Marc Hogan



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    See Eminem Murder the BET Hip Hop Awards' Best Cypher

    Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj picked up the most trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards, taped in Atlanta on October 1, which finally aired last night. But the real winners were the rappers who performed the evening's best cyphers. It was hard to top Eminem, looking more like a hungry — and outrageously funny — up-and-comer than the often-tiresome festival headliner of the past year. In a shaky black-and-white video, Em rhymes over East Flatbush Project's "Tried by 12", joined by a rapid-tongued Yelawolf, gruffly star-mocking Joe Budden, fire-breathing Crooked I, hilariously self-deprecating Joell Ortiz, and slyly flirtatious Royce Da 5'9". "Imma rap til I'm fossil fuel," Shady seethes.

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    Watch Peter Bjorn and John's 'Kimmel' Clap-Along

    Don't look now, but Peter Bjorn and John are inconspicuously proving themselves wrong. Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Swedish indie-poppers put on their rock'n'roll jackets for "Second Chance," the hyper-catchy standout from this year's Gimme Some. "You can't, can't count on a second chance," a breathless Peter Morén spat between spastic dance moves, but then, here they were — the guys who once whistled their way to an international hit with 2006's terminally winsome "Young Folks" — back on national TV, with the often-staid Kimmel audience whooping and clapping along. Wondering why that herky-jerk melody seems eerily familiar? Then feast your eyes on those Bud Light banners. If commercial breaks had pop charts, "Second Chance" would have been burning them up for months now, appearing in a TV spot for the ubiquitous brew.

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    Three Fresh Paramore Singles On the Way

    Paramore are anxious to feed fans fresh music — on vinyl, no less. The Nashville three-piece have announced a singles club that'll kick off with three new songs and one previously released track before the end of 2011. The list includes "Hello Cold World," which Paramore say "should be completely brand-spankin' new to all of you," the blistering "Renegade," which the band performed last month at Fueled by Ramen's 15th birthday bash in New York City, and "In the Mourning," which the trio performed as a "Landslide"-ish country-folk tune in an acoustic version earlier this year.

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    Hear Jack White's Howling, Bluesy U2 Cover

    Jack White knew what he was doing when he took on "Love Is Blindness" as part of Q Magazine's 20th-anniversary tribute to U2's soon-to-be-reissued Achtung Baby. While the Irish arena rockers are probably best known for their windswept anthems, the Achtung Baby finale isn't too far from White's tastes in its original version: There's a "The House of the Rising Sun"-like chord progression, peals of organ, streaks of guitar fuzz, and a particularly emotion-wracked Bono vocal. For this cover, the White Stripes frontman goes back to the song's down-and-dirty blues-rock heritage, howling the pained lyrics as if he were on a lost Nuggets cut. Even better than the real thing?

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    The Black Keys Want to Sell You a Van (and a New LP)

    The Black Keys appear to be releasing a new album titled El Camino on December 6th, and they've delegated the announcement to Breaking Bad and Mr. Show actor Bob Odenkirk. In the brief yet hilarious tradition of Foo Fighters' "Hot Buns" video, Odenkirk reveals the Ohio blues-rock duo's upcoming seventh studio album in a wacky viral clip that parodies old used-car commercials. Check out the video below, and call 330-510-1206 to hear a recorded greeting from drummer Patrick Carney about the van that he and frontman Dan Auerbach are purportedly trying to sell; "It's got some surface noise," Carney acknowledges. For more funny, visit (which, full disclosure, was also posted as an ad on before we realized what it was!). The follow-up to last year's Brothers was recorded in Nashville with producer Danger Mouse.

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    Hear Kurt Vile's Laid-Back New Song

    Leave it to Kurt Vile to make a song about beaches sound perfect for fall. The Philly haze-rocker is set to release a new EP, So Outta Reach, on November 8 via Matador Records. His label has already posted the reflective, finger-picked acoustic cut "The Creature," and now comes "Life's a Beach." Listen below! "Life's a Beach" is a rootsy, autumn-gold strummer with galloping drums and a brief harmonica solo. In fact, it's almost the kind of tunefully faded rocker that made Pete Yorn a gold-seller a decade ago, though Vile keeps most everything draped in his signature fog. The title might scan as a parody of the beach-themed music that has bubbled up from the underground for a few years now -- see Wavves' The King of the Beach or Best Coast's Crazy for You, to name perhaps two of the best-known examples.

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    Electric Daisy Carnival Returning to Las Vegas

    Sin City is getting its second Electric Daisy Carnival. The giant electronic music festival will return to Las Vegas in 2012, event organizers Insomniac Productions have announced. The dance party is set for June 8-10 at the Motor Speedway. EDC made its Sin City debut this past June and drew more than 230,000 attendees. In a statement, Insomniac President and CEO Pasquale Rotella says the high turnout only confirmed that they'd found "a perfect home" for the largest event of its kind in North America. Last year's bill ranged from superstar DJs Tiësto and David Guetta to cult-adored mixmasters Bassnectar and 12th Planet. Though Insomniac lined up five EDCs this year in various cities, the Vegas festival was its flagship event. Starting in 1997 and ending with 2010's EDC Los Angeles, the annual electronic music spectacle had previously taken place in Southern California.

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    Jane's Addiction, Joy Formidable Rock Late-Night TV

    One band that laid the groundwork for alternative rock and a younger batch of speaker-destroyers steadily making their way to the top: Late-night TV watchers had their choice of both on Thursday night. Jane's Addiction played Jimmy Kimmel Live!, while the Joy Formidable rocked Late Show With David Letterman. Watch videos of their performances below (via The Audio Perv). Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell and his cohorts in Jane's Addiction are set to release their first new album since 2003's Strays, titled The Great Escape Artist, on October 18.

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    Skrillex News: Doors Collabo, OWSLA Acts Take Off

    Skrillex keeps churning out new projects at a pace that matches his endorphin-rush beats. The 23-year-old producer is in the thick of a 51-city North American tour, and he recently kicked off his own OWSLA label, when he wasn't remixing a video game theme song or premiering a gravity-defying new video. And he isn't slowing down. Now, the fresh face of Los Angeles electronic dance music -- and SPIN's October cover subject -- has joined forces with one of the bands that helped put the city's rock scene on the map. Skrillex, known to his folks as Sonny Moore, has recorded a song with the surviving members of the Doors: organ player Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore.

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    Watch Mayer Hawthorne's Hilarious New Clip

    Breaking up is even harder to do than usual in the new video from Michigan-bred retro-soul smoothie Mayer Hawthorne. Watch it below. From Hawthorne's upcoming major-label debut How Do You Do, "The Walk" is a jaunty, Temptations-style kiss-off to a now-irritating lover. The video sets this tale of a romance turned sour to footage of Hawthorne and his lover battling it out with a military-grade arsenal of lethal weaponry, in scenes reminiscent of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the 2005 Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie vehicle, of course, not the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock film). Musically, the song juxtaposes a vintage style and sentiment with language that would be a bit too real for radio programmers even today. "From the moment that I met ya, I thought you were fine, so fine," the bespectacled singer croons.

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