Marc Hogan

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  • Sleigh Bells Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller third album

    Sleigh Bells Plan Cleaner, More Melodic Album for 2013

    Sleigh Bells are still on the road in support of their Essential-branded Reign of Terror, and already the Brooklyn noise-pop duo has its sights set on the next album. As the Huffington Post reports, instrumental half Derek Miller said earlier this month Sleigh Bells are now "halfway" through a planned 2013 follow-up. "We'll have three full-length albums in three years," Miller's quoted as saying.Indications are Sleigh Bells' not-yet-titled third album will continue their trajectory from blown-speaker cheerleader chants to more conventionally tuneful material. That's a path the pair already took from their style-setting, "why didn't I think of that?!" 2010 debut, Treats, to this year's emotionally wracked hair-metal guitar demolition Reign of Terror. "Sonically, it's a lot more clean," Miller told HuffPo.

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    Feist Serenades Bleak Big Sur in Haunting 'Graveyard' Video

    Feist has a song on the latest Twilight soundtrack, which is due out on November 13, but first the Canadian singer-songwriter has released a supernatural-tinged video of her own (via Pitchfork). Leslie Feist's fourth album, Metals, came out more than a year ago, and our reviewer Garrrett Kamps wrote that funereal plaint "Graveyard" has "the album's best hook."This stark, distant, Big Sur-set clip, directed by previous Beck and Jamie Lidell collaborator Keith Megna, is well worth the wait. "We're alone in the field, always at a distance," Feist said of the video on Facebook "And people appear and disappear from your life." People, the clip suggests, and dark birds that might represent lost souls.There's no need to hide under the table, though. "Whoa oh oh oh oh, bring them all back to life," Feist sings, and you know what? That's still a pretty great hook.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch

    'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein to Be Subject of Tom Hanks-Backed Biopic

    It's a big year for the man Paul McCartney once dubbed the fifth member of the Beatles. Fab Four manager Brian Epstein, who signed the band in 1961 and died in 1967 after accidentally overdosing on sleeping pills, is already becoming the hero of his own comic book, brought to you by one of the creators of Green Day's American Idiot musical. Now the Hollywood Reporter notes that Epstein will also be the subject of his own biopic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, both of the excellent BBC series Sherlock.Tom Hanks is among the producers, via the Playtone company he co-founded circa 1996's music-themed That Thing You Do!. Sundance-nominated screenwriter Todd Graff handled the screenplay, which the Hollywood Reporter confirms is about Epstein himself, not Epstein's perspective on Beatlemania.

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    Vampire Weekend Spook 'Unbelievers' With Jaunty New Song on 'Kimmel'

    A new song that Vampire Weekend previewed over the summer in Cleveland now has a title and a full-fledged TV studio recording.The cosmopolitan New York City guitar-poppers brought a horn section, a cellist, and Halloween-appropriate makeup to a performance of clappy "Unbelievers" on last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which is being shot in Brooklyn all this week. The guitar chords feel like a knowing riff on the Monkees' Neil Diamond-written "I'm a Believer," and otherwise the song is in keeping with the band's previously lyrically dense, melodically bouncy style, complete with a bridge where all but drums and vocals drop out. "I'm not excited," lilts frontman Ezra Koenig.

  • Soundgarden

    Soundgarden Unearth Demos, Vinyl, and DVD for 'King Animal' Box Set

    Soundgarden's King Animal is getting a little fiercer. The rockers' first album of new material in 16 years is due out on November 13, via Seven Four Entertainment/Republic Records, with prices for the basic music alone ranging from $12.99 for a standard CD to $24.99 for a double 180-gram vinyl edition, according to Soundgarden's website. As Blabbermouth points out, the band has also revealed the details for various "deluxe" options, including a box set.The 12-inch by 12-inch package sells for $99.99, or $119.99 if you add a T-shirt. That's not Rihanna's $250 Unapologetic box set, but then again, this one doesn't come with a custom ViewMaster displaying 3D images of Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil (that we know of!).

  • Bruce Springsteen and Christina Aguilera

    Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, and More to Play Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert

    NBC has a bevy of big-name musical acts signed up to play a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy on Friday night, the AP reports. New Jersey's favorite sons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are on the bill, along with Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera and Long Island-raised Billy Joel. Sting, from the exotic borough known as Great Britain, will also be performing.Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. NBC and its cable affiliates will screen the show — that means not only CNBC and MSNBC but also Bravo, USA, and E! — and the network is asking other stations to follow suit. The screening is set for 8 p.m. EST, with a tape delay on the West Coast, and will take place at New York City's Rockefeller Center.NBC's TODAY co-anchor Matt Lauer will host, and NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is also set to perform.

  • Eminem

    Universal Settles Influential Eminem Digital-Revenue Lawsuit

    The money has finally started rolling in a lawsuit that could lead to big payouts for many recording artists. Last year, the Supreme Court decided not to review a case involving Eminem, after an appeals court had decided that for Slim Shady, digital downloads count as "licenses," which carry higher royalty payments than "sales" do. The decision led to a flurry of artists filing similar lawsuits, including Rob Zombie, Rick James' estate, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Weird Al.What the courts still hadn't decided, however, was how much Universal Music Group would have to pay FBT Productions, the producers who discovered Eminem, in damages. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two parties have now settled for an undisclosed sum.

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    Soundgarden (Refuse to) Act Their Age on Roaring 'Non-State Actor'

    No one should ever confuse Soundgarden with Sonic Youth, but the former appear to have been drinking from a fountain of the latter. "Non-State Actor," the latest song to surface (via Stereogum) from the heavy Seattle rockers' first album in 16 years, King Animal, is a howling, riff-swallowing blitzkrieg that could almost be a relic from a time when there was no such thing as "post-grunge." Of other Animal tracks out there so far, it's closer to the lurching aggression of "Been Away for Too Long" than the spooky "Bones of Birds" or strummy Avengers blandthem "Live to Rise." Though billed as a "lyric video," the clip introducing "Non-State Actor" shows little more than a black-and-white flag, like OutKast's Stankonia cover only with a King Animal insignia where the stars should be. "You are the tank and rockets / I am the bomb," Chris Cornell bellows. Duck and cover.

  • Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Denies Reported Sexual Assault Allegations

    Cee Lo Green, who has recently been eschewing his wild Dungeon Family roots in favor of the more pop-oriented direction seen by millions every week on The Voice, is now the subject of disturbing headlines.According to TMZ, Los Angeles police are investigating the Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob singer for an alleged sexual assault. The LAPD reportedly have talked with "several" workers at a downtown L.A. restaurant. Cee Lo told TMZ he did nothing wrong and hasn't been to that restaurant in three months. Cee Lo isn't facing any charges at this point, and the case hasn't been passed on to prosecutors, according to TMZ.Cee Lo's musical output has been relatively subdued lately. Best known outside The Voice as the retro-soul belter behind hits "Fuck You" (a.k.a.

  • Crystal Castles' Alice Glass / Getty

    Hear Crystal Castles' Ghostly 'Affection'

    Crystal Castles' new album III comes out on November 12, but it's available for preorder now, including via iTunes. Today the shadowy Canadian electro-punks have posted the latest track from the album, "Affection." It's a strobe-y, robot-voiced slow builder and should fit in neatly alongside previously unveiled songs "Plague" and "Wrath of God." 

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