Marc Hogan



  • Robert James

    Kid Kid Rock: Son of the Bullgod Rap-Rocks Like His Daddy

    "Nepotism works," said New York Times publisher Arthur "Punch" Sulzberger, who died last month at age 86. Bullshit. Willow Smith is one thing: "Whip My Hair" was a bona fide bubblegum-swag hit for the post-Lil Mama era, Jay-Z's cosign surely counts for something, and hanging out with Odd Future rappers is the right kind of trolling. Just because you're a famous actor, rapper, or fashion designer's kid shouldn't make your music any more (or less) worthy. If you want to escape the shadow of Growing Pains, you'd better be able to sing like Robin Thicke.Which brings us to Kid Rock's 19-year-old son, Robert James Ritchie Jr., who, as FACT points out, is now a budding rapper. Though Kid Kid Rock has released a free digital EP under the name Bandit, his website says he's now going by simply Robert James.

  • The Vines' Craig Nicholls

    The Vines' Craig Nicholls Out on Bail in Assault Case

    The Vines' Craig Nicholls has gotten free, for now. As Sydney's Daily Telegraph reports, the Australian rock group's frontman is out on bail after being arrested on Saturday at his family's home.A judge has maintained an order against the 35-year-old singer but eased the conditions so Nicholls will not be required to report to police or to avoid Connells Point, his suburban Sydney neighborhood. Nicholls, who suffers from Asperger syndrome, will reportedly meet with a psychologist on October 19. He's due back in court on November 14, when he will enter a plea to the charges against him.As previously reported, those charges include two counts of domestic assault, plus stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest, and assault causing bodily harm.

  • R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet'

    R. Kelly Revives 'Trapped in the Closet' in 'Crazy' New Chapter

    R. Kelly let G.O.O.D. Music boss Kanye West walk away with Cruel Summer's closest thing to a "George Bush doesn't care about black people" moment — "Mitt Romney don't pay no tax" — on their album-opening team-up "To the World," but the Pied Piper of R&B would never hide from the limelight for long. His winningly smooth retro-soul throwback Write Me Back is only a few months old, and Kellz keeps talking up a forthcoming return to 12 Play-style lasciviousness to be titled Black Panties. But first, R.

  • The Rolling Stones

    Rolling Stones Tease Setlist for Pricey Anniversary Shows: More Dates to Come?

    Now that the Rolling Stones have officially confirmed four 50th anniversary shows (and one pay-per-view special), let the setlist predictions, grousing about high prices, and rumors of additional concerts begin. Hey, it's only rock'n'roll (but they like it).As NME points out, the Stones posted a hand-written list of songs on Twitter just before announcing their sets of upcoming shows in London and Newark, New Jersey. With a couple of dozen songs, including some of the Stones' best known hits, it would make sense if the list is a preview of what to expect when the Stones return live. "Paint It Black" and "Honky Tonk Women" make the cut, as do new songs "Doom and Gloom" and "One Last Shot," both from the band's November 13 compilation GRRR!. Check out the full list below (yes, "She's So Cold" is on there twice).Getting into the Stones shows might not be cheap, however.

  • Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus Frontman Explains 'My Eating Disorder'

    Titus Andronicus' third album, Local Business — which you can hear now — strips away the Civil War pomp of 2010's excellent The Monitor and finds the Jersey boys taking a rawer approach, both lyrically and musically. On early advance tracks "In a Big City" and "Still Life With Hot Deuce on Silver Platter," that means mercilessly dissecting urban bohemia without sparing their own complicity in it.

  • Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean's Latest Open Letter Confirms Jay-Z, Pharrell Collaboration

    Frank Ocean last posted a TextEdit-style letter on his Tumblr way back on Independence Day. It was a tender, nuanced, and deeply moving account of his first love (a man), and in hindsight the best possible preface to the R&B-steeped singer and songwriter's Essential album, channel ORANGE, which arrived early several days later. In the wee small hours of this morning, on Boss' Day, Ocean flexed his TextEdit-to-Tumblr skills again, with a post that's less momentous but no less riveting.The big revelation this time is not much of a revelation at all: Ocean merely confirms that he's been recording with Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams. (Pharrell surfaced photos of the trio in the studio via Twitter earlier this month.) He writes, “I sat in the studio days ago with Jiggaman and Pharrell. Pharrell looks 19. They seemed like old friends.

  • President Barack Obama

    Barack Obama Sides With Mariah Carey in Nicki Minaj 'American Idol' Debate

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney square off tonight in the second of three Presidential debates, this time in a town hall-style forum. The AP cites administration officials who say special operations strike forces stand ready over Africa if called to respond to last month's attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. The New York Times notes today that whoever wins the election, a divided Congress faces a "fiscal cliff" that could dictate a new administration's options over the next four years. And Obama is being asked to weigh in on American Idol.As Speakeasy points out, Obama called into Miami radio program The Michael Yo!

  • The Vines' Craig Nicholls

    The Vines Frontman Arrested for Allegedly Punching His Mother

    Add another sad twist to the strange saga of the Vines. Way back in 2002, the fuzzed-out Australian guitar-poppers drew acclaim from SPIN and other magazines alongside a "new rock" movement including the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the Hives. The Vines were even the subject of SPIN's March 2004 cover story, but then their sophomore record flopped, the band almost split up, and frontman Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.Now, the Sydney Morning Herald reports (via Spinner) that Nicholls was arrested on Saturday over an alleged incident at home. Police reportedly said the 35-year-old singer punched his mother twice in the head on Saturday afternoon and resisted arrest, leading police to use pepper spray. "He tried to evade police and [a] violent struggle ensued," one of the police is quoted as saying.

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Reaches 'State of Grace' on Feedback-Streaked Rock Anthem

    The latest single from Taylor Swift's upcoming fourth album Red hit iTunes last night, and it confirms a picture of the October 22 release as her most varied and least traditionally country so far.

  • The xx's Romy Madley-Croft

    The xx Go Underwater in Gray, Glinting 'Chained' Video

    "We used to be closer than this," sung by two voices in a whispery tone — and spacious synth-R&B arrangement — that suggests an enviable closeness already, makes for a wonderfully evocative hook. On the xx's "Chained," it's also representative of the London trio's overall sophomore album Coexist, where it's as if two lovers are constantly trapped in an excquisitely excruciating place-between also captured on Usher's recent "Climax." Pitchfork has posted a new "Chained" video, where Oliver Sim's vaguely sinister opening lines ("I watched you breathe in / And I wished you'd stop") gain the lung-choking context of fellow xx-er Romy Madley-Croft submerged in gray, sun-pierced water. It's directed for the Creators Project by the Young Replicant team, who also oversaw the clip for Purity Ring's "Fineshrine," another instance of body-menacing electro-pop intimacy. Be safe out there, kids.

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