Marc Hogan

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    The Mars Volta's March LP 'Noctourniquet' Promises to Be Confounding

    Prog-rock fans could be in for an exciting 2012. Earlier this month came word that At the Drive-In, the influential pre-Mars Volta band of Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López, would be reuniting after an 11-year break to perform at Coachella. Now, there's more: The Mars Volta will be releasing a new album of its own, the band has revealed. The Mars Volta's sixth album, Noctourniquet, is set to arrive on March 27. Spanning 13 tracks, the follow-up to 2009's Octahedron ventures into new terrain for the group, including "hypnotic melodies and borderline electro-ambient washes," according to a press release. Given that this is a Mars Volta record, Bixler-Zavala's lyrics are ostensibly linked to a story, in this case involving such inspirations as " '80s U.K.

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    Das Racist's Heems Drops 'Nehru Jackets' Mixtape

    Das Racist's Himanshu Suri has finally dropped his free Nehru Jackets mixtape, released in partnership with awareness-raising Queens group SEVA NY. Produced entirely by Heems' longtime pal Mike Finito, the tape follows Kool A.D.'s mischievously hard-partying The Palm Wine Drinkard as the second of a planned three mixtapes from the New York rap trio (yes, hypeman Ashok "Dapwell" Kondabolu will apparently be dropping a tape of his own). Full disclosure, Nehru Jackets takes a page out of G-Side's iSland playbook and shouts out the band's coverage in SPIN — in this case a cover story. Incorporating Indian samples beneath Heems' dry, acerbic stream of consciousness, Nehru Jackets features an impressive list of guest rappers, including Action Bronson, Despot, Childish Gambino, and fellow DR member Kool A.D., among others.

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    Escort, 'Escort' (Escort)

    These New York disco-funk revisionists start their self-titled debut album by calling themselves, in more than one language, phonies. "I'm the great imposter / I give you what you want," boasts vocalist and lead diva Adeline Michèle on opener and recent single "Caméleon Chameleon," laying this group's acts of exquisite deception and instant gratification bare.

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    My Chemical Romance Stroll Memory Lane in 'Kids From Yesterday' Video

    There was a time, just six years ago, when one could profitably, if controversially, claim My Chemical Romance was "this generation's Nirvana." (New York magazine critic Nitsuh Abebe reflects on that moment in a wonderful recent essay.) The argument at the time had something to do with demographics — the thirtysomethings had the music-writing jobs, but the teenagers had the numbers — whereas now MCR lead singer Gerard Way is 34, and it's looking increasingly like media fragmentation has rendered the idea of a new Nirvana irrelevant.

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    See St. Vincent Nod to Elvis Costello, Play 'Cheerleader' on 'Conan'

    St. Vincent hasn't crossed paths much with Elvis Costello, but last year's SPIN cover star does share the bespectacled new-wave laureate's distaste for convention. In a November performance on The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon, rather than take the expected route and promote a song off of third album Strange Mercy (one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011), Annie Clark and her band covered the Pop Group's "She Is Beyond Good and Evil." Last night on Conan, the trend continued. St. Vincent gave a predictably sophisticated rendition of Strange Mercy standout "Cheerleader," but not before launching into — and then abruptly stopping — a cover of Elvis Costello's "Radio Radio," an homage to Costello's notorious 1977 Saturday Night Live appearance.

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    Deadmau5 Made 'An Angry Song': Eerie 'Cthulhu Dreams'

    Joel Thomas Zimmerman begins the year looking down from rarefied heights. Better known as Deadmau5, the electronic dance musician had his own day declared in Las Vegas and was, along with Skrillex and Avicii, a major subject of a piece on EDM in the tony New Yorker. Sure, he did take 12 minutes to rant on YouTube about what he saw as the flaws of Miami's Ultra Music Festival, but now he has taken to social media again to share a slow-building new track. Seemingly a sequel to the 2011 self-titled album's "Cthulhu Sleeps," "Cthulhu Dreams" ventures into vaguely sinister synths and its predecessor track's clock-like ticking before settling into pounding four-on-the-floor aggression. "so, i made an angry song,' DeadMau5 explained via Facebook. "cthulhu's been sleeping for a while, so i woke him up...

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    Spend an Hour With Arcade Fire's Full 'Austin City Limits' Set

    Last week, we saw a preview clip of Arcade Fire playing The Suburbs' "We Used to Wait" on PBS' long-running Austin City Limits. The time for waiting is over, because the full episode aired on Saturday, and you can watch it below. As we told you last time, songs in the one-hour set include "Keep the Car Running," "Rebellion (Lies)," "Wake Up," and "Haiti." Early in the show Win Butler says, "The more you guys join us here, the better we're gonna play," so feel free to dance in your computer chairs. Air hurdy gurdy!

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    Hear Azealia Banks' Aaliyah-Sampling New 'NEEDSUMLUV'

    January 16 happens to be the day the post office, the banks, and in a lot of places the schools are observing Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday this year, but it's the late R&B goddess Aaliyah's birthday every year. Just in time for what would have been the "One in a Million" singer's 33rd comes a "One in a Million"-sampling new song from upcoming Coachella performer Azealia Banks. The Interpol-covering Harlem rapper has been burning up the internet lately with harder-edged tracks like "212" and "Liquorice," but she shows off a sweeter, lighter touch on "NEEDSUMLUV," produced by Sepalcure half Travis Stewart a.k.a. Machinedrum. "It's R&B but hella progressive," Banks has tweeted of the song, further explaining that it's about being a guy's No. 2 girl "but still sticking around in hopes of becoming No.

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    Watch Lana Del Rey's Contentious 'SNL' Performance

    Saturday Night Live has already won. You're reading this, right? Year after year, the show brings out at least one or two musical guests who generate more buzz for a supposedly awful-sounding performance than all the other, presumably unobjectionable acts do combined. Ashlee Simpson, of course. TV on the Radio. Ke$ha. Hell, even critics' darling Kanye West got everybody to act all Statler and Waldorf a few years ago. SNL has this effect on people. Prematurely experienced internet lightning rod Lana Del Rey is the latest musical guest to be sucked into the show's everyone's-a-critic vortex, and here's a hunch: All the attention will only help sales of her debut album Born to Die when it comes out on January 30.

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    Madonna Wins Golden Globe, Reznor Leaves Empty-Handed, Elton Leaves Pissed

    Madonna is starting off her massive year with a victory. The Queen of Pop, who headlines the Super Bowl halftime show on February 5 and will release 12th album MDNA on March 12, took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song last night. She nabbed the prize for downtempo love-as-art song "Masterpiece," from the film W.E., which she also directed. The Material Girl beat out fellow nominees Lady Gaga and Elton John, Chris Cornell, Sinead O'Connor, and Mary J. Blige. After earlier this week describing Gaga's unmistakably Madonna-like "Born This Way" as "interesting," Madonna said of John last night, "I hope he speaks to me for the next million years.

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