Marc Hogan

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  • RZA

    RZA Sued for Royalties by Dutch Singer He Plucked From Obscurity

    RZA made the Oscars shortlist for a track with the Black Keys from the Wu-Tang Clan rapper and producer's The Man With the Iron Fists, but another series of collaborations might end up costing him money. RZA is facing a lawsuit from a Dutch singer who claims he failed to pay her all the royalties she's owed on 14 tracks they worked on together from 2004 to 2011, TMZ reports.Thea Van Seijen sings on RZA's "Bad Boy" (from Jet Li's Unleashed soundtrack), "Fury in My Eyes/Revenge" (from the soundtrack to the TV series Afro Samurai), and a dozen other tracks. She reportedly claims she didn't demand her full share of the royalties earlier because she was afraid she'd no longer be able to get work in the industry if she did.RZA's camp is characterizing the lawsuit as a ploy for money from an artist RZA's family "literally pulled off the street" to help become a singer.

  • lady gaga, rolling stones

    Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and the Black Keys Help Close Rolling Stones' Mini Tour

    The Rolling Stones had added an extension before to the mini-tour whose prohibitively lofty ticket prices Mick Jagger had justified as necessary "just to do four shows," but for now — and, yes, possibly forever — the Stones have no more gigs on their schedule. On Saturday night they wrapped up a hard few months' work with a star-studded show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where they were joined by Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys, and the blues-guitar duo of Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer. Watch clips of Gaga prancing around with Jagger on "Gimme Shelter," local boy Springsteen adding guitar to "Tumbling Dice," the Black Keys appropriately helping out on Bo Diddley cover "Who Do You Love," and the Clark-Mayer combo stretching out a jam on "I'm Going Down." Ya-yas were gotten out.

  • Odd Future

    Odd Future in Legal Ping-Pong Match With 'Human Ping Pong Ball' Accuser

    Odd Future have courted controversy from well-meaning progressives and rap-hating right-wingers alike, but their current legal entanglement is unlikely to result in a 2 Live Crew-style Supreme Court case. Other facts of the case are in dispute.In the wee hours of Sunday morning, TMZ reported that 17-year-old Chassan Rasagi was planning to sue the hip-hop collective over claims they collectively attacked him at a San Antonio show on December 7. TMZ posted a video, below, that is difficult to make out but shows someone coming onstage and then a scuffle breaking out, ending with furious comments from the performers. TMZ's sources say Rasagi "became a human ping pong ball," sustained cuts on his head, scratches and burns on his body, and underwent two seizures.

  • jack white, portlandia

    Watch Jack White Materialize on 'Portlandia'

    The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds is one of those albums that makes people go a little crazy. Hell, it helped inspire the Beatles to record Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, right? On Friday night's Portlandia, Fred Armisen plays a character who has bought up loads of vintage equipment — some of it used "on Pet Sounds, and a lot of Beatles-type stuff." Following the logic of "if you build it, they will come," all Armisen's fabulously mustachioed recording impresario just needs "to attract that one important artist, but it hasn't happened yet." And then, suddenly, he does, and, as you know if you've clicked on this post, it's Jack White. He just sort of stands there in the lightly falling snow. Did we mention Pet Sounds?

  • Frank Ocean and John Mayer on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Frank Ocean Is Not Retiring From Music

    So far the big news around the blogosphere from the Guardian's recent interview with notoriously interview-averse Frank Ocean has been that he said he "might not make another album. I might just write a novel next."Granted, considering channel ORANGE was SPIN's No. 1 Album of the Year, we're a bit biased — of course we'd love to hear a follow-up when it's ready — but this comment isn't particularly surprising coming from Ocean. For one thing, he recently wrote online that he wants to write a novel. Then again, he also said he wants to start a car club and had wanted to start an arcade, but the idea was "morphing." Besides, anything might happen, and Ocean left himself an out later in the interview, saying.

  • Paul McCartney and Nirvana on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Paul McCartney's Nirvana 'Reunion': Hear the Studio and 'SNL' Versions

    Call it Maccavana, Sirvana, or, as the Sun hilariously did when the London tabloid broke the news, then unconfirmed, "Paul McKurtney." Whatever the name for Paul McCartney's collaboration with Nirvana's surviving members — the former Beatle has called it a "Nirvana reunion," and, hell, it's one-fourth of a Beatles reunion! — it's definitively no joke. "Cut Me Some Slack," the song McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear premiered for the world during the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief, is now available as a similarly sludgy studio version. The improved fidelity brings out some sonic similarities to Soundgarden's latest, though of course McCartney's gorgeous yowls (and the band's backing harmonies) put this on a whole different map.

  • Foals

    Here's Foals' Dance-Rock Head-Turner 'My Number': Don't Call Them, Maybe?

    Forgive us for exceeding our Carly Rae Jepsen pun limit for the year, but the comparison applies too neatly to the lyrical content, at least, of the newest song from Foals. The formerly Sub Pop-signed British rockers are set to release their upcoming album Holy Fire on February 12 via Warner Bros., and the jittery, dance-y rock of recently surfaced song "My Number" could act as a sort of indie-night riposte to "Call Me Maybe": "You don't have my number / We don't need each other now," lead singer Yannis Philippakis brays. The layered, percussive track, with a wordless vocal hook, joins an impressive lineage from the spazzy art-funk of Talking Heads to the nu-rave of Klaxons and the danced-up psych-rock of Oracular Spectacular-era MGMT. Following the more bombastic, gnashing "Inhaler," "My Number" — which Foals also recently performed on Later...

  • The Black Keys

    The Black Keys Plan to Start Recording a New Album This Winter

    The Black Keys only recently earned a heap of Grammy nominations for late-2011 album El Camino, but the Ohio rockers are already plotting their return to the studio for a follow-up. As NME points out, drummer Patrick Carney told BBC 6Music they were going to the studio "because we have to make an album." Singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach, who pointed out that such speedy transitions between albums are standard operating procedure for the Black Keys, said the two will start recording alone this winter in North Michigan. He added that they may also head to Nashville to continue recording their new album, and Danger Mouse, who co-produced El Camino, might be involved again this time. Listen the full 36-second clip below, and keep in mind the Black Keys might be busy in February with not just the Grammys, but also the Oscars.

  • Jeffery Drag Records Winter Mixtape

    Hear Jeffery Drag Records' Raucous Winter Mixtape

    Last month, Nashville label Jeffery Drag unveiled "Big City," a scorching thrasher from Music City post-punks Western Medication. Now the label has put together a rough 'n' ready winter mixtape containing demos and unreleased material from Jack White-approved garage-punk Pujol, likeminded Jay Reatard torch-carriers Useless Eaters, Western Medication, and a whole bunch more. Listen below, and start buying cheap beer for a chaotic holiday party in someone's basement.

  • dan deacon, jimmy kimmel

    Dan Deacon Makes Joyous National TV Debut with Fan-Assisted 'Thrush' on 'Kimmel'

    Anyone who knows Dan Deacon ought to know he's no stranger to television. A required rite of passage to Deacon-mania should be sitting down and watching his wonderful, hilarious, insane 2005 appearance on a local Savannah, Georgia, NBC affiliate. Still, last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! marked the spazzed-out electronic virtuoso's first appearance on national TV, and he made the most of it, in classic Deacon style. Known for his exceptionally participatory, communal live shows, Deacon asked fans to help out in this tremendously energetic take on new album America's massive-minimalist party-starter "True Thrush" through the use of his phone app. He's joined by a costumed band. The audience jumps up and down and holds app-flashing phones in the air. Deacon's America is a place you want to visit.

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