Marc Hogan

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  • First Spin: Download Siinais' Dreamy 'Marathon'

    First Spin: Download Siinais' Dreamy 'Marathon'

    Siinai are a Finnish band deeply indebted to the atmospheric rock of '70s German acts like Harmonia and Tangerine Dream. The group's debut album, Olympic Games, bowed in Europe last year, but it's set to hit these shores on February 21 via Splendour Records. "Marathon," our first taste of that record, is a wordless rocker that brings in tendrils of shoegaze noise over that unmistakable krautrock chug. Siinai's music has already caught the ear of at least one influential fan: Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug, who is releasing an album with the band this spring as part of his Moonface project. Moonface's With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery is due out on April 17 via Jagjaguwar. Moonface will handle the vocals. The hypnotic, subtly shifting repetition thing? Yeah, the Siinai dudes have that covered. DOWNLOAD

  • Cypress Hill Rusko

    Insane in the Sub-Bass: See Cypress Hill and Rusko's Dubstep Video

    What a difference a month has made for Cypress Hill's collaboration with Rusko. When our exclusive first taste of the perpetually lit California hip-hop trailblazers' team-up with the dubstep wizard arrived in late January, electronic dance music's recent Grammy takeover was still just a glimmer in some Recording Academy bureaucrat's eye. Now "Roll It, Light It," from the stoner-wobble combo's upcoming Cypress Hill X Rusko EP (set for an April release), looks like a thoroughly baked forefather to the Grammys' painfully undercooked David Guetta-Foo Fighters-Deadmau5 bro-off. Who's winking now, 'Mau5 man? Actually, to judge from the new "Roll It, Light It" video (first posted by Rolling Stone), any perceived winking from the Cypress camp is just as likely to be the unintentional drooping of faded eyelids over red-rimmed corneas.

  • Crystal Castles Suffocation Video

    Crystal Castles Unleash Gothy 'Suffocation' Video

    Alice Glass' demon-possessed stage presence has long helped set Crystal Castles apart from other fuzzy electronic pop duos. In the new "fashion video" for "Suffocation," a typically haunted, screechy head-pounder from the Canadian band's second self-titled album, Glass is an unusually subdued presence, donning — and, yes, Carles, removing — various pieces of clothing we probably can't afford. Crystal Castles beatmaker Ethan Kath directs the clip, evidently shot at an abandoned New York City mansion, and he also makes a brief cameo (he's the dude in the hoodie). The whole thing's spook-tacular and all, especially that random doctor's visit, but it's still a better bet catching these two live sometime, where Glass' writhing, shrieking presence underscores why Crystal Castles would catch the eye of people with a fashion-video budget in the first place.

  • President Barack Obama sings with Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy

    See Obama Sing the Blues With Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy

    Explain it to us slowly, everything-should-be-free zealots: Why exactly is it to so bad for politicians to cozy up with the entertainment industry, again? Is the tech industry and its contraception-loathing congressional advocates going to come up with better music? Mitt Romney has Kid Rock. New Gingrich couldn't even get Survivor. President Barack Obama is singing the blues, but he doesn't look like a man who has the blues, if you get our drift — Dow 13,000, goddamn. Obama might not have Mike Huckabee's guitar chops, but he's actually been responsible for more musical moments than any White House resident since Bill Clinton famously tooted his horn (his saxophone, pervs). In 2008, then-candidate Obama sang a snippet of Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" to a crowd that included the Queen of Soul herself.

  • Bruce Springsteen by Danny Clinch

    Bruce Springsteen Exclusive: Hear Vengeful 'Wrecking Ball' Track 'Jack of All Trades'

    Wait until people who think Bruce Springsteen's new album is overly patriotic find out Stephen Colbert isn't actually further right than Rush Limbaugh. Today SPIN is exclusively premiering "Jack of All Trades," and the fourth track on Wrecking Ball — the Boss' upcoming album with the E Street Band — once again focuses on the American Dream, and once again sees that dream as betrayed. As with "We Take Care of Our Own," the stirring rocker Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Grammys, "Jack of All Trades" uses enough all-American imagery to cross party lines and confuse an elite member or two — it's populist music, in the folkie tradition of Woody Guthrie.

  • B.o.B's New Ryan Tedder-Assisted 'So Good': Pretty Good!

    B.o.B's New Ryan Tedder-Assisted 'So Good': Pretty Good!

    OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has been the king of the slo-jam the past few years. Aside from his Colorado-based band's Timbaland-remixed hit "Apologize," he has also written or co-written Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," Beyoncé's "Halo," Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone," and tracks on Adele's 21, the last of which scored him a best-album Grammy earlier this month. Tedder's latest collaboration is B.o.B's "So Good," a soaring, keyboard-based song that's Bobby Ray's catchiest since 2010's "Airplanes." The vacation-fantasy theme recalls Lupe Fiasco's funkier, more idiosyncratic "Paris, Tokyo," and the sing-song lyrics involving "swagger like Caesar" don't necessarily show the verbal ability that first helped B.o.B turn mixtape fiends' heads, but it's tough to deny the sunny, la-laing chorus, which ought to fill the slot previously held by Coldplay's "Paradise" on Top 40 playlists.

  • [Photo: Liz Johnson Artur]

    Blur Headlining Olympics 'Best of British' Show

    Move over, Sir Paul. Sit down, Sir Mick. Sir Eric, would you please step away from the guitar? Organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games have booked a lineup billed as "Best of British" to play a concert in London's Hyde Park as part of the closing ceremony festivities, and it features a whole different generation of U.K. bands. Blur will headline the August 12 event, joined by the Specials and New Order, Reuters reports. The bands will be performing during a screening of highlights from the closing ceremony. Tickets to the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert cost £55 ($87), plus a booking fee. A pre-sale begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. GMT, with general sales set to start at on Friday at 9 a.m.

  • Tyler, the Creator Is a Centaur in Odd Future's 'Rella' Video

    Tyler, the Creator Is a Centaur in Odd Future's 'Rella' Video

    Stupid, outrageous, and undeniably entertaining: Yup, it's a new Odd Future video. The Tyler, the Creator-directed clip for "Rella," a squelchy electro-rap posse cut from the L.A. hip-hop crew's upcoming The OF Tape Vol. 2 (due on March 20), features Tyler as a cocaine-snorting centaur, Hodgy Beats as a booty-savoring Robocop who smashes through walls like the Kool-Aid man and shoots projectile spooge out of his crotch (which also fires lasers that turn girls into pusscats), and a sunglasses-wearing Domo Genesis who smacks smiling women (thus changing their ethnicity, obvs.!) and steals ice cream cones from ginger kids. From Hodgy's opening "electronic press kit" reference to Tyer's cartoonishly detailed sexual anecdote, it's like the sound of three extremely media-savvy penises talking, with the visuals to match — so of course there's a Kanye West shout-out.

  • [Photo: Kevin Faulkner]

    Hear the Men's 'Open Your Heart' Closer 'Ex-Dreams'

    On March 6, the Men will become, um, men. That's when these Brooklyn noise rockers are set to unleash Open Your Heart, the follow-up to the indisputable 15th best album of 2011. SPIN editor-in-chief Steve Kandell, who has been so fortunate as to hear the whole thing, says the Men's third album in as many years is "so, so good." That description is definitely true of just-surfaced Open Your Heart closer "Ex-Dreams," which should have enough abrasive propulsive to please fans of bands as varied as No Age, Titus Andronicus, and the Constantines.

  • Experience Tanlines' Electro-Pop 'Brothers' Video in 360 Degrees

    Experience Tanlines' Electro-Pop 'Brothers' Video in 360 Degrees

    "You really love your chillwave." That's what a friend said over whiskey-and-cokes last Friday night while songs from the new Tanlines record played on an iPhone hooked up to the stereo. Classic week-late comeback: "No, I just really love good music." Or something like that. Tanline's forthcoming debut album, Mixed Emotions (due March 20 on True Panther Sounds), is full of vaguely tropical electronic pop about feelings, the type of heart-tugging synth constructions that can appear as if they're washing over you from all angles when you listen in headphones.

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