Marc Hogan

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  • Wu-Tang Clan on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

    Wu-Tang Clan Bring Out the Roots for 'Boxing' Reunion on 'Fallon'

    Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA's martial arts film The Man With the Iron Fists doesn't hit theaters until November 2, but the soundtrack comes out today in a cocktail of formats. The soul-soaked 16-song set is streaming online for free, and RZA has built up anticipation by trickling out a series of tracks that rise above typical soundtrack fodder, including the swampy Black Keys team-up "The Baddest Man Alive," the storytelling-focused Kanye West wedding jam "White Dress," and the Flatbush Zombies-guesting non-Bob-Dylan-cover "Blowin' in the Wind."Among the most celebrated, though, have been the disc's full Wu-Tang Clan tracks: Kool G Rap team-up "Rivers of Blood" and all-Wu, all-unfuckwithable "Six Directions of Boxing." Wu took the latter of those to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night for an unflashy, iron-fisted, dope-roping performance befitting the song's title.

  • Metallica's James Hetfield

    Metallica's Fan-Picked 'World Magnetic' Concert DVD Due in December

    Metallica have announced the track list and release date for a new live concert movie that uses footage from the metal giants' tour in support of 2008's Death Magnetic (see our photo gallery: A Year on the Road With Metallica). The as-yet-untitled release from the band's "World Magnetic" tour will be out on DVD, Blu-ray, and via digital providers on December 10. It will be Metallica's first effort on their own label in North America.Shot by longtime collaborator Wayne Isham, the double-DVD and single-disc Blu-ray set includes footage from two fall 2009 shows in Quebec City, Canada. Fans helped pick the track list by voting on Metallica's website. Check out that track list below; suggested retail price for DVD and Blu-ray will be $15.98.Metallica Quebec DVD track list: 1. "That Was Just Your Life" 2. "The End Of The Line" 3. "The Four Horsemen" 4. "The Shortest Straw" 5. "One" 6.

  • A Place to Bury Strangers

    A Place to Bury Strangers Massacre Toys in Fiery 'And I'm Up' Video

    A Place to Bury Strangers might be better known for making speakers melt, but in the latest video from this year's solid Worship, the foreboding Brooklyn shoegazers turn up the heat on at least one action figure. Ricketier and more melodic than some of the band's more industrial-informed sonic assaults, "And I'm Up" could slot nicely next to the scuzzy indie pop of, say, underappreciated late-'00s DFA signing Shocking Pinks. Fittingly, the video takes on a more playful feel, too. Premiered by Vice and directed by Karl Ackermann, brother of APTBS singer and lead guitarist Oliver Ackermann, the clip is a phantasmagoric display of toy and stuffed animal carnage. "Either way I choose the choice is wrong / So I'll choose wrong," Oliver intones.

  • Nicki Minaj 'Come on a Cone'

    Nicki Minaj Bros Down in Cameo-Filled 'Come On A Cone' Video

    As if on cue, Nicki Minaj returns to remind us she's a rapper. A ferociously unhinged one, at that. Onika Maraj recently wreaked havoc — with help from Cassie — in the video for "The Boys," the pop-bursting first single from her November 19 re-release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up.

  • 'Figure 8' mural restored

    Elliott Smith's 'Figure 8' Mural Inventively Restored in Los Angeles

    Elliott Smith died nine years ago, on October 21, 2003. To mark the anniversary, a group called the Punk Rock Marthas restored the mural that appears on the cover of the last album Smith released while he was alive, 2000's Figure 8, as NME points out.Graffiti had taken its toll on the mural, in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, so the group revamped it. Acknowledging no restoration of the mural could be permanent, the Punk Rock Marthas embraced temporariness in their choice of tools. Rather than simply repaint the mural, they incorporate recycled paper.

  • Bruno Mars on 'Saturday Night Love'

    See Bruno Mars' Excellent Michael Jackson, Billie Joe Armstrong Impressions on 'SNL'

    Unorthodox Jukebox is the title of Bruno Mars' forthcoming album, and it could also aptly describe the most memorable part of the pop singer's appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Joining the pantheon of artists pulling double duty by serving as both the host and musical guest on SNL, Mars turned out to funny and charming. A highlight was a Pandora-themed sketch, where Mars did his hilariously caricatured impressions of Green Day, Aerosmith, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Louis Armstrong, and Michael Jackson. It's all in the glove.NBC couldn't post the clip due to copyright reasons, but it's floating around online; check it out below while it lasts. The show also amusing mocked the Juggalos with a sketch packed with references to the presidential campaign ("binders full of women" is the new Seamus the dog).

  • Pussy Riot protest

    Pussy Riot Members Shipped Off to Distant Prison Colonies

    The punishment for a "punk prayer," under Russian president Vladimir Putin, has a whiff of the Soviet-era gulag about it.The two imprisoned members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were transferred over the weekend from Moscow prison to remote locations, the AP reports. Their lawyer Mark Feygin said Maria Alyokhina had been shipped off to the Perm area in the Ural Mountains and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova had been sent to Mordovia, a province in central Russia. Feygin said his sources were prison officials and he hadn't been able to get confirmation from his clients."These are the harshest camps of all the possible choices," the band said via Twitter today, as translated by the Guardian. Several prison camps operate in both Perm and Mordovia, and some of them were reportedly part of the Soviet gulag system of forced labor camps.

  • Adele

    Adele to Skip 'Skyfall' Premiere After Birth of Son

    James Bond's famous powers of seduction only go so far. Adele, who has given birth to a healthy baby boy, as Us Weekly reported over the weekend, evidently won't attend the London premiere of new Bond film Skyfall, despite singing the theme song (see Adele's 'Skyfall' Premieres: Our First Impressions).As the Sun reports, Adele is expected to stay home during tomorrow night's event at Royal Albert Hall so she can be with her newborn son. "Adele doesn’t want to leave her little boy’s side, it’s as simple as that," a source is quoted as saying.

  • Chief Keef 'Love Sosa'

    Chief Keef Releases Raw 'Love Sosa' Video, Previews Energetic 'Go'

    Keith Cozart, a.k.a. Chief Keef, is technically just a kid, a fact that crashes down hard when his name comes up in connection with gun ranges, prosecutors, and murder. (He has another probation hearing on November 20.) But the 17-year-old Chicago rapper's age also makes his rapid rise all the more impressive. Interscope sponsored the video for his spacey, Young Chop-produced boast "Love Sosa." The song, with its patiently billowing beats and unforced braggodocio that recalls Atlanta's Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, neatly crystallizes Keef's approach so far. And the clip features another set of kinetic, low-key visuals courtesy of "I Don't Like" director D. Gainz. The Glory Boys CEO also posted a 48-second snippet of a new song called "Go," with slow-motion keyboards and emphatic rhymes on Friday (October 19). Watch the "Love Sosa" video, and hear a cut of "Go" below.

  • Crystal Castles 'III'

    Crystal Castles Preview Ecstatic New Song 'Telepath' Live, Off Delayed '(III)' Album

    Crystal Castles' songs, even when they were of the chirpy 8-bit variety, have always been dark and implicitly violent. Consequence of Sound points to live footage of the Canadian duo performing a new one live in Denver this week, and what's most striking is how comparatively blissed out this neo-rave floor-stomper is. The glowsticks in the audience don't look out of place, and it's easy to imagine dancing to this joyfully rather than with a tinge of mosh-related anxiety.That might have something to do with the absence of Alice Glass's ever-peircing banshee wails on vocals, as the track appears to be instrumental. But the brighter colors are in producer half Ethan Kath's four-on-the-floor clatter, too, its busy percussion coming closer to the rock-informed disco of DFA Records than we've heard before from these two.

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