Marc Hogan

writer

Biography

  • Lil Wayne,

    Hear Lil Wayne's Potent 'Tha Carter V' Aperitif 'D'usse'

    Lil Wayne isn't invincible anymore. Which makes it all the more meaningful when he still sounds like he might be. The New Orleans rapper, who was so dominant in his late-Bush administration run of Dedication 2, Da Drought 3, and Tha Carter III, still has his moments, whether on this year's Young Money track "Senile" or last year's I Am Not a Human Being II rooftop-shouter "Rich as Fuck." But you can no longer hear Wayne on a track and rely on him still wanting to sound like what Kanye West generously called him in early 2013, the best rapper in the game."D'usse," then — billed as appearing on his upcoming The Carter V, the follow-up to 2011's mixed-bag The Carter IV — is a treat.

  • Chad Smith, Will Ferrell, drum battle

    The Will Ferrell-Chad Smith Drum Battle Now Has a Date and Venue

    If you placed bets on the drum battle between Will Ferrell and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, the time will soon come to honor them. The comedian and the uncannily similar-looking drummer will go cowbell to drumstick on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 22. The pending bout has raised more than $300,000 in donations for the charity Cancer for College and follows months of trash talk, after Will Ferrell acknowledged he and Smith share a resemblance.Jimmy Fallon was to announce the details of the drum-off on his show last night — we'll add video when it's available. Ferrell's gag since a February Reddit AMA has been that he's the real Chad Smith and there is no Will Ferrell (and all you other guys quoting Anchorman are just imitators).

  • FCC, net neutrality, open internet, fast lane, slow lane, Tom Wheeler, vote, proposal, advances, goes forward

    FCC Goes Ahead With Internet Plan Fought by Music Groups

    Michael Stipe must be losing his religion right about now. Music fans might want to perk up their ears, too. The Federal Communications Commission met today on a plan that could overhaul the online experience, and the commissioners voted by a three-two margin to move the proposal forward. The decision has been hotly anticipated, with critics warning it could harm the idea of an open Internet and undermine net neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers shouldn't be able to restrict how the rest of use the service.The plan now out for public comment essentially matches what music advocacy groups, technology companies, and lawmakers from both parties have criticized since it was first reported in April.

  • Lollapalooza 2014 lineup, Eminem

    Lollapalooza Announces Full 2014 Schedule

    Lollapalooza returns to downtown Chicago from August 1 to 3, and now festival goers can start plotting out who they'll see. OutKast, Skrillex, Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, and many others are on this year's bill, and all but "platinum" three-day passes have sold out. Now, Lolla has unveiled its full 2014 schedule, and it presents the usual array of difficult choices: Eminem vs. Arctic Monkeys on Friday, OutKast up against Cut Copy and others on Saturday, and Kings of Leon squaring off against Skrillex, Chance the Rapper, and Darkside on Sunday. Check out the schedule on Lolla's website, and get prepped with SPIN's 50 best things of Lollapalooza 2013 and Lollapalooza portrait gallery.

  • Default Genders,

    Watch Default Genders' Majestically Disillusioned New Video

    Everything James Brooks has released since now-defunct duo Elite Gymnastics has been worth checking out, and though the songwriter and producer's project names have changed, that much hasn't. Last year, Brooks started an online firestorm when he started recording as Dead Girlfriends and, after Pitchfork bestowed its Best New Track distinction on anti-patriarchy screed "On Fraternity," he became a poster child for mansplaining (SPIN assembled an all-female roundtable to discuss the self-released track). Brooks switched monikers again, to Default Genders, and told SPIN he'd "completely failed" in the song's goals — but he also noted that despite being criticized for appropriation, he was singing from painful experience as a sexual assault survivor.

  • Failure,

    Hear Failure's 'Come Crashing,' Their First New Song in 18 Years

    Failure's first new song since their beloved 1996 behemoth Fantastic Planet doesn't disppoint. Last November, the "band's band" post-grunge antiheroes announced to SPIN they'd be reuniting their Fantastic Planet lineup for a show at Los Angeles' El Rey, their first in 16 years. That set went down in February — we were there — and Failure are now in the thick of a North American tour. With that, they've released their first new song since their touchstone album, "Come Crashing."It's an atmospheric yet melodic slow-builder that ought to grab ears even if you've never heard a lick of Failure's biggest hit, "Stuck on You." More Veruca Salt than Pixies, then, as '90s revivals go — and considering frontman Ken Andrews has kept current, for example mixing Paramore's phenomenal 2013 self-titled album, that's only fitting.

  • The Birds of Satan, Taylor Hawkins, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Foo Fighters,

    Taylor Hawkins' Birds of Satan Make Network Debut on 'Kimmel'

    Good advice for aspiring buzz bands: "They can't disown ya if they never owned ya." That's Foo Fighters' Tayor Hawkins singing, while drumming, on muscular scuzz-rocker "Thanks for the Line," from the Iggy Pop actor's non-Foo band, the Birds of Satan. Well, Beelzebub's winged minions made their network-TV debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, giving us both "Thanks" (above) and anxious "Pieces of the Puzzle" (below), each from new release The Birds of Satan. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are at work on a new album, and earlier this month the band played a surprise, career-spanning set in Washington, D.C.; Dave Grohl stood on the bar and took a shot during "Monkey Wrench," then decamped for his own, solo surprise set of Foos songs in front of 100 people in Nashville. Hey, remember when people said "pwned"?

  • Blondie, 'Daily Show,' Jon Stewart,

    Watch Blondie Celebrate 40th Birthday on 'Daily Show'

    Blondie have been a band for 40 years as of 2014, and they're still gonna getcha-getcha-getcha. Frontwoman Debbie Harry recently joined Arcade Fire onstage as they covered the iconic new-wave band's disco hit "Heart of Glass," and the full group performed in February at Brooklyn's Pussy Riot tribute concert (they wisely turned down a gig at the Sochi Olympics, though). Last night, promoting brand new hits package Blondie 4(0) Ever, they stopped by The Daily Show. Host Jon Stewart chatted briefly with Harry and the group's other founding member, Chris Steyn, and Blondie performed not just new song "Sugar on the Side" (above) — from the hits set's new-album component Ghosts of Download — but also the classic "One Way or Another" (below). Just for fun: Have you heard Blondie's Spanish-language version of Blondie 4(0) Ever smash "Call Me"?

  • See Justin Timberlake Dance With Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's posthumous, "contemporized" XSCAPE album is out this week, and it never hurts to be reminded what a great dancer the King of Pop was. The smooth, retro disco-soul of "Love Never Felt So Good" stands out as the most immediately accessible of the early tracks to emerge, which also include the title track, "Chicago," and the vexing "Do You Know Where Your Children Are?" Now comes the video for "Love Never Felt So Good," in which a certain Justin Timberlake — who sings on the track — dances alongside classic footage of Jackson while other people also pay tribute to the Thriller man's inspiring moves. Watch it above.

  • T-Pain Recruits Lil Boosie for Meta 'Up Down' Remix

    With apologies to Cher's "Believe," T-Pain is the godfather of the bubbly Auto-Tune warble that has become omnipresent thanks to successors like SPIN cover star Future. The Florida-born rappa ternt sanga has always managed to land savvy collaborations, too, whether Lil Wayne at the peak of Weezy fever or the Lonely Island last year. Also in 2013, as 'Pain prepped a fifth album he has said will be called Stoicville: The Phoenix, he hooked up with zeitgeisty ratchet&b producer DJ Montay and Top 40-friendly rapper B.o.B. for slinky strip-club ode "Up Down." This remix adds recently freed rapper Lil Boosie and Chris Brown chum Kid Ink. In the spirit of R. Kelly, The-Dream, or his own team-up with R. Kelly, T-Pain goes meta: "I ain't even know they made a remix to it," he croons.

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