Marc Hogan

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  • Prince,

    Hear Prince's Unexpected, Sludgy 'Let's Go Crazy' Rock Rework

    In a fruitful time for new renditions of Prince songs, the Purple One has decided it's his turn. D'Angelo, the Roots, Elvis Costello, Bilal, and many others paid tribute to the Minneapolis pop trailblazer at New York City's Carnegie Hall last month, and since then footage has surfaced of D'Angelo confidently covering Prince-written "My Summertime Thang" with an all-killer band at 2012's Bonnaroo festival.

  • !!!, chk chk chk, 'Thr!!!er'

    !!!'s Soulful, Funky 'One Girl/One Boy' Is 2 Legit 2 Quit

    Nic Offer made it clear in a recent SPIN interview that !!! want, if nothing else, to keep progressing with upcoming album Thr!!!er, out April 30 on Warp. The Sacramento-spawned band already pointed toward one new direction with "Slyd," which moved from the band's disco-punk roots toward sample-foregrounding '90s house. Now !!!

  • Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne,

    Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Get Passionate in Steamy 'High School' Heist Video

    Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne have been flirting on record for years. On Weezy's 2007 mixtape masterpiece Da Drought 3, which on my copy credits "Nikki Menaj," the "Super Bass" MC spits, "You be Harry Potter / and I'll be Hermione," before comparing the flavor of her nether regions to mango. For quite some time, she referred to herself as "Nicki Lewinsky" (Weezy being the good ol' president in that scenario). In the new video for sugary Weezy collaboration "High School," directed by frequent Minaj collaborator Benny Boom, she and Wayne share intimate moments in the bedroom as part of an elaborate mansion heist. It's an unabashedly suggestive set of visuals for the Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up track.

  • Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi

    Vampire Weekend's Love Affair With Steve Buscemi Makes Sense Now

    Vampire Weekend's Sunday stroll with actor and director Steve Buscemi during a New York City Easter parade suddenly makes more sense. Buscemi will direct a live-streaming video of the band's April 28 show at New York City's Roseland Ballroom, Rolling Stone reports.

  • The Knife, 'Shaking the Habitual,' full album, stream

    The Knife Share Full, Habit-Breaking 98-Minute LP 'Shaking the Habitual'

    "Music can be so meaningless," the Knife tweeted last December upon announcing new album Shaking the Habitual. "We had to find lust." After sharing brilliant, gender-savvy videos for the gripping, gargantuan "Full of Fire" and plastic-Caribbean "A Tooth for an Eye," the Swedish electro-pop savants have now pulled back the curtains on the music from the album, out April 9. Determine for yourself whether it's lust — or, possibly, love? — by listening over at the Knife's website. And if you don't like music or lust, at least take a gander at the band's grand LP manifesto, which pointedly, if silently, exclaims, "No habits!"

  • Drake,

    Drake Watches Late-Night Beach Volleyball in Raw '5AM in Toronto' Video

    If Drake's "5AM in Toronto" is a shot at former collaborator the Weeknd, as has been widely suggested, then the video for this impeccably woozy, no-hooks shit-talker could hardly be more brutally dismissive. The scientifically proven third-hottest MC in the game treats his latest visuals as another chance to demonstrate he's too busy to care; shaky camera work shows a casual night out drinking beer, smoking, chatting nonchalantly with an intimidating-looking pal, and watching beach volleyball in the wee small hours ("Sinatra lifestyle, I'm just being frank with you"). It could hardly be a starker contrast to dark-R&B maestro the Weeknd's auto-signed, old-Drake imagery of joylessly decadent nights.

  • Flaming Lips, Bon Iver,

    The Flaming Lips Put Bon Iver's Head on a Baby in Grisly 'Ashes in the Air' Video

    The Flaming Lips have long walked a line between shock'n'awe spectacle and spectacular, aw-shucks emotion. The Oklahoma City psych-rockers' newly released video for "Ashes in the Air" (via Pitchfork), their ambivalently "fucked up" freak-out with Bon Iver from last year's guest-stuffed And Heady Fwends release, involves an all-seeing spaceman, Justin Vernon's beardo-baby doppelganger, and glittery, blood-spattered, nude mourning. It's going to take more views to decide whether this is "fucked up in the good way" or "fucked up in the bad," per the song's portentously intoned lyrics.This bizarre set of visuals comes ahead of the Lips' upcoming album The Terror, due out April 16 on Warner Bros., and after frontman Wayne Coyne has been selling cell phones and, during the Super Bowl, even Hyundais.

  • Charli XCX

    Charli XCX Glams Up Coupling on Sweetly Flickering 'What I Like'

    Charli XCX's striking talent has so far been matched only by her equally obvious ambition, and at times recently it has looked like the latter might outweigh the former. The U.K. singer followed her head-turning cloud-pop kiss-off "You (Ha Ha Ha)" with a post-Sandy Hook video so packed with guns she wound up apologizing. Meanwhile, she extended her appealing rap-mixtape fascination on songs like "Cloud Aura," an impressively cinematic heartbreaker that nevertheless burdened the world with an L.A.

  • Chvrches,

    CHVRCHES Serenade a Roller Rink in Graceful 'Now Is Not the Time' Video

    CHVRCHES can already claim one of the year's catchiest synth-pop songs, and now their task, if they want it, is to demonstrate they're a band worth following for the long run. If you haven't heard the Scottish trio's earworm "Recover," you should still start there, but the Pitchfork-premiered video for fellow Recover EP cut "Now Is Not the Time" is similarly beguiling.The setting is a roller-skating rink, and it's unclear why couple-skating doesn't break out to the slow-burning ballad, which floats Lauren Mayberry's Purity Ring- or High Places-like coo over crisp snare thwacks and evocatively melancholy synths that could fit just as easily on songs by Robyn, Sky Ferreira, or Solange.

  • Azealia Banks, Steve Aoki,

    Azealia Banks Turns EDM Princess in Cameo-Packed 'No Problems' Video

    Azealia Banks is only about a year and a half removed from posting the YouTube video that brought her to acclaim, but now she's a major-label rapper with a debut album on the way soon — and she's using it to her advantage. That much was clear when she first released "No Problems" in January in the midst of a dispiriting beef with fellow New York City up-and-comer Angel Haze: Her rival could rap with righteous fire, but Banks had the extra armament of electronically booming "witch-hop" production. Haze was fighting guerilla warfare; Banks had a tank.That track might've presaged Banks' recent single, "Yung Rapunxel," where she relies less on verbally impressive rapping and instead overpowers with screaming and aggro electronics — less Prodigy the rapper, more Prodigy the "electronica" firestarters.

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