Marc Hogan

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  • AC/DC iTunes

    Back in AAC: AC/DC's Catalog Finally Comes to iTunes

    AC/DC have stayed true to their booming brand of hard rock for more than three decades, and now they're finally making it available on iTunes.The Aussie rock'n'roll veterans' catalog is out digitally for the first time today via the iTunes Store, Apple and Columbia Records have jointly announced. That includes 16 studio efforts, from 1976's High Voltage to 2008's Black Ice, plus four live albums and three compilations.

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    The Killers Reverently Cover U2's 'With Or Without You' Live in London

    No, that's not "Glycerine" the Killers are playing in the video above (via NME). Over the weekend, the Las Vegas arena rockers wrapped up the U.K. leg of their Battle Born tour with a bare-bones rendition of U2's The Joshua Tree staple "With or Without You," live at London's O2 Arena. Bereft of the Edge's effects-ringing guitar style, the version at first sounds a bit like any of the many, many similar four-chord wonders that have come since (sort of like how the Killers' equally fine "Don't Look Back in Anger" cover spends a long while resembling John Lennon's "Imagine," Oasis' clear source material). But Brandon Flowers' lofty, Roy Orbison-inflected vocal here serves as an unmistakable tribute to Bono.

  • Jeff Buckley and William Shakespeare 'The Last Goodbye' 'Romeo and Juliet'

    Romeo Must Die: Jeff Buckley Musical Based on Shakespeare in the Works

    Hello, The Last Goodbye. A Jeff Buckley musical is in the works, the Guardian reports (via NME). Titled, yes, The Last Goodbye, after the name of one of the late singer-songwriter's best-known songs, the work will be a present-day version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set to Buckley's words and music.With two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers directing, the musical looks like it might have a genuine shot of making it to Broadway. The show's creator, Michael Kimmel, debuted a self-directed version of the work two years ago at a Massachusetts theater festival. The musical reportedly includes such Buckley songs as "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" and "Eternal Life," and is set to begin rehearsals for three weeks starting January 27.Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, has said she initially had her doubts about the project but was convinced by Kimmel.

  • Fiona Apple's

    Hear Fiona Apple's Jagged 'This Is 40' Soundtrack Cut 'Dull Tool'

    "You're more likely to get cut with a dull tool / Than a sharp one," Fiona Apple flutters more than once on "Dull Tool," her newly surfaced song from the December 11 soundtrack to Judd Apatow film This Is 40. By the same logic, Apple's stabbing, overweeningly passionate music has better odds of drawing blood in connection with a Knocked Up spinoff than on one of her own albums, such as this year's Essential The Idler Wheel — after all, the potential audience is broader and less suspecting. Apple's contribution to the Knocked Up spin-off's soundtrack sands off none of the jagged edges of her wonderfully off-kilter Idler Wheel, relying on whirligig piano, rumbling percussion, and leaping strings. And, of course, Apple's throaty, uncontainable vocal delivery: "You don't kiss when you kiss / You don't fuck when you fuck," she damningly declares.

  • Zola Jesus Rihanna

    Zola Jesus Shines in Murky Cover of Rihanna's 'Diamonds'

    The metamorphosis of Nika Roza Danilova continues. On last year's Conatus, the operatic voice behind Zola Jesus cast off the lo-fi shroud of her earliest recordings, a goth-girl-gone-pop transformation she drove home with the moth-themed video for the latest album's "Vessel." Last night, Danilova revealed her cover of Rihanna's inescapable single "Diamonds," and it's an oddly compelling document from either perspective.When another gifted art-rocker, Bat for Lashes, covered Rihanna's Calvin Harris-tweaked "We Found Love" last month — as when she covered Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" a few years ago — she demonstrated that it could work in her own intricate electro-folk style. Danilova doesn't quite turn "Diamonds" into a Zola Jesus song here, but then again, she doesn't remake herself as a Top 40 artist, either.

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    JEFF the Brotherhood Add Flute to Sludgy 'Staring at the Wall' on 'Conan'

    Jake Orrall insists "nothing's happening" so often on "Staring at the Wall," from JEFF the Brotherhood's new Hypnotic Nights, that we should know better than to believe him. Last night on Conan, in addition to Orrall's lizard riffs and petulant vocals, or his brother Jamin Orrall's stomping drum work, plenty else was happening. Something's happening on Jake's knit cap (it involves deer sex). Something's happening underneath Jake's leather jacket (as Stereogum points out, he's wearing a Pentagram T-shirt). And something's definitely happening when a flute player, identified by Rolling Stone as Jerry Vivino of the Conan house band, jumps out to add a jazzy solo that fills in for and expands upon the lead guitar on the album version.

  • Big Deal

    Hear Big Deal's Lacerating Noise-Pop Beast 'Teradactol'

    Englishman Alice Costelloe and American Kacey Underwood  are Big Deal. The London-based duo's 2012 debut on Mute, Lights Out, showcased a deeply engaging, feedback-streaked brand of dream-pop, but one of its defining characteristics was a lack of drums. Mute is planning to release Big Deal's sophomore album in spring 2013, and the first track, "Teradactol," could render their old sound as extinct as the dinosaurs. Joined by drummer Melissa Rigby of labelmates S.C.U.M., Underwood and Costelloe trade feather-light vocals over bludgeoning guitar distortion for a festival-ready sound that might appeal to fans of 2:54, School of Seven Bells, or A Place to Bury Strangers. "No one else will know," they repeat, but here's hoping that couldn't be further from the truth.

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    Ke$ha Keeps Partying on 'C'Mon' and Rap-Heavy 'Die Young' Remix

    In the two years since Ke$ha's Cannibal EP, she has kept listeners guessing, and the latest song to emerge from her upcoming November 30 album Warrior is surely no exception. One moment she was snagging a rare André 3000 guest verse on her original "Sleazy" remix, and the next she was offering up a stunningly raw Bob Dylan cover. Meanwhile, Warrior was going to be "cock rock," with such probably unexpected influences as Iggy Pop's David Bowie-produced landmark The Idiot.Those of us who were excited for Ke$ha to continue her off-kilter not-giving-a-fuck trajectory will have to keep dreaming about what might've been. The newest taste of Warrior, "C'Mon," like "Die Young" before it, is relatively ordinary, party-themed electro-pop.

  • The Faint's

    The Faint Return After Four Years With Jittery 'Evil Voices'

    If the Faint's electronic pulses once stuck out on the Bright Eyes-led Saddle Creek label roster, by now of course dancey synths are almost as much a part of indie rock as, well, guitars and drums. The Omaha, Nebraska, group makes no concessions either to the past or future on the jagged, post-punk-inflected "Evil Voices," from a new four-song 12-inch release containing their first new music since 2008's Fasciinatiion. The dance-punk energy that powered the soon-to-be-reissued 2001 album Danse Macabre (due out on November 19 via Saddle Creek) remains, as acid-tinged squelches give way to nervous thuds. Recorded in the band's Omaha studio and mixed with Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis, the track appropriately puts "evil" effects on Todd Fink's voice.

  • Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

    Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Reunite for Pop-Rap 'High School' Romance

    "Nicki, pop? / Only thing that's pop is my endorsement op," Nicki Minaj boasts on a recent Lil Wayne collaboration, "Roman Reloaded," the closest thing to a title track from this year's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Where another current mega-seller, Taylor Swift, juggles her pop reality with anxieties about indie snobs on her own new album, Red (in reality, Swift's earnest storytelling style has more to do with apparent influence Matt Nathanson than with either Katy Perry or Bon Iver), for Minaj the divide has always come down to mixtape Nicki versus radio Nicki. She has promised more of the former on her November 19 release, ahem, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up.

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