Marc Hogan

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  • Austra

    Austra Mark Imminent 'Olympia' Release With Ornate, Emotive 'Hurt Me Now'

    Austra, the goth-leaning electronic pop act led by Katie Stelmanis, release sophomore album Olympia tomorrow in North America via Domino and Paper Bag. The trio, turned a sextet since 2010's promising Feel It Break, have already shared Olympia's percolating, house-informed "Painful Like" and moody, theatrical "Home" (which also has a disarmingly intimate video). Now comes "Hurt Me Now," a sepulchral anthem that's every bit as impressive as its predecessors. The chorus actually finds Stelmanis insisting "don't hurt me now," and while the funereal keys and eerie vocals continue to bring to mind the Knife, CHVRCHES, and other technology-wielding acts, the intricate arrangement also showcases the album's use of live instrumentation. As Kate Bush once sang, fittingly, "It doesn't hurt me."

  • Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke, Club Amok

    Thom Yorke Tells Crowd to Shut Up During Rarity-Boosted Atoms for Peace Videos

    "Who the fuck is talking, man?" That was Thom Yorke, a little more than a minute into the first song of Atoms for Peace's second encore during an intimate Los Angeles concert over the weekend. He'd been cooing in falsetto as part of a solo acoustic performance of still-unreleased fan favorite "The Present Tense." The song hadn't been included in the evening's printed set list. There was, in fact, no excuse for idle chatter.At Ease has helpfully compiled video footage of the "The Present Tense" and other songs from Atoms for Peace's secret-ish "Club Amok" show, held Friday night at L.A. venue Fais Do-Do.

  • The Stone Roses, Ian Brown

    Stone Roses Fan, Age 24, Dies After Collapsing During Show

    A massive outdoor Stone Roses concert over the weekend was marred by tragedy. As the Scotsman reports, a 24-year-old woman has died after falling to the ground at the reunited British band's Glasgow gig on Saturday. The unidentified woman was one of 50,000 audience members for the show at Glasgow Green, according to the BBC.The woman reportedly collapsed around 9 p.m., right around the time the Stone Roses were set to perform, and was attended by paramedics. She was later pronounced dead at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. A police spokesperson was quoted as saying authorities would carry out a post-mortem examination. There are no indications police suspect foul play.Primal Scream, the View, and Jake Bugg also performed at the concert, which started in the afternoon. According to the BBC, police arrested 24 fans for drugs and other alleged offenses.

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Watch Arctic Monkeys Play Not-So-Mad Swooner 'Mad Sounds' Live

    Arctic Monkeys have their share of heavy-rock bona fides — Queens of the Stone Age guest spots, overseas Lollapalooza headlining slots, a badass drummer — but some of the British band's finest songs are their quietest. The Alex Turner-led group can sneer and stomp with the best of them, as songs from the 2006 debut's "Fake Tales of San Francisco" on through last year's Record Store Day rager "R U Mine?" more than capably demonstrate. And yet the guys can be just as effective when they take their feet off the pedal: "Cornerstone," from 2009's Humbug (co-produced, incidentally, by QOTSA's Josh Homme), is a vivid, patiently unfurling master class in songcraft.

  • Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail,' NBA Finals, July 4

    Jay-Z Has Already Sold One Million Copies of July 4 LP 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

    Jay-Z has only just announced his next album, and already it's gone platinum — sort of.A three-minute commercial that aired Sunday night during Game 5 of the NBA Finals revealed Jay-Z will release a new album in a few weeks. Magna Carta Holy Grail, as the rapper's 12th studio LP is titled with wonderfully maximum over-the-topness, is due out on July 4. The ad suggests the record will feature Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Rick Rubin (a.k.a. Kanye West's Yeezus savior).The commercial during the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Miami Heat wasn't only for Jay-Z, however. The ad was technically for Samsung, which will release the album first to users of its Samsung Galaxy smartphone (the release date for non-Galaxy owners is actually July 7).

  • Jón Þór

    Speaking in Tongues: A Conversation With Sigur Ros' Jonsi

    Of all the "post-rock" bands that came to prominence around the turn of millennium, Sigur Rós' success is both the biggest and most surprising. Sharing the same commitment for majestic churn as the likes of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the Icelandic outfit scraped their guitars with bows and often cooed their songs in a gibberish language preciously dubbed Hopelandic. This was not a recipe for arena-level success.Except it was. Sigur Ros headlined a packed house of more than 15,000 at New York's Madison Square Garden this past March, the crowning moment (so far) of 15 years of glacier-melting crescendos. Led by Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson, Sigur Rós have been praised as otherworldly angels, taken for granted as half-undressed emperors who denied journalists our God-given right to song titles, and then, somewhere along the way, accepted as an enduring cultural institution.

  • 50 Cent

    Celebrity Headphone Deathmatch: 50 Cent's Are Empirically Worse Than Jay-Z's

    Dr. Dre has a lot to answer for, and not just that Tupac Shakur "hologram." The hugely successful Beats by Dre headphones have spawned a gaggle of celebrity-branded cans. Soul by Ludacris? 50 Cent's SMA Audio 50? Jay-Z's Roc Nationa Aviators? Jeez louise, even the late Bob Marley's House of Marley. Maybe Headphone-Pac should be a thing, after all.FixYa, a product troubleshooting resource, has culled through thousands of Q&A requests from its community of 30 million users to uncover the best and worst celebrity headphones. Bad news, Mr. Cent: You might want to stick with boxing. Sun is shining, Tuff Gong: House of Marley outperforms all Zion-based celebrity headgear. Irie!According to FixYa's newly issued report, Fiddy's SMS Audio 50 headphones were the worst of the five brands under review.

  • Waxahatchee,

    Waxahatchee's Eponymous Creek Makes for the Best 'Coast to Coast' Video

    The sun is beaming down on Waxahatchee. Katie Crutchfield's emotions-baring fuzz-rock project is about to head off on a string of U.K. tour dates with Tegan and Sara, on the strength of this year's Essential album Cerulean Salt. And the new video for guitar-hammering noise-pop burst "Coast to Coast" — the one with the immortal line, "I'll try to embrace the lows" — shows a sunny day on Alabama's Waxahatchee Creek, the waterway that gave the band its name. Crutchfield frolics with her Grimes "Oblivion" cover partner (and former P.S. Eliot bandmate/twin sister) Allison Crutchfield of Swearin', while previous Waxahatchee collaborator Ryan Russell directs. It's direct and simple but tremendously effective, which suits the rough-hewn sing-along itself.

  • Divine Fits,

    Watch Divine Fits' Triumphant 'Chained to Love'-'Ain't That the Way' Medley on 'Conan'

    Divine Fits can cram the members of a gazillion top-notch bands into one, so of course they can pack two songs into a single on-air TV performance. The A Thing Called the Divine Fits group digitally released double A sides "Chained to Love" and "Ain't That the Way" yesterday, with vinyl due out on July 23 via Merge. They gave nervy renditions of both numbers last night on Conan, swapping guitars and sharpening edges to cram seven-plus minutes of music into four-ish minutes of television. The mic-and-instrument handoff between co-frontmen Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniels was a canny way to preview two characteristically taut tracks, one of which, the Boeckner-led "Chained to Love," they debuted during South By Southwest. Daniel previously told SPIN there will be another new Divine Fits album, but he has a new Spoon record in the works first.

  • Savages,

    Watch Savages Make Intense U.S. Network TV Debut on 'Fallon'

    There's an out-of-time quality to Savages' wiry post-punk, which recalls styles developed in the late '70s and made fashionable again in the early-to-mid '00s, but the London quartet stand out through their fervent live performances and laser-guided songwriting. That onstage urgency was clearly on display last night as the band performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, marking their first time on U.S. network television. For the broadcast, they played "She Will" (above), and for online viewers, they did "City's Full." Both are from Essential abum Silence Yourself, and both were as galvanizingly dynamic as they are austerity-era dour.

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