Marc Hogan

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  • Justin Timberlake, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama

    See Justin Timberlake and the Obamas' Joyful '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' Sing-Along

    There are days when Otis Redding's posthumous 1968 chart-topper "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" sounds — despite all the lame covers and the nearly infinite variety of weirder, or more personally relevant, or simply more contemporary records in the years before and since — like the greatest song ever. Justin Timberlake's effortlessly suave, polished version at the White House earlier today was exceptional less for the performance than for who witnessed (and joined in on) it. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were both visibly grooving throughout the song, and when The 20/20 Experience falsetto-monger called on them to sing along, the First Couple cheerfully obliged. Unfortunately, although the first hip-hop president has been known to sing now and then, the Obamas' vocals aren't audible in the video above. But their broad smiles certainly are visible.

  • Meek Mill

    Meek Mill Abuses Notorious B.I.G.'s Legend to Defend Rick Ross 'Rape' Lyric

    The Notorious B.I.G. died a little more than 16 years ago, and the pop culture that survived him still hasn't tired of picking his bones. The latest example is rapper Meek Mill, who recently invoked the New York rap legend to defend Maybach Music boss Rick Ross' widely criticized lyric that sure sounds like it's endorsing rape. In an interview with Urban Informer (via AllHipHop), Meek Mill shrugged off concerns about social responsibility as separate from hip-hop. "I don't even care about nobody criticizing no lyrics," he's quoted as saying. "People rap about killing stuff all day. Biggie said, 'Rape your kid. Throw her over the bridge.' It was nothing, it's just hip-hop."Now, the relationship between art — especially hip-hop — and morals is too complicated to untangle here.

  • Jay-Z, Beyonce

    Jay-Z Keeps It Legal, Selling Nets Share and Visiting Cuba With a License

    Jay-Z's legally questionable past is a matter of record, but in two recent high-profile situations, he's staying on the up-and-up.First, he's looking to sell his stake in the Brooklyn Nets. As Yahoo! Sports reports, citing unnamed sources, he's making the move so he can expand his sports-agency business into the NBA. League rules prohibit agents from owning a piece of a team. Jay-Z's recently launched Roc Nation Sports has already made a mark in baseball, signing up the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano.Separately, U.S. officials have cleared Jay-Z and Beyoncé amid questions about whether their recent trip to Cuba was legal. As the New York Times reports, the Treasury Department issued a statement yesterday saying the couple's visit was fully licensed. The office of Rep.

  • Cat Power,

    See Cat Power Debut Devastating New Song 'Bully' on 'Jools Holland'

    Chan Marshall's newest song as Cat Power ends with an ambiguous promise: "I could never forget." It's ambiguous because the track, "Bully," which she performed with a pianist last night on BBC's Later... With Jools Holland (via Pitchfork) and now released on iTunes, is gorgeously, deeply tragic. That's there in the sparse, aching piano chords, and her smoky, poised vocal. But it's also there in the lyrics: She remembers the good times, being 27 and dancing at bars, drinking too much. And she remembers the male subject of the song getting sick, escaping "in a hospital sheet," smiling. Always smiling.Marshall smiled sometimes on Holland, too. It wasn't anything like the giddy grins in her recent, wonderful "Manhattan" video. But it only made the performance more powerful. "Nothing could be done / For this young wild son," she rasped slightly, with an affecting twang.

  • Coachella

    Coachella 2013's 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts

    "Who would want to live in an area where debauchery is allowed five weekends per year?" That's the question of one Indio, California, resident in a draft environmental impact report quoted today by the Los Angeles Times. And as amusing as it could seem to the music (and occasional debauchery) fans about to descend upon the Southern California community for this year's Coachella, for a local it's a fair one.But festivalgoers' immediate question might be a little different: How the hell am I going to see all of the bands I want to see without cloning myself, inventing a time-travel device, or otherwise launching myself into the plot of an implausible sci-fi movie? That's right, the two-weekend festival has announced its set times. Check them out here.Coachella, of course, runs from April 12 to 14 and then again from April 19 to 21.

  • Cumulus / Photo by Joseph Traina

    Stream Cumulus' Overcast 'Do You Remember'

    Nostalgia has its limits, but the sense of invulnerability that comes automatically with youth is hard to let go. The title question of "Do You Remember," an elegant, understated work of deftly flickering guitar pop, refers to just this: "Do you remember when young meant invincible?" lilts Alexandra Niedzialkowski, who originally formed Cumulus with guitarist Lance Umble. They've added bassist Leah Julius to round out their sound for May 21 debut I Never Meant It to Be Like This. With a whoa-oh-oh-ing chorus coming next, this track should find a welcoming audience in fans of similarly catchy Denver duo Tennis (whose last album was produced by Dan Auerbach), for example. But where those two tend to summon up sunny beaches, Cumulus roll out a comforting rainy-day blanket.112223:song:Do You Remember:

  • Speedy Ortiz / Photo by Noe Richard

    Hear Speedy Ortiz' Noise-Pop Knockout 'Ka-Prow!'

    As Speedy Ortiz prep their debut album, the western Massachusetts band boasts an eye-catching noise-pop pedigree: the SPIN CMJ 2012 mixtape selectees will be opening for Marnie Stern and Talk Normal on April 11 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Additionally, the foursome worked with Justin Pizzoferrato (whose recent credits include recording the latest album from Chelsea Light Moving and Dinosaur Jr.) to re-record the first two songs they ever wrote. Those tracks, "Ka-Prow!" and "Hexxy," will come out as a 7-inch on April 30 via Inflated Records. And with a sound as striking as its lineage, "Ka-Prow!" moves from off-kilter interplay and coolly intoned vocals to furious, foul-mouthed raucousness. You can listen to it exclusively below.112256:song:Ka-Prow!:

  • Sad Baby Wolf

    Hear Ex-Shins Members Sad Baby Wolf's Full Emotive 'Electric Sounds'

    Marty Crandall and Neal Langford, both former members of the Shins, have returned to Albuquerque for new band Sad Baby Wolf. That homecoming feels crucial to debut album Electric Sounds, which radiates the emotion-wracked, atmosphering-scraping crunch they might've heard in those pre-Shins days from bands like the Promise Ring and Camden, as "emo" was becoming a dirty word and groups associated with it were stretching out their arrangements. The five-piece — which also features guitarist Jason Ward, bassist Sean McCullough, and drummer Maury Crandall (Marty's younger brother) — previously shared the eight-song LP's waltzing title track, along with singles "8th Level" and "Survival Guide." The full album, mixed and produced by McCullough, is out today, and you can stream it here.

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

    Kanye West Hit With No-Pun-Intended 'Gold Digger' Sampling Lawsuit

    And poetic justice for all: Kanye West is facing a copyright lawsuit seeking payment over his 2005 smash "Gold Digger." According to TMZ, the children of David Pryor, the singer and songwriter of his band Thunder & Lightning's 1974 "Bumpin' Bus Stop," have sued claiming West wrongfully sampled the track for his own No. 1 hit. Around the 13-second mark, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor allege, you can hear Pryor saying the words "get down."Which, you seemingly can, but it's such a tiny, incidental sample. At some point these lawsuits seem more about, well, gold-digging than justly reaping the rewards of artistic creativity.

  • Chelsea Light Moving,

    Watch Chelsea Light Moving Debut Chocolate-Inspired 'The Ecstasy' Live on KEXP

    Chelsea Light Moving make artfully messy noise-rock look almost too easy. If Thurston Moore's first album with his expert new band showed Sonic Youth's hiatus hadn't dimmed his creative spirit, then the group's debut of new song "The Ecstasy" live in the studio for Seattle's KEXP suggests there should be plenty more where that came from. As KEXP's Kevin Cole writes for NPR, Moore spotted John Donne's poem "The Ecstasy" printed on the wrapper of a chocolate bar, and before anyone knew it Chelsea Light Moving had come up with full-throated guitar-render above, using Donne's words as lyrics.Watch "The Ecstasy" above, and check out the full, three-song session below. And while it's unclear what type of "ecstasy" Moore might've had in mind, there's no reason not to revisit our exhaustive feature Rolling in the Deep: Hip-Hop's Greatest Molly Moments.

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