Marc Hogan

writer

Biography

  • Rock the Bells

    Holo-ODB?: Rock the Bells Plan to Revive Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E

    Rock the Bells' 2013 lineup is packed with living talent, but it also includes two head-turning posthumous acts. This year's 10th anniversary bill features "original virtual performances" by Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E. It's unclear how closely those virtual incarnations will resemble the Tupac Shakur "hologram" that appeared at least year's Coachella, but at a press conference streaming online last night, festival founder Chang Weisberg singled out the 2Pac moment as an inspiration.Ol' Dirty Bastard will appear with Wu-Tang Clan, while Eazy-E will manifest himself alongside Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

  • Ty Segall, 'Sleeper,' video trailer

    Ty Segall Sets Paradoxically Titled August Album 'Sleeper'

    Ty Segall makes it difficult to imagine him ever resting, let alone sleeping. On August 20, however, the Bay Area garage rocker will release a new album titled Sleeper via Drag City. Available on LP, cassette, CD, and digital formats, the record comes after Segall put his name to three albums last year, most recently Twins. He also has a full-length in the works with his other band, Fuzz. The commercial above shows Segall, dressed in a snazzy "couch potato" T-shirt, sleeping in various places, and it includes a few seconds of strummy acoustic balladry.In other Segall projects, he recently contributed a psych-disco instrumental to a charity single. For Record Store Day, he covered T. Rex.

  • The Lonely Island, T-Pain, 'I Fucked My Aunt'

    Hear T-Pain Rescue the Lonely Island's One-Note 'I Fucked My Aunt'

    T-Pain's cyborg cry, once an inescapable part of the pop landscape, has rarely sounded so refreshing. The Auto-Tune crooner guests on the latest track from the Lonely Island's upcoming The Wack Album, "I Fucked My Aunt." The joke of the song itself is that it's whispery, LL Cool J-style slow-jam rap about, yup, fucking their aunt (pronounced both ways, for your pleasure). So replay value may be limited. But when T-Pain arrives around the two-minute mark for a free-flowing verse that shifts from tut-tutting the Lonely Island boys for fucking their aunts to acknowledging that T-Pain, too, fucked his aunt — at least depending on what your definition of "fucked" is, so long as that definition includes "fucking"? Well, damn. We didn't see that in the Behind the Music.

  • Phoenix,

    Watch Phoenix's Confetti-Covered 'The Real Thing' on 'Fallon'

    Phoenix are seasoned late-night TV vets at this point, so they must've decided to let loose a little (relatively speaking, of course!) for last night's gig on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The French pop sophisticates performed chart-storming new album Bankrupt!'s yearning "The Real Thing" on the broadcast, surrounded by a flurry of what appears to be confetti, though we're pretty sure we spotted some currency floating around, too. As an online exclusive, they left the confetti on the floor for a breezy medley of the album's "Trying to Be Cool" and "Drakkar Noir." Also check out their sets for Saturday Night Live, Live on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!. And don't miss our cover story, We Do It Properly: Coast to Coast With Phoenix.

  • Queens of the Stone Age, Jools Holland

    Watch Queens of the Stone Age Hammer Through Two '...Like Clockwork' Songs on BBC

    Queens of the Stone Age offered another precision-bludgeoning preview of June 4 album ...Like Clockwork last night, this time on the BBC's Later... With Jools Holland. They performed maraca-shaking blast "My God Is the Sun" and jaunty, slide-guitar-bent "I Sat by the Ocean." The band has performed both songs live before, but it's our first look at video of the latter. In any event, these clips are further, searing proof that when Queens of the Stone Age happen to be playing at a festival, there's no such thing as a set-time conflict.QOTSA shared a short clip yesterday for ...Like Clockwork's "Kalopsia." At the time, the band tweeted that more would be following today. So, um, keep your eyes peeled.

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber's Ill-Fated Overseas Tour Ends With Bizarre, Movie-Style Heist

    Justin Bieber's world tour has generated its share of unexpected headlines, but the strangest was saved for last. A massive Ocean's 11-type heist took place during Bieber's show in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to local news reports. TMZ estimates the alleged thieves made off with roughly $330,000 in cash.According to South Africa's Eyewitness News, the suspects used ropes and chisels to break into a safe room. Stadium officials believe the break-in was an inside job, according to another local publication, the Independent Online.

  • Pikelet

    Hear Pikelet's Cosmic 'Pressure Cooker'

    As Australia's independent music-makers attract some overdue notice in North America, Pikelet should not be overlooked. Sharing a label with Twerps and Beaches, Evelyn Morris' project has grown from loop-based solo recordings ("A Bunch" was a bewitching standout from her 2007 debut) to expansive, full-band space-rock. Calluses, due out August 2 on Chapter Music, is the follow-up to 2010's Stem, which was on the shortlist for the Australian Music Prize, the Down Under equivalent of the U.K. Mercury Prize. First advance track "Pressure Cooker," a rich, introspective kosmische workout, includes a dolefully repeated lyric about "darker days," but it glimmers with continued promise. "We are not alone," Morris sings, although sci-fi synths notwithstanding, she isn't referring to UFOs: "We have each other / We'll carry on."

  • Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain

    Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain Make Mother's Day Amends on Twitter

    Courtney Love's public statements can be volatile to say the least, so it's with great relief we report that she and Frances Bean Cobain have been exchanging fond words over Twitter this week.Cobain, the Hole singer's daughter with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, started the exchange by tweeting at her mother on Sunday. "No more wire hangers ... Happy Morther's Day," F. Bean wrote on Sunday, attaching the above photo of herself and her mother. Love wrote back: "I worship at your awesome feet and long leggy legs. You mad witch child."The mother-daughter affection really started creeping in after Frances' next tweet.

  • Solange, Kendrick Lamar

    Solange Adds Kendrick Lamar and the Letter 'S' to Pillowy 'Look Good With Trouble' Remix

    Solange and Kendrick Lamar have teamed up on what's effectively a brand-new song, and the results are predictably intoxicating. On the adept-in-her-own-right Beyoncé sibling's excellent 2012 EP True, "Look Good With Trouble" is a roughly 90-second snippet of diaphanous R&B, closer to a sketch than an outright song. "Looks Good With Trouble" (note the extra "s"), her collaboration with Lamar, extends that silky interlude to an impeccable four-and-a-half minutes. Solange still expresses woozy longing for a bad-boy beau atop laid-back electro-R&B, but when the good kid, m.A.A.d. City rapper shows up, just as Solange represents a different kind of pop star, he's a different type of hip-hop bad boy: His problems are malfunctioning wi-fi signals, and he says that while he doesn't drink, he is spacing out to '70s jazz-funk guitarist-keyboardist James Mason.

  • Queens of the Stone Age, 'Kalopsia,' video

    Watch Queens of the Stone Age's Unbeautiful 'Kalopsia' Video

    Now that Daft Punk's album is streaming, Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork has become the long-teased, virally marketed LP to watch. (Don't worry, Boards of Canada, we're keeping an eye on you, too.) And the band from California's Inland Empire does not intend to disappoint. QOTSA have unveiled a sub-two-minute video for mid-album track "Kalopsia," which moves from an unexpectedly serene start to characteristically coiled fury.Like the previous clip for "I Appear Missing," the video features images from ...Like Clockwork visual artist Boneface, and here they're similarly grotesque: grinning zombie dude floating the dark streets, human faces melting, a teddy bear. The video begins by defining its title, "Kalopsia," as "a condition where things are more beautiful than they appear." And, yes, the music here is gorgeous, no matter how creepy the imagery.

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