Marc Hogan

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Biography

  • veronica falls, teenage

    Watch Veronica Falls' Hazy, '90s-Tinged 'Teenage' Video

    London-based singer-guitarist Roxanne Clifford and drummer Patrick Doyle's first and apparently last single with their unfortunately named, now-defunct band Sexy Kids, "Sisters Are Forever," used its surface-level sweetness to mask a decidedly creepy undercurrent. Joined by bassist Marion Herbain and guitarist James Hoare as Veronica Falls, they made that mix of harmony-packed catchiness and macabre discomfort a mission statement on last year's excellent self-titled debut album. The winsome, lightly fuzzy dream-pop of "Teenage," the first advance track from the quartet's upcoming sophomore album, Waiting for Something to Happen, sheds the band's self-applied "horror rock" description entirely.

  • Low

    Low's 'The Invisible Way' Album Producer Jeff Tweedy Fills Big Shoes

    Low have worked with a murderer's row of producers. Along with indie-rock heavyweights like Steve Albini and Dave Fridmann, the Duluth, Minnesota, trio has recorded with Matt Beckley (Britney Spears, Ke$ha), Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow), and Tom Herbers (all things Twin Cities, including solo work by former Replacements and Hüsker Dü members). With 10th album The Invisible Way, due out on March 13 via Sub Pop, Low will add Jeff Tweedy to that list.The Wilco frontman is no stranger to Low, having toured both with the band proper and its offshoot Retribution Gospel Choir. Only recently, however, did Low head into Wilco's Chicago studio, the Loft, during a tour stop in the city. "What really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on — big, simple, raw and intimate," singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk said in a statement.

  • Adele

    Adele's '21' Shines Bright Like a Diamond: 10 Million U.S. Sales

    Adele's 21 keeps racking up milestones. The British retro-soul belter's mammoth sophomore album has now sold more than 10 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Fittingly, that makes 21 the 21st album to achieve "Diamond" status in the SoundScan era.Linkin Park's 2000 Hybrid Theory and Usher's 2004 Confessions also crossed the 10 million plateau earlier this year, but Adele's accomplishment is all the more remarkable for taking less than two years to achieve. In fact, no album has sold 10 million copies more quickly since the boy-band era, when *NSYNC's 2000 album No Strings Attached did so in just 43 weeks.

  • How to Destroy Angels'

    How to Destroy Angels Hunker Down in Eerie, Rustic 'Ice Age' Video

    Odds are you won't hear Trent Reznor's latest video selection in an Apple commercial. Still, "Ice Age," from Reznor's How to Destroy Angels project with wife Mariqueen Maandig (plus his film score collaborator Atticus Ross and longtime Nine Inch Nails graphic designer Rob Sheridan), suggests a dark-side version of a plucky Feist indie-folk ditty. As Reznor put in his recent Reddit AMA, "We were experimenting around with the juxtaposition of something familiar and almost folky sounding sitting in a very cold and sterile environment." Mushaboom.The video for the seven-minute cut from HTDA's new An Omen EP, directed by The Road filmmaker John Hillcoat, carries over that combination of rustic and frigid.

  • T.I. and Andre 3000's

    Andre 3000 Says 'Sorry' (Sort of) to Big Boi on T.I. Track

    When a new André 3000 verse hits the Internet right after a new Big Boi track, wistful talk of an OutKast reunion flows naturally. On T.I.'s new chin-stroking blogger brush-off "Sorry," Three Stacks stokes such speculation all the more with an apparent apology to his fellow former OutKast half. "This the type of shit that'll make you call your rap partner/ And say I'm sorry I'm awkward, my fault for fuckin' up the tours," André sings in between some quickly rapped lines about how he "don't even like rapping fast."From fellow ATLien T.I.'s December 18 Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, the song is another idiosyncratic triumph in 3K's uncanny streak of guest appearances, and Tip is back on point here, too, nimbly refusing to apologize over twinkling keyboards and trappy snares.

  • Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl

    Don't Touch That Dial: Dave Grohl to Host 'Sound City' SiriusXM Radio Show

    Before Dave Grohl's upcoming documentary film on a legendary Los Angeles recording studio hits theaters or DVD, it's coming to radio. The Foo Fighters frontman, former Nirvana drummer, and sometime Queens of the Stone Age ringer will host a limited-run show on SiriusXM, the satellite radio provider has announced.Dave Grohl Presents Sound City premieres on Thursday, November 29, at 4 p.m. EST on SiriusXM's Classic Vinyl channel. The show will air on a weekly basis and center around Grohl's stories about the music recorded at Sound City Studios in L.A. The shows will also include songs from the albums recorded there, such as Neil Young's After the Gold Rush, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Metallica's Death Magnetic, and a little record called Nevermind.Grohl announced in May he's directing and producing a documentary about Sound City.

  • Jay-Z, Meek Mill, and Young Chris

    Jay-Z Verse Surfaces on Meek Mill's Rick Ross-Assisted 'Lay Up' Remix

    It's no great leap from rap's NBA obsession to rap's sex obsession, though the latter, of course, is even more universally shared. In a coincidence, SPIN has looked recently at not only which NBA team's roster has the most shout-outs in rap songs, but also 40 NBA players and their pop-music alter egos. Our Dwayne Wade himself, Jay-Z, recorded a guest verse for Philadelphia-based Maybach Music Group affiliate Meek Mill's new album Dreams and Nightmares, but Meek has said Jay rejected his own work as "wack." Now the track, a remix of guitar-smoldering sex jam (swish!) "Lay Up," has surfaced, via Dajaz1.Meek isn't here, but Rick Ross and Trey Songz return from the album version, Rozay with some new flourishes on his love of money and women. Jay stands in for the album's Wale, and whether he's at his best or not, his imperious example puts the song in a different league.

  • Perry Farrell, Nick Cave, and Kristin Hersh

    Jane's Addiction, Nick Cave, and Throwing Muses Prepping New Albums (Not Together)

    Fans of left-field rock luminaries, rejoice. Jane's Addiction, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Throwing Muses all have new albums in the works, according to reports. Their release date status spans from "sometime next year" to, well, February 19, to be exact.Jane's Addiction mastermind Perry Farrell told Billboard he already has almost 60 songs ready for the follow-up to the alt godheads' 2011 The Great Escape Artist. Though he does only offer the vague "sometime next year" for when we might get to hear this stuff, he appears to be super jazzed about it. "The next album is going to be something that the world has never experienced," he's quoted as saying.

  • Ke$ha's 'Warrior'

    Hear Ke$ha's 'Warrior': Iggy Pop, the Strokes, and Ghost Sex (Plus Yodeling)

    Ke$ha has been talking up the "balls-out, irreverent rock'n'roll" of her follow-up to 2010's Animal since early last year. Now Warrior is almost here — the release date is December 4 — and you can hear the whole thing yourself for free via iTunes. As heralded by advance tracks "C'Mon" and "Die Young," the overall style is closer to balls-out, irreverent electro-pop, but Kesha Rose Sebert has indeed ramped up her use of guitars. Also, yodeling and whistling.Again, you can listen to the whole thing over at iTunes. That includes Ke$ha's Santorum-smearing, Black Keys-boogying team-up with Iggy Pop, "Dirty Love," which you can also hear below (while the leak lasts).

  • Pissed Jeans

    Inside Pissed Jeans' 'Adult Angst' Album 'Honeys'

    The cover of Pissed Jeans' searing 2009 album, King of Jeans, depicted a bare male arm. To judge by the newly unveiled art for their upcoming follow-up, Honeys, the Pennsylvania noise-mongers have fallen down the stairs since then. While wearing a tie and a professional-looking shirt that's a Frank Ocean shade of orange. Somehow an orange-and-black turtle is involved, in a fish bowl.SPIN's David Bevan already broke the news that Pissed Jeans' fourth full-length will be out in February 2013. We've also heard a rambunctious, gig-ready cut from the record, "Bathroom Laughter." Now Sub Pop has revealed Honeys' full track list, release date, and cover art.

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