Marc Hogan



  • Flatbush Zombies' 'MRAZ' video

    Flatbush Zombies Stay Psyched-Out in 'MRAZ' Video

    Flatbush Zombies got some attention for doing "Bath Salt" with fellow New York rappers A$AP Mob, but the style of the Brooklyn trio's D.R.U.G.S. mixtape suggests groovier intoxicants. "MRAZ," the first single from their upcoming follow-up mixtape, Better Off Dead, bodes well for further success from these Best New Artists alums. Zombies members Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arch Elliott each rap an elastic, word-twisting verse over the song's sparse, vaguely sinister stomp. The video, directed by the group's "spiritual advisor" Phillip T. Annand, playfully extends the band's trippier leanings and quite effectively complements the track. Check it out above.

  • Pavement

    Pavement's First-Ever Live Show Offers Hope to Rest of Us

    The ongoing '90s nostalgia cycle has left Pavement in an awkwardly elevated place. The indie rockers' 2010 reunion tour-slash-victory lap helped transform these erstwhile shrugging underdogs into the sort of almost universally canonized Rock Stars they would've mocked. Someone tell Beck: you can't be a loser once you're winning, baby. It all got to be so much that last year SPIN's own Rob Harvilla came out on #TeamBillyCorgan in the long-running Smashing Pumpkins-Pavement feud. Pavement were "ambitious men who cynically refused to appear ambitous"; the "class clown" was actually the "class bully."To that we say: But have you heard their early live recordings?

  • Night Terrors

    Watch Night Terrors of 1927's Explosive 'Dust and Bones' Video

    Blake Sennett hasn't slowed down since Rilo KIley's demise. As that now-defunct Los Angeles indie-rock band preps a rarities album and singer Jenny Lewis finishes up her next solo album, guitarist Sennett — also leader of Sub Pop alums the Elected — has been busy with Night Terrors of 1927. The duo of Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel, former frontman for Brooklyn band the Honorary Title, have only three songs on their SoundCloud page: catchy, slightly off-kilter synth-pop in the vein of Passion Pit. They've now released a video for one of those three songs, dramatically lofty "Dust and Bones." The clip blends archival footage of boxing matches, auto races, explosions, weddings, and more with brief glimpses of the band members; the song is also available on iTunes. 

  • Clear Plastic Masks / Photo by Emily B Hall

    Hear Clear Plastic Masks' Garage-Rock Scorcher 'So Real'

    The thing with clear plastic masks is they don't really "mask" much of anything. Emerging band Clear Plastic Masks must've taken that into account. The Nashville-via-New York rock'n'rollers' "So Real," from their self-titled debut album, is scorching garage rock with nothing to hide: just pummeling percussion, desperate yowls that recall Jack White before he became Jack White, and a whole lot of scrappy guitar fuzz that should please Black Lips worshipers. Or, hell, Screamin' Jay Hawkins fans. The limited-edition LP will be sold exclusively at the group's upcoming dates, which you can catch below.

  • Elton John, Dave Grohl

    Queens of the Stone Age's New Album Also Has Elton John, Dave Grohl Reveals

    Queens of the Stone Age's upcoming album, previously described by guest drummer Dave Grohl as "ridiculous," just became a little bit more so. And once again, Grohl, who has been everywhere recently, had something to do with it.Elton John played on the record, the "Rocket Man" piano man confirmed to Grohl in an interview last night, part of Grohl's week-long stint guest-hosting E! show Chelsea Lately. "I love that band so much," John said of Queens of the Stone Age. As reported guests on that record, he joins not only Grohl, but also Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, along with Songs for the Deaf-era QOTSA members Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri. (There's a reason it's one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013.)As John poined out, QOTSA actually isn't such a stretch for him.

  • Justin Timberlake, 20/20 Experience

    Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' Cover Art Classes Up Optometry

    Justin Timberlake's debut solo album, 2002's Justified, made full use of those Hollywood-friendly puppy-dog eyes on its album cover, complete with a black leather jacket and slightly scruffy haircut to convey a slight bad-boy look. Four years later, FutureSex/LoveSounds' cover showed Timberlake, in a suit and tie, stomping furiously on a downed disco ball; those eyes were focused on the task at hand.

  • Cherry Red, Scared to Get Happy, Indie Pop

    12 Reasons to Get Happy About 127-Song '80s Indie-Pop Box Set 'Scared to Get Happy'

    One of the most understated of genres is about to get a massive box set all its own. As Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, Cherry Red Records has revealed the track list for its upcoming box set Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989. The U.K. label reportedly drew inspiration from Lenny Kaye's landmark Nuggets garage-rock compilations, except tailored to a genre that, it must be said, isn't merely the same as "pop" that is "indie."At a sprawling 127 songs spread out over five discs, the set promises an embarrassment of riches for anyone inclined to understand that "twee" can be a badge of honor, not just a dismissive insult. It may, however, require some measure of riches to obtain it: Scared to Get Happy, penciled in for a mid-June release, will come with a 72-page booklet and sell for about £50 (roughly $80).

  • Google, RIAA, takedown

    Music Piracy's Search Problem: Recording Industry Bringing the Fight to Google

    The conflict between the music business and Silicon Valley is approaching a new milestone. As Digital Music News reports (via FACT), the Recording Industry Association of America has now asked Google to remove nearly 10 million links from its search results.According to Google's most recent transparency report, from May 2011 through February 1 the organization representing the major record labels filed takedown requests for a cumulative total of 9,986,936 individual URLs.This might be bad news if you're trying to illictly download a copy of that blessedly great new My Bloody Valentine album.

  • Young Prisms

    Watch Young Prisms' Wistful Dream-Pop 'Runner' Video

    Young Prisms spent chunks of last year on the road with Dum Dum Girls and Tamaryn, and the woozy dream-pop of 2012's In Between neatly merges the former group's bubblebum directness with the latter's tidal pull. As our own Melissa Giannini poetically put it, "Sun-bleached gazers shed some reverb and slowdive into Mazzy waters." The new video for In Between's "Runner" focuses on free-spirited youths whose innocent revelries are juxtaposed now and then with images of a thoughtful little boy and an unlucky silver-haired man. The effect is sort of like what you might imagine a road trip with Dum Dum Girls and Tamaryn could be like. Beautifully stoned good times tinged with paranoiacally stoned awareness that this, too, shall pass.

  • Muse, Matthew Bellamy, Supremacy, video

    Muse's 'Supremacy' Video Amusingly Underscores Why Right-Wingers Love Them

    If Muse want to understand why their music keeps getting "hijacked by the right," as they told the Observer last year, well, they might want to listen to their records."Supremacy," from dystopia-worthy sixth album The 2nd Law, opens with iron-fisted guitar-drums interplay that could keep the trains running on time. That's topped with jabbing strings worthy of Darth Vader's Galactic Empire or a James Bond villain.Then, with the theatrical vibrato of an Andrew Lloyd Webber leading man, Matthew Bellamy sings these words: "Wake to see your true emancipation is a fantasy / Policies have risen up and overcome the brave / Greatness dies." Man, what on earth would the aging white folks who compare to Obama to Hitler enjoy about that?As NME points out, this proggy call to revolution now has a video.

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