Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business,' new album, Nobel Prize

    Morrissey's 'World Peace' Album Title Won't Win Him Any Nobel Prizes

    When even Vladimir Putin has reportedly been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, you'd think Morrissey might stand at least some chance. But the bellicosely anti-meat former Smiths frontman has probably put himself out of the running. Not least by announcing today that his new album will be titled, in characteristically dramatic fashion, World Peace Is None of Your Business. According to Moz's unofficial mouthpiece True to You, World Peace will arrive — ha ha — in late June or early July. The follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal (and five years of incessant non-LP newsmaking) will be 12 songs long and was produced in France by Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with the likes of Beck and the White Stripes.

  • Future, Pharrell, Pusha T, Move That Doh, Move That Dope, video game

    Play Future's Old-School 'Move That Dope' Video Game

    Future's Pharrell and Pusha T hustler "Move That Dope," with its tirelessly repeated title hook, holds up well when played on an infinite loop (shouts to Mike Will Made It, SPIN's 2013 Artist of the Year). Yesterday the Atlanta rapper-singer-astronaut released the Honest track's video, with cameos from Tyler, the Creator, ScHoolboy Q, Wiz Khalifa, and the G I R L solo star's notorious h a t. If you watched it and thought, "I'd like to play a vintage-style video game based on these visuals," well, are you ever in luck! The audio here is the censored "Move That Doh" version — because kids who play video games have never been exposed to any adult material — and the game itself involves using the arrow keys to drive around town and collect the money for Heisenberg or whoever. "Collect the cash or lose your ass," the text reads. We didn't win, but much respect to the No.

  • Tool, new album, Portland, Adam Jones

    Tool's New Album Is Not Done, Sorry

    UPDATE: Tool have officially refuted the rumor that their next album is completed. The band explained the confusion in a statement released to Rolling Stone: "Last night, Adam Jones, in a private conversation with fans attending the Portland Tool concert, joked that the band's new album was not only finished but coming out the next day. Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context. Work on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know."The wait for Tool's new album just got a little more intense. The art-metal luminaries' leader Maynard James Keenan said way back in 2011 that his bandmates were working on their first full-length since 2006's 10,000 Days.

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