Marc Hogan

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  • The Troggs

    The Troggs' Reg Presley, Dead at 71, Leaves More Than 'Wild Thing'

    The Troggs, whose frontman Reg Presley died on Monday night, lurched and lusted themselves into the global consciousness with 1966 hit "Wild Thing." But the U.K. band's legacy is bigger than a single song. They were the proto-proto-punks, with their emphasis on messy passion over polished virtuosity helping set a template for the garage-rockers and punks to come — but also the pretentiousness-skewering musical fun-seekers who haven't even been born yet.According to the AP, Presley's agent Keith Altham took to Facebook to reveal Presley's death at age 71. The singer's passing came about a year after a diagnosis of lung cancer forced him and the band to stop playing.

  • Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean Channels Gold Album as More Chris Brown Brawl Details Emerge

    Frank Ocean has always been an anomaly, but until recently, his strangeness among Grammy nominees was glaringly quantifiable. The other acts with six nominations this year — fun., Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach — all have platinum albums. Ocean still can't claim anywhere near that, but as the Huffington Post points out, channel ORANGE has finally gone gold.According to the Recording Industry Association of America's database, Ocean's follow-up to 2011's nostalgia, Ultra mixtape has now sold more than 500,000 copies. Ocean stands a chance to increase those numbers significantly if he brings home trophies or puts on an outstanding performance at the Grammy Awards show this weekend.Also increasing Ocean's public profile lately, for better or worse, is a recent brawl with Chris Brown.

  • The Big Pink

    The Big Pink Tease Third Album With Patiently Swirling 'Last Day'

    The Big Pink have just updated their website, and the new design includes a buzzing dream-pop instrumental that may hint at the stadium-size electro-shoegaze duo's impending follow-up to 2011 sophomore effort Future This.Robbie Furze, who with Milo Cordell makes up the London-based group, told SPIN the new track, titled "Last Day," is a work-in-progress with "my good friend Henrik, aka [producer/DJ] Van Rivers," whose previous collaborations include Blonde Redhead, Fever Ray, Glasser, and Matthew Dear. "It does not exactly give you the totally idea of the new record, but vibe wise I think it works, especially accompanied by the background images," Furze said in an e-mail. "If you close the see though info window and watch the pictures with the track you can get a sort of an idea of where we are at."The background images paint a varied but unvaryingly intense picture.

  • Thom Yorke

    Thom Yorke Reveals a Whopping Three Live Gigs With Nigel Godrich

    Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have a few unconventional live performances on the way. As Yorke tweeted this morning, "Me & Nigel out & about with two turntables & a microphone - London 22feb, Berlin 8march, NY 14march. special guests & location to follow.." We wish we were special guests, but — well, you all know how "Creep" goes.The Radiohead frontman and longtime Radiohead producer Godrich also play together in Atoms for Peace, set to release debut album Amok on February 26 in the U.S. via XL Recordings. Yorke and Godrich also recently put together a laid-back mix for a menswear show. And Yorke last month gave what our own Radiohead head Daniel Kreps authoritatively dubbed his "most candid interview ever."And now, apropos of "two turntables & a microphone," here's a vintage Beck video.

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West's Alleged 'Rich Black American' Track List Is Plausible, But Smells Catfishy

    Kanye West was last seen wearing a straitjacket onstage in Abu Dhabi. That actually happened. So for West-watchers, the boundary between plausible and ridiculously impossible has long since become blurred past all recognition. The latest test of the rap-buying populace's credulousness came over the weekend, when a screen shot of what looks to be a West album title and partial track list began circulating online.According to this mysterious screen shot, West's follow-up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be titled Rich Black American, and guests on the record will include Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean.None of those guests are out of the question, and West certainly is a wealthy African-American.

  • Postal Service

    The Postal Service Reunion Expands Into Full-On Headlining Tour

    The Postal Service aren't giving up on their nascent reunion after their previously reported festival dates.

  • Beyonce

    Beyonce Announces Tour, May Have Actually Caused Super Bowl Power Outage

    And the winner of Super Bowl XLVII is... well, technically the Baltimore Ravens, whose gritty defense obliterated the San Francisco 49ers' comeback hopes. And Ravens signal-caller Joe Flacco deservedly took home the Most Valuable Player trophy. But for our purposes, Beyoncé was clearly Most Valuable, Period.According to Billboard and Boston.com's Brand Bowl, Beyoncé was, unsurprisingly, by far the most-discussed musical performer of the night on Twitter. Of more than 756,000 music-related tweets, more than one-third involved the singer.

  • Fall Out Boy

    Fall Out Boy Return to 'Save Rock and Roll' With New Single, Album, and Tour

    Fall Out Boy have landed again. As previously reported by Property of Zack (and denied by the band), the pop-punk juggernaut will release a new single today on iTunes, titled "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." That precedes an album, Save Rock and Roll, which will come out globally on May 6-7, the 10th anniversary of debut album Take This to Your Grave.The announcement of Fall Out Boy's first new studio album since 2008's Folie Á Deux coincides with a sneak-attack offering of club shows. The band will play tonight (!!!) in Chicago, tomorrow night in New York City, and in Los Angeles on Thursday, with a proper tour kicking off May 14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.In a statement, the band effectively says don't call this a comeback, because they've been here for years.

  • Pissed Jeans

    Stream Pissed Jeans' Full Hive-Smashing 'Honeys'

    "Adult angst" is a term Pissed Jeans frontman Matt Korvette used when telling SPIN about his Pennsylvania band's distortion-gnarled fourth album, Honeys, due February 12 via Sub Pop. In practice, that might mean bitter but grown-ass lyrical themes — chucked against the cubicle wall in song titles like "Chain Worker," "Male Gaze," and, yup, "Health Plan" — but musically it's at least as sludgy and rambunctious as when Korvette used to howl about his love for ice cream. "There's no reason to ever grow up," he bellows here, on ambivalently slashing finale "Teenage Adult." Whatever, though. Better to piss your jeans than to fade away.

  • Pussy Riot

    Pussy Riot Member, Already in Prison, Moves to Hospital

    Pussy Riot's circumstances within Russia have taken a turn for the worse at a time when the Moscow feminist punk collective's recognition continues to grow globally.One of the group's two imprisoned members has gone to the hospital, the AP reports. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was exhausted from overwork at a harsh prison colony and had previously complained of headaches, a fellow band member said. A Russian prison official declined to detail Tolokonnikova's condition beyond saying it was "nothing serious."Yekaterina Samutsevich, a Pussy Riot member who was freed on appeal, told independent Rain TV today her bandmate isn't allowed to rest. "She works nearly round the clock," Samutsevich is quoted as saying. "She said she feels tired, extremely tired."Tolokonnikova's husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told the AP the trip to the hospital didn't involve a specific illness.

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