Marc Hogan



  • Gruff Rhys,

    Watch Gruff Rhys' Psychedelic Journey Into 'American Interior'

    In the late 18th century, a young man from Wales named John Evans ventured to America to search for the mythical Welsh-speaking descendants of a prince who, according to legend, had reached the continent centuries earlier to get away from the English. As improbable as it sounds, Evans' story is true. Welsh singer and songwriter Gruff Rhys' retracing of Evans' patch on a 2012 your serves as the inspiration for the Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon frontman's new multimedia project, American Interior. The album is out May 5 — preorder here or here — and now we have the video for the title track. It's an appropriately acid-stained exploration of what used to be the American frontier, set to Rhys' expertly warped, wide-eyed psych-pop. How do you say "Manifest Destiny" in Welsh?

  • Jo Milne, 40-year-old deaf woman, John Lennon,

    First Song 40-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears Is John Lennon

    And you thought Mr. Holland's Opus was a tear-jerker (don't worry, we won't tell). Jo Milne, a 40-year-old British woman who has been deaf since birth, is finally able to hear thanks to cochlear implants, and you can watch her incredibly emotional first listening experience above, via Gawker. Although not captured in the video, the first music Milne heard was John Lennon's "Imagine," which must've been quite a moment.Awesomely, BBC6 Music's Memory Tapes has compiled "An Introduction to Music" playlist for Milne, which is loaded with plenty of music SPIN loves. Check it out below. "The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I'm still in shock now," Milne told the Newcastle, U.K. Journal.

  • Best Coast,

    Let Best Coast Surround You in 'Baby I'm Crying' Live Video

    Best Coast have shaken away the sandy grit of the Southern California duo's early singles a little more with each release, but they've probably never gone as far from lo-fi as in their latest video. Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, the clip uses "binaural" audio recording technology — that means headphones put within a mock-up human head to simulate the 360-degree sounds of actually being in the room. Watch Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno, and their band perform lonesome, country-streaked plaint "Baby I'm Crying," from last year's Fade Away mini-album — and listen to LiveAudio's spiffy technology — above (via Dazed). For another recent example of 360-degree sound, plus interactive visuals, see Beck's cover of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision."

  • Beyonce, Jay Z,

    Watch Jay Z Join Beyonce for 'Drunk in Love' Tour Finale

    When Beyoncé announced her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," in February 2013, officials had yet to rule out the possibility her performance blew the lights out at the Super Bowl a day earlier. Since then, she has taken her pop dominance to new heights with last December's surprise, self-titled "visual album." Meanwhile, the tour has brought Queen Bey across four continents, with 132 shows. The last came March 27 in Lisbon, Portugal, and as Miss Info points out, husband Jay Z joined her for their celebration of boozy marital bliss, "Drunk in Love," affectionately reprising the couple's 2014 Grammys performance (watch fan footage above). Did we say "serfbort" yet? Serfbort.

  • Avicii, Afrojack, illness, hospital, Miami, Ultra

    Avicii and Afrojack Fight Health Problems in Miami

    It's an unlucky time to be a superstar DJ. As Miami Music Week speeds to its conclusion with this weekend's Ultra Music Festival, top performers are dropping like so much sub-bass. Avicii and Afrojack lead the list of the Florida festivities' latest victims.Avicii, coming off of last year's Essential album True, was scheduled to perform last night (March 27) at Miami Beach's SLS Hotel. According to TMZ, the Swedish DJ suddenly fell ill, missed the show, and went to the hospital for a number of hours before being discharged. A member of Avicii's team confirmed to the Miami New Times that the "Wake Me Up" hitmaker did indeed fall ill, but other details remain unclear at the time of this post. He's scheduled to headline the main stage at Ultra.Separately, Afrojack took his own trip to the hospital.

  • Kurt Cobain, death scene, photos

    Dozens More Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos Surface

    The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death is April 5, and new photos keep emerging that document the unhappier side of the Nirvana frontman's history. Earlier this week, previously unseen images surfaced of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's trashed Los Angeles apartment not long after they moved out in 1992. And last week, Seattle police shared two photos from recently developed film taken at Cobain's death scene.Now, Seattle authorities have revealed a whole lot more of those recently developed photos, which police first announced existed last week as part of a re-examination of Cobain's death. See 29 of the freshly unveiled images over at CBS News, or scroll through a sampling below via Alternative Nation.

  • Black Lips,

    Black Lips Evoke Kimye in 'Nightmare Field' Video

    Black Lips' brand of sozzled garage-rock lends itself well to old-fashioned rebellious imagery of motorcycles and greasers. That's exactly what "Nightmare Field," a bonus track from the Atlanta band's new album Underneath the Rainbow, gets in its Bryan Bankovitch-directed video, which stars crew as "the Pink Angels." The self-reflexive use of special-effects backdrops brng to mind Kanye West's "Bound 2" video — clearly deliberately so in (spoiler-ish alert!) the final, romantic moments in front of the Eiffel. This comes as Black Llips' Cole Alexander has been clarifying, somewhat, his recent inflammatory remarks about Lorde, Drake, and Macklemore.

  • Damon Albarn, heroin

    Damon Albarn Has Nice Things to Say About Heroin

    Discussions of musicians who use heroin can unfortunately end up sounding the like the opposite of public service announcements, and Damon Albarn isn't lessening the drug's allure. The leader of Blur, Gorillaz, and the Good, the Bad, and the Queen (etc.) hinted vaguely at his time "on the nod" in 2010 documentary No Distance Left to Run, and he opened up a bit more in a 2012 interview with The Guardian, which noted the heroin-evoking imagery of songs like "Caramel" from Blur's 1999 album 13.Now, he is carefully acknowledging the role that heroin played in his artistic growth.

  • Sweet 16, rankings, cities, music

    College Basketball's Sweet 16 Ranked by Best Local Music

    The annual college basketball March Madness tournament starts its Sweet 16 round of games tonight, and in its honor, CBS Sports has ranked each school's city by its music scene. With teams from all around the country squaring off for the NCAA title, the list manages to include Beck, N.W.A., Tom Waits, Kim Deal, Guided By Voices, the Stooges, Slint, Ashlee Simpson, Calexico, Garbage, and many more. And while we have our quibbles — we don't expect a college basketball writer to know about Maximum Ames Records any more than you'd expect us to have compelling thoughts about how well Michigan State has been playing since its players got healthy again (oh, but we do!) — it's a fun read. Let the arguments start here. President Obama, you're invited to weigh in, too.CBS Sports' Sweet 16 city rankings by bands/music:16. Ames, Iowa (Iowa State).

  • Sage the Gemini, Iamsu!, Letterman,

    Sage the Gemini and Iamsu!'s 'Gas Pedal' Shows Its Mettle on 'Letterman'

    The Bay is back. Earlier this week, SPIN contributor Andrew Nosnitsky took the vitals of Northern California rap's post-hyphy generation, declaring the scene alive and well. That was in no small part thanks to "Gas Pedal," a viral hit from Fairfield, California rapper Sage the Gemini's just-released debut album, Remember Me.Last night (March 26), Sage and nearby Richmond's Iamsu! performed the icy, understated party anthem with backing musicians on Late Show With David Letterman. They acknowledged the crowd early on, and their exuberance was easy to share as they danced after the song's stubbornly catchy title hook.

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