Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Tom Cruise, M83, 'Oblivion' soundtrack

    M83 Share 'Oblivion,' the Popcorn-Ready Title Track From Tom Cruise's Sci-Fi Epic

    M83 has done hugeness from the French project's beginnings as an electronic twist on shoegaze's immersive swirl. Recall "Run Into Flowers," from 2003's Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Ghost, or "Don't Save Us From the Flames," from 2005's Before the Dawn Heals Us. The challenge for main man Anthony Gonzalez has been how to keep making each album huger: On 2008's Saturdays & Youth, he successfully did so by adopting the teenage emotions of John Hughes films, and then with 2011's Hurry Up We're Dreaming, he achieved his biggest commercial success to date by ratcheting up the grandiosity still further, helped by producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (who has since produced albums by Paramore and Tegan and Sara). What's huger than hugely huge? How about a Tom Cruise sci-fi movie soundtrack?

  • Kurt Vile, parade

    Kurt Vile Is Holding a Parade in Philadelphia on Saturday

    Kurt Vile is keeping it in Philadelphia ahead of the April 9 release of Wakin on a Pretty Daze (one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013) via Matador. The album cover is a public mural in the City of Brotherly Love, and an adorable commercial for the LP actually aired on Philly's local CW affiliate. This Saturday, a "Kurt Vile parade" will take place right there in the Smoke Ring for My Halo singer-guitarist's hometown.According to Matador, Tom Scharpling — of The Best Show on WFMU and SPIN's 2012 Music Video Director of the Year fame — will host the event.

  • Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne Plots 'America's Most Wanted' Tour and Raps on Unwanted Limp Bizkit Song

    A week after getting out of the hospital, Lil Wayne has announced a massive tour.Wayne's new album, I'm Not a Human Being 2, comes out tomorrow, and while it would probably be impossible to return to his peaks from the last decade, songs like single "Rich as Fuck" are at least a step back in the right direction.  In support of the album, Weezy today revealed the 2013 America's Most Wanted Music Festival, the follow-up to a similarly named 2009 tour.The upcoming dates start on July 9 in Birmingham, Alabama, and run through September 1 in Irvine, California. Atlanta hip-hop heavyweights Future and T.I. are set to support the Young Money rapper throughout the tour, with other openers to be named later.In semi-related news, Wayne raps on a newly surfaced song from 2012 Young Money signees Limp Bizkit, "Ready to Go." Yes, that Limp Bizkit.

  • Pure X, 'Crawling Up the Stairs'

    Hear Pure X Let Loose on Throat-Rending Space-Out 'Someone Else'

    Pure X have lost their cool, and it's magnificent. The Austin band's music has contained traces of darkness ever since they were releasing singles under the name Pure Ecstasy, culminating so far in 2011's stoned-immaculate Pleasure. But the molten-reverbed surfaces of their patiently unwinding songs have tended to be so richly pristine that it could be hard to guess much about the human beings behind it.That kind of style-versus-substance talk is hard to sustain anyway, and "Someone Else" should demolish it for this band once and for all.

  • noel gallagher, damon albarn, liam gallagher

    Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher Seal Britpop Truce by Playing Sweet 'Tender' Live

    When Blur released "Tender" in 1999 as the first single from their now-classic 13, the song's mix of Appalachian-style guitar, a gospel choir, and frontman Damon Albarn's wounded uplift made it unique in the group's discography. The album followed Albarn's high-profile breakup with Justine Frischmann of fellow Britpoppers Elastica, and "Tender" was at once Blur's most overtly America-indebted song and, coming off the success of 1997's Blur and its woohooing "Song 2," incredibly unlikely to be a hit here. It was also palpably heartbroken, but its refrain still insisted, "Love's the greatest thing." Festivalgoers could sing it back to the stage like a lovesick soccer chant.

  • Pussy Riot, protests

    Pussy Riot Protests Inevitably Inspire Cheesy Lingerie Commercial

    When a protest movement becomes a fashion statement, it can help the movement become more popular, but it can also have the unintended consequence of spreading the fashion without the statement. That was part of South Park's point when it showed Jesus sporting a "Free Pussy Riot" T-shirt in an episode last year about LIVESTRONG-style causes-as-bracelets.Now, the unavoidable has come to pass in just about the most reactionary way possible: A German lingerie brand has launched a Pussy Riot-themed commercial on the first anniversary of the Russian band's fateful "punk prayer" protest (via Ads of the World).

  • James Blake

    James Blake Shares Live, Mellow 'Our Love Comes Back' Download

    James Blake's submersion into quiet-storm quivering continues. The U.K. post-dubstep singer-songwriter's sophomore album Overgrown is due out on April 8 via Republic, and the snapping "Retrograde" and busily whirring Brian Eno collaboration "Digital Lion" have set expressive, soul-steeped singing over spacious, contemporary-sounding electronics. Now Blake has shared a live recording of album closer "Our Love Comes Back," and it's the most stripped down yet. With melancholy keyboards and gently throbbing drum programming, the song shows he shares not only Jeff Buckley's initials, but also his affinity for open, sensuous vocals in the tradition of Nina Simone or Antony Hegarty. The results, like lilac wine, are sweet and heady.Download for free via Amazon.

  • Fall Out Boy,

    Fall Out Boy Get Kidnapped, Tortured by Balaclava-Wearing Women in 'The Phoenix' Video

    No wonder Fall Out Boy are hinting that Courtney Love will appear on their new album. The videos so far from the reunited emo-pop crew's May 7 Save Rock and Roll suggest a battle of the sexes, territory the Hole singer has explored confidently since 1991's Pretty on the Inside. The first video from the album, for operatic hand-clapper "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," ends with the band members tied up in the back of a van, after 2 Chainz helps a group of women start a bonfire of FOB memorabilia.Now the follow-up clip, for cinematic, strings-adorned pulse-raiser "The Phoenix," acts like a prequel of sorts. Helped by a sweet neighborhood kid on a bicycle, women in balaclavas proceed to kidnap and torture our heroes.

  • The Strokes

    Hear the Strokes' Falsetto-Kissed Record Store Day B-Side 'Fast Animals'

    The Strokes know their French well. In 2006, Versailles-hailing band Phoenix foreshadowed their own current festival-headliner status with It's Never Been Like That, an album that lacquered their previous yacht-pop glossiness onto the gritty angles of downtown New York City — and specifically, the Strokes. Now the Strokes' fifth album, Comedown Machine, is out tomorrow, and "Fast Animals," the B-side to a Record Store Day 7-inch also featuring rough-hewn video selection"All the Time," neatly returns la faveur (via Stereogum). With Comedown Machine's "One Way Trigger" falsetto relegated to tasteful decor, the track is all sleek lines and elegantly grotty guitar tones until a burbling synth breakdown. As LP also-rans go, it's a pretty decent consolation prize.

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