Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Chief Keef,

    Chief Keef Celebrates Freedom in Familiar 'Now It's Over' Video

    Chief Keef is out of juvenile detention, where he was serving a two-month sentence for violating his probation. He confirmed the release last night via Twitter, and today he unveiled a video for new song "Now It's Over," which is slated for the Chicago rapper's upcoming Bang Pt. 2 mixtape.Both the video and the music should be comfortable ground for Keef fans, as the Finally Rich MC raps lethargic about 'raris, Rovers, guap, and hos from inside a house. The video employs some special effects and doesn't always focus on Keef, but it feels like a fitting "finally free" moment.

  • Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z

    Jay-Z Throws Down Gauntlet on Kendrick Lamar's 'Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe' Remix Clip

    Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" is gaining more rappers on it, and by all indications the vibe is still intact. Jay-Z's engineer and DJ Young Guru gave a sneak peek of Hov's remix of the ruminative good kid, M.A.A.D. City track at South By Southwest yesterday — and luckily, someone captured it in the video clip below. Jay-Z's verse comes in around the one-minute, 40-second mark and immediately comes across as more consequential than his cameo on Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie." With a steely delivery, and an echoey effect on his vocals that suit the song's stoner-ish mood, Jay alludes to Beyoncé, reflects on his success, and boasts, "Name one nigga out there harder than me / I'll wait." Lady Gaga's "Vibe" version just got all the more ridiculous.

  • M.I.A.

    M.I.A.'s Gossip-Pages Custody Battle Leads to Restraining Order

    M.I.A., never known for restraint, now might be subject to a restraining order. "Bronfman son won't go MIA," screams the (let's face it) beautifully composed headline on the New York Post's Page Six. Unnamed sources tell the gossip page that M.I.A.'s former fiancé Benjamin Bronfman successfully filed for a temporary restraining order to keep M.I.A. from taking the couple's four-year-old son, Ikhyd, back to the "Bad Girls" rapper's native London.The reports come after M.I.A. shared and then deleted a string of [sic] Twitter messages that suggest she and Bronfman, the son of Seagram heir and former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., are locked in a custody fight. "BEN you cant take my son away from me 'The mother,'" M.I.A. wrote.

  • Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, new songs, SXSW

    Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Unleash Four New 'Mosquito' Tracks at SXSW

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs have revealed a bit more of their upcoming album, Mosquito, due out on April 16 via Interscope (it's one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013, naturally). As Pitchfork points out, the New York band played a handful of new songs last night during their appearance at NPR's Stubbs showcase during South By Southwest, and they were captured on the decent-quality video above.

  • Jay-Z

    Download the Jay-Z-Super Nintendo Mashup Album Gamers Have Been Waiting For

    "Nothing exceeds like excess," Jay-Z affirms in his verse on Justin Timberlake's recently inescapable "Suit & Tie." Jay-Z mashups have undeniably been successful, from Danger Mouse's career-catapulting Grey Album to, um, Jaydiohead. As Buzzfeed notes, a new Jay-Z remix album goes for the gamer population. Chrono Jigga, which puts Hov's verses over the soundtrack to influential SuperNintendo game Chrono Trigger, is now streaming on the BandCamp page of producer 2 Mello. Mazel tov: It's a celebration, rap obsessives who are also video-game obsessives. 

  • Iron Maiden, Clive Burr

    Clive Burr, Drummer on Iron Maiden's First Three Albums, Has Died

    Metal fans have lost the drummer who played on some hugely influential records. Clive Burr, the former drummer for Iron Maiden, died last night in his sleep, the band said on its website. He was 56 and had been suffering with multiple sclerosis.Bassist Steve Harris called the news "terribly sad" in a statement. "Clive was a very old friend of all of us," he said. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out."Singer Bruce Dickinson said he first met Burr when the drummer was leaving his pre-Iron Maiden band Samson (which Dickinson joined before following Burr to Iron Maiden). "He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full," Dickinson said in a statement.

  • Ghost B.C., Papa Emeritus II,

    Vote Ghost B.C.'s Frontman for Pope to Hear the Demonic Death March 'Year Zero'

    The papal conclave could hardly have come at a better time for Ghost, recently rechristened Ghost B.C. for the apparently ghost-besieged U.S. market.With their Dave Grohl-produced ABBA cover out of the way, the Swedish metal band can now focus on one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013, their upcoming Infestissumam (April 9 via Loma Vista Recordings). The album's Beelzebub-repping death march "Year Zero" lives up to the LP title's Latin meaning, "hostile," as Satanic-choir hooks flow into comparatively restrained, melodic verses that are somehow even more sinister.The amusing gimmick: To actually hear "Year Zero," you have to "vote" for Ghost B.C. frontman Papa Emeritus II in an evil papal conclave.

  • Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose

    Axl Rose Allegedly Busted an Australian Fan's Teeth

    An Australian Guns N' Roses fan may soon be singing "Sweet Tooth o' Mine." According to the West Australian (via Blabbermouth), Darren Wright plans to sue Axl Rose on claims the GNR frontman injured the 39-year-old's teeth by tossing a microphone into the crowd at the end of a show Saturday night in Perth. Wright said the mic cut his lip, chipped one front tooth, and knocked off a piece of the other front tooth, exposing a nerve, which hurts.Wright was having a blast when the cordless mic allegedly smacked him in the craw. "I thought I had been punched," he's quoted as saying. Wright told the West Australian that a tour promoter had left him a phone message apologizing and offering him a signed microphone.

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