Marc Hogan

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  • Rihanna's

    Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Video: 'Unapologetic' Adult Contemporary

    Rihanna's Facebook interview last night suggests the 24-year-old singer has, understandably, not yet exactly come to terms with the mundane realities of one day waking up over the hill. What she wants in 30 years, she said, is to be "skinny," to be "fierce," and that her "tits are still sitting up," because, she explained, "Nothing else will matter at that point." Now that Rihanna's current single "Diamonds" has been around for several weeks, it's becoming clear that it, like this quote, is an example of the pop powerhouse conceptualizing maturity but somehow failing to grasp its true essence.The mellow self-affirmation jam's video is here now, and despite the Chris Brown-like tattooed arm, or what appears to be Rihanna rolling a joint full of diamonds, or the intermittently blazing flames, it's a confirmation of Rihanna's awkward segue into adult-contemporary-dom.

  • Pearl Jam and Mudhoney kick out the jams in Missoula

    Pearl Jam Inaugurate 'Instant Classics' Bootleg Series With Montana Show

    In late 2000 and early 2001, Pearl Jam began releasing the first of what would turn out to be hundreds of "official bootlegs" containing high-quality recordings of the band's concerts (SPIN parsed the first 72 double-disc shows in our March 2001 issue). The band has continued the fan-friendly practice all the way through this year, most recently issuing bootlegs from its European tour. But now, like ESPN Classic replaying an immediately unforgettable football game, Eddie Vedder and company are launching a new "Instant Classic" bootleg series, the band has revealed (via Antiquiet).The first installment is a recording of Pearl Jam's September 30 show in Missoula, Montana.

  • Tame Impala

    Tame Impala Flashes 'Backwards' in Hallucinogenic Animated Video

    Psychedelics — siiiike! — are a psyche-out for Kevin Parker. True to its title, the Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist's SPIN Essential second album as Tame Impala, Lonerism, explores emotional states more than altered ones, feelings rather than pharmaceuticals. Even swaggering first single "Elephant," a character study about the macho bloke Parker clearly thinks he isn't, ends in tears. Fellow album standout "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" uses its loping Spacehog bass line and psych-soaked guitar swirls to turn wimpy lovesickness into instant bliss. Directed by Joe Pelling and Becky Sloan, the song's new video is a wonderfully animated one that continues the trippy theme of the "Elephant" clip.

  • Scott Walker's 'Bish Bosch'

    Scott Walker Previews 'Bish Bosch' With Brilliantly Dissonant Twofer

    The first sound you hear on Scott Walker's new album, for several disorienting seconds, is a clipped percussion sample that sounds not unlike a skipping CD. The former U.K. teen idol, who long ago remade himself as a willfully challenging avant-garde avatar, returns on December 4 with Bish Bosch, his first album since 2006's brutalist masterpiece The Drift.

  • King Tuff's

    King Tuff Sees Double in Dance-Crazed 'Keep on Movin'' Video

    Kyle Thomas has made a whole lot of friends since moving from Vermont to Los Angeles. But should that be any surprise? A garage-rocker with arena-friendly melodies in the grand Bob Pollard tradition, Thomas packs his excellent new self-titled Sub Pop album as King Tuff with good-hearted good times well worth writing home about.

  • Lady Gaga Kendrick Lamar

    Hear Lady Gaga Kill the Vibe on Aborted Kendrick Lamar Collaboration

    Sometimes Kendrick Lamar needs to be alone. A lack of a much-discussed Lady Gaga feature didn't hurt the West Coast rapper's SPIN Essential major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, which continues to sell well enough to stay in the Top Five. Given past Lamar producer Soundwave's lush future-jazz production, "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" sure wasn't going to harsh anyone's buzz as a solo joint. But the artist apparently intended to have company on the track: Gaga's non-appearance was "a deadline situation," Lamar has told MTV News.Gaga's DJ White Shadow has posted an Instagram-style behind-the-scenes video with a demo of the Mother Monster's "Bitch" version to his Vimeo account, and it's, well, unlikely to settle any arguments between Gaga fans and Lamar heads.

  • How to Destroy Angels 'An Omen' EP stream

    Hear Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels' Moody EP in Full

    As Trent Reznor continues to tease us with hints of new Nine Inch Nails material, his other project, How to Destroy Angels, is about to release its second EP. An Omen isn't out until November 13, but the whole record is streaming now via the Hype Machine. We've already heard the seductive, bass-heavy electronic opener "Keep It Together" in a variety of ways. The full nearly 33-minute release also touches on atmospheric electro-folk ("Ice Age"), brooding abstraction ("On the Wing"), and crunching industrial rock ("The Loop Closes"). "The beginning is the end, keeps coming around again," Reznor repeats on that last track. You heard the man: Play this on loop!

  • Linkin Park

    Linkin Park Send Condolences to Family of Fan Killed Before South Africa Concert

    Linkin Park have offered their condolences to the family of a fan who was killed before the band's concert yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa. A woman died and 19 people suffered injuries when a promotional billboard outside the venue collapsed due to high winds, the BBC reports. The rap-rock hybrid theorists went on with the show, learning of the death only after they were done. "Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue," Linkin Park said in a Facebook status update.

  • Cat Power on 'Conan'

    The Greatest: Cat Power Sings Stoic 'Cherokee' on 'Conan'

    A word Cat Power's Chan Marshall added and repeated in her late-night TV performance last night of "Cherokee," from her Essential-branded album, Sun, was "love." She toyed with it, probed it, held onto it with all of her might — which is considerable, but which her concerned fans have certainly had reason to worry about over the years. It was a masterful simplification, really: Why dwell on how you "never knew love like this" when you can just say you never knew "love, love, love, love, love"? The love that loves, as a pre-Moondance Van Morrison put it.Marshall's appearance on Conan came after she canceled her on-again, off-again European tour to recover from health problems. And those scanning the close-ups for clues to Marshall's condition could definitely interpret some of her facial expressions as weary or uncertain.

  • Green Day's

    Green Day Go Heartless For 'Stray Heart' Video

    The way to a woman's heart is through Green Day records. But it helps if you have a heart of your own. That's the gist of Green Day's lighthearted new video for swinging ¡Dos! pub-rocker "Stray Heart," in which a leather-jacketed cassanova finds his charms, and his Green Day songs, start to fail him once his heart literally takes leave of his chest cavity. Though his Don Juan dreams might be vanquished, our would-be lady killer and his heart — which has legs, a leather jacket of its own, a smoking habit, and a tendency to flip the bird — seem practically made for each other. ¡Dos! is streaming now in full, and as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong works through the problems that caused the band to cancel its remaining 2012 dates, at least he can take some comfort, maybe, in knowing his heart is in the right place.

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