Marc Hogan

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  • Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones

    Led Zeppelin Let Us Down Again, This Time on 'Letterman'

    Here's further proof that universal prestige is the worst thing that can happen to a supposedly rebellious group of artists. First, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant responded in grumpy-old-man fashion when a press conference about the English rockers' Celebration Day concert film turned toward the possibility of another reunion. More recently, guitarist Jimmy Page revealed a hoped-for reunion tour fizzled for the most mundane reason in the world: Plant "was busy."Over the weekend, Zeppelin's Plant, Page, and bassist John Paul Jones received this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The full awards show paying tribute to Zep and other winners will air on December 26, with Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart among those performing the band's songs.

  • Arcade Fire

    Arcade Fire Debut New Songs in Impossibly Secretive Gig

    Arcade Fire might have pulled off a rare feat for a band of their size: performing new music and not having it leak online. As Consequence of Sound notes, fan Twitter account @ArcadeFireTube reports that the indie heavyweights debuted previously unreleased material in an unannounced show over the weekend in their hometown. And, at least as of this writing, no footage from the gig has surfaced publicly. The band that recorded "We Used to Wait" is making us wait.Arcade Fire reportedly played at Montreal's Breakglass Studio under the pseudonym Les Identiks. Based on ArcadeFireTube's account, the new songs are "generally described as fun, dance-y, and groovy." Some observers say the songs' themes "are rooted in the mid-19th century and the African American history in the US," according to another tweet.

  • Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page meets President Barack Obama

    5 Reasons to Watch the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors

    The surviving members of Led Zeppelin will appear on tonight's episode of Late Show With David Letterman. But Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones already spent time with Letterman, President Barack Obama, and other grandees over the weekend at various events commemorating this year's Kennedy Center Honors. Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton snapped an iPhone self-portrait. President Obama paid tribute to Zeppelin, cracking wise about forcing the famously hotel-trashing rockers into a space tightly controlled by Secret Service members.Zep, blues innovator Buddy Guy, Soviet-Russia-born ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, and late-night TV host David Letterman received their Honors medals at a State Department dinner on December 1. Obama gave his remarks during a White House reception yesterday.

  • riff raff, chop another rock

    RiFF RaFF Salutes Chief Keef in Woozy 'Chop Another Rock' Video

    RiFF RaFF throws out a lot of spectacularly absurd self-comparisons in "Chop Another Rock," which arrived last night with an equally over-the-top video. "Rap game Warren Moon," the Houston-repping rapper declares at one point. "Rap game Christian Laettner," he offers a few lines later. But an image of a shirtless Chief Keef from the Chicago MC's "Love Sosa" video that pops up earlier in the video might be the more relevant comparison here.Both RiFF RaFF and Keef are Internet-born rap stars, of course, but these days that's the rule, not the exception. More significantly, the gothic trap-rap backing here and the brusque call-and-response ad libs suggest a caricatured version of Chicago rap breakthroughs like Keef's "I Don't Like," and the clip even begins with Keef-style footage of the artist in a living room.

  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds'

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'No Who U R' and Will Elegantly Threaten U

    It gets better. Except sometimes it gets worse. When Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds unveiled the track list last week for February 19 album Push the Sky Away, the opening song title stood out for its similarity to Ke$ha's Cannibal affirmation "We R Who We R." Now the Australian band has shared a lyric video for "We No Who U R," available instantly as a digital download with pre-orders of Push the Sky Away, and while the debonair brooder keeps any Glittery One connections close to its black-velvet vest, the ominous intent dangles right there from its magicianly sleeves. "We know who you are / And we know where you live / And we know there's no need to forgive," the erstwhile Grinderman frontman intones somberly, backed by an uncrowded yet ornate arrangement of whispery vocal harmonies, spidery electric guitar trills, and stark flute tones.

  • The Killers' 'I Feel It in My Bones'

    The Killers Go 'Bad Santa' on Christmas Rocker 'I Feel It In My Bones'

    The Killers' annual holiday single is becoming an impressively long-running tradition, but for their seventh straight installment, the Vegas arena rockers aren't resting on their roasted chestnuts.

  • Matthew E. White's

    Watch Matthew E. White's Gorgeous Baroque-Soul 'Will You Love Me' Video

    "It's a mix of the personal and the polished," Matthew E. White told SPIN's David Marchese recently, describing his lavishly arranged yet intimately sung solo debut, Big Inner (originally out on Hometapes/Spacebomb and now getting an international release via Domino).The video for the patiently soaring, orchestra-bedecked come-on "Will You Love Me," posted yesterday by Pitchfork, embodies this Richmond, Virginia-based singer, songwriter, and arranger's fundamental paradox to an almost absurd degree.

  • Metallica

    Metallica Name Their New Label: Blackened Recordings

    Metallica have been planning their first independent release for a while, and now their new record label has a name: Blackened Recordings.The metal titans revealed the name today while announcing the band has taken the rare step of owning all of its master recordings, including both music and long-form videos. Under the deal Metallica worked out with Warner Music Group more than a decade ago, all the rights would go back to the band on a certain date. That day is today."We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America," frontman James Hetfield said in a statement.The first release on Metallica's new label will be the concert movie Quebec Magnetic, due out on December 10.

  • R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet'

    R. Kelly: 'Trapped in the Closet' Book (!) in the Works

    R. Kelly has always divided his epic R&B soap opera Trapped in the Closet into chapters, so now he's taking the natural next step. As Vulture points out, the singer and songwriter told Fast Company's Co.Create he's working on turning Trapped in the Closet into a book. The book will be the same one shown in an infomercial in the latest installments of Kelly's "hip-hopera," and it's something of a prequel."I know where Chuck was before he met Rufus," Kells says, referring to two of his saga's many, many characters. "I know what happened with Bridget and the midget and everybody else’s situation ... so I feel like it’s time to introduce them to these people before what they saw ...

  • r.e.m.

    See R.E.M. Play a Spine-Tingling 40-Minute Set Way Back in 1981

    R.E.M. have been split up for more than a year, but fascinating documents of the band's early years keep surfacing. Last year, the band's original 1981 cassette demo emerged online. Now, as Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, Athens, Georgia's Wuxtry Records has made available a 40-minute concert video shot a whopping 18 months before R.E.M.'s classic debut EP Chronic Town.The video begins with R.E.M. in the midst of covering the late-'50s rock'n'roll classic "Rave On!" (most famously performed by Buddy Holly), and it ends with the band's eventual hit single "Radio Free Europe," passing "Gardening at Night" along the way. The 13-song set was recorded on videotape in February 1981, though the exact date is unclear. The young Stipe's frenetic stage presence is a wonderful sight to behold, and the whole video should be a real treat for any R.E.M. fan.More could be on the way.

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