Marc Hogan

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  • The Pirate Cloud

    Torrent Site Pirate Bay Moves to Cloud, Sees Silver Lining

    In the past year, more and more music has gone to the cloud, with Amazon, Google, and Apple launching services to store individual music collections on remote computers (see: Should You Dump Your Junk on Google Drive?). The Pirate Bay is no exception. The major file-sharing site said yesterday on Facebook it has "gotten rid of the servers" and joined the cloud-computing trend.According to file-sharing blog TorrentFreak, the Pirate Bay says the move will make it harder for the authorities to raid. The Pirate Bay says it should also benefit from decreased downtime and lower costs. For the Pirate Bay's users, the experience should be pretty much the same as before.With the change, the Pirate Bay is reportedly hosted by two cloud hosting companies in different countries. But the file-sharing site says it's still running some hardware of its own that helps it maintain secrecy.

  • nicki minaj cassie the boys video

    Nicki Minaj Wreaks Neon Havoc in 'The Boys' Video

    "You get high, love a bunch of girls," Cassie coos on "The Boys," the first single from Nicki Minaj's November re-release, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up. In the "explicit" video for that song, which just hit Vevo today, "love" turns to "fuck" — of course — and the boys are a groveling afterthought.

  • Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love

    Frances Bean Cobain's Alleged Home Burglar Pleads Not Guilty

    Come as you are? Not always. There are limits. For instance, don't break into Frances Bean Cobain's house. A 22-year-old homeless man named Marc James Franco (no relation as far as we know) has been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into Cobain's Los Angeles digs over the weekend, according to TMZ, who cited an LAPD source. Franco isn't all apologies: He reportedly pled not guilty to the charges, which carry potential prison time of up to six years, and he has a court date later in October. Evidently Cobain, whose parents are, of course, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Hole's Courtney Love, was gone from the city at the time. According to police, Franco was doing laundry when he was discovered by a dog-sitting relative who didn't believe him when he said he was Cobain's friend. Enquiring minds want to know: Did he use bleach?

  • Chief Keef

    Chief Keef's 'Stupid' Gun Range Interview Grabs Prosecutors' Attention

    Chief Keef should be locked up for his own protection, prosecutors in Chicago said yesterday, arguing the "I Don't Like" rapper's Pitchfork video interview at a gun range violated his probation.As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, prosecutors said the terms of Keef's 18-month probation include no guns, no illegal drugs, and no associating with gang members. The 17-year-old Chicago rapper, born Keith Cozart, had been sentenced for pointing a gun at a city police officer. Prosecutors said Keef also violated probation by failing to get his GED by August.Don't miss our June profile: Chicago Rap Blazes Up From the StreetsDon't get it twisted: It doesn't sound like Keef is heading behind bars, but he might end up back under house arrest, which is where, as the lore goes, he recorded his breakout "I Don't Like" video.

  • Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Unsurprisingly Endorses Barack Obama

    Bruce Springsteen has practically common-law endorsed President Barack Obama already by now, but last night he made his reelection support official. The Boss's "We Take Care of Our Own," from this year's Wrecking Ball, makes a full-throated argument for a social safety net as a matter of patriotism rather than bleeding-heart liberalism, and it's no coincidence Obama walked off the stage to the song after his Democratic National Convention speech last month. As Springsteen got set to rally for the president today in Ohio and Iowa, he posted a nearly 600-word letter on his website that spells out the reasons he believes Obama deserves a second term.Basically, Obama and Springsteen agree that we should "take care of our own," the Jersey rocker suggests.

  • Divine Fits / Frank Ocean

    Divine Fits Find the Nervy Post-Punk in Frank Ocean's 'Lost'

    Frank Ocean's Essential channel ORANGE hasn't exactly gone unheralded in the indie-rock world, but has anyone quite cut to the essence of one of its songs like Divine Fits?As Stereogum points out, the supergroup-not-supergroup of Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown covered juicy ORANGE slice "Lost" last night at the Met Cafe in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

  • Grimes mastermind Claire Boucher

    Grimes Nixes Three Shows, Citing 'Hearing Loss, Tinnitus'

    Grimes has canceled a handful of Canadian shows due to ear problems. As Pitchfork points out, both Claire Boucher herself and Canadian live event producer Perryscope Concerts have announced that scheduled shows through October 21 in Calgary, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg are off on account of what Perryscope calls "inner ear complications."The Montreal electro-pop genre-aggregator (and former SPIN Best New Artist) tweeted: "Hey guys, so sorry 4 the cancelled shows. im having trouble w hearing loss, tinnitus & am trying 2 stay away from loud music 4 a bit -_-". She added: "am still planning to finish the tour and will try 2 get back 2 canada asap <3"A show tonight in Vancouver is still on, and Grimes plans to pick up the rest of her tour in support of this year's Visions on October 22 in Minneapolis.

  • Gary Clark Jr. at DeLeon Tequila Presents Nur Kahn Electric Sessions in New York

    Stream Gary Clark Jr.'s Full, Golden 'Blak and Blu' Album

    Gary Clark Jr.'s major-label debut album, Blak and Blu, isn't out until October 23, but you can stream the whole thing right now over at iTunes. As SPIN's Kory Grow writes, "The album contains electric-guitar rock burners, ragged and raw traditional blues, and soul songs that recall the big-band Stax rave-ups of yore." The expressive blues-rock singer-songwriter also told SPIN how the ghost of Tupac Shakur helped make the album. If you went to basically any festival this summer, you had no excuse for missing Clark, the festival king, but there's no better time to get caught up than right now. And if you need a little extra motivation, check out a blazing live version of Blak and Blu powerhouse "Numb" below.

  • Robert James

    Kid Kid Rock: Son of the Bullgod Rap-Rocks Like His Daddy

    "Nepotism works," said New York Times publisher Arthur "Punch" Sulzberger, who died last month at age 86. Bullshit. Willow Smith is one thing: "Whip My Hair" was a bona fide bubblegum-swag hit for the post-Lil Mama era, Jay-Z's cosign surely counts for something, and hanging out with Odd Future rappers is the right kind of trolling. Just because you're a famous actor, rapper, or fashion designer's kid shouldn't make your music any more (or less) worthy. If you want to escape the shadow of Growing Pains, you'd better be able to sing like Robin Thicke.Which brings us to Kid Rock's 19-year-old son, Robert James Ritchie Jr., who, as FACT points out, is now a budding rapper. Though Kid Kid Rock has released a free digital EP under the name Bandit, his website says he's now going by simply Robert James.

  • The Vines' Craig Nicholls

    The Vines' Craig Nicholls Out on Bail in Assault Case

    The Vines' Craig Nicholls has gotten free, for now. As Sydney's Daily Telegraph reports, the Australian rock group's frontman is out on bail after being arrested on Saturday at his family's home.A judge has maintained an order against the 35-year-old singer but eased the conditions so Nicholls will not be required to report to police or to avoid Connells Point, his suburban Sydney neighborhood. Nicholls, who suffers from Asperger syndrome, will reportedly meet with a psychologist on October 19. He's due back in court on November 14, when he will enter a plea to the charges against him.As previously reported, those charges include two counts of domestic assault, plus stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest, and assault causing bodily harm.

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