Marc Hogan

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  • Arctic Monkeys / Photo by Guy Aroch

    Hear Arctic Monkeys' Sizzling Record Store Day B-Side 'Electricity'

    When Arctic Monkeys first emerged as northern England's latest meat 'n' potatoes rock hope, they were easy to misunderstand because their music was so distinctly, defiantly regional. Now, four studio albums later, and fresh off a pair of headlining sets at Lollapalooza's South American festivals, the eloquently gritty Brit-rockers can be easy to misunderstand because they're swaggering too hard to stoop to explain themselves. "Electricity," the B-side of the limited-edition "R U Mine?" 7" the band will release this Saturday for Record Store Day, has surfaced online (via We All Want Someone to Shout For), and it has all the flickering intensity of its title. "Tell me something I don't already know / Like how you get your kisses to fill me with electricity," frontman Alex Turner sings warningly on the chorus, between live-wire guitar riffs and rhythm-section pummel.

  • Blur

    Blur Will Now Sell You a Shelf-Busting Array of Old Music

    In the dial-up '90s, American fans who wanted to own Blur's intermittently fantastic B-sides had a couple of options: Pay import prices, or freak out your parents by giving your home address to complete strangers and asking them to compile the songs for you on a tape. The Britpop legends have since compiled and recompiled their hits many times, but it still isn't easy to find their obscurities all in one place (at least not legitimately). Now, as the reunited band heads into a

  • Girls

    Girls on TV: Band Plays 'Conan,' Bitches About HBO Show

    Girls will be Girls. The enigmatic San Francisco pop-rock classicists, in between weekends of Coachella, appeared on Conan last night to perform gospel-tinged heart-wringer "Love Like a River," from last year's sumptuously skewed Father, Son, Holy Ghost. With three backing singers joining the Christopher Owens-led five-piece band, this rendition managed to stay faithful to the album version without losing its quavering, still-waters-run-deep emotion — we don't know exactly why this guy gets "down, real down," but we can feel it. After demonstrating why Girls put on one of the best shows we saw last month at SXSW, Owens handed O'Brien a bouquet of flowers and wished him a happy birthday.

  • Charli XCX

    Download Charli XCX's 'I Like Boys Who Cry' Mix

    "Bros before hoes this time," Charli XCX writes. Last week the 19-year-old London electro-soul singer-songwriter unveiled her day-brightening Supergirl Superlove mixtape, which made room for Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Azealia Banks, Siouxie and the Banshees, and Kate Bush. Now she has posted "the boy version" of the mixtape, which runs from Lil Wayne's "A Milli" to Justice's club-shattering remix of Simian's "We Are Your Friends" en route to Ying Yang Twins' recently Bieber-imitated "The Whisper Song," with nods to the Leave Britney Alone Kid and Twin Peaks. In the battle of girls versus boys, the women might have won, but only because XCX didn't include what she reveals in the current issue of SPIN was her "song on the road" during her first U.S. tour: R.

  • PIxies / Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

    Grab Pixies' Live, Four-Song 'Coachella '04' EP

    When the Pixies reunited for their first show in more than a decade on April 13, 2004, hardly anyone could've known it would start a trend. That we've since seen alternative-culture heroes from Pavement to Grandaddy get the band back together in recent years is just a testament to how successful the one-time 120 Minutes darlings' initial victory lap really was. As the second week of Coachella 2012 approaches, with a weirder kind of post-fame comeback fresh on our minds, the band has shared a free four-track digital EP from its 2004 performance in the Indio, California, desert. Hole-influenced scene-skewerer "U-Mass"! Leftfield hit "Monkey Gone to Heaven"! Doolittle deep cut "Hey"! Loudly off-kilter reincarnation rumination "Caribou"! All before the '90s-advancing youngsters from Yuck had even formed their teenage band Cajun Dance Party.

  • The Shins

    Shins Cast Bleak Spells in Animated 'The Rifle's Spiral' Clip

    "So long to this wretched form," James Mercer snarls — well, for him it's a snarl, OK? — on "The Rifle's Spiral," the first track from the Shins' recently released Port of Morrow. The Potland, Oregan-based songwriter gets his wish in the song's new animated video, directed by Jamie Caliri (whose career spans from Morphine's Grammy-nominated "Early to Bed" video to the end titles for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, by way of Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy" clip). Rather than any of the reconstituted Shins lineup members' forms, wretched or not, we see a somewhat disturbing assortment of old-timey figures with dark magic powers. It wouldn't be the first time the Oh, Inverted World tune-smith pulled a rabbit out of a hat. As SPIN reported last week, this clip, which is running on Nowness for 24 hours, originally appeared via Nintendo's 3DS.

  • Hot Chip

    Hear Hot Chip's Goofy, Sweaty 'Night and Day'

    "I like Zapp not Zappa," a Hot Chip member pronounces, backed by a down-pitched goblin version of himself, about two-thirds of the way through the gawky London party starters' wiggly new dance-pop single, "Night and Day." Although assuredly said with tongue at least halfway in cheek, it's a statement that bears a little unpacking: Do two brainy wits with broad-minded record collections and considerable verge-of-the-mainstream renown really have that much less in common with an R&B-loving, ostensibly humorous, once-critically-acclaimed autodidact than with the Roger Troutman-fronted electro-soul outfit that helped inspire G-funk?

  • The Walkmen / Photo by Ian Witlen

    The Walkmen Open Up on Gorgeous 'Heaven': Listen Now

    At a Midwestern festival date two years ago, just before the release of the Walkmen's latest album, Lisbon, a torrential thunderstorm broke out in the middle of the New York rockers' set. Keyboard player Walter Martin made a go of it, trying to play with one hand while sheltering his expensive electronics with the other, but eventually the band had to take a brief break, bust out the tarps, and pull everything farther back under cover. If "Heaven," the first song to emerge from the June 5 album of the same name, had existed then, the clouds might've parted immediately. The Walkmen announced Heaven's completion by sharing a medley of sloppy U2 covers, so it's not as if the title track's messianic uplift comes without warning.

  • Flaming Lips

    Flaming Lips' 'Girl, You're So Weird' Video Earns Its NSFW Warning

    The going got weird a long time ago, to invoke the oft-abused Hunter S. Thompson quote, and lucky for us, the Flaming Lips are still consummate pros. Even by the standards of a pop era where, yes, dead artists perform via hologram, or the first track on the nation's best-selling album is a multiple-personalities hip-hop showtune that breaks out into a refrain of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (!!!), the Oklahoma psych-rockers continue to stand out as spaced oddities. The recently surfaced visuals for "Girl, You're So Weird," the band's collaboration with past cohort and former the Polyphonic Spree touring guitarist New Fumes, make so many other quasi-rebellious music videos we've seen lately look as uptight as Rick Santorum in a too-small sweater-vest.

  • Skrillex

    Listen to Skrillex and Damian Marley's Boomy 'Make It Bun Dem'

    Dubstep, even in its early U.K. incarnation, has little in common with Jamaican dub other than shared origins in instrumental "dub" remixes. Skrillex, the asymmetrically coiffed prodigy of America's bass-dropping electronic dance-dance revolution, has now joined forces with dancehall-reggae hybridist Damian Marley, bringing the two similarly named genres a bit closer if only geographically. "Make It Bun Dem," the fruits of their collaboration, follows Skrillex's work with everyone from Korn to the surviving members of the Doors, while Marley is coming off an album in Mick Jagger's all-star group SuperHeavy last year and a 2010 collaborative LP with with Nas.

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