Marc Hogan

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  • The Black Keys

    Watch the Black Keys' High-Octane 'Little Black Submarines' Video

    A broken heart may be blind, as Dan Auerback sings on El Camino's quiet-loud head-kicker "Little Black Submarines," but people still like to watch something while listening to music on YouTube. After the bizarre Harmony Korine-directed alternate video for glam-rock standout "Gold on the Ceiling," the Black Keys' most recent clip takes a more straightforward approach. As Rolling Stone reports, the video came about after a planned storyline failed to pan out. Instead, the Danny Clinch-shot clip shows the Keys lurching along their own low-rent stairway to heaven during a live gig at Nashville's Springwater Supper Club bar. The dancing, fist-pumping crowd got to see a furious, sweat-soaked performance. And now, broken-hearted or not, so can we.

  • Green Day Post Bloody 'Kill the DJ' Video, Apologize for Nixed Show

    Green Day Post Bloody 'Kill the DJ' Video, Apologize for Nixed Show

    Green Day released an unfortunately timed, unrelated pair of videos over the weekend, one announcing illness and the other hinting at violence. In the former clip, bass player Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool apologize for canceling Green Day's September 2 show in Bologna, Italy, due to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's hospitalization for an undisclosed sickness. "We sincerely apologize to our fans, but unfortunately due to illness Billie Joe has been hospitalized, and we regretfully must cancel our performance in Bologna, Italy this evening," the band said in a Facebook status update accompanying the video.

  • Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj / Photo by Getty Images

    Labor Day Brings New Music From Lil Wayne and Gunplay (But Not Missy Elliott)

    "You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy," Nicki Minaj raps over Kanye West's menacing "Mercy" keyboard plinks on a track from Lil Wayne's new Dedication 4. The mixtape, the latest in a cult-adored series that includes 2006's essential Dedication 2, was only one in a flurry of new hip-hop releases over Labor Day weekend. No economic forecasts here, but those of us who took the day off really do look lazy by comparison. Dedication 4, where Minaj also made headlines by rapping about supporting Mitt Romney despite her past tweets in favor of free national health care, wasn't the only high-profile mixtape of the three-day weekend. Gunplay, Rick Ross' standout Miami cohort, also posted his 601 & Snort mixtape, which includes a guest appearance from Ross, among others.

  • Watch Azealia Banks Bring '1991' Back in Chic New Video

    Watch Azealia Banks Bring '1991' Back in Chic New Video

    1991 is more than the year Azealia Banks was born. It's the tattoo in Roman numerals on her left shoulder. It's the title of her debut EP. And it's also the name of that release's fourth and final video selection, with visuals that pay stylish tribute to the hip-house, pop, and R&B clips from the early '90s. The Harlem rap dynamo has name-checked Madonna, Crystal Waters, and Aaliyah all as influences for her "1991" video, directed by Justin Mitchell (Kid Cudi, Jenny Lewis). The comparisons fit Banks' flair for delivering ratatat NYC-rap verbal barrages over rave- and house-tinted dance beat. The pantsuits fit Banks like it's the unremembered '90s. In contributor Zach Baron's current SPIN cover story on Banks, at one point she's in a van, singing along to her own song — this one: "Why you do that do that do do that that that?

  • Sky Ferreira / Photo by Getty Images

    Hear Sky Ferreira Team Up With Blood Orange on 'Everything Is Embarrassing'

    Sky Ferreira has appeared to be on the verge of breakout success since she was 15. Now 20, she's defying the industry's usual panicky logic and developing patiently into a nuanced, understated avatar for the new commercial avant-garde, at least to extrapolate wildly on the basis of her latest track. Produced by Usher's "Climax" co-songwriter Ariel Rechtshaid and Blood Orange's Dev Hynes (per Pitchfork), "Everything Is Embarrassing" drops a sharply crafted piano-pop torch song into a moody frame that, as Ferreira sings, tries "everything and nothing." The muted sultriness of Sade. The cheese-embracing light synth-funk of chillwave.

  • Prince / Photo by Getty Images

    Prince Confirms First Chicago Dates in Eight Years

    Prince will hold court at the United Center in Chicago for multiple dates starting September 24, the Purple One has announced. The wording of the press release is vague but signals that more show dates will be revealed shortly. The "Welcome 2 Chicago" visit, Prince's first Windy City stop since 2004, follows similar multi-date stands in the New York area and Los Angeles in recent years. Tickets go on sale September 6 at 10 a.m. CST via LiveNation.com. The September 24 show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m., according to TicketMaster. Prices run from $60.32-$162.52 once you include the extra $13.02 in fees and taxes. The event will be a "collaboration" with Rebuild the Dream, a group founded by activist Van Jones as a liberal counterweight to the Tea Party.

  • Bret McKenzie celebrating his Oscar win / Photo by Getty Images

    Oscars to Actually Pick Five Best Song Nominees Next Year

    Next year's Academy Awards ceremony might be a slightly less bizarre one for music. New rules disclosed yesterday will all but guarantee the best original song category has five nominees, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Now we can all get back to complaining about why the Oscar winners for best song are so lame. This year, due to a fluke of the Oscars' byzantine nominating rules, only two songs were up for the award. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie ultimately brought home best-song honors for The Muppets' "Man or Muppet," defeating Rio's "Real in Rio," but neither song was performed live at the awards show.

  • See Big Boi Rap Over a Nude Woman in 'She Said OK' Video

    See Big Boi Rap Over a Nude Woman in 'She Said OK' Video

    We don't think Big Boi's new video is technically NSFW — the bits you can't show on regular cable are strategically covered — but you might not want to watch it where a boss, a co-worker, or a child could sneak up behind you. "She Said OK" is a slinky stripper ode (hook: "Let me see your titties"), and the video is similarly unsubtle. Well, actually director Alexi Papalexopoulos has said the clip attempts to flip the script on the male-oriented lyrics, putting "the female in a domineering role and our rappers, our men, in a submissive role." But that mostly just means Big Boi grinning next to naked women. Theophilus London and Tre Luce join the OutKast rapper on the track, from November album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and they get to keep their clothes on.

  • Taylor Swift Skirts Adam Levine Lookalike in 'Never Ever' Video

    Taylor Swift Skirts Adam Levine Lookalike in 'Never Ever' Video

    For Taylor Swift, the 18th time is the charm. The potential next Pitbull told MTV that's how many tries it took to pull off the playful and endearing new video for her current chart-topping, record-breaking single, Max Martin co-produced breakup anthem "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." And it's easy to see why she needed so many mulligans: Directed by previous collaborator Declan Whitebloom, the clip is "all in one take, shot with one camera, 5 costume changes, and woodland creatures," as Swift said on Twitter yesterday. Persistence, as it happens, is a theme of the song and video, too. Swift surely knows the Adam Levine lookalike who plays her clingy ex will lead to some more sales-greasing publicity ahead of the October 22 release of her upcoming album Red — OMG was she secretly dating the Maroon 5 frontman?

  • Helvetia

    Hear Helvetia's Iridescent 'A Mirror'

    Helvetia's current tour with Built to Spill isn't the bands' first trip together, and it actually unites two groups whose members have been touring on the indie-rock circuit since the '90s. Jason Albertini, the main songwriter for Portland-based Helvetia, used to play with underrated space-rockers Duster. But the opening slot on the bill is no discredit to Helvetia's talents: As with Duster or their slightly earlier contemporaries Flying Saucer Attack, Helvetia's pleasures are understated but substantial. That's fully evidenced by the gleaming haze of "A Mirror," from their upcoming album Nothing in Rambling (due out September 11 on Joyful Noise Recordings).

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