Marc Hogan



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    fun. Bring Trench Coats, 'Some Nights' to 'Saturday Night Live'

    "Ladies and gentlemen... fun." It's been eight months since fun.'s "We Are Young" first topped Billboard's Hot 100, and more than four years since former the Format frontman Nate Ruess started his current band, but hearing a comedian promise us "fun" still provokes a mild dissociative twinge. Luckily, on Saturday Night Live this weekend, host Louis C.K. knew well enough to deliver that line straight, leaving a trench-coated Ruess and a formidable backing band to perform spirited renditions of both Some Nights' percussive, AutoTune-happy title track and the theatrical motivational ballad "Carry On," the latter of which closed with some vocal loops. "I don't know what I stand for," Ruess repeated, but his group's energetic onstage presence gave it away. What's in a name? 

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    Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen to Join Obama on Campaign's Final Day

    The 2012 presidential election campaign will end, as it has bizarrely often been fought, in music. President Barack Obama will spend November 5, the last day before Election Day, with Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z, according to an announcement.Obama will start the day in Madison, Wisconsin, with Springsteen. The two will then be joined by Jay in Columbus, Ohio. Obama and Springsteen will end the day in Des Moines, Iowa, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama. Springsteen will perform in each of three locations, and Jay-Z, per the offiical word, "will follow Springsteen on stage and introduce the President after his performance." The Obamas will spend the night back at their home in Chicago.The Boss and Hova have been stalwart Obama supporters this election.

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    David Byrne and St. Vincent Talk Sandy and Play Two Songs for 'Colbert'

    Music aficionados who signed up for David Byrne and St. Vincent's mailing list recently received a remarkable dispatch from the front lines of New York City's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. "We're weathering the days in the dark city," Byrne wrote in a mass e-mail Halloween night. "At present I'm in Brooklyn, where toilets flush and lights burn bright. We can see the row of the dark monoliths that constitute downtown Manhattan from here."The former Talking Heads frontman went on to say he would "return to my campsite on the 11th floor" on Thursday night, after he and Annie "St. Vincent" Clark performed "a song or two" on The Colbert Report. In fact, Byrne and Clark did just that last night, bringing along their horn-tootin' band for a dead-on, on-air performance of ornately funky "Who," from their collaborative album Love This Giant.

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    Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Sets Rare Solo Show at Small L.A. Club

    Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz has set up his first Los Angeles show in years, KROQ reports. The event, dubbed “Ad Rock Presents And Performs With His Friends & NYC Sensation Bridget Everett," will take place on Sunday, December 2, at intimate Los Angeles club Largo. Tickets, available here while supplies last, are $25 plus service fee.In June, Ad-Rock made his first public performance since fellow Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch's death (read our review of Ad-Rock's Pussy Riot-benefiting DJ set). According to KROQ, Horovitz hasn't played L.A. since Yauch's cancer diagnosis forced the Beastie Boys to scratch a planned 2009 Hollywood Bowl concert. Bridgett Everett is a bawdy comedian who will be bringing her band Tender Moments to the show.

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    Circus: Britney Spears Case Dismissed as Judge Tosses Ex-Associate's Claims

    Britney Spears is officially stronger than yesterday. A judge has thrown out a case by the pop star's former self-described manager Sam Lutfi, the AP reports. Lutfi failed to present enough evidence for his claims in a case that focused on Spears' infamous 2007 breakdown, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera ruled Thursday.Lutfi had been suing Spears for 15 percent of her earnings during the 2007-2008 period when he was involved with her career. His lawsuit also claimed Spears' father James punched him in the chest at Britney's Los Angeles home, and that mother Lynne Spears libeled him in her 2008 book Through the Storm.

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    Zola Jesus to Ring in Apocalypse at Sacred Bones Anniversary Gig

    Since forming five years ago, Sacred Bones Records has carved out a singular aesthetic, releasing records by such cult-beloved artists as Zola Jesus and Blank Dogs. More recently, the Brooklyn label has continued to move forward with music from the Men, Pop.1280, Cult of Youth, and VÅR, among others. Sacred Bones has also delved into the past, most prominently with an expanded reissue of David Lynch's Eraserhead soundtrack. On December 21, the same day Maya-heads predict an apocalypse, Sacred Bones is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a concert in the Mojave desert. Zola Jesus, Psychic Ills, Cult of Youth, and Wymond Miles are among members of the label's roster set to perform at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown, California.

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers Singles Barrage Takes Mellow Turn on New Seven-Inch

    Back when Red Hot Chili Peppers vowed "a storm of seven-inches coming out over the next six months," the Los Angeles funk-rockers had no idea just how tired most of us would be by now of inclement weather. Luckily, the latest single in the band's ongoing series (via Consequence of Sound) is a gentler breath of fresh air.A-side "Hometown Gypsy" is a country-oompahing, Kerouac-alluding story song, with shades of both "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and "Riders on the Storm" (that word again, sorry!). B-side "The Sunset Sleeps" features languidly sliding vocals from Anthony Kiedis that, when he drops to his lower register, oddly call to mind the Silver Jews' David Berman — at least until the snappy "do you really want, do you want" section. "I'm so tired that I slept along the way," Kiedis repeats, and this week we all might know that feeling.

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    Snoop Lion Influences Children in Ganja-Steeped 'La La La' Video

    Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, whose name still seems not dissimilar to that of Charlie Brown's Peanuts beagle, has always had an insidiously child-friendly quality about him. In the rapper-ternt-sanga's first video under newest name, for his Major Lazer-assisted reggae debut "La La La," he hilariously makes that connection explicit. The best part from the video, overseen by Hostel director Eli Roth, comes right at the beginning, when wide-eyed children in animal costumes banter with Snoop about the name change and whether he knows Katy Perry. But the entire crazy video is worth watching, as a deeply stoned Snoop lip-syncs, emerges from a coffin (Reincarnated, get it?!) wearing a lion pelt, and holds court over a partially animated fantasyland of red-eyed pineapples and manic bananas.

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    Sleigh Bells Plan Cleaner, More Melodic Album for 2013

    Sleigh Bells are still on the road in support of their Essential-branded Reign of Terror, and already the Brooklyn noise-pop duo has its sights set on the next album. As the Huffington Post reports, instrumental half Derek Miller said earlier this month Sleigh Bells are now "halfway" through a planned 2013 follow-up. "We'll have three full-length albums in three years," Miller's quoted as saying.Indications are Sleigh Bells' not-yet-titled third album will continue their trajectory from blown-speaker cheerleader chants to more conventionally tuneful material. That's a path the pair already took from their style-setting, "why didn't I think of that?!" 2010 debut, Treats, to this year's emotionally wracked hair-metal guitar demolition Reign of Terror. "Sonically, it's a lot more clean," Miller told HuffPo.

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    Feist Serenades Bleak Big Sur in Haunting 'Graveyard' Video

    Feist has a song on the latest Twilight soundtrack, which is due out on November 13, but first the Canadian singer-songwriter has released a supernatural-tinged video of her own (via Pitchfork). Leslie Feist's fourth album, Metals, came out more than a year ago, and our reviewer Garrrett Kamps wrote that funereal plaint "Graveyard" has "the album's best hook."This stark, distant, Big Sur-set clip, directed by previous Beck and Jamie Lidell collaborator Keith Megna, is well worth the wait. "We're alone in the field, always at a distance," Feist said of the video on Facebook "And people appear and disappear from your life." People, the clip suggests, and dark birds that might represent lost souls.There's no need to hide under the table, though. "Whoa oh oh oh oh, bring them all back to life," Feist sings, and you know what? That's still a pretty great hook.

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