Marc Hogan



  • Rihanna

    Watch Rihanna's Tribal-Rave 'Where Have You Been' Video

    The video for Rihanna's rave-pop pulser "Where Have You Been" has hit Vevo, and although its multiple cultural references are no less mystifying than in the recent visuals for her Coldplay collaboration "Princess of China," the new clip does help put the discussion in a broader context. The "China" clip, remember, used Hindu imagery in a song seemingly about a country where, y'know, only 0.01 percent of people are Hindu. For Rihanna's 2011 Talk That Talk track, veteran music video director Dave Meyer (Jay-Z, OutKast, Britney Spears, Pink) sends the pop star to look for love in a variety of exotic-looking locales.

  • M.I.A.

    M.I.A. Previews New LP 'Matangi' With the Best Dancing Video You'll See This Week

    When is a song teaser not just a song teaser? When it's nearly two minutes of what appears to be a new track from an upcoming M.I.A. album called Matangi, and it features some terrific dance moves identified by YouTube commenters as the Ivory Coast-born style Coupé-Décalé. Evidently entitled "Come Walk With Me," the track combines abrasively thudding, kuduro-like electronic percussion with a sweetly simple sunshine-pop melody. "It takes two," M.I.A. uncharacteristically coos, and then drops an F-bomb. Fader points to a roughly 20-second clip of what appears to be another Matangi track, this time with lyrics mentioning bikinis. The global-party atmosphere persists. No word yet on exactly when Ms. Maya Arulpragasam will drop her follow-up to 2010's awesome unruly Vicki Leekx mixtape and divisive-but-worthwhile Maya.

  • <i>She Is Love</i> album art

    Hear Blaqstarr's Breezy 'She Is Love'

    Diplo's just-released book, 128 Beats Per Minute, credits Baltimore's DJ Blaqstarr with introducing the Mad Decent mogul to rapper Rye Rye, then producing her 2008 single, "Shake It to the Ground," when she was just 17. Blaqstarr and Rye Rye have each taken different but similar routes toward repping their hometown's B'more club sound to the masses — Interscope-signed Rye Rye has put out increasingly poppy singles like "Boom Boom," while Blaqstarr has worked with M.I.A. and last year slipped out his sleek, seductive The Divine EP, also on Interscope. With acoustic guitars, a peppy beat, and playfully charming vocals, "She Is Love" is from a new album that won't be out until this fall, but it's as summery a pan-genre pop tune as anything this side of the new Santigold record.

  • Watch Here We Go Magic's Fluttery 'How Do I Know' Clip

    Watch Here We Go Magic's Fluttery 'How Do I Know' Clip

    An Oreo-eating man with a vest and cargo shorts must choose between his statuesque, imperious, wheelchair-bound wife and a cheerful, dancing android in the video for Here We Go Magic's "How Do I Know." From the Brooklyn band's May 8 album A Different Ship, the song is a fluttery, new-wave pop reflection on that feeling when you're not totally sure yet whether or not you're in love. The video, directed by Sean Pecknold (brother of Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold), puts an endearing twist on that theme with the addition of the cyber-woman, portrayed by dancer Jane Paik a.k.a. Janet Pants. Watching this sunny, Southwestern-tinged video, an answer comes to mind: You just know.

  • Thom Yorke / Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns

    Thom Yorke's New Atoms for Peace Tracks Don't Solve Any Mysteries

    Now that Radiohead's pair of headlining gigs at this year's Coachella are wrapped up, it's a decent moment to reflect on Thom Yorke's other band, which performed there in the desert a couple of years ago. Ever since that brief 2010 tour, details have been scarce about Atoms for Peace, Yorke's side project with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, although the recently ponytailed frontman allowed late last year that the star-studded group had almost finished an album. On Friday night, as Radiohead At Ease notes, Yorke and Godrich put on a DJ set under the Atoms for Peace name as part of the Beasties Boys member Mike D's Transmission LA: AV Club festival. Although the set included at least five songs that appeared to be new, footage of the performance raises more questions than answers.

  • Azealia Banks

    You Can Hear Azealia Banks on a Lana Del Rey Remix, But Can't See Her Live (For Now)

    The gap between real-life accomplishment and its online facsimile has arguably never been bigger — hey, even unfairly maligned internet-hype-cycle poster children Black Kids had live performances under their belts before raving to all of our friends about "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You." That divide between our physical and virtual worlds is highlighted again today, as wildly talented, Breaking Out New York rapper Azealia Banks has revealed a bunch of canceled festival appearances right as her blog-catnip appearance team-up with YouTube queen Lana Del Rey is making the online rounds. You can't see her perform live, but you can read about her. Right. This Very. Moment. As U.K.

  • King Tuff / Photo by Jesse Spears

    Hear King Tuff's Irresistible 'Keep on Movin''

    Kyle Thomas, the Vermont native who performs as King Tuff, has no shortage of breezy garage-pop gems, whether on his previous album, Was Dead, or with his other band, Happy Birthday, which put out a self-titled LP on Sub Pop a couple of years ago. King Tuff, Thomas' May 29 solo debut for the storied indie label, has cleaner production values and some of Thomas' most life-affirming rock'n'roll dance-alongs yet. If first advance track "Bad Thing" was a glittery reminder that Stratocaster solos, distortion pedals, and good-bad-not-evil rebel yelps can still induce spontaneous air-drumming sessions at desks nationwide, then the latest track, SPIN premiere "Keep on Movin'," should get you bopping out of the office entirely.

  • Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj's Beach-Rave 'Starships' Video: The Barbie Who Fell to Earth

    "Let Nicki Minaj Be Great," SPIN'S hip-hop blog No Trivia argued not long before the pop-rap multi-threat released her all-over-the-place sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and it's advice that's stuck with us. If you spend a lot of time in the real or virtual company of music writers, as we do, you hear a lot about how Minaj is at her best when she's showing off her unparalleled skills as a rapper. If you spend a lot of time with middle-school girls, we suspect, you'd be more likely to find yourself singing along to pop hits like "Super Bass." Historically speaking, the little girls are usually right.

  • Jack White

    Jack White Brings Out the David Lee Roth in Stephen Colbert

    Jack White and Stephen Colbert aren't exactly strangers to each other. The former White Stripes frontman, who just released a nominal solo debut, Blunderbuss, that we really like, has previously been game for a two-part interview with The Colbert Report's faux-conservative host, and White's Third Man Records even put out a single featuring Colbert backed by goth-rockers the Black Belles. Last night on the Report, White ripped into Blunderbuss stomper "Freedom at 21," the single he initially let loose via helium balloon. He yowled and soloed with impeccable panache, but in an earlier interview segment, he confirmed to Colbert that only five of those fantastical balloon-singles have actually been found.

  • Usher / Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage

    Hear Usher's Eurodance-y 'Scream': No 'Climax'

    On June 12, Usher is set to release his seventh album, Looking for Myself, but he might be looking in some of the wrong places. Rather than gaze into a mirror (or take some time off for contemplation and self-discovery), the smooth singer teamed up earlier this year with producer Diplo for the swooning electro-pop tease "Climax," which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's R&B chart, spawned various remixes, and set itself up as a likely entry on more than a few best-songs-of-2012 lists. Now via Miss Info comes word that Ush will be veering off in two other directions on his next pair of Looking for Myself singles. If part of the pleasure of "Climax" is that it never quite reaches a climax, then maybe the idea of Usher's new album is that he doesn't necessarily have any single "self" — the man is a protean figure?

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