Marc Hogan



  • Maxwell's, Hoboken, New Jersey

    Beloved New Jersey Venue Maxwell's Is Closing After July

    Earlier this year, footage circulated on YouTube of Nirvana's vicious July 13, 1989 set at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. The venue has more recently played host to hometown indie rockers Yo La Tengo's annual Hannukah residencies. Before all that, the club appeared in Bruce Springsteen's 1985 music video for Born in the U.S.A.'s "Glory Days."Those glory days are about to be gone for good. As the Star-Ledger reports, Maxwell's is closing when its lease is up at the end of July. Todd Abramson, the venue's co-owner, is quoted as saying the problem isn't so much rising rents as it is "the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town."Maxwell's plans to close with a July performance by the band a, which was the first group to play there upon its opening in 1978.

  • Jonathan Poneman, Sub Pop, Parkinson's

    Sub Pop Co-Founder Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis at Age 53

    Jonathan Poneman, who as co-founder of Sub Pop Records helped kickstart the careers of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and more, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 53 year old is responding with admirable grace to the degenerative nervous system disorder, which famously struck Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali.Parkinson's has, in an odd way, helped him to appreciate better what he has, Poneman suggested to the Seattle Times. "As ironic it sounds, I am truly grateful to the disease," he's quoted as saying. He credited the illness for reinvigorating his love of life and causing hm to be more compassionate toward others.Poneman started Sub Pop with Bruce Pavitt in Seattle in 1988, when bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney encapsulated a sound that was about to conquer the world.

  • Beyonce,

    Beyonce's 'Standing on the Sun' Is Even Zestier Live Than the Teaser

    Beyoncé was recently the subject of unverifiable tabloid claims that H&M tried to alter the photos of her in the fast-fashion chain's big advertising push. H&M sent us a statement* that neither confirmed nor denied the gossip mongers' tales, and Beyoncé's reps didn't respond at all, but this much is clear: There's a whole lot more to Mrs. Knowles-Carter's new song "Standing on the Sun" than could be heard in her 90-second H&M teaser commercial.As fan footage from the singer's May 31 concert in Belgium reveals, the song moves from the swaying, H&M-approved portion to livelier fare: a near-rapped verse from B that includes words you don't hear in corporate commercials, a ferociously sung section where she declares her desire to "love you long time," and a jagged, dubby breakdown where she stops singing altogether.

  • Traxman

    Traxman Was Shot in the Leg and Robbed in His Chicago Hometown

    Traxman, a leading ambassador of Chicago's footwork style, was shot in the leg during an armed robbery in his home city. Traxman's latest album Da Mind of Traxman was, along with his fellow Teklife crew member DJ Rashad's TEKLIFE Vol. 1 - Welcome to the Chi, among SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012. As FACT points out, label Planet Mu has set up a fundraising campaign for Traxman, born Cornelius Ferguson. The campaign has already raised more than twice its $500 goal, which was to cover the $250 that Traxman lost in the robbery as well as the cost of replacing his stolen passport. The robbery took place while Traxman was walking to a local store, the label says, adding that "Traxman is in good spirits and on the mend." The incident comes after AraabMuzik was shot while being robbed about a month ago.

  • Gold Panda

    Gold Panda Streams Full, Lavishly Glitchy 'Half of Where You Live'

    London's Gold Panda releases new album Half of Where You Live on June 11 via Ghostly International, and he is streaming the whole thing now over on his Tumblr. The producer known only as Derwin has previously shared the sample-fluttering "Brazil" and the more tranquil but still percussively percolating "We Work Nights" from the LP, his first since 2010's lush, textured Lucky Shiner. Charli XCX's "You (Ha Ha Ha)" sampled a shining Lucky track, and Panda also produced Sole's "Extremophile." Now we can hear what the Gold fella has been up to these past couple of years, and on first pass it's as warm and promising as you'd expect.Stream Gold Panda's Half of Where You Live here.

  • The Roots, mural, Philadelphia

    The Roots Officially Have Their Own Philadelphia Mural Now

    The Roots went back to their Philadelphia roots on Friday to witness the unveiling of a new mural painted as a tribute to them. "This is one of the greatest moments of our career," drummer Ahrmir "?uestlove" Thompson said, as quoted by the AP. Fellow Roots co-founder Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, who previously recalled being ordered to scrub such murals after a vandalism bust, reportedly called the painting "an honor and a blessing."The mural on the back of the World Communications Charter School is located near the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where ?uestlove and Black Thought started the Roots as students. The mural also happens to be on South Street, where the Roots members busked for change in the early '90s.

  • Lou Reed

    Lou Reed's Operation: Velvet Underground Icon 'Stronger Than Ever' With New Liver

    Lou Reed has a new liver, and he's sounding magnificently upbeat about it."I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics, and chemistry," the former Velvet Underground frontman wrote in a Facebook post. He continued, referring to his decades-long study of chai: "I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."The post was Reed's first official statement since Laurie Anderson, his wife and the avant-garde artist, told the Times of London he won't "ever totally recover" from the liver transplant.

  • Vampire Weekend,

    Vampire Weekend Survive Last Supper With Santigold and Sky Ferreira in 'Diane Young' Video

    The title character of "Diane Young," who sets fire to a Saab, is responsible for the "craziest thing anybody does" on Vampire Weekend's Essential new album, Modern Vampires of the City, SPIN's Mike Powell wrote. With a directing credit for Primo Kahn, whose name yields little else in online searches, the "Diane Young" video isn't that crazy, but it's packed with amusing hijinks. The band members are gathered around a long table reminiscent of Leonardo Da Vinci's classic "The Last Supper" painting; joining them for an unusual meal are Santigold, Sky Ferreira, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, and Chromeo. The question everyone will be left asking, though: "Who's that looking psychotic in a balaclava?"See also: The Vampire Weekipedia: A Glossary of Terms

  • Sharon Jones

    Sharon Jones Diagnosed With Stage-One Bile Duct Cancer

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings still plan to Give the People What They Want, but first the soul-funk flame-keepers have to take care of their own medical needs.Jones has received a diagnosis of stage-one bile duct cancer, her reps have announced. Luckily, doctors found the cancer early, and it hasn't spread. Jones is expected to make a full recovery, according to the announcement, but the invasive and complex surgical procedure involved will require a fairly long convalescence.Give the People What They Want, Jones & the Dap-Kings' follow-up to 2010's I Learned the Hard Way, has been pushed back from its planned August 6 release date to an unspecified later time. The band's touring plans have also been canceled, but the announcement promises they will be rescheduled.

  • Pearl Jam, Jeff Ament, Mookie Blaylock

    Pearl Jam Shout Out Mookie Blaylock Amid Signs of Potential July Single

    "Sending good thoughts to Mookie," Pearl Jam wrote in an Instagram post over the weekend, along with a photo of former NBA point guard Mookie Blaylock in a New Jersey Nets jersey. Blaylock, who was part of a car accident on Friday afternoon, has longstanding significance for the band. In fact, Pearl Jam's original name was Mookie Blaylock, and they titled their landmark 1991 debut, Ten, after Blaylock's uniform number.Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam's bassist, told the New York Times the connection goes back to when he, Eddie Vedder, and the band's other original members would open packs of baseball cards during their early days of recording. "One of the cards that went to my manager, and ended up in a cassette, was Mookie's card," Ament told the Times. "Fast-forward a couple of weeks: We got offered the Alice in Chains tour on the West Coast.

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