Marc Hogan



  • Pussy Riot, Wisconsin, video, Madison

    See Pussy Riot Champion Their Latest Cause... Wisconsin

    A couple of people who know a thing or two about getting arrested for musical performances have come to the aid of protesters who were jailed for just that. But this time the recently freed members of Pussy Riot aren't writing Ukraine op-eds, demonstrating outside Moscow courthouses, or being whipped by Russian militiamen near the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Nope, Maria "Masha" Alyokhina and Nadezhda "Nadia" Tolokonnikova's latest cause is right in the American heartland. The pair appear at the end of a new video by the Voice Project that calls on Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to scrap the prosecution of protest singers arrested at the state capitol in Madison."Use music to change the world in the direction you want it to change," Tolokonikova says, in subtitled Russian, in the mini-documentary above.

  • Beck, tour, North American

    Beck Will Take 'Morning Phase' on North American Tour

    Beck will soon brighten evenings across the continent with his new album Morning Phase. The Los Angeles artist has announced a full-blown North American tour to follow his recent performance on Saturday Night Live. The trek kicks off on April 9 in Santa Barbara, California, and stretches through Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival in late July, with stops in between at Central Park Summerstage in New York, Coachella, Firefly Music Festival, and more.The style-shifting alt-pop luminary has also announced he's set to perform on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon tomorrow (March 12) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 1. According to Brooklyn Vegan, which offers a presale for the Central Park show, presales begin March 12 at 10 a.m.

  • Warpaint, 'Conan,'

    Watch Warpaint Bring 'Love Is to Die' to Life on 'Conan'

    Warpaint's live reputation has long preceded them, and the Los Angeles dream-pop band's hushed reveries could hardly be better suited for late-night viewing. But somehow their performance last night on Conan marked Warpaint's first on the sleepytime TV circuit. They made the most of it, the quartet's intricate drumming, casually mesmerizing harmonies, and rippling guitar lines making "Love Is to Die" even more striking than on Warpaint's excellent new self-titled album. Particularly given the song's understated yearning, which could be mistaken for aloofness, it was a treat to catch the band members grinning now and then. Also check out our profile, Warpaint on Safari. 

  • Beyonce,

    Watch Beyonce Lead Feminist Campaign Against the Word 'Bossy'

    Beyoncé has once again proudly embraced the mantle of feminism, this time letting us know who's in charge (who do you think?). On her virtually flawless late-2013 surprise album Beyoncé, the singer sampled a feminist TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and earlier this year Queen Bey wrote an op-ed arguing for gender equality in the workplace. Now she has joined Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice, and Diane von Furstenberg in a video for Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In Foundation. It may come as unfortunate news to Kelis fans, but the campaign is for a ban on the word "bossy," which tends to be an insult used to dissuade women from taking leadership roles (ask Tina Fey about it).  "I'm not bossy," 'Yoncé declares at the end. "I'm the boss." Respect that, and bow down — or, at the very least, think twice next time before calling someone bossy.

  • Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, canceled, postponed, Asheville, North Carolina, Moogfest

    North Carolina's Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Takes a Break

    Asheville, North Carolina is back down to one music festival this year. In April, the town plays host once again to Moogfest, with Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Chic, and more (win tickets and a Moog Theremin signed by Moroder). Coming up in October, former Moogfest partner AC Entertainment was scheduled to hold its second annual Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit. Now that won't be happening, and it's unclear when Mountain Oasis might return.In an announcement, event organizers said they're putting Mountain Oasis "on hold," citing increasing challenges. AC Entertainment said it will continue to book all the shows at Asheville venue the Orange Peel and work with the larger U.S. Cellular Center.

  • Frank Ocean, Diplo, Clash,

    Frank Ocean Can Dunk on Balmy Clash-Diplo Collaboration 'Hero'

    Save a spot on your March Madness bracket for whatever team has Frank Ocean. The channel ORANGE singer, who has been quiet lately aside from a guest spot on Beyoncé's Beyoncé, has joined with uber-producer Diplo and punk legends Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash for the latest entry in Converse's "Three Artists One Song" series (don't sweat the arithmetic). And on "Hero," a sun-baked underwater waltz that's part Sam Cooke and part Diplo's Clash-sampling mixtape with Santigold — plus a children's chorus singing about jumping — Ocean sings that he can dunk. It's a bit ironic this track arrives as Frank Ocean is facing a lawsuit from Chipotle (per The Hollywood Reporter) for allegedly backing out of an ad campaign once he saw the company's logo attached to it, but the music holds up with other tracks in this series.

  • Arcade Fire, Prince,

    Hear Arcade Fire Reverently Cover Prince's 'Controversy' in His Hometown

    "FUNKNROLL." That's the title of a new song Prince debuted last week. And it's an obvious prophesy his path and that of recently funked-up indie-rock heroes Arcade Fire could not remain uncrossed for long. Over the weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Reflektor-ers covered the Purple One's 1981 Controversy title track, and as you can hear below, it's brassy, percussive, and sure to get Prince's hometown crowd in a festive mood. According to Stereogum, Win Butler was wearing a box-shaped mask with the face of first Prince and then Minnesota pol Michele Bachmann during the performance.The song had been on the set list for the U.S.

  • The National, 'Saturday Night Live,' Lena Dunham

    Watch the National Brood on Lena Dunham's 'Saturday Night Live' Debut

    Lena Dunham's Girls has music embedded in its DNA — the HBO show's second soundtrack album alone boasts replayable material from Miguel, Beck, Jenny Lewis, and more. And she brought plenty of laughs in her first turn as Saturday Night Live host, whether a Biblical parody of her own show's frequent nudity, a fast-talkin' spoof of ABC's Scandal, or, um, a bizarre flirtation with Mad Men's Jon Hamm. There were a couple of nods to music: The first sketch involved Dunham and the cast singing the Five Stairsteps' 1970 soul classic "O-o-h Child," and there was something about a pseudo-rap group. But she mostly left the tunes to guests (and former SPIN profile subjects) the National.The glumly debonair Brooklyn band did what it does, performing "Graceless" (above) and "I Need My Girl" (below), both from last year's Trouble Will Find Me.

  • U2, album, tour, 2015, delay

    U2 Recruit More Producers, Push Album and Tour to 2015

    U2's follow-up to No Line on the Horizon is now a bit further off on the horizon, and the arena-rock messiahs have brought in Adele's right-hand man and the guy from OneRepublic to help lead them there. That's according to Billboard, who report that the new U2 album and tour expected this year are now scheduled for 2015, and that the band has set up more time in the studio with producers Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder.Danger Mouse is still the main producer for the album, which as of last November was reportedly being penciled in for an April 2014 release.

  • Thurston Moore,

    Thurston Moore Should Probably Chill With the 'Gender Fascism' Talk

    "Personal issues are not something I talk about," Thurston Moore said last May. He probably should've stuck with that policy, and now might be a good time to return to it. This week, the Sonic Youth co-founder spoke publicly for the first time about his 2011 split from wife and bandmate Kim Gordon, and when he revealed that he's "in a really romantic place" with art book editor Eva Prinz — well, it raised eyebrows to say the least.Whatever the underground-rock icon's reasons for breaking his silence, the comment invited a media shitstorm into that romantic place.

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