Marc Hogan



  • R. Kelly Knows He's Funny, Goes Broadway in 'Feelin' Single'

    R. Kelly Knows He's Funny, Goes Broadway in 'Feelin' Single'

    Part of the reason so many rock-oriented listeners tend to misunderstand R. Kelly has to do with a crucial difference between rock and pop, or at the very least, rock and R&B. So much art-rock can be serious to a fault — think Radiohead, a great band so unrelentingly dour that it was newsworthy when Flying Lotus recently told Rolling Stone that Thom Yorke cracks jokes. Kelly, by contrast, is a consummate entertainer who's unafraid to showcase his tremendously supple voice, tap into all-too-real emotions via immaculately constructed songs, and act a fool — sometimes all at once. Forget "Trapped in the Closet": Watch him donning opera garb for "Feelin' on Yo Booty," from the R. Kelly Live! - The Light It Up Tour concert doc, and you'll understand why attempts to parody the Pied Piper of R&B are embarrassingly clueless. The R.

  • Neon Bible: Watch Meek Mill's Drake-Assisted 'Amen' Video

    Neon Bible: Watch Meek Mill's Drake-Assisted 'Amen' Video

    The tension between the sacred and profane has been a crucial element in American popular music at least since gospel gave way to soul. It's probably the last thing you think of when you hear Meek Mill's breezily exuberant Dreamchasers 2 mixtape highlight "Amen," a soul-sampling ode to the earthly gifts that He or She has so graciously bestowed on the Philadelphia rapper and his friends Drake and Jeremih. As MTV points out, though, a Philly pastor is publicly calling for a boycott of Mill's records over the track's use of religious imagery. With Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't on the way, Frank Ocean's late-night TV performance of "Bad Religion" still burned into our brains, and Pusha T's "Exodus 23:1" recently reigniting a hip-hop rivalry, this one looks like a losing battle for the Almighty.

  • Watch Jack White's Hype Williams-Directed 'Freedom at 21' Video

    Watch Jack White's Hype Williams-Directed 'Freedom at 21' Video

    Jack White is a 21st-century man. In an uncanny way, his reverence for the analogue past taps into a broader resurgence of interest in records, tapes, and the like, as evidenced by his official solo debut Blunderbuss out-selling all other vinyl albums so far this year, in a period when sales of new vinyl continued to rise. He released the tumultuous scorcher "Freedom at 21" via balloon, on obsolete Flexi disc, but nearly everyone actually heard about the stunt via the Internet. Nostalgic? Forward-looking? Take your pick. The same questions could be applied to the song's bizarre yet thrilling new video.

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    Green Day's Take on Power Pop: Hear 'Uno' Single 'Oh Love'

    Inhibition has never been Green Day's problem. The Bay Area rockers' new song "Oh Love," from September 25 album ¡Uno!, is the latest in a string of the band's records, from the Buzzcocks sneer of "Basketcase" to the "All the Young Dudes" hoopla of "21 Guns," that brazenly embrace the notion of art as love and theft.

  • Madonna Joyrides Across Italy in 'Turn Up the Radio' Video

    Madonna Joyrides Across Italy in 'Turn Up the Radio' Video

    Even the Material Girl needs to use music as an escape now and then. Madonna's newly released video for MDNA's frolicsome, Martin Solveig-produced "Turn Up the Radio" is a relatively literal take on the song's lyrics about how, when this old world starts a-gettin' you down, you can, well, turn up the radio. But a fantastical twist makes the clip fairly entertaining to watch, as Madonna cruises across the Italian countryside in a Cadillac convertible, getting away from the "maddening crowd" and, of course, throwing a dance party. The pop queen's current squeeze, Brahim Zaibat, even pops in for a cameo. Hey, music makes the people get together.

  • No Doubt

    Hear No Doubt's First Original Song In 11 Years: 'Settle Down'

    Despite all Twitpic evidence to the contrary, No Doubt's seven months in the studio included at least a little time actually making music. On the basis of bouncy six-minute "Settle Down," the advance single from the genre-crossing pop vets' first album in 11 years, Push and Shove (due September 25 via Interscope), the time has been ambitiously and creatively spent. The trucker-friendly video for the group's first single since 2003 Talk Talk cover "It's My Life" is set to premiere tonight on E! at 8 p.m., but you can stream the music now on No Doubt's website, where you can also buy the digital single. As promised, the song features horns and a lilting reggae feel, but there's also a bombastic orchestral intro, a dubby near-instrumental outro, and, in between, plenty of sunshine-plated Gwen Stefani hooks.

  • Cro-Mags, Current and Former, Bicker Over CBGB Fest Stabbing

    Cro-Mags, Current and Former, Bicker Over CBGB Fest Stabbing

    A punk-rock knife fight is morphing into a war of words. Harley Flanagan, a founding member and former bassist for hardcore group the Cro-Mags, has made his first public comments since reportedly stabbing a current member of the band last week during New York's CBGB Festival. Current Cro-Mags vocalist John Joseph, who was not injured in the attack, has issued a response harshly disputing Flanagan's account. In an interview with New York Natives, Flanagan said he attended the gig at Webster Hall with "the best of intentions" and was asked backstage, where a group of men jumped him. "I was getting the shit beat out of me," he said. He said he called for security, and when bouncers arrived he got "dragged out onto the balcony area," where a "big guy" stood with both feet on Flanagan's back and another person squeezed Flanagan's throat. Then, according to Flanagan, the police arrived.

  • See Kanye West's 'New God Flow' Mashed Up With Comic 'New Gods'

    See Kanye West's 'New God Flow' Mashed Up With Comic 'New Gods'

    Earlier this month, Kanye West and Pusha T unleashed their intense new G.O.O.D. Music collaboration "New God Flow." Possibly overlooked in the generally positive reaction to the track was the title's similarity to New Gods, a comic by comics legend Jack Kirby. No longer! Now West and Pusha's visceral lyrics and haunting, piano-driven backing have a video that sets them to images from New Gods' third issue, which features the first appearance of the character the Black Racer. If only there were a character named Ghostface Killah, who's sampled on the track's hook. Kirby did create Captain America, along with co-creating the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk.

  • Depeche Mode / Photo by Getty Images

    Depeche Mode Stir Speculation of Former Member's Return

    Depeche Mode have set their fans buzzing about the potential return of a key member from the pioneering British synth-pop group's best-known era. Slicing Up Eyeballs points to a newly posted photo on the band's Facebook page that shows a still of Alan Wilder from the video for "Policy of Truth," off 1990's multi-platinum album Violator. Beneath the photo is a lyric from the song: "Never again / Is what you swore." More than 44,000 fans have "liked" the post since it went up yesterday, with comments asking whether Wilder is back in the group. As we write this, the only more recent post on the band's Facebook page is for a new video from Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan's collaboration with Soulsavers, The Light the Dead See. So it's completely possible they're just messing with us. Hey, you're reading about the Soulsavers album now, right?

  • Watch Cloud Nothings Rip Through 'Stay Useless' on 'Fallon'

    Watch Cloud Nothings Rip Through 'Stay Useless' on 'Fallon'

    In January, Cleveland's Dylan Baldi released his third proper album as Cloud Nothings, SPIN Essentials pick Attack on Memory, and officially put the world on notice: What was once a home lo-fi noise-pop project is now a full-fledged rock band. Cloud Nothings had their chance to show a TV audience last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and it didn't hurt that they picked the new record's most immediately stirring cut, "Stay Useless." Baldi recently told us the group picked Steve Albini to produce Attack on Memory because he makes bands "sound like they're playing a live show," and the evidence was on display last night. You might be able to pick out a jitter of nerves here or there, but the Dave Grohl-gruff hooks and scuzzily triumphant thrum are clearly in their element on stage.

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