Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi

    Vampire Weekend Spent Easter With Steve Buscemi and His Megaphone

    As Vampire Weekend prep the May 14 release of upcoming album Modern Vampires of the City, they appeared in the city with one of modern cinema's more vampiric character actors. As Pitchfork points out, the New York City band teamed up with Steve Buscemi to pass out treats yesterday at the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in Manhattan. A clip originally posted by Coup De Main shows Buscemi loosely singing the chorus from Modern Vampires' jaunty "Diane Young," one of three new songs the group recently performed for Canadian Broadcast Channel's QTV. They were wearing funny hats, the band had recently tweeted (joke or not, who's to say) about a distant-cousin relationship between Buscemi and bassist Chris Baio, and there are lots of bizarre photos on the band's Instagram feed. So yes, Vampire Weekend spent their Easter with Mr. Pink.

  • Thom Yorke, Alec Baldwin

    Listen to Thom Yorke Shoot the Breeze With Golden-Voiced Alec Baldwin

    Thom Yorke's freely ranging discussion with Alec Baldwin on the 30 Rock actor's WNYC radio show Here's the Thing was more about the human interplay between the two famous men than uncovering new revelations. It's a trip just to hear Baldwin's deep, resonant voice — sounds like money, no wonder he's sponsored by a credit-card company — and Yorke's diffident, British-accented one in conversation. You can do that below, or read the full transcript of their nearly hour-long talk here. The two bonded over their shared fluctuations between crowd-pleasing performances and deep-seated insecurity, and discussed Yorke's career from childhood on through his political activism and even his fatherhood.Still, one particularly noteworthy segment concerns Yorke's development as a singer, which, given multiple choices, he picked as his greatest talent.

  • Kurt Vile

    Hear Kurt Vile's Full, Pointedly Rambling 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze'

    It's an occasion worthy of a parade. Kurt Vile first told us about the album that would turn out to be Wakin on a Pretty Daze back in December, when he said the upcoming full-length would be more "classic rock-y" than his past work. He also compared it to Fleetwood Mac's obsessively detailed Tusk, "but no cheese. Just rock." Since then, he has shared the expansive near-title-track "Wakin on a Pretty Day" and the single "Never Run Away," plus strummed both in a pared-down setting. Now his third album for Matador, due out on April 9, is streaming in full via NPR. "There was a time in my life when they thought I was all talk," Philadelphia's self-proclaimed constant hitmaker deadpans over gleaming acoustic guitar on echoing space-out "Was All Talk." That time is past.

  • Queens of the Stone Age,

    Watch Queens of the Stone Age Debut Bristling New Song 'My God Is the Sun'

    Queens of the Stone Age's protracted and much-appreciated campaign to return a little mystery to the album-release cycle is nearing its end, and ferociously so. On Saturday night at Lollapalooza Brasil, the Palm Desert, California, hard-rock heavies debuted a new song called "My God Is the Sun." As Antiquiet reports, the concert in Brazil was also QOTSA's first with new drummer Jon Theodore, who played with the Mars Volta for several years and has collaborated with Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha under the name One Day as a Lion. As the pro-shot footage above shows, the song was an intricately pummeling preview for both Theodore, who blasted away on an all-white drum set, and QOTSA's forthcoming album, now officially titled ...Like Clockwork and due in June via storied indie Matador Records.

  • Divine Fits

    Britt Daniel on Divine Fits, Spoon's Next LP, and Hating Axl Rose

    With the sharp edges, evocative spaces, and terse lyrics of Spoon and Divine Fits, Britt Daniel wrings maximum impact out of the minimum sonic elements. Speaking over the phone from his home in Los Angeles, the baritone-voiced singer is every bit as forcefully economical. Divine Fits — Daniels' band with co-frontman Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs), drummer Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), and multi-instrumentalist Alex Fischel — are about to embark on the next leg of their tour in support of last year's A Thing Called Divine Fits, a debut album too ruthless for the wack "supergroup" category.

  • Split Single, Britt Daniel, Jon Wurster, Jason Narducy

    Britt Daniel and Jason Narducy's Split Single Post Three Sharp Power-Poppers

    Last summer, Divine Fits and Spoon husky voice Britt Daniel revealed he was in one other band. Led by Jason Narducy, who fronted the power-pop group Verbow and has been in the touring bands for Bob Mould, Robert Pollard, and Telekinesis, the group would be called Spl:t S:ngle. Daniel was playing bass. The Best Show on WFMU's Jon Wurster, the drummer for Superchunk and Mountain Goats, was playing drums. They'd recorded 13 songs with one mic.Now Narducy, who has simplified the band name to Split Single (no colons!), has posted the first three songs from the project online. And on first blush the music is in keeping with the various illustrious bands represented here: The soaring, upbeat "Fragmented World" updates the tuneful charge of Big Star or Sugar, while "Waiting for the Sun" is more spacious and groove-oriented, and "Last Goodbye" is swaying and baroque like Verbow.

  • Boston, police, undercover, DIY

    Boston Police Accused of Hilariously Catfishing Local DIY Shows

    "Hey there, local P native here. What is the Address for the local music show tonight?" That's one of the more egregious messages quoted in a riveting and amusing Slate piece today documenting Boston police's alleged attempts to infiltrate the city's do-it-yourself rock shows. "P," as the article points out, was probably supposed to be "JP," short for the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.According to Slate, the city has redoubled its efforts to shut down concerts played in homes rather than clubs after the recent approval of a new nuisance control ordinance. And that effort is reportedly playing out online: The article says dodging phony social-media contacts from suspected cops has basically become routine for local DIY musicians and show promoters.

  • Tyler, the Creator,

    Tyler, the Creator Builds an Emo Barbie World in Two-Part 'IFHY/Jamba' Video

    "I love you," Tyler, the Creator murmurs into the camera. But his face is cartoonishly made up, and he flashes a cheesy Alfred E. Neuman grin the next instant. That's a telling moment early in the video for "IFHY," from the Odd Future rapper's April 2 album Wolf. Though he raps, with some plausibility, that "this isn't a song" but rather an "emo" outpouring, the video, self-directed under his Wolf Haley alias, is a Michel Gondry-like surrealistic fantasy — well worth watching, even as it contains so many of the contradictions that make Tyler such a frustrating figure. After he paces around a toyhouse alternately wooing and berating a mute doll-woman, the video, as with his previous clip for "Domo 23" or even his latest late-night TV performance, swerves to another song.

  • CBGB, poster

    Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Flexes His Abs as Iggy Pop in 'CBGB' Film Poster

    The CBGB movie scheduled to come out this year has a new poster, and it's a chance to see how the vaunted cast looks in costume as some of the punk era's legendary figures. Check out the full, high-resolution image here. The tagline: "50,000 Bands. One Disgusting Bathroom."The rest of the poster similarly suggests the film won't take itself too seriously. "Lick my stomach," proclaims a word bubble over Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who's shirtless as Iggy Pop.

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