Marc Hogan

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  • The Beach Boys

    Beach Boys' Mike Love Explains Brian Wilson's 'Firing,' Confuses Everyone

    It's usually not a good idea to take sides in another family's dispute. Exhibit A: The latest twist in the Beach Boys' long-running saga of sweetly harmonious inter-personal dysfunction. Mike Love's recent Los Angeles Times column denying reports he "fired" fellow Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, plus guitarist David Marks, only makes the whole situation all the more tangled and unpleasant."Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys," Love writes. "I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He's my cousin by birth and my brother in music."The rest of his column is similarly repetitive and, in places, egregiously self-aggrandizing, but you know what?

  • Blur / Photo via Facebook

    Blur to Headline Primavera as Reunion Continues

    Reports on the death of Blur's reunion party continue to be exaggerated. Despite conflicting quotes from frontman and Gorillaz maestro Damon Albarn in advance of the reformed British art-pop luminaries' Olympic-closing concert this summer in London's Hyde Park, the band has already confirmed a set this summer at Belgium's Rock Werchter festival. Today Blur confirmed at least two more gigs, both at this spring's Primavera Sound festival. Catch them in Barcelona, Spain, on May 24, and in Oporto, Portugal, on May 31. As the band's Facebook page says, "More as we know it…"Below, watch footage of Blur debuting elegantly elegiac 2012 single "Under the Westway" on a rooftop:

  • Radiohead's Thom Yorke on 'Austin City Limits'

    Watch Radiohead's Forward-Leaning 'Austin City Limits' Episode

    Radiohead's breakthrough single "Creep" turned 20 years old last month, which means yesterday, on October 7, frontman Thom Yorke turned 44. A day earlier, on Saturday, PBS kicked off a new season Austin City Limits with a nearly hour-long set by the band. Shot way back in March, the episode documents Radiohead as many saw them this year, taut and confident, with Yorke's ponytailed gyrations at center stage.The show included a new song the band debuted on their latest tour ("Identikit"), two The King of Limbs outtakes the band released 14 months ago as twin sides of a non-album single ("The Daily Mail"/"Staircase"), and an Amnesiac-era B-side that made its live debut one night earlier in Austin ("The Amazing Sounds of Orgy").

  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'

    Stream Godspeed You! Black Emperor's New Album In Full

    Last week, Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced the post-rock droners' first album in more than a decade, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!. The follow-up to  2002's Yanqui U.X.O. doesn't officially arrive through the band's own Constellation Records label until October 16, but you can stream the whole thing now via the Guardian. Par for the Montreal collective, the record consists of only four tracks, but they sprawl out for 53 minutes. SPIN's Christopher R. Weingarten said Godspeed's last New York show delivered "the lushest, most layered, most dynamic, most majestic drone you'll ever hear in your life"; listen to their new album for yourself here.

  • Muse's Matthew Bellamy on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Muse Turn 'Saturday Night Live' Into 'Panic Station'

    The maximalist men of Muse aren't scheduled to begin their North American tour until after we all survive the impending Mayan apocalypse (updated dates below), but they were live in New York on Saturday night. On a Daniel Craig-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, Muse battled surprise guest Big Bird for dominance via the wubby electro-pop song "Madness" and paranoid funk track "Panic Station," both from their U.K.-chart-topping new album The 2nd Law. Muse's SNL appearance followed performances by chart-conquering jamboree crusaders Mumford & Sons and leftfield-pop explorer Frank Ocean.

  • Jay-Z 'Live in Brooklyn'

    Watch Beyonce Sing 'Crazy in Love' at Jay-Z's Brooklyn Finale

    Jay-Z finished up an eight-show stint inaugurating Brooklyn's new Barclays Center on Saturday night, and he didn't let the opportunity go to waste. He live-streamed the concert, and tomorrow, as Rap Radar points out, he will be releasing an eight-song LIVE IN BROOKLYN "audio/visual optic EP" recorded at the gig; pre-order it here. But he also invited onstage an unannounced guest, his wife and pop queen Beyoncé, who sang a bit of her 2008 I Am... Sasha Fierce Bangladesh production "Diva" before belting out her 2003 solo single "Crazy in Love" with Jay. Then the two joined forces again as Bey sang the hook on The Blueprint 3's Alphaville-updating "Young Forever." It was a triumphant, exultant performance, no less so because Hova arrived by subway. Watch Bey and Jay's performance below (via Yardie), and then check out a replay of Jay's full two-hour set (via itsalwaysnew).

  • Muse's Matthew Bellamy / Photo by Feng Li for Getty Images

    Muse to Enforce 'The 2nd Law' on North American Tour

    The laws of thermodynamics, which inspired Muse's humorless new album The 2nd Law, remain in effect. And those laws say: A band releasing a new album must tour. As sure as entropy, the huger-than-huge British rockers have announced their first set of North American tour dates (via Consequence of Sound). They'll kick off in Edmonton, Canada, on February 4, with a few stops in the northern U.S. before ending up in Quebec City on April 26.

  • Bikini Kill / Photo by Getty Images

    Bikini Kill Detail Extras-Packed Debut EP Reissue

    Bikini Kill are starting to make good on their promise to reissue the full BK discography, and how! In July, the riot grrl quartet announced the launch of their own label, Bikini Kill Records, to handle the reissues. Earlier this week the Kathleen Hanna-fronted group announced the label's first release will be a reissue of their self-titled 1992 debut 12" EP, and it sounds like they're doing it up with characteristic style.Due out on November 20, the vinyl reissue will come with a new fanzine in the form of a 34" x 21" poster. The zine will include interviews with Minor Threat/Fugazi leader Ian MacKaye and Bratmobile drummer Molly Neuman, plus liner notes by former Skinned Teen member Layla Gibbon, excerpts from the band's old zines, and personal photos from the band members. MacKaye recorded four songs on the EP at Washington, D.C.'s Inner Ear Studios.

  • Jay-Z at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club

    Watch Jay-Z's Full, Final Barclays Center Show

    In Pharrell Williams' new coffee-table book, Jay-Z says Nirvana "stopped" hip-hop for a second. On Saturday night, Jay might stop the Internet for a couple of hours. Speakeasy points out the rap mogul will live-stream his October 6 hometown show, set for 9:30 p.m. EST, via his new Life + Times channel on YouTube. "They call me 'Eight Shows H.O.,'" Hov rapped during the first event at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, as reviewed by SPIN's own Christopher R. Weingarten. Saturday's will be the last in Jay's eight-show run at the Brooklyn Nets' new arena. Here we are now, entertain us?

  • Blur

    Blur Have Not Disbanded, Will Play Belgium Next Summer

    Tracking the state of Blur's fragile reunion is something like measuring the state of the actual union. Although the news is filled every day with temporary blips one way or another, you'll probably stay saner if you focus on the bigger picture instead. Damon Albarn has gone back and forth about whether his influential band of Britpop survivors will ever play again after their Parklive Olympic show at London's Hyde Park this past August, but now comes word the group will be playing at least one more concert.Belgium's Rock Wechter festival has announced (via Pitchfork) Blur as headliners for next year's event, set for July 4-7. And other Blur dates are likely still to come. In a Facebook post earlier today, the band added that they "hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven't seen for a while.

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