Marc Hogan



  • Michelle Shocked

    Michelle Shocked Stages Eccentric Protest Outside Venue That Dumped Her

    Jesus suffered and died, for no reason other than God's love, at the hands of countrymen who knew not what they did. You don't have to take the Christian Bible literally, or believe in any religion at all, to see why that story has been hugely influential — and prone to various interpretations. Michelle Shocked, in a free-wheeling SPIN interview where she meta-apologized for using an anti-gay slur during a recent San Francisco concert, was clear about little else other than her devout belief in this part of the Gospels.And so in hindsight it's only logical that Shocked would make her next public appearance in the guise of someone being stifled by a public that fails to understand her.

  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne, an Epileptic, Has Seizures Often, But Last One Almost Killed Him

    Lil Wayne has finally explained his recent hospitalization for seizures. In an interview with DJ Felli Fell on Los Angeles radio station Power 106 (via Rap-Up), Tunechi said he is an epileptic with a history of frequent seizures. But the Young Money rapper, who just released the mixed-bag I Am Not a Human Being II, reiterated that he's healthy ahead of this summer's 2013 America's Most Wanted Music Festival tour with T.I. and Future."The bad news is I'm an epileptic," Wayne explained. "I'm prone to seizures. This isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizures. I've had a bunch of seizures, y'all just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad 'cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent.


    Ryan Hemsworth and KeyBoardKid206 Share Cloud-Rap Video-Game Tributes

    Hip-hop and the video-game scores of Yasunori Mitsuda are on a collision course lately. Earlier this month, producer 2 Mello shared Chrono Jigga, which put Jay-Z's verses over Mitsuda's music for the influential game Chrono Trigger. A couple of years ago, when Danny Brown got "higher than a pelican in heaven" on Main Attrakionz' "Cloud Skatin'," composer/producer Julian Wass (also of L.A. synth-poppers Fol Chen) sampled MItsuda's Xenogears video-game soundtrack.Now Wass has enlisted friends to come up with beats based on Mitsuda's soundtracks for a new compilation called MITSUDA, which Lefse Records announced today it will release on April 2.

  • The Thermals

    Hear the Thermals' Haunted Scorcher 'The Sunset'

    Thermals frontman Hutch Harris told SPIN the arc of his Portland punk trio's April 16 album Desperate Ground is "about someone learning to deal with the harsh reality around them." The now-Saddle Creek-signed band has already shared napalm-blasting opener "Born to Kill" and its fantastically bloody video. Now via Consequence of Sound comes "The Sunset," another urgent romp that's still early on the LP, but nevertheless shows the narrator beginning to apprehend his dark situation. In a key line, Harris roars, "Now I feel free to kill / But I know, my shadows, they follow me still / And they probably always will."Can't wait to stick with this record all the way through to closing track "Our Love Survives," which, based on Harris' comparisons of the album to the film Full Metal Jacket, we fear may not be a happy ending.

  • Schoolboy Q

    ScHoolboy Q Teases Possible Supergroup With A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, and Ab-Soul

    ScHoolboy Q, who's set to follow fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar with in-the-works major-label debut Oxymoron, has big plans. In an interview with XXL, the caPitally crEative rapper confirmed Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, and Black Hippy's own Ab-Soul are lined up to appear on the album. He also reportedly teased the idea of joining forces with Rocky, Brown, and Soul for a supergroup.Alas, the precise quote isn't as definitive as we'd like. "Maybe we can even put our own little group together," ScHoolboy Q told XXL, referring to him and the three other rappers.

  • The-Dream

    The-Dream Blames Touring Plans for Latest 'IV Play' Delay

    The-Dream announced yesterday he would be delaying the release of his upcoming album IV Play by a few weeks to May 28. The follow-up to 2010's trilogy-crowning Love King has been postponed before: At one point it was supposed to come out in September 2011 and be titled The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man), but then along came the excellent mixtape 1977, initially shared for free under birth name Terius Nash but then reissued as a The-Dream album for money. Somewhere along the way, the planned title for his next album briefly became Love IV MMXXII. It's complicated.Anyway, The-Dream has offered assurances that this time, the delay is for good reason and IV Play isn't some cruel trick he plays on the world, like Lucy pulling away Charlie Brown's football.

  • Foxygen

    Foxygen Wisely Cancel Tour, Citing 'Creative Health' Reasons

    Sudden attention for a band cuts both ways, particularly under the microscopic scrutiny of social media. Foxygen, a Los Angeles-based duo recently enjoying some attention for the impressively updated '60s psych-pop gestalt of this year's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, have chosen to take a step back. It's probably a wise decision.As Pitchfork was first to report, Foxygen announced today on Facebook they would be canceling their full European concert schedule, including festival dates. The band's Jonathan Rado and Sam France wrote, "We assure you this is ultimately for the creative health of the band." A slate of North American dates is still set to go ahead as planned.The announcement follows a tumultuous South By Southwest that ultimately led France to apologize.

  • Divine Fits, Dan Boeckner, Britt Daniel, Tom Petty, Jimmy Kimmel

    Divine Fits Cover Tom Petty and Space Out 'Like Ice Cream' on 'Kimmel'

    Divine Fits have plenty of original material they could play. Not just from last year's sleek sleeper A Thing Called Divine Fits, but also from their other bands: Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs for Dan Boeckner, Spoon for his co-singer and -songwriter Britt Daniel, and, well, a whole bunch of bands for powerhouse drummer Sam Brown, most recently New Bomb Turks. And yet recently the quasi-supergroup have been playing a fascinating assortment of covers. Bruce Springsteen. Frank Ocean. The Ramones.  Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Boeckner led Divine Fits through a cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" that kept the Heartbreakers frontman swampy rootsiness but stayed fully within Fits' synth-pulsing, skewed-edges style. More familiar was the LP's "Like Ice Cream," which veers off into bewitching krautrock-like atmospherics toward the end.

  • Wavves,

    Watch Wavves Detonate 'Demon to Lean On' for 'Letterman'

    One of the top YouTube search results for Wavves is still a three-year-old video titled "Wavves being a jerk." So when Nathan Williams sneers, ambivalent and not as young anymore, that "you'll die the same loser," "the truth is that it hurts," and "what's it really worth," it's not just unremembered-'90s borrowed nostalgia. Another video clip you can find, if you search for it or simply watch above, has Williams singing those words with the rest of his somewhat hirsute quartet last night on Late Show With David Letterman.

  • Tricky,

    Watch Tricky's Foreboding, Protester-Filled 'Does It' Video

    There's no question mark in the title of the second song to emerge from Tricky's forthcoming album False Idols. Surely that's intentional. The video for "Does It" premiered earlier today over at Rolling Stone, and in it the maestro behind 1995's Maxinquaye smokily murmurs a series of interrogations — "Does it make you feel good / Make you feel hood" — as his own dimly lit face is juxtaposed with color-drained footage of violence and protests. As with previously shared False Idols cut "Nothing's Changed," the jittery beats here confirm Tricky's return to his '90s bleakness and passion, in this case driven by an insistent bass line. The song's chorus, delivered by a female vocalist, mixes the personal and political, though in a somewhat general way.

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