Marc Hogan

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  • Jack White, Jay-Z

    Jack White's Alleged Grammys F-Bomb Briefly Renders Rihanna's Nipples Moot

    After years of more or less increasing out-of-touchness, the Grammy Awards' biggest asset remains their very institutional nature. So the cluelessly conservative dress code for last night's awards show makes sense: This is supposed to be like the Oscars, a classy, old-school affair, not some anything-goes beatnik like those parvenu Golden Globes. And yet, as with any time tone-deaf authorities tell free-thinking people how to comport themselves, there were some exceptions to the Grammys' uptight rules. Katy Perry's hemispheric cleavage. Rihanna's banned, barely veiled nipples.Does Jack White's blazing performance of "Love Interruption" and "Freedom at 21" belong on the list of Grammy rebellions? No side boob was exposed in his renditions of those two tracks, backed by his all-female and all-male bands, respectively.

  • justin timberlake, mirrors

    Hear Justin Timberlake Drop Cheesy Pickup Lines on 'Mirrors'

    "You're shining something like a mirror / And I can't help but notice you reflecting this heart of mine."Justin Timberlake has had going on seven years to follow up his zeitgeist-seizing 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds. He was so omnipresent at the Grammy Awards that they played his songs in seemingly every commercial.And how does the former 'N Sync singer choose to crown his return to pop prominence but with a pickup line even MxPx wouldn't touch? Backed with music that's a cross between luxe Bruno Mars '80s-grenade balladry and those human beatbox hiccups that, in all honesty, were starting to be played out even when Timberlake tapped Timbaland to use them, brilliantly, on FutureSex? "It's like you're my mirror / My mirror staring back at me." Yes, it is.

  • Jack White

    Jack White to Maroon 5: Grammys Performances From Best to Worst

    A vague "who's in charge here?" feeling carried over most of this year's Grammy awards show. Chaos, though, was a rare commodity. When it came to picking highlights from the night's performances, the artists who reminded us music can be cathartic — or at least kept us awake — stood out. Here's our list of the best and worst from tonight's Grammy performances, from Jack White's dual-band stage-lashing to Alicia Keys and Maroon 5's perfection of bland. 1. Jack White When Jack White and his all-female band the Peacocks followed Lumineers to deliver Blunderbuss' disarmingly languid "Love Interruption," it was easy to wonder what the hell the former White Stripes frontman was doing here. Then he brought out his boys, the Buzzards, for an especially unhinged "Freedom at 21,"  and his purpose became clear. He was destroying the place.2.

  • Drake Started From the Bottom video

    Drake Toasts Grammy Win With 'Started From the Bottom' Video

    Whatever you call Degrassi, Drake isn't on the bottom anymore. In fact, his auterish, storytelling-driven, R&B-shading Take Care just won the Grammy for Best Rap Album. In time to celebrate, the Young Money rapper has posted a video for his latest song, origins-justifying "Started From the Bottom," an itchy, electro-futuristic chin-stroker so at once understated and in-your-face that SPIN hip-hop blogger Brandon Soderberg aptly dubbed it "sincere trolling." The song was originally supposed to come out tonight. Instead it's the video. Directed by Director X (who also helmed Take Care's MTV-honored "HYFR" video) and C.

  • School of Seven Bells

    School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis Diagnosed With Cancer

    School of Seven Bells have shared some sad and concerning news. Benjamin Curtis, one half of the New York City duo with lead singer Alejandra Deheza, is suffering from cancer. The band wrote in a Facebook post today that "the doctors say it's T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. It developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it's TREATABLE."The electronic-tinged dream-pop outfit, which mixes booming guitars with airy vocals, just released a new EP, Put the Sad Down, at the end of 2012. Earlier last year, Deheza shared her obsessions with SPIN prior to the release of the fine album Ghostory, the group's first without Deheza's sister Claudia. Curtis previously played in the bands Secret Machines and Tripping Daisy.School of Seven Bells are asking fans to send their "light and love" Curtis' way.

  • Matt Bonner

    They're Going to #LetBonnerShoot: Indie Rockers' NBA Three-Point Petition Works

    Matt Bonner has yet to take a shot at the Three-Point Shootout during the NBA's All-Star weekend, but indie-rock basketball fans have already won. Bonner will shoot at the league's annual long-ball competition, and that's exactly what the War on Drugs' Dave Hartley, who recently released an album by his Nightlands project, has been asking. Hartley started the Let Bonner Shoot campaign with a petition on Change.org, and he quickly gained support from like-minded hoops lovers Arcade Fire and Deer Tick.Now the 6' 10" San Antonio Spurs big man has secured a spot at the three-point contest, set for Saturday, February 16, at the Toyota Center in Houston. Hartley is understandably stoked. He tweeted: "holy shit. we did it. they are going to #LetBonnerShoot !!!!!!!" And it isn't just indie rockers celebrating the news.

  • 1939 Ensemble

    Hear Breeders Drummer Jose Medeles' Propulsive 1939 Ensemble Cut 'Sabotage'

    Jose Medeles played drums on the last few Breeders records, but with the Deal sisters' band reuniting their Last Splash lineup this year, the Portland-based musician is stepping out on a project of his own. Medeles' duo with another PDX percussionist, David Coniglio, releases its full-length debut, Howl & Bite, on April 16 via Jealous Butcher. Late-album track "Sabotage" shows what a lively noise they can conjure based around drums and vibraphones. An obvious setting for expressive, instrumental music like this would be on TV and film soundtracks, but it's bustling and textured enough to captivate on headphones, too.110230:song:Sabotage:

  • Kurt Vile's 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' mural

    Kurt Vile's 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' Mural Gives New Meaning to 'Industrial Music'

    The cover art for Kurt Vile's next album, as revealed late last year, is a freaking mural right there in his hometown of Philadelphia. Titled Wakin on a Pretty Daze, the album is on its way sometime in 2013 via Matador Records, and the label's newly released making-of video demonstrates the wall-sized artwork has some serious thought behind it.Street artist Steve Powers, a.k.a. ESPO, explains that the mural is in the style of other beautiful, simple signs painted in the building's industrial Philly neighborhood. "We're in that tradition where Kurt Vile is another object on the industrial landscape," Powers says in the video. "For all intents and purposes, that's our industry now. Music and art [are] two of the most powerful industries that we have here."It turns out the objects beneath the title in the mural refer to lyrics from the album.

  • The Flaming Lips'

    The Flaming Lips Make Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Their Sun-Bursting Own

    The Flaming Lips have been covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" for some time, but now they're returning to the Queen covers game in distinctive Flaming Lips fashion. On Tuesday, SPIN will be streaming Puscifer's Donkey Punch the Night EP (due out on February 19), which features the Maynard James Keenan-led band's towering, impeccable, but mostly faithful rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Wayne Coyne's crew have beaten us to the (donkey?) punch with, as Antiquiet points out, a new video for their own version of that multi-part, Wayne's World-soundtracking classic of proggy, head-banging chamber-pop. As the Lips, who're coming off a Super Bowl commercial gig, get set to release their bleak but masterful spring album The Terror, they've blasted Freddie Mercury to their own sun-scorched planet.

  • Joey Ramone's record collection

    Joey Ramone's Record Collection Cretin Hops to the Auction Block

    Hey, ho, let's go bid on Joey Ramone's record collection. The late Ramones frontman's cache of vinyl is up for auction, NME reports. The trove of 97 records comes from Ramone's estate and will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity from his brother Mickey.Bidding starts at $500 via RR Auction. Don't expect it to end there, though. At roughly five bucks a pop, that'd be a nice price for this collection even without the Ramone factor — and even if you assume the worst of the records' advertised "very good to fine condition." Celebrated records by famous names like the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Who, Iggy Pop, and others make up the bulk of the set, though a quick glance also reveals power-pop by Pezband and underground rock by Pink Fairies, among other lesser-known titles.

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