Marc Hogan

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  • Wax Fang

    Hear Wax Fang's Glammy, Sardonic 'The Blonde Leading the Blonde'

    On April 30, Wax Fang will release the digital-only single "The Blonde Leading the Blonde" via their Don't Panic Records imprint. It's not clear what towheads did to offend these Louisville rockers, but the music industry's knuckleheaded tastemakers are the ostensible target of this jaunty, glammed-up pop/rock anthem. It's hard to make out the lyrics, to be honest, but Scott Carney croons them with a sly grandeur that makes you want to believe every word you can't understand — and the whoa-ohs, too. Too bad Carney has dark hair or it could be the blond leading the blond leading the blonde leading the blonde.

  • Ke$ha, will.i.am,

    Ke$ha and will.i.am's Whistling, Whispering 'Crazy Kids' Is All Too Sane

    Neither crazy nor kids, Ke$ha and will.i.am have paired up for a scientifically formulated dance-pop song ready to pair with vodka bombs at your local sketchy club that smells funny.The result, "Crazy Kids," has moments that'll make you chuckle at your car radio in a "TiK ToK" or "I Gotta Feeling" way. First, the pluses: will.i.am even refers to his "mazel tov" role on the Black Eyed Peas' smash, and it's broadly appealing when he stoops to clown with nonsense sounds ("I'm speaking with a mumble"). And Ke$ha, always adept at live-for-tonight choruses, belts out a catchy one here for everyone who's "dancin' on the dance floor or drinkin' by the bar" — or who's willing to imagine they are.

  • Record Store Day 2013

    SPIN's Record Store Day Shopping Guide: 42 Essential Releases

    For vinyl enthusiasts, the most wonderful time of the year is finally here. This Saturday, April 20, is the sixth annual Record Store Day, when independently owned music shops offer up an armful of exclusive and limited releases. This year's participating artists include the White Stripes, R.E.M., the Jesus and Mary Chain, MGMT, and Soundgarden.Check out the full list of exclusives here, find participating stores here, and definitely bear in mind that not all stores will carry all releases. That said, SPIN's editorial team has winnowed down this year's impressive array of 4/20 offerings to come up with 42 essentials.

  • Dawn Richard

    Dawn Richard Doesn't Need Cameras on Steamy Slow Jam 'Movie'

    A honeyed waft of electronic ambiance, and then: "Girl, I only care if you're satisfied / Let's fuck on this bed of roses." That's the opening shot of Dawn Richard's "Movie," which the arty R&B singer behind this year's SPIN Essential-stamped GoldenHeart shared via Twitter. It's a matter-of-factly sexual depiction of foreplay, with Richard's delicately layered vocals set atop finger snaps, rumbles, and swooping synths that evoke not so much a bedroom as a naughty outer-space night in Starship Enterprise's holodeck. Add a rapper, and it could be on Cassie's excellent new RockaByeBaby mixtape: Actually, just add Cassie.

  • Phoenix,

    Watch Phoenix Glide Smoothly Through Four 'Bankrupt!' Songs on 'Kimmel'

    Phoenix's new album, out April 23 but streaming now, may be Bankrupt!, but they're not being tight-fisted about previewing new material.

  • Daft Punk,

    Hear Daft Punk's Official, Slightly Underwhelming Disco-Update 'Get Lucky'

    More than a year of interview hints, website graphics, Saturday Night Live teasers, "collaborators" videos, announcements about weird premiere plans, Coachella trailers, and synergistic track-list reveals have all come down to this. Last night, Daft Punk made new single "Get Lucky (Radio Edit)" available for sale on iTunes and Amazon. It's the same four-minute track that finally started popping up online earlier this week.

  • Twitter Music

    Twitter's Music-Discovery App Has Happened

    Last month came a report that Twitter would be launching a new music-discovery service. The app would incorporate four tabs: "Suggested," which recommends music based on users' Twitter following activity; "#NowPlaying," which shows songs tweeted with that hashtag by accounts a user follows; "Popular," which shows trending songs; and "Emerging," which shows rising acts. And now, Twitter #music has launched, and it's much like what was described (there's also a "Me" tab, for artists you follow). The social media company said in a blog post the app "will change the way people find music." Basically, the app allows users to discover and share music via iTunes, Spotify, or Rdio. It comes after Twitter's reported acquisition of We Are Hunted, a similar service for recommending music. Try Twitter #music here.

  • The Babies,

    Watch the Babies' Hitchhiking-Gone-Awry 'Mess Me Around' Video

    The Babies piling together in a car as hitchhikers? For a band founded by Woods' Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls' Cassie Ramone to "trade song ideas and play house parties," per the official bio, the idea isn't that hard to imagine. It's also the conceit for Bob's Burger writer (and SPIN Grammy correspondent) Scott Jacobson's new video for "Mess Me Around," from last November's excellent Our House on the Hill. Of course, that record finds the Babies emerging as a full-grown band, so the song accompanying their bogus hitchiking adventure is a wickedly barbed guitar-pop fist-pumper. At the end of video, the band is performing from a balcony, snottily telling us what dumb fucks we are. We'd probably still pick them up.

  • Savages,

    Watch Savages' Urgent, Live-Like 'Shut Up' Video

    Savages ripped through one of Coachella's best sets last weekend, playing a tent "packed with curious onlookers who quickly became true believers." But fans who see the London post-punks live have been asked not to take videos or photos with their phones during shows. To get a flavor for Savages in concert, then, watch their newly shared clip for "Shut Up," from upcoming debut Silence Yourself (out in North America on May 7 via Matador Records). Directed and edited by Giorgio Testi (Blur, the Killers), the video sets strobe-lit footage of the band's combustible live performances to the album opener's sharp-edged slow build. Jehnny Beth begins the track uttering a spoken-word mission statement, but she with a bellow that reaches "to the sun," if we're hearing the words right.Savages have also added a one-off London headlining date.

  • Vacation

    Hear Vacation's Feedback-Lacerated 'Pyro Hippies'

    When basement-punk rambunctiousness meets power-pop songcraft, the combination can be explosive. Vacation's "Pyro Hippies" is a master class in the form, with shrieking feedback, cruddy distortion, breakneck drumming, and goddamn, some snottily catchy vocals about heartbreak. The song's surfy mix of red-lining fidelity and bubblegum sweetness recalls bands like the Exploding Hearts and Times New Viking. It's from sophomore album Candy Waves, due out on June 28 via Don Giovanni Records, and from the sounds of it, that's going to be a well-titled record.

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