Marc Hogan

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  • Jack White

    Jack White Rakes Through 'Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground' Live at Third Man

    It's that "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" time of year again. As you shake the decomposing organic evidence of fall from your shoes, sit down and take a listen to Jack White's shit-kicking version of the vintage White Stripes rocker during his first ever official solo show, on March 8 of this year. It's the first track from White's upcoming Live at Third Man Records, a double album from that concert, with one disc featuring White's all-female backing band, the Peacocks, and the other his all-male band, the Buzzards.That album, in turn, is part of "Vault Package 14," the latest entry in Third Man Records' subscription series.

  • The Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye

    The Weeknd Imbues 'Enemy' With the Smiths' Seductive Power

    One way the Weeknd frontman Abel Tesfaye has signaled his difference from more conventional R&B stars (see Frank Ocean, Miguel, and Holy Other Usher in PBR&B 2.0) has been through his use of samples. He has tended to draw from rock critic-approved sources, though generally ones that already share elements of his sexual menace: Beach House and Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as more predictable R&B influence Aaliyah — who, let's not forget, starred in a film called Queen of the Damned.

  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne Hospitalized After In-Flight 'Seizure-Like Symptoms'

    Lil Wayne suffered "seizure-like" symptoms on his private jet Thursday afternoon, forcing an emergency landing in Texas, according to TMZ. Though details are scarce, a source close to Weezy reportedly says the rapper went to an area hospital "for several hours." Happily, Wayne was out of the hospital by roughly 6 p.m., and he's "doing better," according to TMZ's sources.Other details are unclear. As of this post, the 30-year-old Young Money MC hasn't updated his Twitter account since Wednesday. Earlier this week, he looked to be exuberant (and "presumably healthy") as he sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Sunday's San Francisco Giants baseball playoff game. Also this week, MTV reported that Lil Wayne says he has "like 90" unreleased songs produced by Dr. Dre.

  • M83's

    M83's 'Steve McQueen' Gets Whimsical, Long-Overdue Video

    On last year's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, Anthony Gonzalez concentrates his wonderful, decade-old M83 project into grandiosely swelling, awe-conveying electronic anthems. Forget "dream-pop"; this is lump-in-throat childhood-fantasy pop — chillwave writ stadium-size. Rarely is this more true or more effective than on the album's "Steve McQueen," where the hard-to-discern lyrics reveal themselves to be as optimistic as an Olympics theme: "There's a magic inside / Just waiting to burst out," Gonzalez exults, with an agape enthusiasm he all but wills the rest of us to share. Little wonder, then, that Lil B chose to rap over the song. It's Based.Roughly a year after the album's release, "Steve McQueen" now finally has a video, the winner of a competition held in part by music video website Genero.tv.

  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

    Hear Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's Spirited 'Holy Roller'

    "I am a woman of leisure," Thao Nguyen begins on "Holy Roller," the first song she wrote for upcoming third album with the Get Down Stay Down, but that understates her endeavors. We the Common, due out on February 5, 2013, in the U.S. via Ribbon Music, might be the San Francisco-based singer-songwriter's first album with her band since 2009's Know Better Learn Faster, but she also teamed up with K Records veteran Mirah last fall for a collaborative LP titled, accurately, Thao & Mirah.Thao & the Get Down Stay Down recorded We the Common at San Francisco's Tiny Telephone Studios and Dallas' Elmwood Studio. John Congleton (St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen) produced.

  • Kendrick Lamar

    'Good Kid,' Big Sales: Kendrick Lamar's 'm.A.A.d city' Poised for No. 2 Chart Debut

    By all accounts, Taylor Swift has next week's Billboard 200 top spot on lock. The country-pop singer's eclectic new album Red is forecasted to sell more than one million copies, as Billboard confirms. But a more surprising and still remarkable chart placement might belong to Kendrick Lamar: The Compton rapper's Essential-stamped good kid, m.A.A.D. city is reportedly on track to bow at No. 2. If Lamar sells more than 220,000 copies of his major-label debut as predicted, he would be within shouting distance of the highest first-week sales mark for a male rapper's album this year. Young Jeezy currently holds that honor, with a 233,000 sales frame in January. In other good news, Tupac-inspired blues-rock guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr.'s major-label debut Blak and Blu also looks set for the top 10. Cue the Jeezy ad libs: Yeaaah! Ay!

  • Courtney Love

    Something in the Great White Way: Courtney Love's Manager Hints at Nirvana Musical

    Nirvana's ongoing multimedia expansion/exploitation might soon hit Broadway. Earlier this week, CBS announced an upcoming sitcom that would be titled Smells Like Teen Spirit. On Wednesday, music industry manager Sam Lutfi took a break from accusing Britney Spears of meth use to reveal plans for a potential Nirvana musical, as the New York Daily News reports.Lutfi, who is suing the Spears family for libel and other claims, testified in a Los Angeles court that he and Love "are currently working on a possible motion picture or Broadway musical based on the Nirvana catalogue, based on her life and Kurt Cobain's." Lutfi is also quoted as saying he "currently co-manage[s] Ms. Love," whom he described as "an accomplished actress."But don't necessarily look for About a Girl: The Musical in time for the next Tony Awards season.

  • Christopher Owens' 'Lysandre'

    Girls' Christopher Owens Is Going Solo: Hear Two Baroque-Pop Tracks

    When Christopher Owens said in July that he'd be leaving Girls but not music, he wasn't just teasing, though his recent modeling work had us a bit worried he'd found a new calling. Owens' solo debut will be titled Lysandre, the San Francisco-based pop classicist has announced, and it's due out on January 15, 2013, via Fat Possum (in the U.S.) and Turnstile (everywhere else).Owens' first album since Girls' critically adored 2011 Father, Son, Holy Ghost takes its title from the name of a girl Owens says he met in France at a festival gig. The album is set to follow a "complete narrative," according to the press release, based on Owens' experiences from Girls' inaugural 2008 tour, from San Francisco to New York City to the French Riviera and back again. “A coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story," Owens describes the album in the press release.

  • Axl Rose on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    Watch Axl Rose Semi-Endorse Obama in First Live TV Interview in 20 Years

    Axl Rose looked jolly last night, in his first live broadcast TV interview in more than 20 years. And not just because the eponymous host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! compared the Guns N' Roses frontman to Santa Claus. After the "Sweet Child O' Die" art gallery brouhaha, the onstage falls and robbery during GNR's European tour,  and his legal battle with Guitar Hero for virtually associating him with former G'R guitarist Slash, he needed a humanizing moment, and he got it on Kimmel's ABC show.Then again, of course Rose was good in spirits. He didn't really have to tackle too many tough questions. Although Slash came up briefly in Rose's chat last year on VH1's That Metal Show, the Los Angeles Times reported in December that his publicist requested he not be asked about his former bandmate, and that held true last night.

  • Bruce Springsteen and Bill Clinton

    Bruce Springsteen Slips 'Marijuana' Into Obama Song

    It's a tribute to Bruce Springsteen's showmanship that he can appear to be speaking off the cuff even when he's repeating words he's already said on other stages. The guy plays a lot of shows, after all. The Boss made another campaign appearance last night in Virginia on behalf of President Barack Obama, and he dusted off his goofy new pro-Obama ditty, "Forward and Away We Go."Though the Virginia appearance has already made headlines for its presidential impersonation and for "Forward" seeming "made up on the spot," the song is basically the same one he premiered last week in Ohio and Iowa. He's mimicked Obama's cool speaking style before, too — you can see it best in this Des Moines Register video (and you definitely should check it out, because it's surreal).

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