Marc Hogan

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  • Chief Keef / Photo by Getty Images

    Chief Keef Demands 'Appreciation' on Raucous New Mixtape Cut

    Chief Keef must've learned a thing or two from Kanye West. The Chicago rapper has gone from local sensation to national buzz, including a Gwyneth Paltrow co-sign, helped by West's G.O.O.D. Music remix of Keef's breakout hit "I Don't Like." And yet, like Yeezy demanding years ago that we "bow in the presence of greatness," Keef builds off his street-level success with the same unshakeable confidence that got him here on "Appreciation," which arrives (via Nah Right) as Keef prepares his upcoming Finally Rich mixtape. With Ye-like "hanh" barks in the background, Keef delivers gritty barks over murky post-Lex Luger ominousness and zooming race-car sound effects. "I got bitches on my dick / And niggas wanna hate me," Keef begins, a couplet the DJ sees fit to play a couple more times. Gwyneth must be feeling pretty edgy right now. Check out: Chicago Rap Blazes Up From the Street

  • Afrojack, Michael Jackson, Pitbull

    Hear Afrojack and Pitbull Ruin Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    Michael Jackson's Bad returns, in 25th-anniversary box set form, on September 18. Spike Lee is directing a documentary. A billion Pepsi cans are paying tribute to the anniversary. And superstar DJ Afrojack has remixed Bad's classic title track, with guest-verse help from one Alaskan Wal-Mart's favorite rapper Pitbull. "I'm so outta this planet, I speak a third language called that moon talk," Pitbull rhymes, then does a Jackson "hee-hee" impression, over pummeling electronic beats that imply Afrojack thought the problem with this song was it's way too hard to dance to it. To be fair, Afrojack and Pitbull really had their work cut out for them the moment they accepted this commision.

  • See Avicii's Super-Ravey, Lenny Kravitz-Boosted 'Superlove' Video

    See Avicii's Super-Ravey, Lenny Kravitz-Boosted 'Superlove' Video

    Warning: You may be about to find yourself dancing to the electronically altered vocals of Lenny Kravitz like it's the Clinton administration and radio hasn't overplayed "Fly Away" yet. In the video for EDM giant Avicii's Kravitz-remixing "Superlove," posted by Spinnner, a geeky runner comes across a Walkman that transports him to Napoleon Dynamite levels of twerkery. Then our humble jogger is transported to a hallucinatory, clothing semi-optional rave world. All, like those of us sitting at our computers right now, without leaving his room. Which eventually causes complications. Watch below; it's a fun and funny trip, set to a throbbing electro-house pulse that makes Justice's re-working of pre-Simian Mobile Disco song "We Are Your Friends" sound like a scratchy Silver Jews reissue. Don't miss our interview, Snus Control: Avicii on His Favorite Vice.

  • Billy Corgan

    Smashing Pumpkins on 'Leno': Compare Last Night With 2000's 'Last Performance on TV'

    This wasn't Smashing Pumpkins' first rodeo, or whichever phrase you might find more accurate. The Billy Corgan-led band's performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno yesterday followed gigs in 2010 and 2000, although during the alternative-rock survivors' '90s heyday their NBC appearances came on Saturday Night Live instead (maybe Leno was on Team Pavement?). Meanwhile, the current Pumpkins are also launching a North American arena tour, with specific U.S. dates still to be announced, though they've said they'll kick off October 10 in Seattle. Watch Corgan and Co.'s performance of new album Oceania's "The Celestials," a baroque-rock 101-percent-love declaration with mournful chords that vaguely suggest Nirvana's "Polly," below, and check out their full schedule so far, including cities without official announcements and venues yet.

  • See How Deadmau5 Made a Video With MCR's Gerard Way

    See How Deadmau5 Made a Video With MCR's Gerard Way

    "You guys are a part of, officially, the highest-budget electronic music video of all time." That's Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, in a new six-minute clip that goes behind the scenes of his upcoming music video for "Professional Griefers," the EDM mousetro's collaboration with My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. Directed by Paul Boyd, whose videography spans from every Shania Twain video you remember to Mick Jagger supergroup SuperHeavy, the video is due out on August 29. It involves a Bladerunner-inspired dome, the desert, and 2,000 fans. Also, extensive animation. When Way sings, "Gimme the sound to see," he must really mean he wants to see something. Find out more details below.

  • Grab Haleek Maul and Supreme Cuts' Queasy 'M00N'

    Grab Haleek Maul and Supreme Cuts' Queasy 'M00N'

    Lovesickness, as any teenager knows, can sometimes really feel like you're getting sick, leaving a nauseating pit in your stomach. Barbadian rapper Haleek Maul is close enough to adolescence to understand the feeling, and Chicago DJ-production duo Supreme Cuts practically specialize in gut-churning, too-much-zan-with-that-lean instrumental hip-hop hangovers. These May/June SPIN Best New Artists honorees release their joint mixtape Chrome Lips on August 28 via Mishka/Dovecote, and lovesick "M00N" (via Fake Shore Drive) is an impressive glimpse of what the cloudbusting-rapper and the footwork-chillwave hybridists can do together.

  • Night Moves / Photo by Nick Walker

    Hear Night Moves' Spacey, Twangy 'Country Queen'

    Twin Cities psych-rockers Night Moves will release their debut album Colored Emotions on October 9 via Domino, with production and mixing by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Beechwood Sparks, Devendra Banhart). The band's newly unveiled "Country Queen," like previously shared "Headlights", is cosmically expansive and yet twangily intimate.

  • Elliott Smith / Photo by Getty Images

    Hear Elliott Smith's Alternate Take on 'Ballad of Big Nothing'

    Elliott Smith's former label home, Kill Rock Stars, has offered up another glimpse into the late singer and songwriter's legacy. An alternate take on his 1997 album Either/Or's gut-punching "Ballad of Big Nothing" shows how Smith's much-loved lyrics were ever-changing rather than static. The song's strummy folk-pop arrangement remains intact, but a few lines here and there are different: "sleeping with a plastic doll" instead of "having had enough of it all," "urban blight and personal decay" instead of "up all night and down every day," and a couple of less immediately decipherable changes in the first verse. As with previous Either/Or outtakes Kill Rock Star has shared this month in honor of what would've been Smith's 43rd birthday — "Alameda," "Punch and Judy," and "Angeles" — this slightly darker version of "Ballad of Big Nothing" is certainly welcome.

  • Watch Lianne La Havas' Cheeky 'Forget' Video

    Watch Lianne La Havas' Cheeky 'Forget' Video

    Lianne La Havas puts a no-good lover out of her mind on "Forget," from her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?, but the newly released video for the song just might get this eclectic U.K. singer-songwriter stuck in your head. Her ambiguously smiling face is front and center for the bulk of the clip, while at one point she stands in front of a poster advertising her sold-out gig and sings, "There is no need to tell you twice / There is no need to tell you twice." A nervy electro-folk song, with winding, R&B-inflected vocals, and an endearingly metropolitan video? You don't need to tell us twice.

  • The Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan / Photo by Getty Images

    The Joy Formidable Roar Again With Stately 'Wolf's Law'

    The Joy Formidable don sheep's clothing for the opening minute-plus of new song "The Wolf's Law," which the grandly noisy Welsh rockers posted on their Facebook page last night (via Listen Before You Buy). The first new material we've heard from the group since last year's impressively expansive The Big Roar begins as a tender, wispy piano ballad, but grows steadily to a searing, soaring conclusion. "I'm your friend, not your God," singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan acknowledges.

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