Marc Hogan

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  • Soundgarden 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    Soundgarden Sic Fierce 'Animal' Twofer on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    The last time Soundgarden released a new album, Jimmy Kimmel hadn't even begun paying his dues on cable's Win Ben Stein's Money. If Jimmy Kimmel Live! had existed in 1996, though, the Pacific Northwest rock heavies might've still looked and sounded quite a bit like they did last night. Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd pummeled through a pair of songs from their reunion record King Animal: the jagged, multipart "By Crooked Steps" and the statement-of-purpose first single "Been Away Too Long." The best part is the call-and-response shout of "by crooked steps!" toward the end of the former songs, which brings out a bit of the scruff the studio album is arguably lacking. Cornell proclaims he's "a soldier for hire," but he still has that killer spirit.Don't miss our feature Animal Instinct: The Return of Soundgarden

  • Chromatics'

    Chromatics Share Chilly, Mesmerizing 'After Dark 2' Song/Video 'Cherry'

    Let's can it with the spaghetti references... capisce? When Italians Do It Better released the first After Dark compilation, way back in 2007, it came as a resurgence of interest in the synth-happy '70s-'80s European dance subgenre known as Italo disco was at its peak (after being kickstarted a few years earlier by Metro Area's Morgan Geist, among others). By now, producer Johnny Jewel's signature hybrid of post-punk bleakness and Giorgio Moroder-minded synth arpeggios has long since congealed into its own distinctive sound, most notably with the Drive soundtrack and Chromatics' now-on-vinyl 2012 tour de force Kill for Love. The latest track to emerge from the upcoming After Dark 2 compilation, "Cherry," is another icily hypnotic variation on Jewel's single-minded theme.

  • Guns N' Roses Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin

    Guns N' Roses End Las Vegas Residency Joined by Former Guitarist (Nope, Not Slash)

    Guns N' Roses' 12-show Las Vegas residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino came to an end Saturday night with a partial reunion of the band's original lineup, as Blabbermouth points out. Founding rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who along with frontman Axl Rose skipped GNR's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April, joined the band onstage at more than one show for the Stradlin-sung "14 Years," originally from 1991's Use Your Illusion II. Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below.The month-long residency was an eventful one for GNR fans even if they didn't make their way to Sin City. Yes, the shows drew criticism for the promotional use of an image showing a robot appearing to sexually assault a woman.

  • Haunted Hearts Dum Dum Girls Crocodiles

    Dum Dum Girls-Crocodiles Couple Expose New Project With NSFW Artwork

    Dum Dum Girls main woman Dee Dee and her husband, Crocodiles half Brandon Welchez, made SPIN's list of 12 Indie Rock Couples Keeping the Dream Alive more than a year ago. The two have now gone from couple to duo under the name Haunted Hearts, according to a press release (via Exclaim). Haunted Hearts' first single, "Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good," will arrive on February 5 via Dee Dee and Welchez' own Zoo Music label, backed with "House of Lords."Haunted Hearts hope to record an album early next year, according to the press release. And the results evidently shouldn't be too far from either side's brand of hazy guitar-pop. "It sounds like a 50/50 split between our bands," Welchez told Coup De Main magazine over the summer.

  • Prince's

    Prince Leaves Kinkiness at Home in Staid 'Rock and Roll Love Affair' Video

    Prince has achieved legendary status, as confirmed by his Super Bowl appearance several years ago, but with becoming an icon comes the risk of no longer taking risks. The Purple One's new song "Rock and Roll Love Affair," which we'd previously seen called "RNR Affair," struck us as a refreshingly bluesy bit of soul-pop when he performed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but as time goes by there's no getting around this sample-free, Auto-Tune-dodging song's essentially reactionary nature, right down to its arguably rockist title.That conservatism stares us right in the face in the song's new video. When Prince was an emerging artist, even his performance-based visuals, such as the gender-bending clip for 1979's falsetto-funk "I Wanna Be Your Lover," could still push musical and cultural boundaries.

  • Chris Brown Rihanna

    Chris Brown Is a Dick (Again), Deletes Twitter Account (Again)

    Only 28 shopping days until Chris Brown ruins Christmas. The ostensible pop singer, who these days seems to spend more time showing other human beings how not to act, already trolled the world on Halloween by dressing up as a Middle Eastern terrorist. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Breezy managed to get into an ugly Twitter spat that culminated in his Twitter account disappearing.Breezy being Breezy, his final Twitter exchange was childish, sexist, and, if you take his word for it, somehow everybody else's fault. As E! News reports, after Brown tweeted that "I look old as fuck! I'm only 23...," the comedy writer Jenny Johnson replied, "I know! Being a worthless piece of shit can really age a person." To which Brown shot back: "Take them teeth out when u Sucking my dick HOE." Charming, as usual.It really only gets worse for humanity from there.

  • Dave Grohl Queens of the Stone Age

    Dave Grohl Vows Queens of the Stone Age Album Will Be Ridiculous

    Queens of the Stone Age are Dave Grohl's heroes. Or so the Foo Fighters frontman, who plays drums on QOTSA's upcoming sixth album, suggested in a glowing interview last week with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe (via Blabbermouth)."When you walk into a festival backstage with Queens of the Stone Age, it's like, the record stops," Grohl told Lowe in the brief phone interview, which starts around the 22:40 mark of the November 21 program. "People stop and they stare, and it's like, Queens of the Stone Age are, without question, the baddest rock'n'roll band in the world."Grohl's comments mostly focused on QOTSA's 2002 Songs for the Deaf, on which he played drums with an anything-goes abandon he indicated will carry over to the forthcoming LP. "But with Queens of the Stone Age, like, there were no boundaries with that band, there were no limits with them," he said of the decade-old album.

  • Big Boi and Kelly Rowland 'Mama Told Me'

    Watch Big Boi and Kelly Rowland's Retro-Futurist 'Mama Told Me' Video

    For Big Boi and Kelly Rowland, reflecting on what their mothers told them necessitates returning to the up-to-the-minute styles of the '80s. "Mama Told Me," a track from Big Boi's upcoming Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors that we've already heard in both Rowland- and Little Dragon-assisted versions, draws on svelte, rubbery-synthed '80s R&B like that of Bobby Brown, who gets a lyrical name-check. The video, too, reaches back for flashy graphics that would've looked like the future in a Tron-era video arcade. The OutKast rapper and former Destiny's Child singer never quite appear to be in the same shot, but both have a sophisticated look about them: Big Boi in dapper hat and glasses, Rowland in a feathery coat. There's gratuitous cognac product placement, and an equally gratuitous dancing pyramid with legs.

  • jessie ware benzel if you love me pole dance video

    'Love' on a Real Train: Jessie Ware and BenZel's '90s R&B Cover Is Reborn on the Subway

    Unless you're a perv, the subway ain't sexy. On a certain level, though, more of us must be pervs than just the dirty old man who rode to work across from you this morning: Consider that scene from 1983's Risky Business, where Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay get intimate on a deserted Chicago El train to the electronic pulse of, sublimely, Tangerine Dream's "Love on a Real Train." Now add director Haley Wollens' steamy video for Jessie Ware and BenZel's "If You Love Me" to the same list.The song, a stunning, pillowy update of a 1994 R&B hit by Michael Jackson-affiliated L.A. vocal group Brownstone, surfaced earlier this month with a different visual focusing on Ware's silhouette.

  • Tame Impala's Kevin Parker on 'Later... With Jools Holland'

    Tame Impala Find Their 'Elephant' Swagger on 'Jools Holland'

    Behold the transformative power of heavy psych-rock. It might just be our imagination, but it looks like Kevin Parker gains confidence throughout Tame Impala's performance of thunderous Lonerism advance single "Elephant" last night on BBC's Later... With Jools Holland. From the Aussie band's Essential sophomore album, the savanna-shaking stomper sketches out a supremely arrogant asshole who's full of shit, a thematic shift from lovelorn plaints like fellow album highlight "Feels Like We Only Go Backward." In this Later clip, Parker's vocals appear to start out uncertain, his first couple of words mumbled, but before long he's grinning with brash determination, the five-piece band is locked in spacey interplay, and the drums are soloing just when they should.

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