Marc Hogan

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  • Nude Beach

    Hear Nude Beach's Punk-Scuffed Roots-Rocker 'Radio'

    Nude Beach toured with fellow Brooklynites the Men, owners of the SPIN Essential album Open Your Heart, earlier this year. That should give you an idea of what's in store on "Radio," a track from Nude Beach's new album II, which the Other Music label releases on August 14. It's a rollicking, road-dusted take on dive-bar classic rock à la Tom Petty, played with the sweaty ferocity of local do-it-yourself scene vets. Where the Men sing, "When I hear the radio / I don't care that it's not me," Nude Beach's views on the dial are more defeated: "The radio's playin' a sad song / I don't wanna hear," moans lead singer and guitarist Chuck Betz, as he contemplates "goin' back home." From opening drum volley to the blues-damaged guitar solo, this particular sad song — which you do want to hear — is the sound of Nude Beach refusing to retreat.

  • Weezer

    Weezer's 'Blue Album' Gets Vinyl Reissue, Again

    The Blue Album will soon be back in black. Weezer's self-titled 1994 debut, known for its blue background by contrast with 2001's similarly self-titled Green Album, is to be reissued on vinyl August 13 via Universal's Back to Black push, including a free download of the album with vinyl purchase, as Fact points out. Now you can try out the Fonz's dance moves from Spike Jonze's classic video for the album's "Buddy Holly" with whole new layers of postmodern retro irony. Weezer aren't new to the nostalgia game: They've recently been playing The Blue Album and its cult favorite 1996 follow-up Pinkerton live in the albums' entirety. And in December, frontman Rivers Cuomo offered up $75 box set The Pinkerton Diaries, which includes demos from the group's once-panned sophomore album. This isn't The Blue Album's first spin around the reissue turntable, either.

  • Yeasayer

    Yeasayer Really Want You to Hear Their New Album Early

    A scavenger hunt, Carole Lombard says in the 1936 screwball comedy My Man Godfrey, is exactly like a treasure hunt, except in a treasure hunt you try to find something everybody wants, and in scavenger hunt you try to find something nobody wants. Brooklyn psych-rockers Yeasayer's newly unveiled sneak peek at their upcoming album Fragrant World, then, is totally a treasure hunt. The follow-up to 2010's Odd Blood isn't out until August 21 on Secretly Canadian, but the music and accompanying visuals will be streaming online until Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m. Eastern. The only catch: Listeners had to locate the tracks themselves by scouring the Web. As Consequence of Sound points out, fans have had a successful treasure hunt.

  • Bob Dylan / Photo by Getty Images

    Bob Dylan Mum on Whether 'Tempest' Album Will Be His Last

    Bob Dylan isn't ruling out the possibility that his 35th album, Tempest, will be he his last. According to Rolling Stone, the 71-year-old rock legend "was dismissive" of the idea that his latest work would, like Shakespeare's similarly titled The Tempest, be his final one. "Shakespeare's last play was called The Tempest," Dylan is quoted as saying. "It wasn't called just plain Tempest. The name of my record is just plain Tempest. It's two different titles." Which is exactly the type of slippery answer you'd expect from a lawyer, politician, or Bob Dylan — but you'll notice how nimbly he avoids saying one way or another whether he'll ever make another record. Dylan did cough up a few details about his new album, out September 11 via Columbia.

  • Tashaki Miyaki

    Hear Tashaki Miyaki's Paisley-Spangled Jangler 'Tonight'

    One of this writer's favorite Bob Dylan covers is "I'll Keep It With Mine" by Rainy Day, a sort of mini-supergroup made up of bands from L.A.'s early-'80s Paisley Underground scene. No less gifted interpreters than Judy Collins, Nico, and Fairport Convention had previously performed the wistfully jangling song, which centers around a beautifully evocative idea of time as a physical thing you can store somewhere. But Rainy Day's version has an affectingly warm, clear-eyed vocal by the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, plus stabbing strings, rickety guitar strums (Mazzy Star's David Roback was also a member), and tuneful bass. A lone tambourine sits at the bottom of a pocket Wall of Sound. Emerging L.A.

  • Miguel / Photo by Dirty Souf Yankee (Christina Mallas)

    Watch Miguel Perform 'Kaleidoscope Dream' Songs Live

    Miguel released his three-song Kaleidoscope Dream: The Water Preview EP yesterday (which you can stream in its entirety here and buy now from any digital retailer), offering up the first installment of his upcoming three-part album Kaleidscope Dream, out October 2. Last night, to mark the occasion, he played a secret show at Joe's Pub in New York City, performing the new EP's "Adorn," "Use Me," and "Don't Look Back" along with songs from the Art Dealer Chic EPs singer's 2010 album All I Want Is You, including the silky title track. Watch all four songs from the sweaty, intimate, smooth and much-Tweeted special event here: "Adorn" "Use Me" "Don't Look Back" "All I Want is You"

  • Nicki Minaj

    Watch Nicki Minaj's Carnival-Themed 'Pound the Alarm' Video

    A few years ago, a beach-disco theme was becoming so common in vaguely left-field music that it turned into a cliché, as acts popped up with names like Boat Club and Windsurf. In 2012, admittedly non-disco but also quite explicitly non-landlocked groups like Best Coast and Beach House are continuing to put out some of the year's better albums. And Nicki Minaj, one of our biggest pop stars, has all but declared herself Queen of the Beach, following up the tropical rave of her Hawaii-set "Starships" video with the tropical rave of her Trinidad-set "Pound the Alarm" video. The carnival-themed clip for the rapper-singer's latest Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded radio smash is heavy on feathers, pyrotechnics, and island scenery.

  • Romy Madley-Croft / Photo by Getty Images

    See the xx Play Dancey New Song 'Swept Away' Live

    Good news: Jamie xx wasn't just pulling our legs when he said the xx's next album would take on more of a clubby feel. Granted, that was hard to tell from the first songs the stripped-down British electro-pop outfit previewed from upcoming album Coexist, particularly the super, supine "Angels", which they played the other night on Conan. As SoulCulture points out, fan footage has emerged of the xx playing another new song during a July 23 gig at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, and this one — almost certainly the album's second-to-last track, "Swept Away" — has more of that house feel the xx producer was talking about. With a four-on-the-floor gallop beneath winding guitar lines and sultry male-female vocals, the song resembles a cousin to Drake's Jamie xx-incorporating Take Care title track.

  • Watch TNGHT's Paint-Spattered, Rave-Hop 'Bugg'n' Video

    Watch TNGHT's Paint-Spattered, Rave-Hop 'Bugg'n' Video

    The yellow- and blue-splattered red background from the cover artwork for TNGHT, the self-titled debut EP by genre-straddling electronic producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, features prominently in the EP's first proper video (via Fader). It hangs on a wall in a room where a young child plays. It's projected behind TNGHT as they perform onstage at a wild party. Its neon colors smear on a metallic surface as the duo enters the venue. Created by Peter Marsden, who directed the video for "Bugg'n" with the Lucky Me label's creative director

  • Dum Dum Girls

    Hear Dum Dum Girls' Beach-Blanket Ballad 'Lord Knows'

    Romantic uncertainty has been a recurring worry across Dum Dum Girls' two Sub Pop albums, last year's Only in Dreams and 2010's I Will Be. "Lord Knows," the advance stream and penultimate track from the bicoastal group's upcoming five-song End of Daze EP, comes across as a sublime effort to put those concerns to rest. Swaying beach-blanket pop with distant "Crimson and Clover" guitar strums and rumbling Phil Spector percussion, it's a fitting successor to Only in Dreams slow jam "Coming Down", only less Mazzy Star-ry. If that was the druggy comedown, this is the clear-eyed moment of reckoning: "Oh, boy, I can't hurt you anymore," frontwoman Dee Dee sings, in soft harmony, on the sticky chorus.

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