Marc Hogan

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  • Jack White / Photo by Jo McCaughey

    Jack White Extends Guinness Book Brouhaha Yet Longer

    Jack White's brouhaha with the Guinness Book of World Records people has reached a whole new level. Metaphorically speaking.

  • Hear Waka Flocka Flame's Plies-Assisted Head-Buster 'Lurkin'

    Hear Waka Flocka Flame's Plies-Assisted Head-Buster 'Lurkin'

    The last time we heard from Waka Flocka Flame, he was rapping in a strip club in Paris. The occasion: a video for "Foreign Shit," a song he had just written and recorded in his hotel room (as part of a session you can read about in SPIN's current cover story). "Lurkin," the latest track to surface from Waka's June 12 Triple F Life, suggests the energetic Atlanta rapper would be comfortable just about anywhere, shouting at the top of his seemingly unimpaired-by-weed lungs over aggressively lurching production from 808 Mafia member TM88. Here Waka's joined by bawdy Florida exhorter Plies, and a recently posted video for the track shows what lurkin' looks like in the studio. Guess what, it's loud — like, to the point of annoying distortion — so we've posted a different, more clearly audible stream below.

  • Arcade Fire and Mick Jagger on 'SNL'

    Dissecting Mick Jagger's All-Star 'SNL' Rockathon, 'Lazy Sunday 2'

    It's only rock'n'roll, but it had a big moment this weekend on Saturday Night Live. Mick Jagger hosted and, as you've probably heard by now, he gave musical performances backed by Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. At a time when guitar-based music is all but absent from the pop charts, it was a fascinating illustration of what rock'n'roll might mean today — especially considering the episode also included a suitably hilarious sequel to SNL's YouTube-spawning 2005 hip-hop sketch "Lazy Sunday." The Rolling Stones' 1965 hit "The Last Time" has one of the more revealing genealogies in rock history.

  • <i>PDX Pop Now!</i> album art

    Hear 15-Year-Old MC Rose's Track Off PDX Pop Now! Comp

    Every year, Portland nonprofit PDX Pop Now! puts out a compilation that spotlights the city's vibrant local music scene. Along with fundraisers, grants, and donations, sales of the record help the group hold an annual three-day festival and conduct youth-oriented outreach programs. This year's PDX Pop Now! compilation is due out on June 7, and it includes "Ride for My City," a bass-heavy hometown-pride anthem by 15-year-old rapper Rose. Rose will also be performing at PDX Pop Now!'s compilation release show, set for June 7 at Holocene and with a bill that includes Hollywood Tans, Wild Ones, and Sun Angle. She has a mixtape coming out soon, and her tender age is appropriate given the nonprofit's work on music in schools programs and on making all-ages shows possible in Portland. Previous artists who have contributed to PDX Pop Now!

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West's 'Cruel Summer' Album/Film: 5 Safe Assumptions

    Kanye West's upcoming G.O.O.D. Music label compilation will be titled Cruel Summer, and he'll be premiering a film of the same name on May 23 at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Island Def Jam has announced. Created by West and his recently formed fashion venture, Donda, the film will be shown on seven screens and is being touted as a mix of short film and art installation. A poster promoting the event says West directed and co-wrote the film, and it will feature both rapper Kid Cudi and comedian Aziz Ansari. Cruel Summer will be showing for two days, and tickets are available through West's website. The Cannes premiere follows a few weeks after the video for West's "Lost in the World," from 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The film also comes as West ramps up the publicity for his G.O.O.D.

  • Lemonade / Photo by John von Pamer

    Hear Lemonade's Yearning Dance-Pop 'Softkiss'

    Lemonade is a Brooklyn-based dance-pop trio that combines elements of post-punk, house, and other styles in a way that works similarly to the music of groups like Cut Copy, Tanlines, Delorean, or the Tough Alliance. On May 29, Lemonade will release their second album for Matador imprint True Panther, Diver, the follow-up to 2008's self-titled debut. Now the band has unveiled "Softkiss," which camouflages its vulnerable yearning in blissed-out electronics — and faster tempos than previously shared Diver slow-burner "Neptune." Wonders singer Callan Clendenin: "When it's cold, do you still wear my coat?" It's not cold, but "Soft Kiss" feels seasonally appropriate.

  • The xx / Photo by Aliya Naumoff

    The xx Preview New Songs at First Shows Since 2010

    Any fears that the xx might go the full David Guetta on the London electronic pop outfit's upcoming sophomore album appear to be misplaced. In December, producer Jamie xx suggested the follow-up to the group's Mercury Prize-winning, self-titled debut might take on more of a club feel. The xx unveiled new songs in a string of London live dates this week, and fan footage so far reveals music that is decidedly in the smoldering, understated vein of The xx. One new song, its title as yet unknown, features the xx singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft's husky voice over precise, minimal guitar and percussion, with the refrain "Being as in love with you as I am." Another, more propulsive number focuses on a whispery duet between Croft and singer-bassist Oliver Sim, with a steadily loping rhythm section beneath spidery, reverberant guitar lines and sweeps of synthesized strings.

  • Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj's 'Right by My Side' Video Pits Nas Against Chris Brown

    If Nicki Minaj wanted to sum up the divide that tends to frustrate people about her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, she could hardly have done it more clearly than in her latest video. As SPIN's No Trivia blog noted recently, the album goes straight from a Nas verse on towering posse cut "Champion" to fluffy Chris Brown hook-up "Right by My Side," a jarring transition that shows the artist's shift from "Old Nicki" to new Nicki in its least favorable light. It's only fitting, then, that Minaj's new "Right by My Side" video finds the two competing for her affections. Directed by Benny Boom, who also oversaw the visuals for "Beez in the Trap," this one is a brightly lit romance, with lots of shots of a blonde Minaj letting Nas buy her nice things while Brown tries to get her attention.

  • Chuck Brown at the Great Northern Hotel, London, UK on 25 March 1987 (David Corio/Getty)

    Chuck Brown, RIP: The Go-Go Godfather Through the Years

    Chuck Brown, known as "the godfather of go-go," died yesterday in Baltimore at age 75, the Washington Post reports. With his band the Soul Searchers, the singer, guitarist, and songwriter helped pioneer the funky D.C.-area sound known as go-go, which weaves together songs via the continuous groove of a live band rather than the turntables and DJs of hip-hop.

  • Bonnaroo 2012's 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts

    Bonnaroo 2012's 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts

    After releasing its lineup in drips and drabs over the past few months, Bonnaroo has now unveiled its full schedule. As Consequence of Sound points out, the festival has also added to its list of performers, with GZA, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Pelican, Sara Watkins, and the Dirty Guv'Nahs now among those making the trek to Tennessee June 7-10. GZA will be performing Liquid Swords in full backed by Grupo Fantasma. Of course, the arrival of the schedule now means it's time for Bonnaroo-goers to start plotting a course through the music-packed four-day event. Luckily, festival organizers appear to have done an exceptional job in limiting the number of tough decisions — surely there can't be that many people who love Major Lazer and Black Star equally, or Flying Lotus and Umphrey's Mcgee? — and keeping everything nicely staggered, so few sets conflict entirely.

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