Marc Hogan



  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne, First Released From ICU, Now Discharged From Hospital

    Lil Wayne fans can breathe a sigh of relief, for now. Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles has released the Young Money rapper, label president Mack Maine confirmed last night on Twitter. Weezy had already reportedly been let out of the medical center's ICU unit.The cause of Wayne's health scare remains unclear. TMZ maintains he was hospitalized after "what appears to be a drug OD that triggered a series of massive seizures." Meanwhile, Maine, who was previously quoted by XXL saying he was "not sure" that Wayne had actually typed a reassuring tweet sent from his account on Friday night, has disavowed that report.

  • Jason Molina

    Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. Has Died, Label Confirms

    Jason Molina, the singer-songwriter who recorded as Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. as well as under his own name, has died. According to a statement issued by Secret Canadian, Molina passed away on Saturday night, March 16, due to natural causes. He was 39."Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian," the label says. "Without him there would be no us — plain and simple. His singular, stirring body of work is the foundation upon which all else has been constructed."Originally based in Ohio, Molina first used the Songs: Ohia name on a mid-'90s single for like-minded Americana mystic Will Oldham's Drag City imprint, Palace Records. He went on to build up a prolific and impressive discography, releasing more than a dozen albums from 1997 through 2009, mostly via Secretly Canadian, under his various project names.

  • Blur, Damon Albarn, Rockabye, lullabies

    Blur’s 'Song 2' Will Now Woo (Hoo) Your Baby to Sleep

    Blur have a new album on the way, but it might not be what the reunited Britpoppers' faithful had in mind.Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Blur is due out on March 26, as NME points out. The Rockabye Baby! series has previously released crib-ready reworkings of songs by the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC, among others. A xylophone- and bell-heavy sample is streaming on the series' website.Meanwhile, the grown-up Blur performed on Saturday night at Mexico's Vive Latino festival. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree will also be playing at Coachella in April amid a few other 2013 dates, including at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival.Blur reunited in 2012 for a series of U.K. concert dates that built up to a huge concert at London's Hyde Park at the closing of the Olympics. That show has been compiled onto a five-disc CD-DVD Parklive package.

  • Usher, Afghan Whigs, SXSW

    Watch Usher Sing Genre-Mashing 'Climax' With the Afghan Whigs at SXSW

    Greg Dulli's Afghan Whigs, who reunited last year, have never shied from mixing sultry R&B into their brawny rock. Last May, they celebrated their first TV gig in more than a decade by covering a couple of songs by soul singer Mary "Queenie" Lyons. On Friday night at SXSW, the Ohio-based band was in the midst of an admirably committed — and therefore forgivably pitchy — cover of Usher's 2012-seducing "Climax" when the Confessions crooner himself joined them to flaunt his gorgeous falsetto. After the song, Ush accurately called the Whigs "indie rock royalty" and said it was his first time at the annual Austin confab. He stuck around to help out on his hosts' searing "Somethin' Hot," the opening track from 1998's 1965, and then they backed him on the "OMG," a dance-friendly hit from Usher's 2010 Raymond v. Raymond.

  • The Strokes

    Sample Each Track on the Strokes' 'Comedown Machine'

    UPDATE: The Strokes' Comedown Machine is now streaming in full. Listen at Pitchfork.The Strokes' upcoming album Comedown Machine isn't out until March 26 via RCA Records, but snippets of all 11 songs are streaming now over at Amazon. The New York-hearting rockers have previously shared the LP's synth-y, falsetto-floating "One Way Trigger" and rougher, more predictably Strokes-y "All the Time." The other tracks, on this evidence, split similar territory, with plenty of wobbly synths and well-curdled yowls. Boozy, seasick closer "Call It Fate, Call It Karma" might be the biggest surprise, shading over into off-kilter lounge jazz.It's too late to use these samples to decide if you want to pre-order Comedown Machine on clear vinyl, but the traditional black variety is still available.

  • Wavves, Nathan Williams, 'Afraid of Heights'

    Wavves' Fuzzy, Hyper-Catchy 'Afraid of Heights' Is Now Streaming in Full

    Nirvana, Weezer, and Green Day similarities abound on Wavves' new album Afraid of Heights, out March 26 via Mom + Pop (and one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013). But perhaps the most #90s aspect of the follow-up to 2010's excellent King of the Beach is that once again an originally skuzzy, cult-ish band has taken full advantage of a proper recording budget — and piled hooks high to the gymnasium rafters.According to an interview with SPIN, Wavves singer-guitarist Nathan Williams recorded the album with bassist Stephen Pope and producer John Hill (Rihanna, M.I.A., Santigold) in Los Angeles, and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis cameos.

  • Vampire Weekend

    Vampire Weekend Play Two Contrasting New Songs at SXSW

    Vampire Weekend's new album Modern Vampires of the City arrives on May 7, and the New York band previewed songs from the record at a SXSW show on Saturday night. Along with the previously unveiled "Unbelievers," the Vampire Weekend-ers performed upcoming single "Diane Young" and the likewise cleverly titled "Ya Hey." SPIN's own Jordan Sargent was there and described the first song as "an uptempo number with a soft, airy hook," and the second as a "power ballad of sorts that edges up on 'All the things I've Done.'" He quickly called "Diane Young" great but reserved judgment on "Ya Hey," and to be honest, we can't really offer any sharper opinons based on these rather distorted recordings, which have been circulating the Web via Stairwell Baby. At the very least, here's another hint of what to expect from Modern-era Vampire Weekend.

  • Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke, tour

    Handful of Atoms for Peace U.S. Tour Dates Revealed, Tickets on Sale Thursday

    Atoms for Peace are coming to America.Thom Yorke's non-Radiohead group had previously teased stateside fans with European tour dates and tiny live DJ gigs in support of new album Amok, which narrowly missed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart courtesy of Bruno Mars' price-cutting (he passes the savings on to you). Atoms for Peace have also put Thom Yorke's lighthearted, dance-y side front and center in Amok's "Ingenue" video, which quickly got a meme-ified reworking to the tune of Ginuwine's bump 'n' grind classic "Pony." Now, Yorke's band with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco have announced six U.S. concerts.

  • Twitter Music, We Are Hunted

    Twitter Is Getting Into the Music Discovery Business, Too

    The latest twists in the rapidly changing online music streaming business come courtesy of Twitter and, separately, Spotify.Twitter has taken over We Are Hunted, a service for finding new music online, and plans to use that technology to build a mobile app, according to CNET, which cites an unnamed person familiar with the matter. The source said Twitter Music, as the app will be called, might be available for Apple-compatible devices as soon as this month.The gist is that Twitter Music is a personalized music-recommendation program that uses SoundCloud to stream songs. The app reportedly incorporates four logical-sounding tabs: "Suggested," which suggests music based on users' Twitter following activity; "#NowPlaying," which features songs tweeted with that hashtag by people a user follows; "Popular," which shows trending songs; and "Emerging," which shows rising acts.

  • Paramore,

    Paramore Share Love-Buzzed Single 'Still Into You' Via Shadow-Puppet Lyric Video

    Love can be a battlefield, but it sure doesn't have to be. "Now," the first single from Paramore's upcoming fourth album, hoisted a flag for defiant resilience, meshing a more booming take on No Doubt's cheeky chic with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' art-punk skuzz. "Still Into You," which the Tennessee band just revealed in lyric video form, is, by contrast, a giddy power-pop love song, spiced with Gotye-like skeletal guitar lines, indie-dance glockenspiel, and burbling synths. This kind of thing is new for the band, frontwoman Hayley Williams told SPIN, explaining, "We wrote 'The Only Exception' a while ago, and that song is definitely like a slow love ballad, and this is totally not that song." In keeping with the music's hook-packed exuberance, the lyric video is also on the sweet side, showing shadow puppets talking to each other amid occasionally flashing lights.

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