Marc Hogan

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  • Kurt Vile and Bradford Cox

    Kurt Vile and Bradford Cox Board 'Freak Train' in Newly Unearthed Live Collaboration

    Bradford Cox and Kurt Vile have obvious similarities, from their prolific home-recording approaches to their shared affinity for atmospheric rock. In fact, Deerhunter frontman Cox even covered "Freak Train," a song from Vile's 2009 Matador debut Childish Prodigy, a few years ago on a free mixtape released under his Atlas Sound solo guise. Cox also joined Vile in an entrancingly rambling, nine-minute rendition of the krautrock-chugging zone-out at the Earl in Atlanta on August 7, 2011 (via Pitchfork).Recorded by Chunklet proprietor Henry Owings, the performance comes from Vile's final show with the best-known lineup of his band the Violators, which then included the War on Drugs leader Adam Granduciel. The recording comes as one of six bonus live tracks from a reissue of Vile and the Violators' limited-edition 2009 EP The Hunchback, out today on TestosterTunes.

  • Renny Wilson

    Hear Renny Wilson's Full Debut Album: Smooth Space Odyssey 'Sugarglider'

    The first person Renny Wilson thanks on his BandCamp page, after his fans, is Arthur Russell. The late cellist, singer, and composer had a wonderfully varied discography, as 2008's folk-leaning Love Is Overtaking Me demonstrated. But Wilson's January 22 debut on Mint Records, Sugarglider, suavely adheres to Russell's underwater-disco inclinations. Opening with gaudy saxophones and ornamented with Chic-informed bass lines, the Edmonton artist's upcoming album is synth-soaked, falsetto-filled, and dream-like. In other words, it ought to appeal to fans not only of Russell, but also of recent records by Toro y Moi, El Perro Del Mar, and even Caribou.

  • David Bowie

    David Bowie Might Play One or Two Live Shows, Producer Says

    David Bowie's shocking return last week with his first song in a decade, "Where Are We Now?," came alongside the announcement the rock legend would also be releasing a new album, The Next Day, in March. Left unanswered was whether he might play live again, spurring a fair amount of will-he-or-won't-he debate. Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti has clarified previous reports by saying that while Bowie won't tour for this album, there's still a chance of a one-off concert here or there."He says that he will only play if he feels like it, but no tour," Visconti is quoted as saying.

  • Future

    Hear Future Get 'Real' With Drake and 'Wake Up' With Ciara

    "I wanna do something else, to do it another way," Future told SPIN's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd in an interview posted today. Though he collaborates with other artists in a bevy of new tracks to emerge in recent days, the rapper and singer continues to inhabit a planet all his own. His strobe-synthed team-up with fellow rap-R&B sadsack hybrid Drake on "Fo Real" takes champagne-soaked melancholy into ever-stranger territory.

  • Pissed Jeans

    Pissed Jeans' Allergy-Punk Yowl 'Cathouse' Is More Effective Than Claritin

    Animal dander gives some people the sniffles and makes others break out in hives. Pissed Jeans unleash a feral post-hardcore primal scream of their own on "Cathouse," a song from the Pennsylvania band's February 12 album Honeys that frontman Matt Korvette told SPIN addresses "crippling pet allergies." Korvette roars like a wounded animal over the band's high-scuzz pummel, but anyone who has ever gotten messily drunk just to self-medicate their red-eyed reaction to a pet should identify with his particular complaints: namely, itching and suffocating while everybody else has a fun night — adult angst, y'know? "I tried to fight it / I thought maybe things would change," the sometime SPIN style blog contributor barks.

  • David Byrne St. Vincent

    Watch David Byrne and St. Vincent Play a Full, Sparkling Concert

    In sheerly mercenary terms, market logic would dictate that every time David Byrne tours in a setup that's not just Talking Heads nostalgia, he's leaving money on the table. So you know his artistic communion with St. Vincent must be worth it, and the two certainly show why in this professionally shot 40-minute set posted by NPR. Backed by a horn section, Byrne and St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark engage in dazzling vocal, instrumental, and, um, dance-ical interplay as they run through songs from last year's artily funky Love This Giant — and, okay, Talking Heads classic "Burning Down the House" (plus St. Vincent's 2009 "Marrow"). That's former Beirut member Kelly Pratt on lead horn, and the choreography is by Annie-B Parson of Brooklyn's Big Dance Theater.David Byrne and St. Vincent: September 30, 2012 — Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore Music Hall setlist:1. "Who"2.

  • Blue Ivy Carter

    Beyonce Reveals Blue Ivy's Ultrasound in Relatively Lo-Fi HBO Trailer

    Move over, Kimye. Beyoncé's daughter with husband Jay-Z just turned one, and she's ready for her close-up. The newly released, extended trailer for Beyoncé's February 16 HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, includes a glimpse of ultrasound footage starring none other than Blue Ivy Carter. In truth, it looks just about like any other ultrasound, but it's a rare glimpse of a child whose musical debut came a year ago on Jay's fatherly tribute "Glory." The 90-second clip otherwise expands on the previous 25-second trailer with added, intimate-looking video and a voice-over of Beyoncé saying her goal has become "independence." At one point, she's going on live TV in two days and, a man declares sternly, "We don't have an approved rough cut." The horror! But most of all, we find out that although Mrs. Hova may be rich and famous, she's also just like everybody else.

  • Michael Jackson

    Not Bad: Michael Jackson Song Hackers Sentenced to Community Service

    Yup, you could call them a couple of smooth criminals. James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, who pled guilty last September on charges accusing them of downloading almost 8,000 files from Sony's servers — including unreleased Michael Jackson recordings — won't serve any jail time over the incident. As the AP reports, a U.K. judge has sentenced the two instead to 100 hours of community service.The Jackson treasure trove came to Marks and McCormick as part of the April 2011 hack involving Sony's PlayStation Network database. Sony reportedly refused to comment on the matter, but reports last year indicated the two hackers gained access to unreleased recordings from Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. And that's right, it only cost them 100 hours of community service. Where do we sign up?

  • Dave Grohl 'Sound City'

    Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Documentary Is Coming to a Theater Near You

    The movie Dave Grohl has called "my life's most important work" is headed for the big screen. The Foo Fighters frontman's full-length directing debut, the documentary Sound City, is now scheduled for a theatrical release at cities across the country. That follows a premiere later this month at Utah's Sundance Film Festival, which will be accompanied by the live debut of Grohl's new Sound City Players.Like LCD Soundsystem's Shut Up and Play the Hits last year, Sound City will have most of its screenings limited to one night only: January 31, which just happens to be the day before the release date for a video download of the movie. A smattering of screenings are scheduled for additional dates through February 22. Ticketing information is available on Sound City's website.Of course, the former Nirvana drummer has more than a movie to keep him busy these days.

  • Phoenix and the Knife

    The Knife and Phoenix Plot Live Returns (Not Together)

    With Coachella's 2013 lineup announcement expected any second now, we now know of two top-notch European bands that (a) are definitely touring, and (b) don't have any shows booked during the California desert music festival's weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21.Swedish electro-pop duo the Knife sent out a teaser in December for their new album, Shaking the Habitual, due April 9 on Mute. At the time, Pitchfork reported the sibling duo of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer would be touring in Europe in 2013. Now the Knife have revealed the dates kick off April 29 in Milan and up May 16 back in Stockholm. No word what they might be doing between the album release and the European tour launch, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.Chic French pop-rockers Phoenix are also releasing an album in April, we've previously reported, though details are still scarce.

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