Marc Hogan

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  • Miguel

    Stream Miguel's Three-Song 'Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview'

    Miguel doesn't appear to be done with "that art shit / You know, that smart shit." Earlier this year, the singer, songwriter, and producer behind the promising neo-soul of late-2010 debut album All I Want Is You made ambitiously good on that promise with a string of three free EPs: the SPIN Essentials-stamped Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1, 2 & 3. Now, the Los Angeles-born artist has revealed he will be releasing sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dreams in three parts, starting with two new digital EPs, all via Bystorm/RCA Records. Stream the first release, the three-song Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview EP (available via iTunes beginning July 31), exclusively below, including catchy standout "Adorn." The second release, another three-song set and titled Kaleidoscope Dream: Air Preview, is set to hit iTunes on September 11.

  • Rick Ross / Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET

    16 Reasons to Listen to Rick Ross and Andre 3000's 'Sixteen'

    It exists. When Rick Ross announced the track list for latest album God Forgives, I Don't, the inclusion of a collaboration between the larger-than-life Miami rap kingpin and flamboyant, famously selective OutKast half André 3000 was enough in itself to turn a few heads. Now that the full album has leaked online ahead of its July 31 release, here are 16 more reasons to check out Southern-rap mind meld "Sixteen," the new record's eight-minute centerpiece: André is far from the best thing about it. That's the instrumental, a languidly funky, saxophone-led, '70s soul-inflected track by production trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.

  • Michael Jackson's children / Photo by Getty Images

    Michael Jackson's Family Feud: A Helpful Primer

    Michael Jackson's family has spent decades in the public eye, but its most recent internal conflict has been more public than most. What once would have been confined to tabloid speculation has now been blowing up via Twitter and online video posts. By now, you've probably heard some of the gossip. Here's a handy guide to the facts so far on the fate of Jackson's mother, his kids, and his estate, based on reliable reports from the AP and Reuters. Where is Michael's mom? The whereabouts of Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old family matriarch, has been a central question in the ongoing power struggle. On Saturday night, a family member reported her missing. A day earlier, Katherine's son Jermaine Jackson had tweeted that she was resting in Arizona on doctor's orders.

  • Hear Tame Impala's Trunk-Shaking Psych-Rock 'Elephant'

    Hear Tame Impala's Trunk-Shaking Psych-Rock 'Elephant'

    The ceaselessly shifting cosmic imagery in the YouTube clip premiering Tame Impala's "Elephant" might be a little too appropriate. Sure, leading man Kevin Parker packs the first single — and second advance track — from the Australian band's Dave Fridmann-produced sophomore album, Lonerism (due out October 9 via Modular), with plenty of hum-along fuzz-pop hooks. There's no shortage of fist-pumping hard-rock muscle. But the track's key moment arrives right after Parker whispers, "Here he comes," and the swirling wordless midsection — far-out synth, seraphim harmonies, hypnotic band interplay — locks into top gear. That's the part where, no matter how hyper-caffeinated this reviewer might be, it's hard not just to space out at the trippy images and let the headphone-popping sonics seep into the cerebellum. "Elephant" booming out of a trunk?

  • Watch the Killers' 'Runaways' Video, Starring Brandon Flowers' Leather Jacket

    Watch the Killers' 'Runaways' Video, Starring Brandon Flowers' Leather Jacket

    Brandon Flowers dons rock'n'roll's signature costume of bad-boy bad-assery dating back at least to that Fonzie-looking dude from Garfield in Paradise in the new video for "Runaways," the stadium-sized advance single from September 18 album Battle Born. Luckily, director Warren Fu — whose previous work has included videos for the Strokes and Daft Punk — knows how to pump up the poperatic grandeur just so. Deep space, dusty Americana, and urban splendor jostle up against the sight of the open road speeding underneath us as the band performs on one hell of a stage, which comes together at just the right moment (when Flowers sings, "My body just comes aliiiiiiive!"). You know how Steve Jobs said acid was one of the most important experiences of his life? The Killers rock this one so hard that when they move, their bodies leave streaks of light across the screen.

  • Crystal Castles Spread Graveyard-Rave 'Plague' on First Track From New LP

    Crystal Castles are back, and it's beautifully terrifying. The time since the Canadian duo's second self-titled album a couple of years ago has only brought more competition in the "spooky, basement-ready electronic pop" category, most notably from Purity Ring, whose (admittedly more twee-leaning) Shrines came out this week after a string of near-perfect singles, but also from "witch-house" acts like Balam Acab. But Crystal Castles' Alice Glass and Ethan Kath are interested in strobe lights and strangulated screams, not synchronized lanterns or future-R&B lullabies, and on the newly posted "Plague," they mark their return with a vengeance that reminds you exactly what we've been missing since 2010. From Crystal Castles' upcoming album, a publicist confirms, the track is a study in contrasts — just check out the SoundCloud waveform.

  • Lana Del Rey / Photo by Getty Images

    Lana Del Rey Reissuing 'Born to Die' in Expanded 'Paradise' Edition

    Lana Del Rey's Born to Die is about to get a second life. The YouTube-savvy singer and songwriter's cinematic major-label debut album will be reissued as a "Paradise" edition in November, with about a half-dozen previously unreleased tracks, she told Australian interviewer Tim Blackwell of Nova FM (via Playground and Fact) between concerts in Melbourne. "It's gonna happen. It's not a new album," Del Rey said, asked about rumors she'd be releasing a new full-length this fall. "It's more like an afterthought. It's the Paradise edition of Born to Die, and yeah, it's like seven new songs that kind of put a period on the statement I was making when I made the record." Del Rey said she's been working on new songs "really slowly" over the past seven months, and the interviewer noted she had performed fresh material live the night before.

  • Lower

    Hear Danish Punk Band Lower's Well-Named 'Walk on Heads' EP

    Iceage's New Brigade dropped last year like a brick through a bank window, and anyone jolted by that Danish band's chaotic art-punk squall now has a wealth of new new brigades to sort through. One worthy, slightly janglier successor is Swedish band Holograms, whose self-titled debut just came out on Captured Tracks (download the wonderfully ramshackle indie pop of "Chasing My Mind"). More aggressive but equally worth checking out are Lower, a brash Copenhagen quartet whose four-song Walk on Heads EP was recently released by Escho, a.k.a. the label that also gave us Iceage. From the jagged feedback of opener "Craver" to frenetic shouts of closer "Lethargy," it's a tightly coiled, volatile listen that keeps nothing in reserve. Stream the whole thing below.

  • The xx

    Watch the xx and Beach House Slow Jam Late-Night TV

    Quiet was the new loud last night on late-night TV. Slinky, minimalist British electro-poppers the xx stopped by Conan with a graceful rendition of "Angels," the slow, swooning first single off their upcoming sophomore album, Coexist (due out September 11 via Young Turks). Beach House brought their similarly narcoticized "Wild," from the smoldering Batimore dream-pop duo's great new album Bloom, to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, putting Victoria Legrand's smoke-filled voice on full display; Beach House also played another Bloom slow jam, "Wishes," as a Web exclusive. Watch all three gorgeous, languid performances below, preferably not while operating heavy machinery.

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    Watch Django Django's Futuristic 'Hail Bop' Video

    Django Django's hybrid of '60s psych-pop harmonies, late-'70s post-punk abstraction, and 21st-century state-of-the-art production defies simple categorization. The Scottish group's self-titled debut album came out earlier this year in the U.K., but it will be available in the U.S. via iTunes on August 14 and physically via Ribbon Music on September 25. The new video for Django Django's "Hail Bop" helps explain the unique approach of this Beta Band-related crew (drummer/producer Dave MacLean's brother is the Betas' DJ/sampler John MacLean) better than any words could: Singer/guitarist Vinnie Neff can be seen pushing what might be the title astronomical object up a computer-generated staircase into an uncanny digital paradise.

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