Marc Hogan



  • Kindness

    Watch Kindness Teach a Kid to Play 'House': Video Premiere

    Far from being necessarily opposed, technique and emotion tend to complement each other in pop music, the new video by British singer-songwriter Adam Bainbridge suggests, reinforcing a longstanding truth. If the biggest rap against Bainbridge's painstaking indie-dance debut World, You Need a Change of Mind is that it prioritizes smooth surfaces over idiosyncratic expression, then the charming, low-key video for "House," a sweetly sentimental standout from the album, highlights how that can be a false dichotomy. Beauty is truth, and vice versa, or whatever, and the kids, well, they're all right. In fact, the "House" video continues the process of demystification Kindness began in the project's previous videos.

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    Bear in Heaven's 'Sinful Nature' Video: A Trippy Twist on 'Pretty Woman'

    "Like Don Henley, but more psychedelic," Bear in Heaven singer-keyboardist Jon Philpot told SPIN several months ago, describing the Brooklyn electro-rockers' latest album, I Love You, It's Cool. The newest video from the record, for pulsating, "How Soon Is Now?"-like hypno-rocker "Sinful Nature," takes a movie released only a few months after Henley's multiplatinum smash The End of Innocence — namely, 1990's Julia Roberts-Richard Gere prostitute romance Pretty Woman — and makes it … more psychedelic. Directed by Yoonha Park, whose previous work includes visuals for Washed Out and Small Black, the video shows a CGI-tweaked couple reminiscent of Gere and Roberts' movie characters in all kinds of hallucinogenic settings. This pretty woman won't kiss you on the lips, but she might send you on a vision quest into the Sonoran desert.

  • R. Kelly / Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty

    R. Kelly Steps Out to the Disco on Funky 'Feelin' Single'

    Ladies, leave your man at home. But if your man is R. Kelly, don't expect him just to stay in and wash his hair (in fact, if 2008 single "Hair Braider" is any indication, Kellz getting his hair done only raises the odds of infidelity). The self-proclaimed king of R&B's latest lithely funky, superbly summery '70s-soul throwback is "Feelin' Single," a lush yet tidily uncluttered track that's a bit like Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson doing a preemptive answer song to Destiny's Child's "Jumpin' Jumpin'." Except, of course, with the Pied Piper's own certain inimitable something. The premise is simple: The man left at home (or, to continue the Destiny's Child analogy, the woman left with her friends) has decided that as long as his partner is out enjoying the nightlife, he might as well, too — with sexy results.

  • Brandon Flowers / Photo by Lucy Hamblin

    Hear the Killers Cover the Raspberries' 'Go All the Way'

    The Killers have opened up the intriguing possibility that their upcoming album could be influenced by halcyon '70s power pop. The Las Vegas pop-rockers covered archetypal power-poppers the Rapsberries' 1972 "Go All the Way" for the new Tim Burton-Johnny Depp movie Dark Shadows, and as Radio 104.5 was first to point out, the track has made its way online. For some reason the sound quality isn't great, but you can tell it's a relatively faithful rendition, although Brandon Flowers adds a little extra bombast as he channels Raspberries singer (and "All By Myself"/"Hungry Eyes" solo artist) Eric Carmen's Roy Orbison-style vibrato.

  • Watch Usher Smoothly Take 'SNL' to 'Funkytown'

    Watch Usher Smoothly Take 'SNL' to 'Funkytown'

    Usher made the most of his appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, as the silky-voiced singer gets set to release his seventh album, Looking 4 Myself, on June 12. The man born Usher Raymond IV performed his recent R&B chart-topping "Climax" and its trance-pop follow-up single, "Scream," as expected, but he also showed up in a star-studded digital short, plus a sketch involving a debate for mayor of Funkytown (wait, and here we were worrying about the fate of Parks and Rec?). The guest spots delivered on charisma and entertainment value, though nothing quite matched the original "Climax" for big-event impact. Usher's dance moves and voice were in fine form for "Scream," while on "Climax" he sounded his best when he broke from the recorded version to add some airily melismatic vocal runs.

  • Animal Collective

    Animal Collective's Arthropod Overlords Announce New LP 'Centipede Hz'

    We welcome our new arthropod overlords. Animal Collective has announced they will be releasing a new album titled Centipede Hz on September 4 via Domino. The follow-up to 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion will consist of 11 tracks, but it won't include the "Honeycomb"/"Gotham" 7" single the band unveiled earlier this month. In conjunction with the announcement, the Baltimore-born art-pop experimenters posted a brief teaser video. With sci-fi bleeps, Tron-style graphics, and robotic voices reading the track listing, it's at once quintessentially AnCo and something like a transmission from the centipede galaxy; "From us to you on Centipide Hz," reads blocky text at the bottom of the screen.

  • SpaceGhostPurrp

    See SpaceGhostPurrp Wander Miami in 'The Black God' Video

    The new video for SpaceGhostPurrp's "The Black God" invites a couple of relevant comparisons. The syrupy, horn-blaring midtempo track originally appeared on the Florida rapper-producer's God of Black Vol. 1, but these gritty black-and-white visuals come attached to the revamped version that will appear on his official debut album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, arriving June 12 on U.K. indie stalwart 4AD. What's more, the video shows SpaceGhostPurrp cruising around his hometown of Miami and hanging out with scantily clad women right after a similar but more extreme clip from his cohort A$AP Rocky. This incarnation of "The Black God" feels caught between the two worlds, between the mixtape's lo-fi casualness and big-ticket hip-hop's ostentatious opulence, in a way that's curiously appealing.

  • Azealia Banks

    Hear Azealia Banks' Calypso-Tinged Clapper 'Jumanji'

    Jumanji grossed more than $100 million in the U.S. alone. Was anyone else blissfully unaware of this? Released near the peak of Robin Williams' post-Mrs. Doubtfire, pre-Good Will Hunting '90s resurgence, this board game-themed movie (also starring a young Kirsten Dunst!) lends its title to the latest track from Azealia Banks. As MissInfo reports, the track will appear on the Harlem rapper's upcoming Fantastic mixtape and was produced by recent Kanye West collaborator Hudson Mohawke along with fellow U.K. electronic artist Nick Hook. "Jumanji" won't make up for all Banks' canceled live appearances this summer, but it's another promising example of her knack for combining agile filthiness with up-to-the-minute beats.

  • Thom Yorke

    Thom Yorke Inspires Puppet Dancing in Modeselektor's 'This' Clip

    "Watch me dance, I'm a puppet," Thom Yorke commands in "Up on the Ladder," from Radiohead's In Rainbows bonus disc. "You can almost see the string." Given the notoriously herky-jerk movements of the Radiohead frontman, not to mention his paranoid lyrical themes, it's almost hard to believe puppeteering hasn't been a more prominent idée fixe in Yorke's work. The ominous, mystifying, and masterfully orchestrated video for "This," one of Yorke's collaborations from Berlin electro-chimps Modeselektor's Monkeytown, brings the humble marionette to its rightful place in Radiohead lore (via Fact). One part Being John Malkovich, one part that episode of The Twilight Zone with the creepy "Talking Tina" doll, the video focuses on a hooded figure (sorry, Radiohead nerds — not Yorke) who makes a humanoid puppet do some pretty slick dance moves.

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes

    Edward Sharpe Lead 'Man on Fire' Hoedown on 'Letterman'

    "A lot going on," David Letterman enthused after Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes' performance last night on Late Show. "A lot of music." The late-night TV host wasn't wrong: As a live proposition, "Man on Fire," from from the band's upcoming sophomore album Here (out May 29 on Vagrant), turns into an enthusiastic exercise in old-timey gospel-folk maximalism. Frontman Alex Ebert asks the world to dance with him, his "fire" and "desire" intonation evoking a bit of Johnny Cash; then he goes out into the crowd to dance with the world. There are so many instruments on stage that one appears to be a didgeridoo. All that's missing, in fact, is smoke. Check out our interview with Ebert about new album Here, um, here.

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