Marc Hogan

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  • Mikal Cronin

    Mikal Cronin Shares Band-Made Tour Doc and Covers Sixpence None the Richer

    Mikal Cronin is shaping up to be almost as prolific as his garage-pop pal Ty Segall. The San Francisco songwriting ace just released his excellent new album MCII through Merge today, and he also contributed the grimy "Better Man" to Adult Swim's 15-song Garage Swim compilation.

  • WÆE,

    Swedish Indie-Pop Maestros WAEE Share Shoegaze-Streaked 'Bright' Via Blown-Out Video

    Mikael Carlsson and Mathias Nilsson both have solid track records in indie pop. Carlsson previously led the band Dorotea before turning to his electronic-leaning side project the Honeydrips, under which name he released 2007's gentle-but-strong Here Comes the Future and supported Jens Lekman on a U.S. tour; Nilsson put out the Wake- and Orange Juice-inspired records with a group called Twig.

  • Deerhunter

    Deerhunter to Incite 'Monomania' on North American Tour

    Deerhunter's raucous new album Monomania, which we just stamped Essential, is out today. Now the single-minded Atlanta aesthetes are plotting a full North American tour.Frontman Bradford Cox, guitarist Lockett Pundt, founding drummer Moses Archuleta, new second guitarist Frankie Broyles, and new bassist Josh McKay have already trekked through a handful of towns in recent weeks. Late last month, Deerhunter played Austin Psych Fest, and during a stop in Pensacola, Florida, on May 1, we fervently hope they seized the chance to perform Monomania hoedown "Pensacola." Watch decent-quality footage from their April 24 set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, below (via ifilmbands).Now Deerhunter have announced a 16-date run through the United States and Canada, beginning August 23 in Phoenix, Arizona, and stretching through September 22 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

  • Thundercat

    Hear Thundercat's Euphoric 'Oh Sheit It's X'

    Thundercat rose out of a scene known for being forward-thinking and cerebral, but that doesn't stop him from using his powers for simpler pleasures, too. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Radiohead and Atoms for Peace men Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich compared the music around Flying Lotus and Los Angeles venue Low End Theory to cutting-edge designer clothes, while those unwashed masses who listen to Rihanna's "We Found Love" or the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" might as well be, gasp, buying trendy on-sale items off the rack. It was a clumsy and probably well-intentioned distinction, but "Oh Sheit It's X," the latest track from Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner with co-writing and co-production credits from label chief FlyLo, eviscerates it wonderfully.

  • Deerhunter / Photo by Robert Semmer

    Deerhunter, 'Monomania' (4AD)

    Rock'n'roll still ain't noise pollution, but just about everything else is. For each advance in our ease of communication, there's a new source of deafening distraction. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who gave Deerhunter an early lift, have finally gotten so fed up with attention-deficit digital devices that they've posted a sign banning smartphone use at their shows. Other groups are following suit. This is what passes for a polarizing issue in 2013 indie-rock culture.If nothing else, let's agree that this Atlanta-based indie-rock institution excels at all sorts of noise pollution. Deerhunter's musings on death and lovesickness peer out through a cloak of fuzz, haze, squall, drone, and clang.

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

    Watch Kanye West Declare Himself a God and Scream at Met Ball

    Last week, SPIN reported on what is known for certain about Kanye West's next album. It's not very much, though the album has been described as "dark," all indications are it will include something likening West to a god, and Daft Punk have definitely been involved. Last night at the Met's "Punk: Chaos to Couture" gala in New York City (see photos from the exhibit here), West debuted a new work that ticks off some of those boxes.As you can see below, West performed a song that involved him declaring, "I am a god," and then screaming.

  • Thom Yorke

    Atoms for Peace, Depeche Mode, and Phoenix Join Full Austin City Limits '13 Lineup

    Atoms for Peace, Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Wilco, and Lionel Richie will be among the headliners at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, event organizers announced today. Those artists will join previously revealed headliners the Cure and Muse at ACL Festival, which takes place October 4 to 6 and October 11 to 13.Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, and the National, are also on the lineup, along with Kendrick Lamar, fun., Passion Pit, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, and the Shouting Matches, a side project of Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. As previously hinted by ACL organizers in a series of viral clues, other acts on the bill include D'Angelo, Neko Case, Haim, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Toro y Moi, the Joy Formidable, Local Natives, Shuggie Otis, Kaskade, Smith Westerns, Junip,  and Portugal.

  • Vampire Weekend, 'Modern Vampires of the City'

    Vampire Weekend Stream 'Modern Vampires of the City' One Week Early

    The moment Steve Buscemi has been preparing you for is (almost) here. On May 14, Vampire Weekend will release Modern Vampires of the City, the New York band's first album since 2010's Contra. The whole record is now streaming one week early over at iTunes. That includes the ominous "Hudson," cartoon-voiced "Ya Hey," languid "Obvious Bicycle," bouncy "Everlasting Arms," deliriously baby-babying "Diane Young," ornately glistening "Step," and uptempo, lavish "Unbelievers." Presumably, they will play a couple of those tunes this weekend in their appearance as musical guests on Saturday Night Live. In the meantime, revisit our interview with Vampire Weekend about the album from earlier this year.Listen here.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs,

    Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Psychedelically Blood-Sucking 'Mosquito' Video

    "So maybe Yeah Yeah Yeahs are not the smartest or the strongest band, but we fucking adapt, man." So Karen O told SPIN in our cover story on the New York rock heroes. She's referring to Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution, and how they explain the fact Yeah Yeah Yeahs' fourth album, Mosquito, is titled after an almost 80-million-year-old species of insect. The newly released video for the seething title track from that album also follows our greedy-fly antihero, though from a less scientific perspective. Directed by Beomsik Shimbe Shim, whose work includes surreal animated short The Wonder Hospital, the clip shows a mosquito sucking blood, gradually turning psychedelic colors, while O wails, "He'll suck your blood." There's a young boy in a small split screen image lower in the frame, though.

  • Queens of the Stone Age,

    Queens of the Stone Age Unfurl Three Minutes of 'I Appear Missing' in Grisly Cartoon Video

    Queens of the Stone Age keep revealing tiny glimpses of upcoming album ...Like Clockwork. They keep getting away with it because each glimpse is more attention-getting than the last. As Saturday night turned into Sunday morning, QOTSA previewed 30 seconds of the video for "I Appear Missing," the second song to emerge from the new record (due out June 4 via Matador Records). Now comes the full video, which Matador says contains a three-minute portion of a longer album track. The song, as this longer preview confirms, is a surging midtempo rock anthem, wracked with booze, heartache, and top-notch musicianship. "It's only falling in love because you hit the ground," frontman Josh Homme sings at a crucial moment.

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