Marc Hogan

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  • Lana Del Rey,

    Lana Del Rey Sets Two Love Affairs Ablaze in 'West Coast' Video

    UPDATE: The finished version of Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" video is above.Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" video pours gasoline on an already-sultry new song. The clip shows the "Summertime Sadness" singer spinning in black-and-white on a beach with a young man, as seen in an earlier teaser. But then the next thing you know she's smoking next to a more senior fellow in an automobile, like a visual echo of Old Hollywood. And when the clip turns color at the end, well ...

  • Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty

    Hear Shabazz Palaces' Mystic 'They Come in Gold,' From Album That Comes in 'Shark Skin'

    We are. We can. We were. (That's a reference to a Shabazz Palaces song with a title that ends in "...(Felt).") And there's reason to believe we will be again. Maybe even more so. Apologies for the abstruseness, but it befits the shadowy Seattle hip-hop avant-gardeists, who've shared the first track from their upcoming album Lese Majesty. "They Come in Gold" (via Pitchfork) comes at a moment when the culture just might be perfectly teed up for their cryptic beat prophesies.The initial offering from Shabazz Palaces' July 29 Sub Pop double-LP finds a harsh yet lulling headiness that finds some Holy Grail middle-ground between member Palaceer Lazaro's beloved '90s boho-rap outfit Digable Planets and the noise-rap of Death Grips.

  • Michael Jackson, Timbaland,

    Hear Michael Jackson and Timbaland's Tortured 'Chicago'

    Michael Jackson's posthumous, "contemporized" Xscape album keeps showing itself to be an impressively rich, varied set, even as it's easy to see reasons why each invidual track might have stayed in the vault when the King of Pop was alive. First came an unofficial stream of the May 13 LP's title track, which was still, um, thrilling but mostly reeked of being kept in early-aughts mothballs. Last week brought first Xscape single "Love Never Felt So Good," which channeled turn-of-the-'80s disco-soul back at a time when pop audiences have been craving it — but it was still, let's admit, a bit thin to have stood up with the best of Jackson's contemporaneous material.

  • Future Islands, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,'

    Watch Future Islands Keep on Dancing on 'Kimmel'

    The showmanship is far from over for Future Islands. The punk-minded Baltimore synth-poppers' Singles liberates its sleek '80s lines from nostalgia through sheer force of gruff expressiveness, but of course they were meant for the stage. The freestyle rap-capable crew's frenzied take on Singles' "Seasons (Waiting on You)" on Late Show With David Letterman has long since become the stuff of Internet memes and indie dreams.

  • Vinyl, presses, demand, comeback

    Country's Largest Vinyl Manufacturer Expanding Operations

    Over the weekend, Nashville fuzz-poppers Bully sent out the kind of email that's probably all too familiar to vinyl enthusiasts and record labels. "We're writing to let you know that the new blue vinyl seven-inch of 'Milkman' is late coming back from the pressing plant," the band said of its new single. "They told us it should come in THIS WEEK. We'll get them in the mail THE SECOND they come in and notify you individually when they ship. Sorry for the delay."Vinyl pressing delays happen, and ahead of Record Store Day various blogs and boutique labels complained that the annual holiday promoting record store culture might be keeping the presses too busy with major-label releases to get to smaller indie projects.

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, married, wedding, false

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Secret-Wedding Watch Begins

    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today for conflicting reports on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's nuptials. Kimye are married, according to Gawker, which bases its report on something an unnamed source told supermarket gossip magazine Life & Style Weekly. According to People, though, another unnamed source — this one described as "close to the family" — insists the two aren't married yet.If the sad zipliner behind SPIN's 2013 Album of the Year did tie the knot with his fiancée, it supposedly happened in a secret Los Angeles ceremony this past weekend, with a full reality-TV wedding still scheduled for later this month in France. Mawwiage is what bwings us together.Check out our Yeezus review, our guide to the 67 names in the Yeezus liner notes, and West's 15 wildest self-comparisons, illustrated.

  • Beck, tour, North American, 'Morning Phase'

    Beck Expands 'Morning Phase' Tour

    Beck has bulked out his touring plans around this year's low-key gem Morning Phase. Fresh off joining Coachella headliners Arcade Fire onstage and performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the shape-shifting alt icon has added almost a dozen dates to his previously announced North American tour. His itinerary now extends into August and includes stops in North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, Philadelphia, and Colorado. Beck's recent Austin City Limits TV set will air this fall on PBS, but in the meantime, see him in person at one of the tour stops below. (Presale tickets are available to Citi card holders starting May 7 at 10 a.m.

  • Will.i.am, 'Meet the Press,' David Gregory

    Will.i.am Goes on 'Meet the Press,' Everyone Asks, 'WTF?'

    The Black Eyed Peas are an easy punchline, but don't deny hits like "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling." And the group's Will.i.am, seen throughout last year waging a ridiculous legal fight with Pharrell Williams over the words "I am," made it into SPIN's 2013 Hall of Shame — even Tyler, the Creator fired shots at him. Still, lately the mockery has been directed not at the man who made Alanis Morissette's "My Humps" video possible, but NBC political talk show Meet the Press, which had Will.i.am as a guest on May 4.Here's Huffington Post: "Will.i.am's 'Meet The Press' Appearance Has People Asking 'Why?'" And Mediaite was similarly quizzical: "Will.i.am Debated a GOP Rep. on Meet the Press.

  • Usher,

    Hear Usher's Sultry Make-Out Ode 'Good Kisser'

    Usher's last album, 2012's Looking 4 Myself, thrilled critics with masterful Diplo collaboration "Climax" and tickled pop-radio programmers with EDM-tent crossovers like "Scream." The R&B giant's upcoming eighth album, on the basis of its first single, could almost be titled Looking 4 a Make-Out Partner. On "Good Kisser," Ush is a connoisseur of snogging, and the woman he's singing about is something like the "Climax" of smooches.With production by Pop, Flip, JProof, Terry "Tru" Sneed, Natural, and Oak (via Miss Info), the crooner doesn't quite take it "Nice and Slow" — it's a bustling, uptempo track — but he does return to the type of seductive grooves that first brought him to fame in the late '90s, here in an impressively rich, varied setting that eventually gives way to a clapped breakdown.

  • Slipknot, acquitted, manslaughter

    Doctor Found Not Guilty of Slipknot Bassist's Death

    Almost two years ago, when prosecutors charged a doctor in the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray and others, the band's percussionist Shawn Crahan told The Des Moines Register, "None of it is going to bring back our brother Paul." Those words still resonate, as the Register reports that an Iowa jury acquitted pain-management specialist Daniel Baldi of seven counts of involuntary manslaughter.The May 1 verdict came after two days of deliberations. Prosecutors had argued that overdoses of drugs Baldi recklessly prescribed had caused his patients death. The jury sided with the defense in determining that prosecutors had failed to prove their case. Baldi still faces multiple malpractice lawsuits.

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