Marc Hogan



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    Ke$ha's First 'Warrior' Single 'Die Young' Lacks Killer Instinct

    It seems like forever ago now, but when Ke$ha first emerged as a solo artist, it looked like she might unfailingly provoke the kind of critical disdain later reserved for the likes of Kreayshawn. And sure, a big part of Ke$ha's persona has always been a potentially divisive willingness to party as hard as the bad boys, but two years after the release of her debut Animal, the hypercolor electro-pop hedonism of hits like "Your Love Is My Drug" and, yeah, "TiK ToK" only sounds all the more prescient. On the follow-up Cannibal EP, with its single "Sleazy," she nabbed a rare André 3000 guest verse and suggested she might be a better rapper than her original L'Trimm-Uffie flow could've implied. She collaborated with the Flaming Lips. She startlingly covered Bob Dylan. She promised us a fanciful new style of "cock pop" on her follow-up album. We drank the Kool-Aid. Is this it?

  • Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean Turns Low-Key Rapper for First Post-'channel ORANGE' Track

    Frank Ocean has shared his first previously unheard track since the release of his SPIN Essential official debut album channel ORANGE, and as with his recent TV appearances, it's profoundly off in his own orbit. After the ambitious future-R&B sweep of the album, Ocean returns to straight-up rapping for the first time since The O.F. Tape Vol. 2's closing posse cut "Oldie," on a new song that 2DopeBoyz says is titled "Blue Whale." It's a nicely understated move, with conversational, free-flowing rapping (shout out to Jerry Rice!) and a guitar-heavy backing track somewhere between Stevie Wonder's electric-Rhodes soul and Prince's paisley neo-psych. "Life goes on," Ocean repeats for the hook, which isn't exactly a new point, but that's part of the point. The track starts and ends abruptly, as if in medias res, life going on and on, mixtape to album to whatever comes next.

  • 'Glee' covers Hole

    'Glee' Covers 'Celebrity Skin,' Courtney Love Seemingly Approves

    Hole's "Celebrity Skin" has been Glee-ified. A cover of the title track from the Courtney Love-led band's 1998 album will feature in Thursday night's episode, TV Line reports (via Vulture). Evidently the episode is makeover-themed, so Love's sneered opening line — "Oh, make me over" — might've played a part in this, ahem, theatrically over-the-top rendition.If Courtney's complaining, à la Gotye, she isn't doing it via her official Twitter account. In fact, Love's account has retweeted more than one comment with links to the video. Tacit approval? No word yet from "Celebrity Skin" co-writer Billy Corgan, either, however clearly somebody had to have granted the show approval to use the track. Though it's kinda fun to imagine Courtney and Billy in the male and female roles here. What do these lovable kids know about "demonology," anyway?

  • Lana Del Rey: 'Born to Die -- The Paradise Edition'

    Inside Lana Del Rey's 'Paradise Edition': Hear Rick Rubin's 'Ride'

    Lana Del Rey's Born to Die - The Paradise Edition now has a firm release date and track list, including a new Rick Rubin-produced single, "Ride," which you can hear now.In July, the sultry-voiced singer, songwriter, and model told an Australian interviewer she would be releasing an expanded "Paradise Edition" of her 2012 breakthrough album. Featuring eight new songs, the reissued Born to Die will be born to die again on November 13 in digital and double-CD formats, via Interscope/Polydor, Del Rey has announced. Also available: a "Deluxe Box set," complete with a remix CD, video DVD, four art prints, and a vinyl 7" of Del Rey's "Blue Velvet" cover.Check out the full track list below.

  • Cold Cave / Photo by Angel Ceballos

    Hear Cold Cave's Frosty Goth-Pop Single 'A Little Death to Laugh'

    Before Cold Cave are reborn with a new lineup, they're presenting us with an exquisitely gloomy new single that nods toward, well, death. For the yuks, apparently? "A Little Death to Laugh," which leading Cave chiller Wes Eisold made all by himself back in February at his new home in Los Angeles, is the title track of a new three-song 7" single (pre-order here; the first 50 copies will be signed) and it's inspired by the late poet Tristan Corbiere.What that means to those of us neither holding the autographed vinyl in our hands nor fluent in 19th-century French poetry is another expertly bleak, brittle slab of synth-based goth-pop from an act swiftly becoming synonymous with that style. "A little death," in French, has a meaning completely unrelated to mortality, and Eisold's booming repetitions about "half the love I need / And no more" could point in that direction.

  • HalfNoise

    Ex-Paramore Drummer's HalfNoise Still Sounds Totally Unlike Paramore

    At the peak of Ben Folds Five's initial rise to fame, less than a year after the piano-pop smartasses had performed "Brick" on Saturday Night Live, Folds released a side project album under the alias Fear of Pop. Though there might not be a catchy "-phobia" name for this syndrome, it appears fellow Nashville resident and former Paramore drummer Zac Farro is similarly afflicted. And his condition could be serious.Over the summer, Farro released a video for "Free the House," an airy electro-pop track by his new solo project HalfNoise that he described as "combining the ambiance of bands from Iceland with the sampling and electronic elements of Radiohead." Now, Farro has announced that HalfNoise will release a self-titled, five-song debut EP on October 2 in the U.S. via (and on October 1 in the U.K. and Europe via Xtra Mile Recordings).

  • The Weeknd / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Watch the Weeknd Debut Soaring New Material Live in Chicago

    The Weeknd, like Lynyrd Skynyrd, is as free as a bird, and this bird you'll never change. With this theme, "The Birds (Part 1)," from the second of Canadian outre-R&B auteur Abel Tesfaye's three free mixtapes last year, Thursday, is an apt a summation of the Weeknd's unromantic, antihero take on slinky slow jams as anything. The spacily percussive, Timbaland-futurist track is also a testament to the influence that this Drake pal and his aesthetic have had on broader pop culture: Omnipresent rapper 2 Chainz sampled it on his summer release Based on a T.R.U. Story.Thursday also contains "The Birds (Part 2)," which adds reverberant guitar and creepy audio samples to the original's hook, and as the Weeknd news website the Weeknd XO points out (via, he returned to the song on Friday night during a concert in Chicago.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins Gaslight Anthem

    See Eddie Vedder Join Gaslight Anthem Live for 'Singles' Jam

    "The first music that I ever discovered myself that made me want to smash my parents' living room was Nirvana and Pearl Jam," Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon told SPIN's David Marchese recently, explaining how Pearl Jam influenced the New Jersey punks' new album Handwritten. On Friday at DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Florida, Eddie Vedder joined Gaslight Anthem for a full-throttle performance of "State of Love and Trust," from the just-turned-20 Singles soundtrack (check out our picks for an equivalent contemporary soundtrack here). Gaslight Anthem are in prestigious company: Vedder's most recent live collaborators were Bruce Springsteen and, at least in a sense, President Obama. Watch fan footage of the Pearl Jam frontman's latest joint venture below, via Consequence of Sound.

  • Mumford and Sons

    Hey Dude: Watch Mumford & Sons Invade 'Saturday Night Live'

    "The poor man's version of the Beatles." Marcus Mumford's humble-brag description of his band during a Live on Letterman taping Friday night, as reported by MTV, turned out to be a colorful preview of Mumford & Sons' stint as musical guest over the weekend on Saturday Night Live.Like the Beatles and that earlier British Invasion, London's newest Fab Four take indigenously American styles — bluegrass, the genre that is Dave Matthews Band — and serve them back with crowd-pleasing levels of charm and craftsmanship. On this weekend's Joseph Gordon-Levitt-hosted episode of SNL, Mumford & Sons showcased their homey arena anthems "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet," both from their new album Babel (out today overseas and in the U.S. tomorrow).

  • Florence Welch from Calvin Harris'

    Florence Welch Suits Up for Calvin Harris' 'Sweet Nothing' Video

    Florence + the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch's collaboration with Calvin Harris on "Sweet Nothing" is the kind of overwhelmingly catchy, perfectly trendy EDM-pop hit you're going to have to go out of your way to resist. The new video for the track, set to appear on Harris' star-studded October 29 album 18 Months, makes it a whole lot easier to stop worrying and love Florence's potential breakout pop-star moment.We know the Internet rules about giving away too much, so we'll just say the clip stars Welch and Harris as embattled lovers, and an elegantly androgynous Welch lip-syncs the tune as the performer at a skeezy dive that might be a strip club. "We both know the words are empty air," the Machine singer proclaims in full belt, and the expertly crafted video makes it only that much easier to feel that air beneath you when the Scottish DJ's beat goes into its inevitable freefall.

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