Marc Hogan



  • Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers

    Youth Lagoon Wrestles With Mortality on March LP 'Wondrous Bughouse'

    In barely a couple of months, Trevor Powers will release his second album as Youth Lagoon. Wondrous Bughouse, the follow-up to the Boise, Idaho-based multi-instrumentalist's toweringly intimate 2011 debut The Year of Hibernation, is due out on March 5, again via Fat Possum. In a statement, Powers says his songwriting process reflected a growing interest in the "human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." It's easy to see how that might carry through to track list entries as "Through Mind and Back," though other Wondrous Bughouse song titles, such as "Pelican Man" and "Daisyphobia," are a bit more cryptic.

  • Rolling Stones

    Rolling Stones Predictably Tease Full-Blown 2013 Tour

    The Rolling Stones are only an official announcement away from officially announcing they'll be following their handful of recent 50th-anniversary shows with a full-blown tour this year.No joke: "Really, all you're going to have do is wait for an announcement," Keith Richards told Rolling Stone, reportedly with "a raspy laugh."The people who should probably be laughed at are any 1 percenters who forked over as much as $2,453.50 — or more, if they went through scalpers — thinking the recent mini-tour would be their last chance to see the Stones. Oh, sure, Mick Jagger himself suggested the tickets were so costly precisely because the Stones were only doing four shows and needed to recoup expenses that would normally be spread out over the course of a tour.

  • Michael Jackson,

    Terrorized 'Thriller' Actress Scares Up $55,000 Payday From Michael Jackson's Estate

    "There ain't no second chance against the thing with 40 eyes, girl," Michael Jackson warns on "Thriller." No word on how many eyes belong to the late King of Pop's estate, but Ola Ray, the model and actress who starred alongside Jackson in that song's classic 1983 video, has successfully gone back for a second payout.According to TMZ, Ray settled her breach of contract claims with the estate last year for $55,000, plus $20,000 in legal fees. She had alleged she was still entitled to a huge share of profits from the video, which originally aired on December 2, 1983 (websites, start your anniversary commemorative slideshows!).TMZ reports that John Landis, who directed the video, has settled similar litigation against the Jackson estate. Landis was looking for more than $2 million, though, so he probably received a larger, still-undisclosed amount.

  • Nirvana's Kurt Cobain

    Kurt Cobain Film Aims to Be This Generation's 'The Wall'

    Crossfire Hurricane, documentarian Brett Morgen's 2012 film about the Rolling Stones, combined audio interviews with relevant archival footage. His still-untitled, Courtney Love-approved documentary about Kurt Cobain, tentatively planned for next year, will be different. The tone of both documentaries seeks to reflect their subjects' personalities, Morgen told NME.To that end, Morgen said the movie about the late Nirvana frontman will blend animation and live action, like the 1982 film based on Pink Floyd's landmark album The Wall. "We're hoping the Cobain film, that'll hopefully be released in 2014, will be this generation's The Wall — a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before," Morgen's quoted as saying.Cobain, of course, had moves unlike Mick Jagger's.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder plays Isle of Wight

    Eddie Vedder Says Pearl Jam Are 'Maybe Halfway There' With New Album

    Pearl Jam are working on their follow-up to 2009's well-received Backspacer, but they're not in any huge rush. Asked about the new material by Rolling Stone, Eddie Vedder said the grunge outfit is "maybe halfway there." He didn't reveal any song titles or release date plans just yet."We're taking our time," Vedder said, continuing directly. "I was talking to Jeff [Ament, Pearl Jam's bassist] today ... He's heading to the West Coast, I'm heading east. And we're out here like, you know, like Johnny Appleseed. He's covering part of the country. I'm doing the other ... We'll be ready to go when we're ready to go."In appropriate Johnny Appleseed fashion, Vedder sprinkled only the tiniest tidbits about the new music's stylistic direction: "It sounds like it sounds like," he said. "We really work together as a unit these days ...

  • Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

    Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz Celebrate Being 'Rich as Fuck' By Rapping Without a Beat

    Lil Wayne has been collaborating with just about everyone the past few days. 2 Chainz has been collaborating with just about everyone for at least the past year. Including Wayne himself, much to his own avowed embarrassment, in the box-of-rocks-dumb hook to 2 Chainz' Based on a T.R.U. Story album opener, "Yuck." The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi returns the favor with his own hook that doesn't exactly show off rapping prowess on Weezy's new "Rich as Fuck" (via IllRoots), only this time you're much likelier to want to shout along.With lurching, minimalist production by Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" mastermind T-Minus, the song gives Lil Tunechi plenty of space for his increasingly limited set of tics. Eighties-baby pop-cultural references? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All Dogs Go to Heaven, check. Proof Wayne does drugs?

  • BenZel

    BenZel Stay Slinky With Future-R&B Slow Jam 'Fallin' Love' (And Racy Video)

    Jessie Ware is irreplaceable, but the mysterious production team BenZel have now officially proved they can achieve similar electro-soul raptures all on their own. BenZel, who if we're to believe their too-good-to-be-true backstory are two Japanese teenagers with "a profound appreciation for '90s R&B and J. Dilla," recently teamed with the Devotion singer on "If You Love Me," an arresting update of a 1994 hit by L.A. vocal group Brownstone.

  • Chief Keef

    Chief Keef, Fresh Off Court Victory, Shares Boastful 'You Ain't Bout That'

    Chief Keef just won a reprieve in the courtroom, and now he has revealed a super-confident song to fit the mood.As the Chicago Tribune reports, a local judge ruled yesterday that the South Side rapper could stay free regardless of new claims he broke the rules of his juvenile probation by secretly moving to the suburb of Northbrook, Illinois. Prosecutors had wanted the artist behind SPIN Essential album Finally Rich put behind bars until a formal probation hearing, which has been set for January 28. The judge, however, noted a lack of "any credible evidence" Keef had actually picked up sticks.Meanwhile, a new Keef song featuring a rapper named DKG has surfaced online.

  • Paint Branch

    Hear Ex-Q and Not U Duo Paint Branch's Strummy Homecoming Plaint 'I Wanna Live'

    You can never go home again, but we can never completely escape the places that shaped us, either. Paint Branch, the duo of former Q and Not U members Chris Richards and John Davis, already left behind the dance-y post-punk of their beloved Washington, D.C., band on richly Laurel Canyon-tinged "Brighton Beach," the first track from their new project's debut album, I Wanna Live (due out on January 8). Our latest glimpse of the album, the title track, doesn't stray too far from the same low-key, harmony-filled, acoustic-based terrain, but lyrically it finds Richards "running wild in my birthplace." What he can't remember is why.

  • Big Boi performs

    Who's That White Guy Performing With Big Boi on 'Letterman'?

    Wavves. Kelly Rowland. Phantogram. Plenty of names — some quasi-predictable, some not — jumped out when Big Boi unveiled the track list for his sophomore solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Jake Troth, a singer, songwriter, and producer with North Carolina roots and, to judge by this 2010 video for "Material Things," a bit of Vampire Weekend's rapper-referencing unabashedness about wealth, probably wasn't one of them.But Troth was the artist Daddy Fat Sax chose to have David Letterman spotlight by name in last night's Late Show performance of the new album's bouncy Troth collaboration "Apple of My Eye." Cutting a gawky figure with glasses and a sportcoat, Troth and two backup singers looked overjoyed snapping along, while Big Boi rapped at high speed at the front of the stage.

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