Marc Hogan

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  • George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

    Musicians' Tributes to Trayvon Martin, Like the Verdict, Offer Little Satisfaction

    On Saturday night, July 13, George Zimmerman was acquitted in last year's shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American, in Sanford, Florida. Martin, who was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles when he was killed, and police's initial failure to arrest Zimmerman helped propel the case into the national discussion on race. Musicians rallied around Martin when his case first became a national issue, and they're showing their support again following Zimmerman's acquittal.As the AP reports, Beyoncé called for a moment of silence in Martin's honor during a show in Nashville, then sang the chorus of "I Will Always Love You." Young Jeezy shared a busy, melancholy track called "It's a Cold World," rapping, "Now I'm prayin' for his mother" (in a Facebook post, he emphasized he's not trying to profit from the situation).

  • Katy B

    Watch Katy B's Devastating, Unplugged 'What Love Is Made Of' Video

    Dance music has reconquered the British pop charts recently, and few singers are better positioned to reap the rewards than Katy B. On her excellent 2011 debut On a Mission, her clear voice and Arctic Monkeys-approved songwriting slashed through the then male-dominated world of U.K. bass music. Then last year's similarly vital DangerEP went further, updating '90s R&B's mix of dance beats and soul vocals for a post-dubstep era — and spawning one of 2012's best songs. Her fantastic, high-on-romance "What Love Is Made Of," the first single from an upcoming sophomore album due this fall, rides house music's pulse to challenge Disclosure et al. for this year's dance-pop supremacy. It's the type of track that leaves nothing else to prove, but Katy B fans and authenticity-minded skeptics alike should thrill at a new video that shows her singing "What Love Is Made Of" backed only by piano.

  • Chris Brown

    Chris Brown Removed His Ghoulish Graffiti Murals (Because He Wanted to, Duh)

    Chris Brown's neighbors must be feeling mixed emotions right now. According to TMZ, Brown has covered up the graffiti murals of cartoon monsters that surrounded his property, which his fellow Hollywood Hills denizens had insisted were terrifying their children. On the other hand, TMZ's "sources close to Brown" say he only painted over his outdoor display because he wanted to. Not for any other reason.L.A. city code officials had threatened to fine Brown if he didn't remove the artwork. Brown's attorney had told the Los Angeles Times they were ready to battle the city over the murals. Now that's a moot point: According to TMZ, the city won't fine Brown as long as the art is covered to inspectors' satisfaction.

  • Dads

    Watch Merchandise Offshoot Dads' Cow-Powered 'Invisible Blouse' Video

    A cow stares at the camera throughout the video for Dads' "Invisible Blouse," from a new single out on Wharf Cat Records. Directed by Z.P./OSR Productions, the clip also has a tiny split screen, which shows less easily identifiable scenes that are occasionally covered with text containing phrases such as "club fuck." The cacophonous Florida garage rockers' song is anything but bucolic, consisting of streaking distortion and voice-destroying roars that would fit in well in that place called Club Fuck. Still, it's not a stretch to say there's a certain bovine imperturbability here.Dads, whose ranks include two members of fellow Florida band Merchandise, sound like they aren't trying to please anyone but themselves, and sometimes that sense of freedom can be contagious. Which is why we drink pasteurized milk.

  • Autre Ne Veut

    Autre Ne Veut Stays Seductively Electro-R&B on Slinky 'Adult Swim' Single 'On & On'

    Autre Ne Veut's entry in this year's stacked Adult Swim Singles series has arrived. Titled "On & On," the song fittingly sees the Brooklyn indie R&B producer-singer Arthur Ashin keepin' on keepin' on with the gauzy seductiveness of this year's Anxiety and its standout "Play by Play." New-age influences recur in the sampled female vocals pealing like pan flutes between wriggling synths and clattering steel-drum tones. Ashin's flighty falsetto is at its best, though, on the guitar-adorned bridge, as he repeats, "Push me higher, baby." It's unlikely to displace the Erykah Badu song of the same title in anyone's avant-R&B canon, but it should be more than enough to keep faith in Autre Ne Veut's potential going on (& on).Listen over at Entertainment Weekly, and download the song on Monday from Adult Swim.

  • Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan

    Smashing Pumpkins' New 'Oceania' 3D Concert Movie Mercifully Contains Actual Hits

    Smashing Pumpkins are about to deliver a 3D concert movie and live double-disc featuring a full performance of one of the iconic alternative rockers' albums. Yes, it's last year's Oceania, which we said shows Billy Corgan "does, in fact, have a function." We also praised the current cast of hired Pumpkins, who actually sound like a crucial part of the record.Still, when Oceania: Live in NYC arrives on September 3 via Universal Music Enterprises, it won't only be new, old-sounding SP. The band's December 10 set at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, captured here, also includes '90s hits such as "Disarm" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings." Plus, Corgan and company cover David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which recently joined the limited ranks of songs that have ben performed in space.

  • Beyonce, Jay-Z

    Congress Still Obsessed With Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba Trip

    Somewhere in America, lawmakers are still getting worked up just thinking about Beyoncé and Jay-Z's wedding anniversary. As Politico reports, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee are pushing a measure that would crack down on travel to Cuba. Not coincidentally, that's where the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper and "Standing on the Sun" singer traveled earlier this year around their fifth anniversary.A subcomittee of the House panel approved a spending bill earlier this week that includes a provision that would've blocked Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Havana jaunt. The $17 billion financial services spending bill covers various agencies, but one is the Treasury Department, which gave the two stars permission to visit Cuba. Republicans on the committee want to limit Cuba travel to students who need to go there as part of an academic degree.

  • Robin Thicke's

    Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Blurred Further by Non-Porn 'Gay Porn Parody'

    Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has put him on top of just about everything. Charts, especially. A public debate has broken out over whether the pointedly flirtatious song and its video, particularly the "unrated" version with topless female models, are degrading toward women. The lines have gotten only trickier to follow now that the models from gay porn site Helix Studios have released their own "gay porn parody" remake of the clip. Like the controversial, breast-baring Thicke original, though, this edition isn't actually pornographic at all: just guys in underwear, which might not even count as "NSFW" in a society where only female toplessness is (generally) illegal. Nor is this really a parody — it's more like a lighthearted homage. Most of all, though, it's another fittingly confusing twist in Thicke's brilliant smoothie-turned-swaggerer culture jam.

  • Randy Travis

    Randy Travis Suffers Stroke, Returns to Critical Condition After Stabilizing

    Randy Travis' health troubles are continuing. On Sunday, July 7, the famed country singer was admitted to a Texas hospital in critical condition due to an infection of the heart. Last night, the 54-year-old star experienced a stroke and required surgery to ease pressure on his brain, CNN reports, citing a rep for the singer.Travis' spokesman told the news organization the stroke was "a complication of his congestive heart failure." Travis is being treated at the Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas after originally being admitted to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas. The spokesman promised more information as it arrives.CNN quotes doctors as saying that just hours before news of the stroke, Travis had "stabilized and ...

  • Blondes,

    Let Blondes Stimulate You (Visually) With Bubbly 'Elise' Video

    Blondes were smart to release their new album as a whole first, and a video for its standout song second. When the spaced-out, disco-not-disco combo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman shared sophomore album Swisher out of nowhere last month, it demanded to be addressed as a whole. SPIN called it a "huge step up for the duo, and one that significantly raises the bar for the indie/dance/noise sector as a whole."But ambrosial finale "Elise" is clearly the brightest and most immediately heart-stopping track on a record that otherwise coldly ditches the euphoric surge of Blondes' 2011 self-titled debut.

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