Marc Hogan

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  • Beyonce

    Amy Winehouse's Dad Doesn't Care for Andre 3000 and Beyonce's 'Back to Black' Cover

    All indications are André 3000 and Beyoncé's cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" will be awful. A 90-second snippet of the track from Baz Luhrmann's upcoming The Great Gatsby film soundtrack hit iTunes yesterday, and SPIN called it "a FEMA-level disaster." Never one to shy away from tossing his opinions to a morsel-hungry press, Amy's father, Mitch, is offering his own criticisms. As NME points out, MItch Winehouse told the Daily Mail he's none too chuffed about the OutKast rapper and Destiny's Child diva's slow-motion reworking of his daughter's song. "I don't think she brings anything to it," he's quoted as saying of Beyoncé.

  • Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu

    Hear Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu's Self-Empowering Soul-Funk Workout 'Q.U.E.E.N.'

     Janelle Monáe's busy three years since her her masterful astral-R&B debut The ArchAndroid have raised plenty of reasons to worry she might fall off. She's more of a fixture on TV commercials these days than she is on radio, though she did grace last year's massive fun. hit "We Are Young" with a backing vocal. And then there's the fact she told a reporter forever ago she was hoping to put out not one, but two albums in 2012. That year has come and gone, but luckily Monáe's fiercely independent soul-funk prowess has not. She already crushed Coachella. Now, new single "Q.U.E.E.N." pairs her up with fellow R&B iconoclast Erykah Badu, and it's a sweaty, organic-feeling ode to doing your damn thing. It's as socially conscious as the Marvin Gaye shoutout in Monáe's lithe closing rap verse might suggest, but also as suited to a summer barbecue.

  • Nick Cave

    Hear Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Spoken-Word Horror-Drone 'Animal X'

    "Down on the waterfront / Out on the boondocks," Nick Cave intones more than an once on "Animal X," his newly released Record Store Day single with the Bad Seeds. Uttered in the Australian goth-rock legend's magisterial, lightly accented baritone, it's a phrase that would be at home on any Cave-related project. This outtake from the sessions that gave us this year's excellent Push the Sky Away backs Cave's vocals with pulsating, droning ominousness, and the lyrics only become stranger and more horrifying as the song goes on. But if you managed to pick this up on Saturday, you're probably feeling pretty lucky right now. Might want to stay away from the waterfront, though.

  • Phoenix, Grizzly Bear,

    Hear Grizzly Bear Dismember Phoenix's 'Entertainment'

    Of all the acts who've remixed Phoenix's "Entertainment," from the French band's out-tomorrow new album Bankrupt!, Grizzly Bear might be the most natural fit. While Dinosaur Jr.'s surprisingly subdued reworking places the Versailles-sprung group in a sterling indie-rock lineage, and Blood Orange's sultry, R&B-tinged remix draws lines to newer pop arrivals like Solange and Sky Ferreira, Grizzly Bear and Phoenix are transatlantic peers: They're established, critically acclaimed bands of a similar vintage, both with well-deserved reputations for being nice and smart. But rather than simply turn "Entertainment" into a Grizzly Bear song, the Brooklyn band chops it up into a skittering electronic track more reminiscent of IDM (kids, ask your grandparents) than today's EDM.

  • Modest Mouse

    Modest Mouse Stoke Anticipation for New Release With Three New Songs

    Good news for people who — ah, hell, you know where this is headed. Modest Mouse haven't put out a new album since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but as Consequence of Sound points out, they've performed three unreleased songs in recent days, all of which have been captured on YouTube. "Shit in My Cut," introduced last week in Pomona, Calif., puts frontman Isaac Brock's gruff yawp over a lurching trudge and crystalline guitar leads. "Sugar Boats," played the same night and previously performed last year as "Heart of Mine," brought more of a boho-hobo, Man Man-man bounce. The best video footage of all three is for "Be Brave," which the mighty Mouse performed at Coachella; amid jaunty keyboard and insistent violin, Brock howls the title phrase like he's trying to convince himself.

  • Deerhunter, 'Monomania,' album cover art

    Stream Deerhunter's Full, Gloriously Skuzzy New Album 'Monomania'

    Deerhunter's gripping, theatrical late-night TV performance last month was no fluke. Monomania, the follow-up to 2010's Halcyon Digest, is out on May 7 via 4AD, and the whole album feels as liberated and raw as that appearance, which saw wigged frontman Bradford Cox clutching the microphone with bandaged fingers and strolling offstage mid song. The noise-lacerated opening pair may put off fans who jumped on board with Halcyon Digest's shimmering dream-pop anthems, but the honky tonk-torching "Pensacola," Queen-invoking "Dream Captain," and bigwheel confessional "Nitebike" are uniquely appealing in the Deerhunter crew's extensive catalog. Sometimes single-minded obsession can set you free. (via NPR)

  • MGMT,

    MGMT Stay Spaced Out on Record Store Day Cassingle 'Alien Days'

    Scientists recently discovered two Earth-like planets about 1,200 light years away. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity keeps scouring the Red Planet for signs of life. And somewhere out there, astronomers one day will find MGMT, who surely rate among the more mind-bending examples of Life As We Know It in the galaxy. On Record Store Day over the weekend, the band released a cassette single containing "Alien Days," a song they've said will appear on their upcoming third album and have previously played live. It's a sumptuously detailed, exquisitely zonked-out space-rock construction, journeying into a similar effects- and synth-warped beyond as the Flaming Lips' Essential 2013 album The Terror. Though the full lyrics will take some parsing, there's little terror here, only wonder.

  • Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls

    Chrissy Amphlett, Divinyls Lead Singer, Dies at 53

    As lead singer of Divinyls, Chrissy Amphlett touched millions. The Australian band's 1991 hit "I Touch Myself," an immediately catchy pop song with hard-rock punch and playfully obvious innuendo, joined a rare pantheon of international smashes: covered by a cappella groups, spoofed by "Weird" Al Yankovic, memorably deployed in the original Austin Powers movie. According to the AP, Amphlett died at home in New York on Sunday at age 53. In a statement posted on the Australian Recording Industry Association's website, her musician husband Charley Drayton said she died in her sleep after fighting breast cancer and multiple sclerosis."Chrissy's light burns so very brightly," Drayton said in the statement. "Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest.

  • Amanda Palmer

    Amanda Palmer Stoops to New Low With Exploitative Boston Bomber Poem

    "I hate being ignored," Amanda Palmer told SPIN last year. The Dresden Dolls singer and current leader of the Grand Theft Orchestra has had little reason to fear going unnoticed lately. She became a lightning rod for debate over crowdsourcing after raising head-turning amounts on Kickstarter and then asking musicians to work for her without pay. She also happily (nakedly) subbed in for a naked Erykah Badu when the Flaming Lips' video with the R&B guru turned into another media dustup. With all eyes and prayers focused on Boston, Palmer's latest piece of artistic expression has also naturally turned toward the site of last week's bombing tragedy. Titled "A Poem for Dzhokhar," the work's references to hospitalized Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev don't stop with the name.

  • Elvis impersonator

    Elvis Impersonator Fingered in Obama Poison-Letter Investigation

    Wise men say only fools rush into opening packages with no return address. While a Boston bombing suspect's supposed hip-hop fandom has become a talking point, the suspect accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator, and a Mississippi judge has posed as the King of Rock'n'Roll.According to the Washington Post, Mississippi man Paul Kevin Curtis worked in western Tennessee as an impersonator. Curtis most often performed as Elvis, according to the Post, but he also portrayed Prince, Buddy Holly, and (demonstrating Oscar-worthy range) Kid Rock. Plus, like an indie-rock fan souring on a band once it has become too commercialized, Curtis once posted to the Internet that Elvis-impersonator competitions have lost their authenticity.

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