Marc Hogan



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    Hear 7 Live Tracks by Damon Albarn and Flea's Rocket Juice and the Moon

    Last year, Damon Albarn told us about a new project with Red Hot Chili Pepppers bassist Flea that would be centered around drummer Tony Allen, who previously worked with the Gorillaz/Blur singer in the Good, the Bad, and the Queen. That group is Rocket Juice and the Moon (do with that name what you will), and they just unleashed live audio of seven new songs. The music here features Albarn's "favorite" African musicians and expands on Fela Kuti's Afrobeat tradition, topping horn- and electronics-tinted grooves with mellifluous vocals and twisty rapping.

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    Robyn Headlined MTV's (Mostly Pointless) O Awards

    At last year's MTV Video Music Awards, Robyn was left serenading the live audience during commercial breaks — a thankless role filled this year by broken-legged U.K. pop phenom Jessie J.MTV made up for the poor billing Monday night at its digital-oriented O Music Awards in West Hollywood, California, tapping the Swedish pop singer to perform several songs from for the assembled Halloween throngs.

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    Kid Cudi, Shia LaBeouf Slaughter the Fourth Wall in 'Maniac' Clip

    Kid Cudi's "Maniac" has nothing to do with that one time The Simpsons' Groundskeeper Willie sang in his Scottish brogue about how he's "a maniac, maniac, that's for sure / and I'm dancing like I've never danced before" (however we've included the clip below for your amusement). Oddly enough, though, Kid Cudi's "Maniac" short film also has little to do with the song of the same title from his 2010 Man on the Moon II album, either. Directed by Indiana Jones/Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf, who also helmed Cudi's "Marijuana" video and is in business with Marilyn Manson, this 10-minute clip instead follows a couple of cold-blooded killers (played by Cudi and fellow rapper Cage) as they go about their business some snowy holiday season. Repeated onscreen references to the camera might appear to indicate some sort of underlying theme about the complicity of the viewer.

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    Watch Puscifer's Mustachioed Late-Night TV Debut

    Maynard James Keenan has said Tool are currently working on their first studio album since 2006. But he still has his hands full with his other band Puscifer, fresh off the release of their latest LP, Conditions of My Parole. When Puscifer made their late-night TV debut on Late Show With David Letterman Monday night, Keenan had his upper lip full, too, with a very rock'n'roll mustache. For this Halloween performance (via the Audio Perv), Keenan also sported an outrageous suit and retro microphone, as the band played their new album's title track, which includes holiday-appropriate mentions of Dracula and zombies.

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    Watch Passion Pit Debut New Tunes at Moogfest

    The Flaming Lips covered Emerson Lake & Palmer, Passion Pit tried out two new songs, and electronic-music pioneers Tangerine Dream made their only U.S. appearance of the year at the annual Moogfest festival this weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. Alas, no recordings have surfaced yet of the Lips' reportedly iPad-assisted rendition of prog-rockers ELP's "Lucky Man." But you can check out some lo-fi fan footage (via Consequence of Sound) of Passion Pit playing a pair of previously unreleased songs below, one titled "American Blood" and another that's as yet unidentified.

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    GN'Reunion? Duff McKagan's Band Opening for Axl Rose's Band

    Last seen cursing out an annoying Nirvana conspiracy theorist, rock'n'roll jack of all trades Duff McKagan will be heading back out on the road with Guns N' Roses — only this time as a supporting act. The bassist's band Loaded (and not his other band, Velvet Revolver, which is still seeking a new frontman), will open some shows for GN'R, Axl Rose has revealed. VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk broke the news in a tweet after a rare interview with Rose on Sunday morning. "We did ask Axl about R&R Hall, new music, this lineup, playing with Duff (said Loaded will open shows) and more," Trunk said in a tweet. The Loaded opening slots would follow an unannounced guest appearance McKagan made with GN'R in London about a year ago, Blabbermouth notes.

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    Metallica Cancel Show, Fans Riot ('Lulu' Not Implicated)

    Metallica fans wreaked havoc on Friday after the 11th-hour cancellation of the band's planned first-ever concert in India. According to the Hollywood Reporter, event organizers cited "technical" reasons for calling off the scheduled performance in Gurgaon, near Delhi, which was to have been part of Formula One's F1 Rocks festival. The announcement reportedly led furious showgoers to bash up the stage and the gear. The failed event has already led to criminal charges. Police said on Sunday they had arrested four executives at concert organizer DNA Entertainment Network on fraud allegations, the BBC reports. The authorities received a complaint that the company had denied a request for a refund of the ticket price, a police official has been quoted as saying. Reports indicate about 25,000 people were on hand for the show when it was cancelled.

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    New Amy Winehouse Album 'Lioness' Due in December

    Amy Winehouse's first posthumous album, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, is due out December 5 via Island Records. Assembled by producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, the 12-track set contains previously unreleased songs along with alternate versions of her previous hits. The unreleased tracks include "Halftime" and a cover of bossa nova standard "The Girl From Ipanema," both of which date back to the 2002 sessions for Winehouse's debut album, Frank. "Like Smoke" is a duet with Nas that came about following Winehouse's mention of the rapper on "Me & Mr. Jones," from 2006 sophomore album Back to Black.

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    Your DJ Ain't No DJ (He Just Got Laid Off)

    As radio station ownership consolidates into fewer and fewer hands, the corporate suits are betting they can get by with fewer and fewer voices, too. Clear Channel, the biggest radio conglomerate, laid off dozens or more local DJs earlier this week, hitting small stations from Syracuse, New York, to Spokane, Washington, the New York Times reports. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Cumulus Media has laid off as many as 27 people from two popular Los Angeles stations, including the man who inspired Tom Petty's 2002 song "The Last DJ." Clear Channel wouldn't say how many employees lost their jobs, but some of the DJs told the Times they think the number reaches into the hundreds.

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    Tool Working on First New Album Since 2006

    Maynard James Keenan's electro-rock project Puscifer released their second full studio album, Conditions of My Parole, on October 18. Keenan's other band, A Perfect Circle, capped a summer tour with a set at Lollapalooza. And Keenan's other other band, influential heavy rockers Tool, are working on a new album of their own. Tool guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey are writing the music for a follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days, Keenan told Loudwire (via Antiquet). As is the band's practice, Keenan won't throw in his two cents until that part of the job is complete. "I'm allowing them their space to do what they do, so we're still in that mode," he's quoted as saying. "Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn't tell you because if I say 60 percent people will start counting down. When it's done everyone will know. But I haven't done anything yet.

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