Marc Hogan

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  • Michael Jackson

    Not Bad: Michael Jackson Song Hackers Sentenced to Community Service

    Yup, you could call them a couple of smooth criminals. James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, who pled guilty last September on charges accusing them of downloading almost 8,000 files from Sony's servers — including unreleased Michael Jackson recordings — won't serve any jail time over the incident. As the AP reports, a U.K. judge has sentenced the two instead to 100 hours of community service.The Jackson treasure trove came to Marks and McCormick as part of the April 2011 hack involving Sony's PlayStation Network database. Sony reportedly refused to comment on the matter, but reports last year indicated the two hackers gained access to unreleased recordings from Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. And that's right, it only cost them 100 hours of community service. Where do we sign up?

  • Dave Grohl 'Sound City'

    Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Documentary Is Coming to a Theater Near You

    The movie Dave Grohl has called "my life's most important work" is headed for the big screen. The Foo Fighters frontman's full-length directing debut, the documentary Sound City, is now scheduled for a theatrical release at cities across the country. That follows a premiere later this month at Utah's Sundance Film Festival, which will be accompanied by the live debut of Grohl's new Sound City Players.Like LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits last year, Sound City will have most of its screenings limited to one night only: January 31, which just happens to be the day before the release date for a video download of the movie. A smattering of screenings are scheduled for additional dates through February 22. Ticketing information is available on Sound City's website.Of course, the former Nirvana drummer has more than a movie to keep him busy these days.

  • Phoenix and the Knife

    The Knife and Phoenix Plot Live Returns (Not Together)

    With Coachella's 2013 lineup announcement expected any second now, we now know of two top-notch European bands that (a) are definitely touring, and (b) don't have any shows booked during the California desert music festival's weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21.Swedish electro-pop duo the Knife sent out a teaser in December for their new album, Shaking the Habitual, due April 9 on Mute. At the time, Pitchfork reported the sibling duo of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer would be touring in Europe in 2013. Now the Knife have revealed the dates kick off April 29 in Milan and up May 16 back in Stockholm. No word what they might be doing between the album release and the European tour launch, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.Chic French pop-rockers Phoenix are also releasing an album in April, we've previously reported, though details are still scarce.

  • Toro y Moi and Dog Bite

    Toro y Moi and Dog Bite Swap Post-Dilla Beats and Gooey Guitars on Split 7-Inch

    Fans of gooey psychedelic electro-pop now have another reason to mark their calendars for Toro y Moi's upcoming tour with Dog Bite. Toro y Moi, masterminded by shape-shifting South Carolina songwriter-producer Chaz Bundick, and Dog Bite, the project of former Washed Out live keyboardist Phil Jones, have pressed a tour-only split single that speaks to each artist's strengths. Bundick's talents range from dance to wide-screen art-groove, but his "Lying (Pt. 1-4)" suite recalls the swooning post-Dilla beatmaking of his chillwave-summer debut, Causers of This. Dog Bite's "Would Be," like "Pretty Pills" from Jones' upcoming February LP, casts gimlet-eyed vocals in an immersive atmosphere that leans more on patiently unspooling guitar riffs.

  • Destiny's Child on the cover of

    Destiny's Child Reunion Will Touch Down at Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show

    "I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand," Beyoncé is quoted as saying in a new GQ profile. Anyone who doubts the singer's power should consider the latest evidence. She's singing the national anthem at President Obama's inauguration. She's directing, producing, and starring in her own HBO documentary. She's performing at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. And as we learned yesterday, she's reuniting with her old group Destiny's Child for a new song called "Nuclear" on an upcoming compilation titled Love Songs.  By the power of Beyoncé  — or rather, multiple Us Weekly sources — the Destiny's Child reunion will now also extend to the Super Bowl. About halfway through the 4 singer's performances, these sources said, her former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will join her for a quick hits medley.

  • Kate Nash

    Kate Nash Previews March LP 'Girl Talk' With Spiky Indie-Dance Gem '3AM'

    Kate Nash is coming into her powers at just the right time. The keenly observant singer and songwriter's piano-based 2007 debut album, Made of Bricks, topped the charts in her native U.K. when she was only 20. She could've kept aiming for the pop mainstream and burned out or faded away, but instead she reacted against that success with 2010's riot-grrl-inspired My Best Friend Is You. If she didn't quite convince as a feral punk-rock revolutionary, her inescapable down-to-earthness ultimately helped make that record all the more beguiling."I don't have time to die," Nash declared fatly on last fall's bumptious Death Proof EP title track, and she has wasted none previewing her upcoming Girl Talk album with another Britpop-informed gem.

  • Katy Perry dressed as a voting ballot

    Katy Perry, fun., and Usher Add to Obama Inauguration's Huge Pop Presence

    At least one closely watched ceremony this year other than the Grammy Awards will have a whole lot of pop music. While yesterday's Academy Awards nominations once again passed over several songs arguably more reflective of the pop zeitgeist, President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration continues to bring out the heavy hitters. Organizers earlier this week tapped Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor to sing patriotic songs at Obama's January 21 signing ceremony. Now comes the fun part: the inaugural galas.Make that the "fun." part. The Grammy-nominated pop-rockers join Katy Perry, Usher, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, John Legend, Marc Anthony, and the cast of Glee among performers scheduled for Obama's inaugural balls January 21 and a children's show on January 19, according to the AP. The bill also includes pioneering greats Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

  • Britney Spears

    Leave Quitney Alone: Britney Spears' 'X Factor' Exit Raises Hope for New Music

    Last fall, Britney Spears' Blackout turned five years old. Coming an eternity-like four years after previous studio album In the Zone, the record received essentially no TV promotion beyond a catastrophic MTV Video Music Awards performance, and it became the one-time teen-pop queen's first album not to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart. It was also a strangely liberated and thrilling record, predicting pop's dubstep turn and reintroducing Swedish pop savant Robyn, luridly sexual and inventively hip-hop-inspired. On Blackout's anniversary, Spears teased the possibility of a follow-up: "Blackout 2.0?"She now has time to make that album a reality, if she wants. According to the BBC, Spears will not return as a judge on the next season of Simon Cowell's The X Factor. The Hollywood Reporter cites sources saying she wasn't going to be asked back, anyway.

  • Ke$ha

    Ke$ha Quits Waitressing for Psychedelic-Furry Van Odyssey in Wild 'C'mon' Video

    The number on Kesha Rose Sebert's waitressing time card is 420. The restaurant where she works is called Awful House. The furry-filled, avocado-colored '70s hippie van Ke$ha drives off in a little ways into her new "C'mon" video has one of those Super Mario Bros. 3 raccoon tails (and corresponding ears).When "C'mon" first surfaced last November, still fresh off expectations raised by Three Stacks guest spots, disarming Dylan interpretations, and club-escaping reference points (Iggy's The Idiot!), we kvetched a bit about how it mostly just watered down Ke$ha's old shtick. Yeah, yeah, "warm Budweiser" is no "bottle of Jack." And that song title? C'mon! But like most tracks on the pop hellraiser's Warrior, "C'mon" only sounds better once it burrows its way into your synapses.

  • Charli XCX Will Blow You Away in Gold Panda-Sampling 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' Video

    Charli XCX Will Blow You Away in Gold Panda-Sampling 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' Video

    Sample-tweaking cloud-rave beatmakers have a sense of humor, too.

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