Marc Hogan

writer

Biography

  • Laura Marling, Shakespeare, 'As You Like It'

    Laura Marling Gets Shakespearean: Preview Her 'As You Like It' Songs

    Laura Marling has never been one to shy away from canonical ghosts, but now she's taking that a few centuries further. The U.K. singer and songwriter, set to do battle with the monsters of folk once again on new album Once I Was an Eagle (due out May 28 via Ribbon Music), has also written music for a new production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. As TwentyFourBit points out, a trailer video for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's upcoming staging of the classic play showcases about 90 seconds of a new Marling song. Lyrics like the refrain "winter and rough weather" draw on the Bard's language, while the subdued, stripped-down performance keeps Marling within the idiom of (somewhat) more recent bards Joni MItchell and Leonard Cohen.

  • Gucci Mane

    Gucci Mane Surrenders to Police Over Assault Charge

    Gucci Mane, already his own worst enemy, has given himself up to authorities and was booked into Georgia's Fulton County Jail last night, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Gucci Mane faces a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. He's reportedly accused of hitting a soldier in the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta club. A Fulton Country sheriff's spokesperson told the AJC the rapper was set for a hearing today with a magistrate.According to Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News, the alleged victim has said he just wanted to have his photo taken with Gucci Mane but ended the night with a concussion and stitches.

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

    Is Kanye West 'God' or 'A God'? Reports of New Album's Title Are Conflicting, Dubious

    Online discussion of Kanye West's next album title is starting to resemble the movie Groundhog Day. Not because it seems like every day there's another over-the-top rumor for outlets to report and then debunk. No, it's because of the scene where Bill Murray, attempting to explain his weird immortality to Andie Macdowell, clarifies, "I'm a god. I'm not the God."On Tuesday, a gossip-mongering BBC News Magazine column noted, without sourcing, that West "is supposed to be contemplating" the title I Am God for his follow-up to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The same column was mostly about "reports" West and Kim Kardashian are "considering" naming their child North West, so it warranted some skepticism.

  • Icona Pop, 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'I Love It'

    Icona Pop Rave Up 'Dancing With the Stars' With 'I Love It'

    Cue B-list celebrities making glowstick jokes! Icona Pop performed their 2012 hit "I Love It" last night on TV's Dancing With the Stars, as Scandipop points out (via Pitchfork). The Swedish electro-pop duo did make the Charli XCX-written, Girls-approved youthful-irresponsibility scream-along into a neon-friendly affair And the appearance had a zeitgeist-cementing feeling for an act that has still charted higher overseas than in the United States.Watch until the end to see the show's Tom Bergeron, also the post-Bob Saget host of America's Funniest Home Videos, offer rave-revival stock quips. And then check out our interview with Icona Pop plus our photos of their New York City shows, both on their own at Terminal 5 and supporting Passion Pit at Madison Square Garden.

  • Mikal Cronin

    Hear Mikal Cronin's Fuzzed-Out Power-Pop Gem 'Weight'

    They start sending out AARP membership kits younger and younger these days. Snicker-emoji all you want, but it'll happen to you. "Weight," the latest offering from Mikal Cronin's upcoming album MCII (due out May 7 on Merge Records), at once embraces and blasts away from adult burdens. "I'm only gettin' older," Cronin acknowledges, amid delicate piano that highlights his concerns, but then the sort of distorted charge that enlivened previous MCII cut "Shout It Out" helps him, if not rage against the dying of the light, then at least pump a fist against it. The swooping melody somewhat randomly recalls Jens Lekman's gorgeous hairdresser ode "Shirin," and a similarly plainspoken power-pop palette has been used to lesser ends by more seasoned hands like Ben Kweller.

  • Marnie Stern, Fig,

    See Marnie Stern's Fantastical Yet Down-to-Earth 'Immortals' Video

    Marnie Stern's latest video vividly captures what makes her music tick. On just-released SPIN Essential album Chronicles of Marnia, the New York noise-popper puts her familiar blizzards of finger-tapped guitar notes beneath lyrics wracked with self-questioning. This contrast between rock-star fantasy and indie-famous reality carries over the video for one of the record's most confident-sounding tracks, "Immortals." Directed by Allie Avital Tsypin (School of Seven Bells, the Mynabirds), the clip splits between Stern daydreaming mythologically on her couch, running everyday errands around New York City, and playing for an exaggeratedly amped crowd.

  • Alice in Chains, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

    Alice in Chains' Sludgy 'Stone' Surfaces Online

    A new track from Alice in Chains' upcoming album has hit radio, which means it's also popped up online. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which the grunge lifers have said will be unsurprising but unique, is due out on May 14. According to Blabbermouth, the band released the album's "Stone" to radio yesterday. Shins fans can go back to wincing the night away: The song actually is unsurprising yet relatively unusual for 2013, with plenty of lurching riffage, flashy shredding, and bleak moaning in common with the album's previously unveiled "Hollow." If you like your '90s nostalgia more King Animal than "Afraid of Heights," you're in a safe place, though there's not as much devil as dinosaur here.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs,

    Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Intense, Slightly NSFW 'Sacrilege' Video

    Violence almost always turns out to be acceptable in American society, but sexuality is another story. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new video for gospel-rock anthem "Sacrilege" cryptically riffs on this theme, with a sinister manhunt and womanhunt that involves someone making out all over town. Directed by Megaforce (Madonna, Kid Cudi), the clip shows just enough breast that your boss might deem it NSFW sacrilege. And it ends with a wedding, though there are no overt references to today's Supreme Court oral arguments legalizing same-sex marriage.

  • Wavves,

    Watch Wavves' Boozy, Cross-Dressing 'Afraid of Heights' Video

    Wavves' new album Afraid of Heights has many echoes of Kurt Cobain, as SPIN's Jessica Hopper notes in her review. But the title track, which contains a hint of a backing vocal from Jenny Lewis, is one of just as many moments on the album that resurrect the candied fuzz-pop hooks of Weezer, right down to the "Say It Ain't So"-channeling lyric "found Jesus." Pitchfork.tv has shared the video for the track, and like the clips for "Demon to Lean On" and "Sail to the Sun" it's a memorable one, as VHS-wavy footage follows cross-dressers' night out at a bar. Too bad the protagonist's ensemble wouldn't really match Wavves' new sneakers, but the whole thing takes a dark turn at the end.And don't miss our 2012 cover story on Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Wavves' Nathan Williams.

  • Phoenix

    Hear Blood Orange Turn Phoenix's 'Entertainment' Into an '80s R&B Slow Dance

    One of the more endearing pop stories in the past year or so has been the renaissance of Devonté Hynes. The British singer-songwriter now better known as Blood Orange ignited a frenzy in the excitable British press when he was only 19, as a member of spazzy dance-punks Test Icicles. He remade himself as an offbeat indie troubadour with a couple of albums under the name Lightspeed Champion. But his most captivating performance for a while was his lead vocal and co-writing turn on Basement Jaxx's vulnerable 2009 dancefloor anthem "My Turn." Happily, Hynes' turn is here.

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