Marc Hogan

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  • Kendrick Lamar, Poetic Justice, Letterman

    Kendrick Lamar Reprises 'SNL' Gig With Exquisite 'Poetic Justice' on 'Letterman'

    Kendrick Lamar continued his victory lap for last year's nearly impeccable good kid, m.A.A.d city with a typically forceful performance last night on Late Show With David Letterman. SPIN's SXSW party headliner has already performed a fantastic "Swimming Pools (Drank)" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, plus ascent-certifying versions of "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and Janet Jackson-sampling "Poetic Justice" on Saturday Night Live. Fresh off the release of a chilling video for the latter song, he meted out "Poetic Justice" stirringly again on Letterman. As on SNL, there was no Drake, let alone live Janet, but there was saxophone. Lamar's earnest smile when the much-taller Letterman comes out to shake his hand would be worth waiting through an ad for (there isn't any ad before the video above, though).

  • Tyler, the Creator, Treehome, Domo 23, Wolf, Fallon

    Tyler, the Creator Debuts Piano-Based 'Treehome,' Raps Urgent 'Domo 23' on 'Fallon'

    Tyler, the Creator unleashed more Wolf last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with help from the Roots. The Odd Future rapper played a piano — "I WANTED TO BE JUST LIKE STEVIE AHHH," he tweeted — as he debuted the album's previously unheard "TreeHome," a sultry R&B ballad sung by previous Odd Future collaborator Coco, of Danish electro-soul duo Quadron. With that, Tyler started jumping around the stage for the breathless "Domo 23." It was, notably, the same stage where Odd Future made their TV debut in early 2011 with a wild rendition of "Sandwiches."Tyler changed the homophobic slur from the video version of "Domo 23" to "dudes." But, as if taking sales-boosting lessons from Azealia Banks, he oh-so-cutely dropped the anti-gay "F" bomb twice on Twitter.

  • The Embassy / Photo by Rasmus Hägg

    Swede and Sour: The Strange, Sardonic Return of the Embassy

    For a band that's gone more than seven years between albums, the Embassy have adopted an aggressively preemptive attitude on the new Sweet Sensation:I don't think you can survive if you take it totally seriously. I'm quite happy to just do a few gigs. I think I'd really hate to play loads of gigs and stuff. It's something that I do. I'm not gonna be a professional musician. Well, it's not true.With the above, from the album's second-to-last track, "U," the Gothenburg, Sweden-based duo turn defense into offense, detering any possible ill-prepared interrogators with stand-offish quotes from ramshackle '80s romantics and Kurt Cobain favorites the Marine Girls.

  • Adele, Barbra Streisand, Oscars

    Adele Is Well Aware She's Only an Emmy and Tony From EGOT

    As Barbra Streisand might've sung, people who want an EGOT... might be the only people in the world who still take awards shows seriously. Nonetheless, Adele has suggested she will try to follow in the almighty Babs' footsteps, adding a Tony and Emmy to her trophy haul to earn the full grand slam. "Maybe I'll do an HBO special like Beyoncé did," the "Skyfall" singer said backstage from the Academy Awards' venue on Sunday, as Billboard reports. "And a Tony, I'm not so sure. Maybe someday I'll do a musical."In more serious news, the New Yorker's John Colapinto has a lengthy, subscriber-only profile of Steven Zeitels, the doctor who operated on Adele's throat as well as those of Julie Andrews, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, the Who's Roger Daltrey, Keith Urban, Cher, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, and hundreds of others.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Nielson, Fallon

    Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Low-Key U.S. TV Debut on 'Fallon'

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra turned heads with the viral hit "Ffunny Ffrends," which came out of nowhere (actually, Bandcamp) before winding up on the Portland band's 2011 self-titled debut. They've gradually had to give up more and more of that online anonymity, but even though sophomore album II is, as main man Ruban Nielson told SPIN, tinged with existential dread, UMO have managed to do so without becoming suffocatingly serious. They put McLovin in the video for soul-simmering standout "So Good at Being in Trouble," fer crissakes.Their U.S. TV debut last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was no less endearingly goofy, complete with Nielson chewing gum in between vocals. It was an effective faithful late-night translation of a fuzzy, low-end-heavy song that can sound like an immaculate studio creation. The extra smattering of guitar crescendo at the end didn't hurt, either.

  • Mortar & Pestle

    Hear Mortar & Pestle's Pinball-Sampling Synth-Pop Scorcher 'U.V.'

    Mortar & Pestle's "U.V." is all radiant synths and glossy production, with pinball sounds giving way to singer Janaysa Lambert singing buoyantly about "sunshine." But the Oakland trio is born out of tragedy — the friend who introduced them died shortly after coming up with the group's name — and the song never forgets that the sun also blinds. "U.V." is the first single from their self-titled debut, due on Post Primal. 110737:song:U.V: 

  • Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake Misunderstands His Place in History, Led Zeppelin Edition

    The wrong feathery-voiced pop crooner released an album titled Looking 4 Myself. That was the name of last year's dance-R&B opus by Usher, but it applies even better to Justin Timberlake, who, in an unfortunate optometry reference, has instead called his March 19 release The 20/20 Experience. But JT, who as a solo artist released two of the last decade's great pop albums, is evidently suffering an identity crisis all his own.Timberlake reportedly told Capital FM his embrace of long songs is in the tradition of the big classic-rock bands. "When we were making the record I said, 'If Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can do 10-minute songs and Queen can do 10-minute songs then why can't we?' We'll figure out the radio edits later," he's quoted as saying by NME.

  • Helado Negro / Photo by Ryan Dickie

    Stream Helado Negro's Dewy Post-Disco LP 'Invisible Life'

    Brooklyn's Roberto Lange has recorded two previous albums of atmospheric, Spanish-language synth grooves as Helado Negro, plus an album last year with Asthmatic Kitty labelmate Julianne Barwick under the name OMBRE. His latest Helado Negro full-length, Invisible Life, is out on March 5 via the same label, and it marks Lange's first time singing in both English and Spanish. Guests include Bear in Heaven's Jon Philpot, Mouse on Mars' Jan St. Werner, and Devendra Banhart.

  • David Bowie, NME

    This Is What Counts as a Photo of David Bowie Now

    David Bowie is on the cover of U.K. music magazine NME this week. What, you didn't recognize him? The glam-rock godhead, who last night shared the Tilda Swinton-starring video for his latest The Next Day single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," is reportedly behind that white, hockey-style mask.NME editor Mike Williams, like former President George W. Bush gazing into Vladimir Putin's eyes, can recognize Bowie's soul peering through. "Staring out from behind the mask are the unmistakable eyes of David Bowie," Williams is quoted as saying. "The shot, taken by his friend Jimmy King exclusively for NME on February 11 in New York, landed in my inbox the next day with a message from Bowie's people: 'This is just for you. No one else has seen this. David would like to be on the cover.'" Um.

  • Japandroids, Brian King, Conan

    Watch Japandroids' Unusually Subdued 'Nights of Wine and Roses' on 'Conan'

    It happens. Sometimes thrilling performers fail to sound their best on high-profile stages. Take Frank Ocean's lackluster Grammy performance, which he totally nailed in rehearsals. And whatever you think of Lana Del Rey, Saturday Night Live has a venerable tradition of beloved musical acts coming off like garage bands. Part of Japandroids' appeal, of course, is the fist-pumping, emotive Canadian duo brings the scrappy intensity of an actual garage band, albeit one that's imagining it's playing arenas. Last night SPIN's 2012 Band of the Year descended upon Conan, fireworks-blasting Celebration Rock opener "The Night of Wine and Roses" lacked its usual "yell like hell to the heavens" oomph.

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