Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • green day twilight breaking dawn part 2 soundtrack

    Green Day, Feist, St. Vincent Set for Final 'Twilight' Soundtrack

    Though any supposed divide between literature and popular fiction has long since been exposed as arbitrary and pretentious, the Twilight movies continue to garner soundtrack rosters whose critical acclaim and collegiate appeal bely the books' perhaps undeserved guilty-pleasure image. Beck and Bat for Lashes, Bon Iver and St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear and Beach House's Victoria LeGrand, Florence and the Machine: All have appeared on Twilight movie soundtracks, along with Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, Metric, the Dead Weather, the Black Keys, Lykke Li, and many others. That's largely thanks to music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who previously worked on The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Grey's Anatomy.Due out on November 13, the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is no exception, as revealed by Yahoo! Movies.

  • Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: 'The Hellcat Years'

    Stream Six Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros Rarities

    Joe Strummer would've turned 60 this year. The Clash frontman's actual birthday was in August, so that's when some U.K. festival organizers held a benefit called, yup, Strummer of Love. That's also when the label that put out Strummer's final recordings released a 57-track digital compilation of his work with his group the Mescaleros, titled Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: The Hellcat Years. But the label, Hellcat Records, didn't stop there.On September 25, Hellcat reissued Strummer's three albums with the Mescaleros — 1999's Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, 2001's Global A Go-Go and 2003's Streetcore on September 25 — each stuffed with bonus tracks.

  • Divine Fits' Britt Daniel

    Watch Divine Fits' Eerie 'Would That Not Be Nice' Video

    On Spoon's Transference, Britt Daniel reached new heights of weird minimalism, with shivery vocal effects and stark, geometric guitar lines. "Would That Not Be Nice" finds Daniel with Divine Fits, his supergroup-not-supergroup with Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and drum vet Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), but it goes down very much the same haunted-auteur hall of mirrors. Daniel's distinctive, raspy cry pierces through the Tron-worthy, grid-like space with artful precision. And then there's a wobbly synth breakdown.The video, posted today on Stereogum, applies a similar mad logic to performance footage of the band. The Fits play against a mostly black backdrop, while director Brian Butler bathes them in, to quote a line from the song, "flickering light" — and then some.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins Kings of Leon

    Eddie Vedder Couldn't Find a Better Man, Joins Kings of Leon Live

    It's been a long time since Eddie Vedder first sang, "This is not for you." Like, 18 years. Nowadays the Pearl Jam frontman's formidably grizzled pipes are for, well, just about anyone.It was one thing when Vedder went onstage last month with Bruce Springsteen. He'd done it before, it was his hometown, and Springsteen is the Boss. Likewise, it made sense when the one-time Ticketmaster challenger spoke about class the other day at a fundraiser for President Obama. And how could Pearl Jam not back Jay-Z last month on "99 Problems"?But Vedder's quality control appears to be slipping. Last night in San Francisco, as the NME points out, Vedder came out on stage with Kings of Leon. Yup, the "Sex on Fire" guys. Pearl Jam were headlining the Oracle Appreciation Event; Kings of Leon were supporting.

  • Darkstar's 'Timeaway'

    Download Darkstar's Pointillist 'Timeaway'

    Darkstar, a bass-wise London synth-pop trio, released their 2010 debut album, North, on dubstep pioneer Kode9's Hyperdub label. For their upcoming single, "Timeaway," they've moved to venerable British electronic and experimental label Warp, recently home to such otherwise-disparate acts as Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, and TNGHT. The chromakey-dreamcoat flickers and clatters of Darkstar's latest hark back to older Warp signings like Boards of Canada and other music that tends to get described, cliché or not, as "pastoral." Lush, layered falsetto floats through the track's cybernetic garden. You can listen to the song below, and download it here. Go here to pre-order the 12" single, due out in the U.S. on November 13 and featuring 10 locked-groove loops titled "News #1-10." 

  • Morrissey on 'Fallon'

    Morrissey Covers Frankie Valli on 'Fallon' Backed by a Bunch of Thugs

    That Morrissey, always one step ahead. Rumors and subsequent refutations of the idea that the Smiths might ever (ever!) get back together just happen to coincide with their former frontman's unorthodox new tour, which kicks off on Friday in Boston. The Pope of Mope brought his usual savoir faire to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, debonairly translating Four Seasons softie Frankie Valli's 1968 M.O.R. hit "To Give (The Reason I Live)" into the muscular rock arrangements of Moz's post-2003 material. Morrissey performed in a shiny, amply unbuttoned shirt, while his band wore matching "THUG" t-shirts. As a web exclusive, the English gentleman and his gang performed death-and-sex anthem "You Have Killed Me," from 2006's characteristically poignant Ringleader of the Tormentors. "Drive safely," Morrissey concluded. "Don't kill me."

  • Kraftwerk

    N.W.A, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame's Class of 2013

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year's nominees, and the list offers the hopeful prospect of an increasingly open definition of rock'n'roll. Hip-hop innovators N.W.A and Public Enemy both made the ballot in their first year of eligibility, the only acts to do so this year. As electronic dance music continues to conquer the U.S. music business, German techno-pop pioneers Kraftwerk are up for possible induction for the first time since 2003.Plenty of rock acts are jockeying for a spot in the Rock Hall, led by first-time nominees Deep Purple and Rush. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart will vie for the Hall for their second time, too. But the ballot also includes return appearances from disco artists, namely Donna Summer, who died in May (hear her legacy in 15 tracks), and Chic, whose music would also fuel early rap.The rest of the ballot is similarly diverse.

  • JEFF the Brotherhood / Hell Beach / 'Hole Songs'

    JEFF the Brotherhood Sub 'Courtney Love' for 'Whore' In Hole Cover

    Less than week after Glee aired a jazz-handsy cover of Hole's "Celebrity Skin," JEFF the Brotherhood's version of another Hole song has hit the Internet. The Nashville garage-rock siblings reached back to "Turpentine," from Hole's 1997 EP The First Session (which, true to its title, contains Hole's first studio session). Only, where Love shrieks, "I see you standing / Whatever for? / All abandoned like an old whore," JEFF howl, "I see you standing / Whatever for? / All abandoned like old Courtney Love." Or "an old Courtney Love," it's hard to be sure. Either way, the track is from a split 7" with New York's Hell Beach, out this week on the Bros' Infinity Cat label. Keep an eye on Love's Twitter to see if she has a response to her name being used as a substitute for whore. Maybe she'll think it's cheeky?Listen to it over at Stereogum.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2012

    Electric Daisy Carnival's Jolt to Las Vegas Economy: $207 Million

    Say what you will about the Electric Daisy Carnival, but Las Vegas looks to have hit the jackpot with it this year. The three-day electronic dance music festival added about $207 million to the local economy, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which cites independent research firm Beacon Economics. That's on attendance of more than 320,000 people, up from around 230,000 in 2011.David Guetta, Tiesto, and Avicii were among the EDM heavy hitters on this year's bill. The festival reportedly drew 90 percent of its attendance from outside Sin City's Clark County. EDC promoter Insomniac partly attributed the jump in attendance to the debuts of its EDC Week and EDMBiz Conference functions.

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