Marc Hogan

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  • The Killers

    The Killers Unleash New 'Battle Born' Songs at U.S. Tour Launch

    The Killers' new album Battle Born isn't out until September 18, but the Las Vegas pop-rockers previewed some of the new material last night in the first show of their busy summer schedule. As NME points out, the band's Asheville, North Carolina, set began with "Runaways," the new album's Springsteen-reaching advance track. Other previously unreleased material unveiled during the show included the thumping arena-rock of "Rising Tide" — which the band previously showed off live last summer in London — along with the Americana-tinged nuclear-age nostalgia of "Miss Atomic Bomb" and the blippy electro-rocker "Flesh and Bones" (a.k.a. the new-agey track from the Battle Born trailer). Battle Born is, well, born!

  • Watch ?uestlove Join Hot Chip for 'Don't Deny Your Heart'

    Watch ?uestlove Join Hot Chip for 'Don't Deny Your Heart'

    Days after being tapped as one of the headliners for the inaugural Coachella Cruise, Hot Chip gave seafarers an idea of what to expect with a nervily funky performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The Roots' ?uestlove sat in as a second drummer for a party-starting rendition of In Our Heads' "Don't Deny Your Heart," which sounds a bit like the urgent old-school PBS theme for 3-2-1 Contact gone heart-on-sleeve disco. Be sure to watch through the percussive breakdown, where Questo really shines. Don't miss "Mr. T to Paul McCartney: Hot Chip Reveal What's In Their Heads."

  • TNGHT

    Hear TNGHT's Horn-Blaring Salvo 'Higher Ground'

    With an EP being released jointly on July 24 by Warp and LuckyMe, TNGHT are already guaranteed to drawn attention from electronic music types — U.K. DJ Oneman recently name-checked them in an interview with SPIN's Control Voltage blog. With a Waka Flocka Flame remix arriving earlier this week, the duo of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice should be poised to turn some hip-hop heads, as well. On the basis of their TNGHT EP's massive-sounding "Higher Ground," though — a head-smacking barrage of chopped-up vocals, dive-bombing horns, and martial handclaps -- the Scottish and Canadian music-makers ought to have an appeal that extends far beyond specific genre niches. "Reaching for higher ground," a chipmunk-pitched house diva stammers, and the music bludgeons you there. HudMo, whose biggest moment to date is his contribution to Kanye West's G.O.O.D.

  • RZA

    RZA's 'Blowin' in the Wind' Is Not a Bob Dylan Cover, Is Awesome

    RZA has been busy writing, directing, and acting in the upcoming martial arts movie The Man With the Iron Fists, which hits theaters on November 2. A trailer for the film, which stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Pam Grier, and more, suggests it has plenty of what everybody likes: violence, sex, RZA. There's also a highly promising soundtrack lineup including Kanye West, the Black Keys, the Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, and, yes, RZA. Just in case Hollywood stops returning RZA's calls, though, the newest track from the Wu-Tang maestro (via Some Kind of Awesome) shows his day job should still be plenty safe. Not a Bob Dylan cover, thank God, Bobby Digital's new "Blowin' in the Wind" is cinematic, thrilling hip-hop, incorporating all kinds of sound-effect samples atop lurching, sinister synth fanfares.

  • Fergus & Geronimo

    Hear Fergus & Geronimo's New-Wavey 'No Parties'

    Jason Kelly and Andrew Savage met in Texas. They live in Brooklyn. Good luck guessing either solely on the basis of the mischievous noise-pop duo's invigorating new song "No Parties." From upcoming "concept album" Funky Was the State of Affairs (due out August 7 on Hardly Art), this dryly funny, motorik-locked synth-pop track has a wiry, nervy feel that evokes old-school Devo — except with a vaguely British-sounding accent. Fergus & Geronimo: the new Fujiya & Miyagi? "It kinda bums me out inside / The life that you avoid," one of the guys Anglo-deadpans here, before a whirligig, circus-ready chorus about "no laughing, no dancing," and mindless consumption. It's a characteristically wry, not-at-all-bumming-out preview of the follow-up to last year's likeably wiseass debut album Unlearn.

  • Trent Reznor

    Preview Trent Reznor's Pulse-Raising 'Call of Duty' Score

    Some of Trent Reznor's music for the new Call of Duty video game Black Ops II has surfaced online in the form of a video preview (via Antiquiet). The Nine Inch Nails frontman, who composed the score for the game, also comments briefly in the clip, calling the video-game medium "a true art form" that's "every bit as viable as film work or music." The strains audible in the video shouldn't shock anyone familiar with Reznor's scores with Atticus Ross for The Social Network or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, with plenty of suspenseful keyboards, droning electronics, and throbbing rhythms that eventually break out into a gnashing electro-rock climax. Black Ops 2, due out November 13, isn't Reznor's first foray into the gamer world. As USA Today reports, years before Reznor's movie scores, he previously worked on music for the first-person shooters Quake and Doom 3.

  • Watch Refused Make Brilliant, Long-Overdue TV Debut

    Watch Refused Make Brilliant, Long-Overdue TV Debut

    Swedish hardcore greats Refused reunited earlier this year for their first shows since 1998, including one of the best sets at Coachella. Making their U.S. TV debut last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the group made clear what audiences have been missing all this time, putting on a ferocious rendition of the viscerally churning, anarchically sloganeering "New Noise," from their landmark album The Shape of Punk to Come. As a Web exclusive, Refused gave a similarly scorching performance of that 1998 album's virtuoso title track. Frontman Dennis Lyxzén is everywhere at once, egging the drummer on, jumping into the splits, twisting his flailing body into the shapes of a punk whose time has come again.

  • Frank Ocean on <i>Fallon.</i>

    Frank Ocean Covers Prince Live, Internet Explodes

    A fan on Tumblr once asked Frank Ocean to name his favorite song. Ocean, who officially released his album-of-the-year candidate channel ORANGE on Tuesday, chose "When You Were Mine," the often-covered Beatles-gone-new-wave heart-tugger from Prince's 1980 album Dirty Mind. As the Seattle Times reports, Ocean kicked off the tour with the song in Seattle on Friday night. Video of the rendition has hit the Web from last night's show in Los Angeles (where fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt joined him on the bleak "Super Rich Kids"), as well as from Monday night's gig in San Francisco. Though it's enticingly hard to make out much through all the screams and upheld iPhones, this take is an unadorned, heartfelt version that makes ample use of Ocean's shiver-inducing falsetto. "He was there / Sleeping in between the two of us," the new owner of the nation's No.

  • Beck

    Why Beck Debuting Songs Via Video Game Is Very (Recent) Beck

    Beck is contributing three new original songs to the music-oriented video game Sound Shapes, an announcement today that fits in perfectly with Beck's recent release habits. Three full-length, unreleased tracks from the shape-shifting Los Angeles singer, rapper, and songwriter, titled "Cities," "Touch the People," and "Spiral Staircase," will appear as interactive levels of the game. Due out on August 7 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the title also includes playable original music by electronic producer Deadmau5, singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie, and indietronica artist I Am Robot and Proud.

  • Danny Brown / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Danny Brown and AraabMuzik Show Off Ridiculous Talent on Impromptu 'Molly Ringwald'

    "You can tell when people are making shit for you to like," Danny Brown said in an interview previewing his collaboration with producer AraabMuzik, "and I hate that." Instead, the XXX rapper and the walking MPC advertisement stay true to their respective styles on "Molly Ringwald," which surfaced in full last night. There's the ferociously talented Brown, with his distinctively cartoonish voice, coming out swinging hard like a champion boxer with his usual sex and drugs talk; lyrics that jump out on early listens involve Rocawear's datedness, "freaking"-friendly early-'90s R&B (though might Brown mean to say Silk? Jodeci's "Freek'N You" didn't come out until '95), and Colbert Report fellatio. AraabMuzik sets one of his characteristic gothic-dystopian electronic backdrops, pummeling and ominous. It's all over in a little more than two minutes, and there are no hooks.

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