Marc Hogan

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  • AraabMuzik

    Download AraabMuzik's Bass-Dropping 'For Professional Use Only' Mixtape

    If you like your hip-hop instrumentals boosted with dubstep aggression, a mixtape has arrived to tide you over until AraabMuzik's next proper album. The Dipset producer and sampler virtuoso's For Professional Use Only is here via LiveMixTapes. On a quick first pass, the record's murky sub-bass grind lacks quite the fearlessness to be straight-up pretty that made 2011's Electronic Dream so broadly appealing — although "Never Have to Worry" has a slight new-age shimmer, and tellingly titled "Beauty" nods to pillowy '70s soul. Still, there's clearly also less macho pummel than Araab broke out during his tour opening for indie-pop noise-bombers Sleigh Bells, and there's ample reason to hope this will be a step above last year's scattered Instrumental University.

  • Beyoncé and Oprah

    Beyonce's 'Oprah' Interview Could Teach Taylor Swift a Thing or Two

    Beyoncé is a rare pop singer who could perform the national anthem at a presidential inauguration, do the half-time show at the Super Bowl, and still have media oxygen left for an Oprah Winfrey interview and self-directed HBO special. She didn't get there by being careless.Taking advice from Winfrey, Beyoncé made sure never to reveal who she was dating, the alarmingly NRA-targeted star says in a preview clip from her upcoming Winfrey interview (via the Hollywood Reporter). Winfrey brings up the advice, and Bey responds, "I took it as far as I could take it!" Considering Beyoncé's virtually unmatched stature in the music business right now, it's a tip younger performers might be well-advised to follow.

  • Azealia Banks

    Azealia Banks Tries to Ruin Career With More Deep Thoughts About Anti-Gay Slurs

    Azealia Banks might've just reached for her Poland Spring bottle. Like supposed Republican savior Marco Rubio, who blew his State of the Union response less for reciting long-disproven ideas than for un-presidentially lunging toward the nearest water source, the New York rapper has an appearance problem at what should be her crowning moment. Using a homophobic slur doesn't make Banks homophobic, it's true. But using that homophobic slur again and again, and dismissing as old-fashioned anyone who claims to be offended by it? Well, that sure makes a person look homophobic.

  • Usher, Diplo

    'Climax' Duo Usher and Diplo Reunite for Seductive 'Go Missin''

    Last Valentine's Day, Usher hit the Internet with Diplo-produced masterpiece "Climax." We got a little excited. Last night, a year later, the silky-voiced pop-R&B heatseeker and the taste-making Mad Decent label boss unleashes another Diplo-produced Ursh track, "Go Missin'." While not as immediately jaw-dropping as its predecessor, the song keeps up the "Radiohead quiet storm" style the producer ascribed to "Climax," and the gifted singer brings back his hair-raising falsetto.Usher has stressed in interviews that despite the title, "Climax" is about the two people at the end of a relationship as much as it's about sex, but "Go Missin'" is unabashedly sexual, Usher beckoning a woman to "forget about him" and vanish with the Looking 4 Myself performer for the night.

  • Tyler, the Creator, Domo 23, Wolf

    Tyler, the Creator Turns Pro Wrestler in 'Domo 23' Video, Then Frank Ocean Croons

    We never thought we'd say this, but Tyler, the Creator's new video has something for everyone. The pro-wrestling-themed visuals for "Domo 23," the first taste of the Odd Future deep throat's just-announced April 2 album Wolf, contain enough gleefully juvenile humor and lurching electronic production to body-slam the Los Angeles hip-hop collective' usual demographic; Earl Sweatshirt dances gloriously as the referee, and Tyler shares the ring with fellow OF-er Domo Genesis.And for those of us stick-in-the-muds who don't have nostalgic memories of our friends' wrestling obsessions? Who still recoil at Tyler's sneering dismissal of concerns his group's rise was partly fueled by jokes about rape and gays ("A couple fags threw a little hissfit," he spits here)?

  • Metric

    Metric's 'Breathing Underwater' Soars in MNDR's Dance-Pop Remix

    Metric's Synthetica standout "Breathing Underwater" has enough stadium-rock anthem in its genetic makeup that our reviewer Josh Modell called it "the ass-kicking younger sister of 'With or Without You.'" MNDR, the duo of Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, are steeped in the history of electronic dance music, as last year's Feed Me Diamonds exhilaratingly illustrates. Now, via Life+Times, MNDR have remixed "Breathing Underwater," chopping up Metric frontwoman Emily Haines' no-bullshit vocals and putting them over percolating techno. When Metric's arena rush meets MNDR's EDM high, it's fair to say the results are breathtaking.

  • Jessie Ware

    Jessie Ware's Elegantly Understated 'Diamonds' Joins Growing Rihanna Covers Canon

    "Diamonds" is proving to be remarkably multifaceted. Rihanna's "happy and hippie" Unapologetic single has already conquered the charts, and now it is enjoying an extended life through reinterpretations. Kanye West took the Fresh Prince's name in vain on a characteristically self-aggrandizing remix, "Diamonds" co-writer Sia stripped it down to a keyboard-and-vocal rendition, and Zola Jesus' cover revealed the gothy murk beneath the superficially light, accessible ballad. Jessie Ware is perhaps ideally suited to cover Rihanna; where the Barbadian singer never topped the charts as R&B until Billboard decided last year that's what she was, Ware's smoky, soul-tinged voice surely bears traces of that genre, regardless of her British origins.

  • Coathangers

    Hear the Coathangers' Insatiable, Bittersweet Garage-Rock Elegy 'Derek's Song'

    The Coathangers have always understood that you can communicate more by throwing a party than giving a speech. Atlanta's back-alley rock queens started out "Gettin' Mad and Pumpin' Iron" and commanding someone to "Nestle in My Boobies," but when 2011's Larceny & Lace wasn't summoning a "Hurricane," it was showing a band increasingly comfortable in the eye of the storm: The raspy "Jaybird," for instance, paid rambunctious tribute to the late Jay Reatard. "Derek's Song," from the band's March 5 split single with Suicide Squeeze labelmates Nü Sensae, comes after the death last year of Seattle musician Derek Shepherd, seen here in a photo with the Coathangers.

  • The Knife

    The Knife's Hauntingly Caribbean-Inflected 'A Tooth for an Eye' Surfaces

    Hammurabi, the ancient inventor of the "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" code, would not understand the new Knife song at all. Luckily for the rest of the us, if you've been following along with the art-devouring Swedish electro-pop duo's previous records, latest leak "A Tooth for an Eye" should sound relatively familiar. Where the first track to emerge from spring album Shaking the Habitual, the nine-minute "Full of Fire," plunged straight into icy albeit ceaselessly shifting techno, this one is the type of otherworldly, Caribbean steel drum-driven synth-popper that's been the Knife's specialty since 2004 debut Deep Cuts. Karin Dreijer Andresson's vocals are piercing as ever, rising to a frenzied howl as she moves from recounting suburban scenes to telling stories from her doorstep.

  • Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z in Suit and Tie video

    Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z's Posh 'Suit & Tie' Video Shows Grammys Needed David Fincher

    At one point in the new video for Justin Timberlake's comeback single "Suit & Tie," the singer and actor looks at sheet music on an iPad. That's the perfect encapsulation of what the song, with its '40s big-band feel and casually up-to-date slang, sounds built to accomplish. When Timberlake and guest rapper Jay-Z performed the song at the Grammys, though, the effect was more redolent of a time before Steve Jobs was even born.Turns out they just needed JT's The Social Network director David Fincher, who keeps up the retro, black-and-white shtick in this video but manages to make all those throwback moves look a whole lot more contemporarily chic.

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