Marc Hogan

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  • Eminem Clowns His Wealth in Slaughterhouse's 'My Life' Video

    Eminem Clowns His Wealth in Slaughterhouse's 'My Life' Video

    The gap between the opulence of much chart-friendly hip-hop and ongoing economic stagnation for much of the world has rarely been stretched to such absurd extremes. Eminem spits not a single bar on his Shady label signees Slaughterhouse's new "My Life," which features an echoey hook belted by Cee Lo Green, but the real Slim Shady still stars in an extended, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous-spoofing skit that opens the song's new video (via MTV). Directed by L.A. studio Syndrome, whose previous work runs the gamut from Alicia Keys to Ke$ha, the clip amusingly shows Eminem washing his face with other rappers' tears, dining with his pet dinosaurs, and, of course, sitting in a literal throne. If all this over-the-top one-percenter imagery has you thinking Shady might be compensating for something that's missing from the song, well, you're not wrong.

  • Stars / Photo by Norman Wong

    Stars Unveil New LP With Synth-Swoony 'The Theory of Relativity'

    Now, you know damn well we're not rocket scientists, but as we understand it, the one constant in Albert Einstein's theories of relativity is the speed of light. That's an appropriately grand concept to hold in mind as you approach "The Theory of Relativity," a sparkling, synth-bedecked indie rocker from Stars' upcoming album The North.

  • Bloc Party

    Watch Bloc Party Play Bristling New Songs at First Post-Hiatus Gig

    Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke recently revealed that his band's upcoming fourth album, Four (due out on August 21 via Frenchkiss Records), will sound like "four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability." In that case, fan footage emerging from the British rockers' first show since going on hiatus in 2009 might be an accurate preview of what to expect from the record — taking into account, of course, the sometimes shaky audio quality. As NME reports, the band played seven songs from the new album last night in Glasgow, and two clips have already surfaced online. Both of the new songs hitting YouTube so far have a post-punk intensity that recalls the band's Silent Alarm-era boom years, though it's hard to say much more than that just yet.

  • Yoko Ono with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore in 2010 / Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty

    Oh 'YOKOKIMTHURSTON': Ono Teams With Sonic Youth Duo

    Yoko Ono has joined forces with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore for a new collaborative album. YOKOKIMTHURSTON will arrive on September 25 via Chimera Music, Ono's management has confirmed. The six-song release teams the perennial avant-garde renegade — and, of course, widow of the Beatles' John Lennon — with the erstwhile noise-rock power couple, who late last year revealed they would be going their separate ways after 21 years of marriage. YOKOKIMTHURSTON isn't the trio's first time working together.

  • See Dirty Projectors' Stunning 'Gun Has No Trigger' Live Debut

    See Dirty Projectors' Stunning 'Gun Has No Trigger' Live Debut

    If more evidence were needed for how drastically the media landscape has shifted in the past few years, last night you could see a late-night network TV host proudly displaying an 8", square-shaped vinyl record emblazoned with ancient cuneiform script. What, no hieroglyphic, triangular micro-cassettes? Dirty Projectors' ensuing Late Night With Jimmy Fallon take on "Gun Has No Trigger," from the funky art-rock brainiacs' upcoming album Swing Lo Magellan (due out on July 10 via Domino) was the astonishing musical corollary to that once-unthinkable sight. Led by long-haired singer Dave Longstreth, the New York band gave a powerfully locked-in performance, rendering the song's pointillist backing harmonies, limber rhythm section, and inexorably mounting tension with all the vivid color the recording demands.

  • Dragonette / Photo by Kristin Vicari

    Hear Dragonette's Electro-Pop Blast 'Rocket Ship'

    When Dragonette released rock-charged electro-pop yeasayer "I Get Around" in 2007, the Canadian band's neon hybrid of fist-pumping blare and rave-friendly strobe was still the stuff of French boutique-label compilations and niche blogs, not corporate mega-deals, awkward Grammy Awards mega-mixes, and lamestream media thinkpiecery. By the time of last year's cheerfully brain-searing summer-smash collaboration with French house producer Martin Solveig, "Hello" — so catchy it was actually in a bubblegum commercial — "EDM" was well on its way to becoming a boardroom-ready buzz term, Molly a familiar girl next door, "Skrillex" a universally identifiable haircut.

  • Mitch and Amy Winehouse / Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty

    Amy Winehouse's Dad Blasts Singer's Ex-Husband in Memoir

    Amy Winehouse's ex-husband won't be getting any of the money the late singer left behind, but he's coming up for a heaping serving of blame. It was previously reported that Blake Fielder-Civil, a.k.a. Blake Incarcerated, is receiving none of Winehouse's roughly $6.7 million estate. Now, as the AP reports, Winehouse's father is taking aim at Fielder-Civil again in Amy, My Daughter, a new memoir to be published on June 26. Mitch Winehouse reportedly writes that he has trouble listening to Back to Black, his daughter's multi-platinum 2006 breakout effort, because it was inspired by Fielder-Civil. "It wasn't as if he brought much good into her life, or so it seemed to me," the book is quoted as saying.

  • 2 Chainz and Drake's Kinky 'No Lie' Clip: A True Missed Opportunity?

    2 Chainz and Drake's Kinky 'No Lie' Clip: A True Missed Opportunity?

    Making the jump from wildly charismatic guest verses to success as a full-fledged solo artist can be challenging — just ask Nicki Minaj. Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz' cameos alongside Minaj, Kanye West, and even Justin Bieber should all but guarantee him one of the bigger albums of the summer. But despite a high-profile guest of its own — swaggering smoothie Drake — the first video selection from August 14 LP Based on a T.R.U. Story doesn't capture the MC formerly known as Tity Boi's appeal as well as one might've hoped. That's no fault of Georgia-based producer Mike Will, who has previously worked on tracks by Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and Future. Will's combination of rumbling synthetic beats, Theremin-like wobbles, and mesmerizing keys sets an appropriately enigmatic backdrop for 2 Chainz and Drake's muy macho boasts.

  • Fiona Apple

    Watch Fiona Apple Cover Paul McCartney, Joke About Meltdown

    Fiona Apple grinned. She jumped up and clapped her hands. She gesticulated wildly in a valiant effort not to insult "the guilty, stupid people." She pantomimed storming off the stage, then returned with an endearing chuckle. In short, Apple's appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was the polar opposite of Paul McCartney's refrain from Wings' Band on the Run finale "Let Me Roll It": "I can't tell you how I feel." Apple feels it all, and lately she's been telling all about it. Her raw-throated delivery promises our efforts to understand will be worthwhile. Apple covered "Let Me Roll It" as a Web exclusive in honor of Sir Paul's 70th birthday.

  • Cat Power / Photo by Austin Conroy

    Cat Power Unleashes 'Ruin' From First Original LP in 6 Years

    Chan Marshall's voice hasn't lost any of its smoky allure. The singer-songwriter has announced her first album of original material in six years, Sun, and offered up third track "Ruin," a propulsive, piano-based rocker that leaves behind the Memphis soul of 2006's The Greatest for something a bit more fidgety, though no less combustible. Marshall murmurs the names of far-flung geographical locations atop a tautly interlocking groove, imploring, "What are we doin' / We're sittin' on a ruin." Although Marshall has premiered other new songs live, and redid her 1996 track "When the Kid Rides By" late last year, those were mostly somber, spare affairs.

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