Marc Hogan



  • Paramore, Hayley Williams,

    Paramore Debut Tender 'Hate to See Your Heart Break,' Cover Alt-J for BBC

    Paramore's self-titled album, out on April 9, piles on booming gospel choirs, squeaky synths, twinkly glockenspiels, whimsical ukuleles, and whatever else producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Tegan and Sara) had lying around in the Los Angeles studio where Prince reputedly lived for a year or two. The Tennessee band has shared first one, then two, three, and four sets of album tracks, but yesterday they stripped away the studio flourishes in an unplugged performance for BBC Live Lounge.The highlight was an unadorned version of the trio's latest single, giddy love song "Still Into You," with Hayley Williams' romantic-yet-still-badass vocals especially standing out against bandmates Jeremy Davis and Taylor York's brisk acoustic guitar strums.

  • Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis,

    Watch Tyler, the Creator Delight 'Letterman' With Free-Spirited 'Rusty'

    Odd Future's music has always been divisive, but their anarchic spirit is a huge part of what makes them lovable despite it all. Tyler, the Creator's appearance with fellow OFWGKTA rappers Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis last night on Late Night With David Letterman was one of those star-making moments for the crew, where their enthusiasm and charisma outweighs any grown-up qualms.They performed "Rusty," a bleakly clever verbal barrage from Tyler's newly released Wolf, and the song where Tyler cringe-inducingly invokes Frank Ocean as proof it's super cool for him to throw around words that make people in traditionally marginalized groups feel even more marginalized.

  • Junip,

    Watch Junip's Ironically Sinister 'Your Life, Your Call' Video

    José González may record mostly hushed, acoustic-based songs under his own name, but he's no stuffy traditionalist. His albums take as much care with sonic textures as with intricate guitar figures and their often-bleak lyrics, and his videos show every bit the creativity of the tracks they accompany — see, for example, the video cycle for 2007's bewitching In Our Nature.

  • Cat Power,

    Watch Cat Power's Lighthearted, Life-Affirming 'Manhattan' Video

    Pay no attention to your weather apps, New Yorkers: Spring is here. Though the temperature across much of the United States might keep tipping back toward wintry levels, Cat Power's new video for "Manhattan" is a warm ray of hope-restoring sunshine, in a couple of ways. First, Cat Power's Chan Marshall has been giving us health scares recently — not Lil Wayne, last-rites-level, but scares nonetheless — so it's thrilling to see her traipsing around New York City in such cheerful, even goofy spirits. And second, whether you live in New York, used to live in New York, or have never even been to New York, these loving shots of the subway, Harlem, Chinatown, and beyond should be enough to make you feel homesick.

  • M83, 'Oblivion,' soundtrack, Tom Cruise

    Stream M83's Full, Pulse-Pounding 'Oblivion' Soundtrack

    In a big week for new albums streaming online, the biggest has arrived. Okay, so upcoming releases by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Knife, Rilo Kiley, and Kurt Vile might each be bigger in one way or another, but the synth-based music of M83 has always worked on a particularly epic scale. Now the French project's main man Anthony Gonzalez has collaborated with Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy partner Joseph Trapanese for the score to Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi movie Oblivion. We've previously heard the blockbuster-friendly title track and soaring "StarWaves." The film doesn't open until April 19, but the whole soundtrack album (due out on April 9 via Back Lot Records) is streaming over at Mashable. It's as astronomically vast as you'd expect. Listen here.

  • Saturday Looks Good To Me / Photo by Doug Coombe

    Hear Saturday Looks Good to Me's Lovelorn Stomper 'Break In'

    One Kiss Can Lead to Another was the title of an essential 2005 box set of '60s girl-group sounds. On "Break In," a new single with tuneful girl-group touches from Ann Arbor indie-poppers Saturday Looks Good to Me, recent vocal additions Carol Catherine and Amber Fellows sing, in harmony, "One kiss ends it all." That turns out to be the title of the band's upcoming album, One Kiss Ends It All, which is due out May 21 on Polyvinyl Records. Contrary to the refrain, this Motown-stomping, horn-embellished confection — with heaps of fuzz-soaked jangle and a leftfield a-cappella outro — is the type of listen that can lead to another.112017:song:Break In:

  • Phoenix,

    Watch Phoenix's Winsome Alternate 'Entertainment' Video

    If Phoenix's "Entertainment" is supposed to convey that entertainment can be whatever you make it, as constantly evolving as, um, evolution, it's undoubtedly succeeding. The first single from the French band's upcoming Bankrupt! LP (out April 23 via Loyaute/Glassnote) already has one video, an elaborate, Asian-themed clip by accomplished director Patrick Daughters (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Feist, Grizzly Bear). Dinosaur Jr. have gracefully dismembered the song, and Blood Orange has injected it with neon-hued R&B. Now Phoenix have shared a "homemade performance" video for it, which shows the band in a picnic-like setting, birds flying by and a small dog scampering around, as they play a warm, somewhat pared-down rendition.Phoenix will be on TV this weekend, performing as the musical guests on the April 6 episode of Saturday Night Live.

  • 'The Great Gatsby'

    'Gatsby' Trailer Teases Insanely Star-Studded Soundtrack

    Amy Winehouse and dubsteppy wubs? Almost as soon as Beyoncé and André 3000's upcoming cover of the late retro-soul queen's "Back to Black" was reported, now comes a preview that confirms a label source's description of the song as "a very different take." The snippet of music, which mixes new bars from Three Stacks with the "Grown Woman" singer's twist on Winehouse, comes as part of the latest trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.The clip also includes Lana Del Rey right in her element — grandly, luxuriously blown-out melancholy — in a tidbit of her new song "Young and Beautiful." There's also Florence + the Machine's "Over the Love," where vocal dynamo Florence Welch chants lyrical references to the F.

  • Beyonce,

    Preview Beyonce's Poised, Playful 'Grown Woman' in Career-Reflecting Pepsi Ad

    Beyoncé has reached a rarified stratosphere in the pop realm, able to shut down the Super Bowl, direct an extended promotional video about herself and have HBO call it a documentary, and drop unexpected Houston hip-hop homages that are then misconstrued for rubes by Rush Limbaugh.

  • The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne,

    Watch the Flaming Lips' Supremely Deranged 'The Terror' Freakout on 'Letterman'

    All due respect to Justin Timberlake's week-long run on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (we liked the album, after all!), but the last couple of nights have been fantastic for boundary-pushing past-your-bedtime TV performances. First there was Deerhunter's wiggy, bloody-handed Fallon walk off on Tuesday. Then, last night on Late Show With David Letterman, Flaming Lips brought The Terror with another theatrically provocative performance that might've left some viewers looking suspiciously at their nightcaps. As at the Oklahoma band's South By Southwest concert, frontman Wayne Coyne stood cradling a baby doll on a set draped with TP-like strands; the imagery also recalls yesterday's video for "Ashes in the Air," the Lips' collaboration with Bon Iver. The song, the new album's "Look...

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