Marc Hogan

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  • Watch Polica's Dark, Starry 'Dark Star' Video

    Watch Polica's Dark, Starry 'Dark Star' Video

    People are just flesh and blood, but of course we're also floating through space on a giant spinning ball. Poliça's video earlier this year for "Amongster," from the Minneapolis group's just-reissued 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, artfully reminded us that you and me, baby, we're nothing but mammals. The duo's latest clip, for the title track from their Dark Star Remixes EP, which came out alongside the album reissue yesterday via Mom & Pop Music, casts a more celestial mood. Shadowy performance footage mixes with shots of tiny glowing orbs you can hold in your hands, as the track's non-Grateful-Dead-covering, horns- and Auto-Tune-OK art-funk glides smoothly into orbit. Earthly or otherwise (via Refinery 29).

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    Whose 'Wonderwall' Is It, Anyway? Oasis Bros Squabble, One Direction Go to the Beach

    Sure, Oasis' mega-hit "Wonderwall" might take its name and most memorable lyric from the title of a trippy late-'60s flick soundtracked by George Harrison, but Noel Gallagher remembers when his song used to mean something, man. As the

  • Dana Falconberry's 'Lake Charlevoix' Video

    See Dana Falconberry's Picturesque 'Lake Charlevoix' Video

    Dana Falconberry hasn't forgotten where she grew up. Out October 9 on Antenna Farm Records and named after the Michigan peninsula where she was raised, the orchestral folk-popper's upcoming album Leelanau is a tribute to the Wolverine state's rural areas. Fittingly, the video for the album's lush, wistful advance track, "Lake Charlevoix," mixes performance footage with stunning natural imagery. In keeping with the song's spirit of childhood reminiscence, balloons feature prominently. "I keep my curtains mostly closed," Falconberry sighs, but you'll want your eyes — and ears — to stay open all the way to the playful ending.

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    Watch Nicki Minaj's Summer Jam Make-Up Show in NYC

    "Y'all bringin' out the ratchetness in me," Nicki Minaj jokingly complained at one point during her free show last night at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. The Roman Reloaded rapper-singer also brought out the guest stars for her first show in the five boroughs since her canceled, contentious Summer Jam appearance in June. Young Money labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne joined her onstage, as did fellow New York rappers Foxy Brown and Cam'ron. Taylor Swift was there in spirit, getting a thank-you from Minaj for helping bring Pink Friday hit "Super Bass" to its song-of-the-summer status last year. Mr. World Premiere has posted close to two hours of video from the concert, which was live-streamed on screen in Times Square. In other words, except for (regrettably!) the first couple of songs, you can watch almost the full show below.

  • Grizzly Bear Play First Show in Two Years, Chat in a Lifeboat With 'Colbert'

    Grizzly Bear Play First Show in Two Years, Chat in a Lifeboat With 'Colbert'

    Sometimes it pays to rock the boat. Or at least to chamber-pop it sweetly. Grizzly Bear performed their first show in two years on Friday night as part of Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert's second annual music festival, StePhest Colbchella '012: Rockaugustfest, held on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. In addition to playing vibrant versions of "Yet Again" and "Sleeping Ute," both from September 18 album Shields, and 2009's Veckatimest highlight "Two Weeks," they also sat down for an interview with Colbert in a rickety lifeboat, which aired on last night's episode. Though the pundit-comedian described the Brooklyn group as "it on a stick in indie bands right now," founding member Ed Droste compared Grizzly Bear to the lifeboat itself (except less scary), as he and his bandmates bobbed alarmingly to and fro on the Hudson.

  • Dismemberment Plan Play First New Songs in a Decade, Hint at More on the Way

    Dismemberment Plan Play First New Songs in a Decade, Hint at More on the Way

    Every time a beloved band reunites for live shows, some amount of will-they-or-won't-they speculation starts about the possibility they'll write new songs together. Sometimes, as with Pavement's victory lap a couple of years ago, they don't. Other times — just look at Blur's new single! — they do, with varying amounts of behind-the-scenes drama. Awesomely, and unexpectedly, the Dismemberment Plan's homecoming has fallen into the latter camp. The reunited Washington, D.C. indie rockers played eight — yes, eight — new songs at two shows over the weekend in Baltimore and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Video footage has surfaced of six of the new tunes, the band's first since 2001's Change. And D-Plan frontman Travis Morrison has posted on Facebook that we haven't heard the last of their new material.

  • Spook Houses

    Hear Spook Houses' Slacker-Rock Anthem 'Bad Sound'

    It takes a certain disposition to sing about a gray hair when you're in your early 20s. New Jersey's Spook Houses are of that disposition. From the raucous quartet's just-released debut album, Trying, three-minute anthem "Bad Sound" scrawls out the gist of that feeling via ragged, tempo-shifting slacker-pop, colored by drowsy harmonica and twisty, dead-eyed wordplay. The coming-of-age disillusionment bottled up here has more recently been expressed via the bedroom synth constructions of Youth Lagoon or Neon Indian, but Spook Houses approach it with window-blasting indie-rock guitar that more closely recalls Modest Mouse, Weezer, or more recent descendants like Yuck, Japandroids, or Jersey's own Titus Andronicus. Before the song is over, they've blown away their boredom — and at least temporarily staved off adulthood — with a cathartic "whoa-oh-oh."

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    ?uestlove Shares Beastie Boys Tribute Mix

    On August 5, the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch would've turned 48 if not for his sad death from cancer earlier this year. In belated commemoration of that date, the Roots' ?uestlove has posted a demo he put together for the Beasties medley the Roots performed at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Questo writes, "i think its kinda funny," but it's also a wildly impressive display of musicality and, of course, Beasties fandom, going so far as to include "the drum roll from 'Shake Your Rump' to acknowledge their best album Paul's Boutique." Kick it: As Billboard reports, ?uestlove has also revealed that he is reviving his Okayplayer Records label after an eight-year break. The digital-only imprint will release rapper-producer Danny!'s Payback on September 25, followed by an instrumental breakbeat album by recording engineer Young Guru, Essentials Vol.

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    Hear Green Day's Dance-Punk 'Kill the DJ' in Spiky Studio Form

    Green Day don't actually want you to kill any DJs. It's a point so obvious it feels almost gauche to point out, but given the recent relentless pace of depressing headlines, it seems important to explain these things slowly, like electro-pop savant John Maus advising you

  • Kanye West Crams Two Tracks Into One Flashy Hype Williams Video

    Kanye West Crams Two Tracks Into One Flashy Hype Williams Video

    DJ Khaled is known for his enviable contacts list, and this time he has called up past collaborator Hype Williams for an unusual two-song video. The king of gaudy '90s rap clips, last seen directing Jack White's incongruously thrilling "Freedom at 21" video, goes with a shaky, shadowy, black-and-white treatment for Khaled's Kanye West collaborations "I Wish You Would" (also featuring Rick Ross) and "Cold" (formerly known as "Way Too Cold," formerly known as "Theraflu"). Aside from some censored bits, the ominous music sounds the same as ever, Butters-like Kim Kardashian talk and all, but the tense video masterfully allows you to overlook lyrics like "flyer than a parakeet," transforming two iffy tracks into a bona fide pop event. The best-connected guys with the fattest bank accounts win again.

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