, and even Caribou.

  • David Bowie

    David Bowie Might Play One or Two Live Shows, Producer Says

    David Bowie's shocking return last week with his first song in a decade, "Where Are We Now?," came alongside the announcement the rock legend would also be releasing a new album, The Next Day, in March. Left unanswered was whether he might play live again, spurring a fair amount of will-he-or-won't-he debate. Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti has clarified previous reports by saying that while Bowie won't tour for this album, there's still a chance of a one-off concert here or there."He says that he will only play if he feels like it, but no tour," Visconti is quoted as saying.

  • Future

    Hear Future Get 'Real' With Drake and 'Wake Up' With Ciara

    "I wanna do something else, to do it another way," Future told SPIN's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd in an interview posted today. Though he collaborates with other artists in a bevy of new tracks to emerge in recent days, the rapper and singer continues to inhabit a planet all his own. His strobe-synthed team-up with fellow rap-R&B sadsack hybrid Drake on "Fo Real" takes champagne-soaked melancholy into ever-stranger territory.

  • Pissed Jeans

    Pissed Jeans' Allergy-Punk Yowl 'Cathouse' Is More Effective Than Claritin

    Animal dander gives some people the sniffles and makes others break out in hives. Pissed Jeans unleash a feral post-hardcore primal scream of their own on "Cathouse," a song from the Pennsylvania band's February 12 album Honeys that frontman Matt Korvette told SPIN addresses "crippling pet allergies." Korvette roars like a wounded animal over the band's high-scuzz pummel, but anyone who has ever gotten messily drunk just to self-medicate their red-eyed reaction to a pet should identify with his particular complaints: namely, itching and suffocating while everybody else has a fun night — adult angst, y'know? "I tried to fight it / I thought maybe things would change," the sometime SPIN style blog contributor barks.

  • David Byrne St. Vincent

    Watch David Byrne and St. Vincent Play a Full, Sparkling Concert

    In sheerly mercenary terms, market logic would dictate that every time David Byrne tours in a setup that's not just Talking Heads nostalgia, he's leaving money on the table. So you know his artistic communion with St. Vincent must be worth it, and the two certainly show why in this professionally shot 40-minute set posted by NPR. Backed by a horn section, Byrne and St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark engage in dazzling vocal, instrumental, and, um, dance-ical interplay as they run through songs from last year's artily funky Love This Giant — and, okay, Talking Heads classic "Burning Down the House" (plus St. Vincent's 2009 "Marrow"). That's former Beirut member Kelly Pratt on lead horn, and the choreography is by Annie-B Parson of Brooklyn's Big Dance Theater.David Byrne and St. Vincent: September 30, 2012 — Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore Music Hall setlist:1. "Who"2.

  • Blue Ivy Carter

    Beyonce Reveals Blue Ivy's Ultrasound in Relatively Lo-Fi HBO Trailer

    Move over, Kimye. Beyoncé's daughter with husband Jay-Z just turned one, and she's ready for her close-up. The newly released, extended trailer for Beyoncé's February 16 HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, includes a glimpse of ultrasound footage starring none other than Blue Ivy Carter. In truth, it looks just about like any other ultrasound, but it's a rare glimpse of a child whose musical debut came a year ago on Jay's fatherly tribute "Glory." The 90-second clip otherwise expands on the previous 25-second trailer with added, intimate-looking video and a voice-over of Beyoncé saying her goal has become "independence." At one point, she's going on live TV in two days and, a man declares sternly, "We don't have an approved rough cut." The horror! But most of all, we find out that although Mrs. Hova may be rich and famous, she's also just like everybody else.

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