Marc Hogan

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Biography

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    Wild Flag 'Romance' Letterman While Stipe Sits on Colbert's Shelf

    The last time Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman was 2006, when they performed devastating The Woods cut "Jumpers" with their iconic former band Sleater-Kinney. They returned to the Late Show stage Tuesday night with Wild Flag, their current group with ex-Helium leader Mary Timony and former Minders keyboardist Rebecca Cole, to play spring-wound ode to music "Romance," from the band's excellent self-titled debut. "We love the sound," they sang in urgent multi-part harmonies, amid leg-kicking guitar-fuzz heroics and pummeling rhythms, and their hosts understandably seemed to agree — Paul Shaffer declared them "my new favorite band," so, there's that. Watch it, and the arguably even more intense Sleater-Kinney clip, right here. On a more random note, former R.E.M.

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    You Are Now Watching the Throne Do 'Paris' Nine Times a Night

    Who gon' stop them, huh? 'Cause if nobody steps up to do the job, there's a distinct chance Jay-Z and Kanye West will be performing nothing but current Watch the Throne hit "Niggas in Paris" until they're rapping wherever ultra-rich people get to live instead of a nursing home. According to Rap Radar and the fan video below, the Throne duo played the song nine times in a row last night at the end of their second show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nine times! At the album version's three-minute, 40-second length, that's more than a half hour of nothing but a song you've already heard a million times — that'd be, like, well on your way to two full episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix! "A glorious occasion ... a record-setting evening ...

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    EMA Adds Nirvana Cover to Deluxe 'Past Life'

    On solo debut Past Life Martyred Saints, SPIN's No. 3 album of 2011, Erika M. Anderson "rips open her stitches and lets us crawl inside," we wrote. The former member of noise-folk band Gowns must've had some more viscera she wanted to expose, as she's all set to put out an iTunes deluxe edition of the album on February 7. The expanded release adds a new bonus track, "To Leave With Love," plus the videos for "California" (our No. 3 song of the year), "Milkman," and "Marked." Also included will be both the track and the clip for EMA's take on Nirvana's "Endless Nameless," which the Northern California transplant recorded as part of SPIN's Nevermind tribute. If that still isn't enough EMA spilling her guts out to last you halfway into next year, then she's also heading out on tour.

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    See the Black Keys Diplomatically Explain Their No-Streaming Policy

    Stephen Colbert forgot to ask the Black Keys the big question: Why did they, like Coldplay and Adele before them, decide not to make their new album available on Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Pandora, and other streaming services? Well, the blues-rock heroes' drummer, Patrick Carney, has provided an explanation, and it's refreshingly diplomatic and reasonable. Watch the clip below. "We decided for this album to not allow music services to stream the entire album, because it's becoming more popular, but it still isn't at a point where you're able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams," Carney told VH1.

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    Hear Ke$ha Get Extra 'Sleazy' With Lil Wayne, Andre 3000 and Co.

    When Ke$ha arrived with Animal in 2010, critic Ann Powers marvelously compared her to the shit-talking heroines of classic '30s and '40s screwball comedy films, "brassy like Jean Harlow and saucy like Mae West." The times are certainly ripe for a return of a "wisecracking dame," even one who can be as gleefully dumb 'n' dirty as 24-year-old Kesha Rose Sebert — after all, Paul Krugman just yesterday declared we're actually in a new Depression, and our many celebrity gossip blogs aren't so different from the "society pages" of screwball classic The Philadelphia Story.

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    Queens of the Stone Age Are Back in the Studio

    Queens of the Stone Age are apparently well on their way to completing their first album since 2007's Era Vulgaris. "Yep. the Queens are deep into makin the new album," a post on the Palm Desert, California-based band's official Facebook page says. "Locked away in the desert. & shit yeah. it. sounds. fuckin. killer." In May, frontman Josh Homme told the BBC the band's upcoming sixth album would be completed by the end of 2011. He also said the new album probably wouldn't mark a huge shift in trajectory for the group. "We're at a weird moment where we really don't feel like we have anything to prove," he was quoted as saying. "We just want to play to the people that are into and we want to play right at them." Homme has been plenty busy the past few years with Them Crooked Vultures, his band with Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

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    Don't Think Twice, Ke$ha, You're All Right: Hear Her Bob Dylan Cover

    On January 24, Amnesty International USA will release Chimes of Freedom, a 76-song collection of Bob Dylan covers by artists from Miley Cyrus to Pete Seeger. By "liking" the album's Facebook page, you can listen to the whole thing now. While it'll take a while to digest dozens of performances by more than 80 artists, Ke$ha's startling, naked rendition of breakup ballad "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" — originally from 1963's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is already standing out as one of the most conversation-worthy entries. The glittery 24-year-old rapper-singer recently told SPIN her favorite album is Dylan's Nashville Skyline, so she isn't coming out of nowhere here.

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    Nick Cave Pulls the Plug on Grinderman

    It's time to get the no Grinderman blues. Nick Cave has called an end to his Bad Seeds band's unwholesome gutter-rock seedling, the NME reports. Cave made the announcement at the end of Grinderman's set over the weekend at Australia's Meredith Music Festival. "That's it for Grinderman," Cave is quoted as saying. "It's over." Then Grinderman quietly departed the stage, leaving the 12,000 audience members to determine whether or not he might be kidding, according to the NME's account. Cave formed Grinderman in 2006 with veteran Bad Seeds members Warren Ellis (violin), Martyn Casey (bass), and Jim Sclavunous (drums). The group released a pair of glowingly reviewed albums, 2007's Grinderman and 2010's Grinderman 2.

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    Radiohead Set to Drop Two 'King of Limbs' Outtakes

    Two of the best Radiohead songs of 2011 didn't appear on this February's The King of Limbs. Nor were they included on the British rock aesthetes' two-disc remix compilation, TKOL RMX 1234567, or its preceding series of 12-inch singles (don't think too hard about why such an anti-commercial band always seems to have a new product to hawk). Just in time for holiday shopping, however, Radiohead will be releasing "The Daily Mail" and "Staircase," a pair of excellent outtakes from The King of Limbs sessions. The two-track Radiohead single will be available digitally on December 19, the band has announced. Hear 30-second clips of each song over at Amazon.com.

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    Watch Trent Reznor and Karen O's Led Zeppelin Video

    "I plead total ignorance to Led Zeppelin," Karen O recently told the Sun. "I didn't even hear the name right when it was asked. I thought they said the 'The Pilgrim' song and I was like, 'Wat's that?' Yeah, I know, it's pretty embarrassing." And yet it's a near-perfect place to start when covering a song by a band as obsequiously worshipped as Led Zep. Karen O sings lead on Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and songwriting partner Atticus Ross's electronic overhaul of the Led Zeppelin III original. Of course, the track is part of Reznor and Ross' just-released soundtrack to director David Fincher's upcoming film remake of Stieg Larsson's bestselling Swedish novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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