Marc Hogan

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  • Kate Boy

    Kate Boy Tease U.S. Tour With Head-Clearing 'The Way We Are'

    Kate Boy won't quiet comparisons to fellow Swedes the Knife with their latest single, but they're right to take that as a compliment. "The Way We Are," coming out to coincide with Kate Boy's U.S. tour dates next month, continues the electro-pop outfit's brief but head-turning run of elastic yet dark-hued songs like "In Your Eyes" and the title track of debut EP Northern Lights. Kate Boy's latest is slightly more aggressive, with hard-charging synths and fronwoman Kate Akhurst's vocals shifting effortlessly from a breathy purr to a full-throated howl. "Just gotta get this outta my head," Akhurst sings, her initial murmur here also recalling Swedish singer and songwriter Lykke Li.

  • R.E.M., 'Green'

    R.E.M. Talk 'Green' in Nearly Hour-Long 1988 Radio Special

    "I used to the king of jangle, and I have absolutely no interest in doing that anymore." That's R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, speaking in a 1988 radio special streaming now over at Pitchfork. The nearly hour-long, four-part special focuses on the band's breakout major-album that same year, Green, which is being reissued on May 14 via Rhino. The radio set, containing interviews with Buck, Michael Stipe, Mike Mill, and Bill Berry, isn't part of the reissue. The band members' conversations here are endearingly self-effacing but also help put a legendary album in its proper historical context, with references to Big Star and other influences, plus insights into how the group's music had changed. "I have absolutely no sense of rhythm and I never have," Stipe says at one point.

  • Paul McCartney, Bono

    Paul McCartney Dusts Off Five Beatles Songs He'd Never Before Played Live

    The Beatles broke up more than four decades ago, but for one reason or another, there are still Fab Four songs that have yet to be performed live. Paul McCartney took care of five of them at his tour kickoff Saturday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as Consequence of Sound points out.The selections range from an early Beatles number that John Lennon refused to play live to later material from when the band had become solely a studio outfit: “Eight Days a Week," “Your Mother Should Know," “All Together Now," “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!," and “Lovely Rita." For now we'll have to make do with distant audience footage, meaning we'll have to withhold judgment on how well Macca pulled off the backwards-calliope effects of "Mr.

  • The National,

    Watch the National's 'Sorrow'-ful Six-Hour Art Installation

    On May 5, the National were scheduled to perform one song over and over again for six hours at New York's MoMA PS1. That song was doleful droner "Sorrow," from 2010's High Violet, and the occasion was an art installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson titled "A Lot of Sorrow." As fan video evidence confirms, the National's epic "Sorrow"-athon happened, and it looks like the band did exactly what was promised.While the full six-hour performance isn't available, you can piece together the experience from the various fan clips below.

  • Club 8

    Hear Club 8's Elegant 'I'm Not Gonna Grow Old'

    Labrador Records is one of Sweden's most reliable indie-pop labels, and Club 8 are one of the label's most reliable heavy-hitters. The band teams singer Karolina Komstedt with label boss Johan Angergård, who also leads the Legends and is a member of Acid House Kings. The duo has confidently embraced a formidable range of styles throughout its career, and "I'm Not Gonna Grow Old," the first taste of upcoming album Above the City, pairs a real-live-disco vibrancy recalling Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with the group's usual, Saint Etienne-like elegance. It's no surprise that a band whose 2007 LP was titled The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming would sing a convincing ode to holding onto a youthful spirit: "I want to stay somewhat like me," Komstedt declares, between catchy whoa-oh-ohs. The follow-up to 2010's The People's Record is due out May 21 via, of course, Labrador.

  • Lauryn Hill

    Hear Lauryn Hill's Rapid-Fire, Label-Required 'Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)'

    In fall 2012, Lauryn Hill debuted a spoken-word piece called "Black Rage." The former Fugees singer's newest single, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)," could also function as a spoken-word performance, while its rage is colder and more broadly encompassing. The "compulsory" aspect has to do with Hill's assertion that she was "'required'" (her extra quotes) to release the song sooner than expected, presumably as part of the new record deal following her tax evasion case. Hill raps at a breakneck pace, assailing hypocrites and a "toxic society," in between fluttery keys, thick bass, and busy percussion. "Ten thousand pictures on Facebook? That's like the pot calling the kettle narcissist," she fumes.

  • Queens of the Stone Age,

    Queens of the Stone Age Share 30 Seconds of Music in Adult Swim Teaser

    Queens of the Stone Age have shared another 30 seconds of music from the band's upcoming album, and once again, it's as impressive as a 30-second snippet can be. Late last night, or early this morning if you want to be technical about it, a video teaser for June 4 album ...Like Clockwork aired on Adult Swim. The song, the new record's "I Appear Missing," sounds from this clip to be shadowy, lurching rock, played with expert precision. (The fan-posted capture of the video is a bit laggy, but you can hear the music loud and clear; find a clip with worse sound but better visuals here.)The video teaser is the latest move in QOTSA's ...Like Clockwork rollout, which has neared Boards of Canada or Daft Punk levels of viral mysteriousness. The band has previously shared the ferocious first single "My God Is the Sun," ;which they originally debuted live.

  • Garbage, Shirley Manson

    Shirley Manson Wonders Why Beyonce Didn't Say 'Blow Me' Over 'Unflattering' Photos

    Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has weighed in on Beyoncé's battle to limit what photographs we see of the pop queen. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Manson righteously blasted the sexism of the notion that a woman should look a certain way at all times.

  • Tame Impala

    Watch Tame Impala Expertly Cover OutKast's Smoothly Spacey 'Prototype'

    Tame Impala are masters at taking personal, introspective feelings and blasting them into outer space. The Australian psych-rockers' decision to cover OutKast's "Prototype" in a recent performance for their country's Triple J Radio, then, was an inspired one. From 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, the André 3000-sung track is at once romantic and dazed, and it's built around smoky electric guitar. The Kevin Parker-led crew's cover lives up to their choice, emulating not just the guitar but also the squelchy bass and, through backing vocalist Nick Allbrook (also of Pond), Three Stacks' oddball second vocal track.

  • Black Sabbath

    Ozzy Osbourne Turns in Worrisome Vocal on Black Sabbath's Live 'Loner' Debut

    Black Sabbath have been debuting new songs recently in live shows Down Under, but the latest Australia clip suggests the reunited metal gods might need a little more rehearsal. We've previously heard the riff-heavy "Methademic," the bluesy mammoth "End of the Beginning" (officially premiering on May 15 via CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), and the full studio recording of "God Is Dead?," the first single from upcoming album 13. The other night in Melbourne they played a song called "Loner," as Blabbermouth points out, and unfortunately for frontman Ozzy Osbourne, the audio quality above is much better than the video. The frontman sounds lethargic and off-key, and at times it's hard to tell if he remembers the words. Sabbath worshipers will have to hope the lads get the kinks worked out by the time their tour comes to North America.

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