Marc Hogan



  • MGMT

    Watch MGMT Unfurl Swirling New Song 'Mystery Disease' Live

    MGMT returned to the stage over the weekend for the first time since holing up to record their upcoming, Aphex Twin-influenced third album, the follow-up to 2010's Congratulations. Performing at Penn State University, the psych-rockers debuted a new song evidently titled "Mystery Disease," as Consequence of Sound notes. With whirring drums and heady organs, the song is no retreat to the radio-ready glam-pop of 2008's Oracular Spectacular, but it's less of a departure than their interview mentions of house music might've indicated. Then again, it's in keeping with the twitchy space-rock of the band's recent cassette-only Record Store Day single, "Alien Days," which is set to appear on the new album.

  • Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath Debut Riff Monster 'Methademic' Live in Australia

    Black Sabbath just might convince you to spring for the deluxe edition. The metal lifers, who are set to release Rick Rubin-produced new album 13 on June 11, performed deluxe-edition bonus track "Methademic" recently live in Australia (via Blabbermouth). Don't bother watching the nosebleed visuals, and please bear mind the sound is definitely bootleggy, but you can still get the lurching, riff-scorched idea.Catching only the gist of new Sabbath songs could become a pattern. Ozzy Osbourne and the lads will somehow premiere eight-minute epic "End of the Beginning," which they've also been playing live, during CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's May 15 season finale. For a full, studio track, check out the album's previously released first single, the nine-minute dirge "God Is Dead?"In a couple of short months, U.S.

  • Iggy Pop, Stooges, 'Colbert Report'

    Watch Iggy Pop Talk Punk on 'Colbert,' Then Prowl the Crowd for Stooges-Powered 'Job'

    "Trying to be free," Iggy Pop told host Stephen Colbert last night on The Colbert Report, when asked what the Stooges, a punk band before "punk" existed, were trying to do.Colbert actually missed an opportunity here: The personal liberation championed by rich baby-boom rockers turned out to be part and parcel of their generation's drift toward the libertarian economics of Reagan and Thatcher. But the 66-year-old, semi-shirted frontman chatted so affably with Colbert — about a young Iggy's first arrest, about why he takes his shirt off during shows, and about how Link Wray inspired him to sound "bad" — it would've been pointless for Colbert to go too far into his faux-conservative pundit mode.Longtime Stooges fans shouldn't expect any revelations, but it's still a charming clip (watch below).

  • Beck

    Beck Dusts Off Acoustic Guitar (and Bob Dylan) for Handful of Shows

    Beck has recently been writing songs for other people to play and playing songs written by other people. Now he's taking his acoustic guitar on the road, and we can only hope he plays a few songs of his own.The Odelay legend has previously been revealed as one of the performers at this year's Newport Folk Festival, held July 26 to 28, and now he has announced a handful of additional dates: some acoustic, some full-band and electric. (Despite what was originally posted on Beck's website, none of the dates are solo.)Beck's upcoming gigs range from Santa Cruz, California, next month to an outdoor show at Brooklyn's Prospect Park in early August.

  • Ty Segall,

    Hear Ty Segall's Psych-Disco Instrumental 'Music for a Film 1'

    Ty Segall is a multifaceted dude. The garage-punk hero put out albums last year under his own name, with Ty Segall Band, and in collaboration with White Fence; before we were through telling the world how killer those were, he came along with a new band called Fuzz.Segall's latest incarnation, on a split charity single with fellow California psych destroyers Chad & the Meatbodies, is as a post-disco instrumental rocker. "Music for a Film 1," Ty's side of the split, sets jagged shards of electric guitar over a thickly layered rhythm section.

  • Dan Deacon,

    Dan Deacon GIFs Baltimore Artists in Interactive 'Konono Ripoff No. 1' Video

    Dan Deacon's Record Store Day single "Konono Ripoff Nº1," named for Congolese junkyard percussion maestros Konono Nº1, offers two versions of the same song, each with different drummers. Likewise, Deacon's "Konono Ripoff Nº1" video is actually two videos in one. Above, you can watch the basic clip, which consists of twitchy animated-GIF portraits of Baltimore arts community members. If you download the Dan Deacon smartphone app, you can also watch an interactive version of the video; the app allows smartphone users to control the speed of the objects rotating in the animated GIFs. The app also comes in handy at live shows, as Deacon's network-TV debut last year and the recent video for 2012 album America's "Guilford Ave Bridge" demonstrate.

  • The Knife

    Here's What Happens at the Knife's Bonkers Live Show

    The Knife launched their tour on Friday night, and the two concerts the electro-pop adventurers have performed so far are shaping up to be as unconventional as billed. The Knife's Karin Dreijer-Andersson previously told SPIN the duo's gigs would be "fun" and "show some humor." Then the group issued a wonderfully over-the-top announcement promising "the communal/political/conceptual/imaginational workout experience you always wanted but never could embarrass yourself enough to find or do in public."Evidence of what that means is starting to trickle in from Europe. The Knife's first show of the tour was Friday night at Bremen, Germany's Pier 2, and their second show came on Saturday at Hamburg, Germany's Docks.

  • Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi

    Watch Vampire Weekend's Full Steve Buscemi-Directed Concert Webcast

    Last night, Vampire Weekend played New York City's Roseland Ballroom, and the great character actor Steve Buscemi directed a live webcast of the performance. (We were there, by the way.) You can watch the entire set above, including new songs from the New York band's May 14 album, Modern Vampires of the City. We've already written about the upcoming LP's "Diane Young," "Unbelievers," and "Ya Hey," but check out the gently swaying "Obvious Bicycle" and delicately jaunty "Everlasting Arms" below. And don't forget, Vampire Weekend will be performing on Saturday Night Live on May 11. Let's hope Buscemi is also invited.Check out SPIN's best live photos from the show here.

  • Barack Obama

    Watch Obama Brush Jay-Z Off His Shoulder at White House Correspondents' Dinner

    Saturday night the Washington, D.C., establishment held its annual fete to itself, the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and once again President Barack Obama managed to invite in hip-hop.Obama's entrance music at this year's Conan O'Brien-hosted event was DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win," and the president also mockingly addressed the recent brouhaha over Jay-Z's trip to Cuba: "Some things are beyond my control," the president said. "For example, this whole controversy about Jay-Z going to Cuba — it's unbelievable. I've got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one." That followed a joke about Young Jeezy at the 2012 dinner. The guy who once said there isn't a red America or a blue America also goofed on country's biggest contemporary pop star.

  • The Beastie Boys

    Beastie Boys' Upcoming Memoir Hails From Another Dimension, New Galaxy

    Rock memoirs have been a booming business lately, with '60s guitar whizzes Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Pete Townshend lending their bylines to bestsellers detailing their behind-the-scenes (mis)adventures. The hip-hop memoir has, more quietly, offered itself as a more innovative form: Jay-Z's Decoded, in 2010, didn't dish about the rapper's much-mythologized past so much as deftly break down his rhymes and argue convincingly for them as great art. Now, Spiegel & Grau, the same Random House imprint that printed Jay-Z's book, is set to put out another convention-bucking hip-hop memoir, this time by the Beastie Boys.As the New York Times reports, the publisher is expected to announce this week that Mike D and Ad-Rock have inked an agreement to publish an as-yet-untitled book, available to be ch-checked out of libraries in fall 2015.

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