Marc Hogan

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  • Coachella

    Coachella 2012's 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts

    Oh, sure, Lollapalooza's lineup has been announced, but fans planning on attending Coachella have a more pressing concern. With the first round of the two-weekend music festival now only a couple of nights away, organizers have revealed the set times for all the acts descending upon the Indio, California, desert. The good news is at almost any point you'll be able catch an intriguing performance whichever way you turn; the bad news is you can't see 'em all. We've listed the five toughest decisions you'll face at Coachella — and we've provided a little unsolicited advice we hope can help. And no, whether to stay for Dr.

  • Here We Go Magic Ask 'How Do I Know' on Love-Buzzed Song

    Here We Go Magic Ask 'How Do I Know' on Love-Buzzed Song

    "Is this love?" is a familiar question in pop songs, and with good reason. Now comes Here We Go Magic's take on the trope, from May 8 album A Different Ship (one of our 25 Spring Albums That You Gotta Hear). The Brooklyn band's "How Do I Know" neatly pairs its time-tested theme with the group's characteristic hummingbird thrum. As advance tracks go, if deathlessly hooky "Collector" heralded the Afro-pop and art-rock influences that 2010 sophomore LP Pigeons wore on its fluttery sleeve, then the subject matter of "How Do I Know" would appear to signal a less influence-anxious approach. "How do I know if I love you?" singer Luke Temple yelps, his reverb-tinged voice taking on a new gravitas, as the band locks into a clockwork-whirring vamp — constantly adding new instrumental and vocal elements without so much as changing chords.

  • At the Drive-In

    See At the Drive-In Play Their First Show in 11 Years

    Omar Rodríguez-López has bluntly acknowledged that the reunion of his pre-Mars Volta band with Cedric Bixler-Zavala is money-oriented, nostalgia-driven, and unlikely to give birth to new material. Sure enough, At the Drive-In's first performance together in 11 years, which went down last night at Austin's Red 7, featured no previously unheard songs. But fan footage from the discography-ranging set (via Consequence of Sound) suggests the post-hardcore group hasn't lost its onstage fury, at least not in these sweaty renditions of "Quarantined," "Enfilade," and "One Armed Scissor." The Texas rockers have two more shows set for their home state before decamping to Coachella later this month, and a 7" colored-vinyl reissue of their 1999 Vaya EP, limited to 500 copies, will be for sale on Record Store Day. Check out our review of the Mars Volta's new Noctourniquet here.

  • Kanye & 2 Chainz

    Kanye West Quietly Joined 2 Chainz on '106 & Park'

    Kanye West stole the stage again last night on BET's 106 & Park, but this time he did it without saying a word. A jewelry-bedecked 2 Chainz, who is currently riding a wave of high-profile collaborations including Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" and West's G.O.O.D. Music track "Mercy," came on the show to offer up some humble bromides about hard work and prayer before calling Yeezy to the stage as a surprise guest. Wearing some kind of leopard print hoodie get-up (you'll have to ask our fashion blog), along with his own Nike shoes, West flashed a few smiles but mostly just stood there straight-faced, nodding occasionally. "I just feel like I'm blessed," 2 Chainz said of his collaboration with West. The Atlanta rapper and former Playaz Circle member is scheduled to release his first album for Def Jam, Based on a T.R.U. Story, on August 14.

  • Dave Grohl

    Watch Full Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys Sets From Lollapalooza Brazil

    Last year Perry Farrell debuted the first-ever Lollapalooza Chile, and this year that massive event's return was joined by the inaugural Lollapalooza Brazil, which took place over the weekend. Antiquiet points to footage of complete Lollapalooza Brazil sets by Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys, who headlined both of the festivals (joined by Björk in Chile and Jane's Addiction in Brazil). Both bands specialize in the sort of pummeling, shout-along rock that can reach tens of thousands of people. Foo Fighters treated their Brazilian audience members to covers of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," joined by the former Blackheart herself (reprising their recent joint New York appearances). For their part, Arctic Monkeys bashed out swaggering new song "R U Mine?" alongside previous highlights from the once-precocious U.K.

  • Watch Pulp Be Dapper, Dig Out Old Soundtrack Song on 'Fallon'

    Watch Pulp Be Dapper, Dig Out Old Soundtrack Song on 'Fallon'

    With Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher apparently friendly now, and both looking past their old bands to other projects, the way is clear for Pulp to receive their due. The most dapper and acerbic band of the Britpop era is on a reunion jaunt that will take it through New York's Radio City Music Hall tonight and tomorrow, en route to Coachella and a couple of other West Coast gigs. But first, Jarvis Cocker and the rest of the group stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday. It was a welcome return. In the televised broadcast, Pulp triumphantly romped their way through the band's landmark "Common People," originally from 1995's Different Class, with Cocker — wearing his signature suit, tie, and specs, hair slightly bedraggled — cavorting about onstage like a well-rehearsed teenager.

  • Frank Ocean

    Odd Past: Frank Ocean Sings Backstreet Boys' 'PDA'

    You think you have a bad boss? Somebody made the putative genius who created last year's gorgeous, free-wheeling nostalgia, Ultra mixtape feel like he oughta be doing this. Fashionably Early has dug up a recording of Frank Ocean, pre-"Frank Ocean," belting out a song that ended up on a post-reunion Backstret Boys album, and though he gives it his supple best, the results are soberingly craven. Definitive proof sagging record sales aren't Napster's fault! A key piece of Ocean's tale is the fact that the Odd Future-affiliated singer previously notched a few songwriting credits and a major-label deal under the name Lonny Breaux. His sadly faceless rendition of "PDA," a generically pro-making-out-at-at-the-coffee-shop dance-pop song that ultimately appeared on the Boys' 2009 This Is Us, is proof of the singer's agile pipes, the ridiculousness of the music industry, and not much else.

  • Future

    Hear R. Kelly Land Safely on Future's 'Parachute'

    Understatement isn't necessarily the draw when it comes to either of these two singing hip-hop figures. That said, long-reigning R&B king R.

  • Drake

    Drake Becomes a Man Thanks to Lil Wayne and Rihanna

    The vinyl edition of Drake's Take Care actually consists of two records, and the last of their four sides is arguably the best despite not containing any of the album's official singles. That is, until earlier this month, when exuberantly foul-mouthed Lil Wayne collaboration "HYFR" went to radio.

  • Nicki Minaj

    See Nicki Minaj's Booty-Shaking 'Beez in the Trap' Video

    The video for Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," which our reviewer credits for "annihilating the rest of" the rapper-singer-superhero's new Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, works as a neat visual parallel to the track itself. Like the minimal but verbally assaulting club-rap throwback, which SPIN's hip-hop blog described as "Nicki Minaj's gangsta-rap record," the clip is at once slow-moving and action-packed. There's blonde Nicki the Barbie in pink leotard, squatting low and rapping from behind barbed wire; there's green-haired Nicki the mermaid in a bikini throwing out hundreds at a strip club; and there's raven-haired Nicki the mixtape MC in skimpy leopard print showing off her derriere as Atlanta's 2 Chainz leeringly pays his respects.

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