Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Daft Punk, Columbia

    Daft Punk Artfully Confirm Columbia Alliance Ahead of Fourth Album

    In January, the Guardian reported that Daft Punk's fourth proper album, the follow-up to 2005's Human After All, will come out in May on Columbia Records. The masked French-house behemoths haven't yet shed any more light on a release date or other details, but as Some Kind of Awesome points out, Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have changed the image on their website to reflect the Columbia connection. There's the image above, of two helmet halves plus the Columbia logo. Daftness!That's literally all the news from Daft Punk so far today — apparently it's going to be one of those drip, drip, drop release cycles — but reports last year surfaced that the proto-EDM dynamic duo were collaborating with "The Rainbow Connection" songwriter Paul Williams and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers.

  • Low / Photo by Zoran Orlic

    Hear Low's Majestic, Jeff Tweedy-Produced 'So Blue'

    Low's The Invisible Way, due out March 19 via Sub Pop, is shaping up to be impressively multi-hued. The first song from the Minnesota band's upcoming album, "Plastic Cup," showed the album's producer, Wilco singer-guitarist Jeff Tweedy, had only burnished the folksiness already latent in the band's gothic balladry. The next preview, "Just Make It Stop," was more upbeat and catchy, like a Belle and Sebastian for the snowy Lake Superior region. Now comes "So Blue," the loveliest so far and a pounding, piano-based track that keeps climbing toward catharsis. "We two collide / Songs weaving a line / Into the air," Mimi Parker sings gracefully. Here's the sound of that impact: kind of blue, but radiantly so.

  • Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy

    Pete Wentz Mistaken for '50 Shades of Grey' Author

    Pete Wentz might joke about kinky sex, but that doesn't make the Fall Out Boy bassist the author of 50 Shades of Grey.In a new interview with MTV, Wentz joked (?) that at least one book-shopper mistook him for E.L. James. "I showed up at a signing in New Jersey yesterday, and this lady was like, 'The author of '50 Shades of Grey' is here?'" he's quoted as saying. "I think that might have been a little disappointing for her.

  • Iron & Wine, Sam Beam

    Iron & Wine Visit 'Grace'-Land in Folky Second 'Ghost on Ghost' Preview

    Technicolor production is no longer a novelty for Iron & Wine singer-songwriter Sam Beam, and his new songs are all the better for it. Ghost on Ghost, arriving on April 16 via Nonesuch and 4AD, is the fifth Iron & Wine full-length overall, but it's only the third since Beam expanded beyond acoustic-guitar intimacy with 2007's The Shepherd's Dog. "Lovers' Revolution," the first Ghost glimpse, confidently swings toward jazz, with horns by the Tin Hat Trio's Rob Burger. The second track to surface from the record, "Grace for Saints and Ramblers," keeps the brass and adds strings, but has the lyric-driven, bouncy folk-pop omnivorousness of Paul Simon circa Graceland or The Rhythm of the Saints. "It all came down to you and I," Beam murmurs. His grammar might be questionable. His role as bandleader isn't.Listen to "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" below.

  • The Embassy / Photo by Rasmus Hägg

    Stream the Embassy's Soaring Indie-Dance Opus 'Sweet Sensation'

    The Embassy return with their proper full-length in more than seven years, Sweet Sensation, on Tuesday via their own International label. A decade ago, the Swedish duo of Fredrik Lindson and Torbjörn Håkansson helped midwife a globally acclaimed hometown scene that includes Jens Lekman, the Tough Alliance, Taken By Trees, Studio, Air France, jj, the Honeydrips, and more. They're still in vintage form here, mixing aching indie pop and glossy house for a record that once again comes across like an invitation to join something special and exclusive. 

  • Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Atoms for Peace, London

    Watch Thom Yorke Sing, Strum, and Shimmy at London DJ Gig with Nigel Godrich

    Be all the more jealous that Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer/Atoms for Peace colleague Nigel Godrich's live DJ sets sold out just about instantly. Yorke didn't just DJ at the first of those three dates, held in London on Friday night. As At Ease reports, he also sang, and he and Godrich played some of the songs live.See the Radiohead frontman croon, unwind a few spindly guitar lines, and — of course — dance in the fan-shot video above, which includes "S.A.D.," "Atoms for Peace," "Unless," and "Reverse Running." Some of it's hard to make out, given the nature of the video, but the performance carries over Amok's twitchy textures nicely.

  • Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

    Nine Inch Nails Announce Tour With Formidable New Lineup

    After years of hints, clues, and teases, Trent Reznor is reviving Nine Inch Nails, who performed their last live shows in 2009. The trailblazing band will start playing shows with a new lineup this summer, with a U.S. arena tour to follow this fall and global dates on the way into 2014, Reznor said in a statement to Pitchfork. Along with Reznor, the new lineup includes Jane's Addiction's Eric Avery, King Crimson's Adrian Belew, and Josh Eustis, of the sorely missed Chicago production duo Telefon Tel Aviv. Past NIN cohorts Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin are also on board.The relaunch isn't totally unexpected. Late last year, the New Yorker reported NIN would release a greatest-hits collection sometime in 2014. The compilation was to include two new songs by Reznor, who reportedly planned to write music for a new record.

  • Iggy Pop, Stooges, Ready to Die, album, cover art

    Iggy and the Stooges Preview Raw Reunion LP, Dis Smashing Pumpkins

    Iggy and the Stooges return on April 30 with Ready to Die, their first studio album under that billing since 1973's proto-punk classic Raw Power. Available for pre-order now via label Fat Possum, the record has a refreshingly scrappy sound to it, based on the 45-second preview above, which shows Iggy Pop dressed as a scarecrow while new work-sucks anthem "Job" blasts on the soundtrack. In a new video interview, posted below, Iggy suggests the new album is a product of pure, punk-rock stubbornness, although he also rather confusingly slams the Smashing Pumpkins. "My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal," he says. "It's just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group, when they're an older group, they also make fucking records.

  • Soundwave

    'Moron' Lights Flare During Metallica's Soundwave Sydney Set

    Multiple magnesium flares went off in the crowd at Soundwave 2013 in Sydney on Sunday, injuring at least one festival-goer. According to MusicFeeds, a fan lit at least one flare during Metallica's set at the fest, and the same fan might have lit at least two flares during an earlier set by British metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon. However, a promoter's claim that a young woman hurt by one of the flares was "disfigured" turns out to be false, according to what appears to be the woman's Tumblr (via FasterLouder), so a healthy skepticism is warranted until we see some kind of official report.Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah says the "moron" who lit the flares will be handed over to the police. "There were 75,000 people at what was a great show," Maddah told the Age. "It took one dickhead to ruin the day for everyone.

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