Marc Hogan

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  • Christopher Owens

    Christopher Owens Brings Bleating Saxophone to 'New York City'

    Mayor Bloomberg has long fought traffic congestion, but there's a whole lot of honking on "New York City," the latest track to surface from Christopher Owens' upcoming solo debut. The former Girls frontman previewed the song from his January 15 album Lysandre today on BBC Radio 6 Music, and he brought along a somewhat skronky saxophone. Though previous cuts we've heard from the record leaned toward lush chamber-pop, SPIN's Barry Walters described this one, in its recent live debut, as a "sprightly" hybrid of E Street Band sax and Lou Reed shuffle.The indie sax trend, which Deerhunter's Bradford Cox first called more than two years ago now, has already endured the bombastic heights of Lady Gaga and the shark-jumping of Foster the People.

  • cyndi lauper, st. vincent, rosie o'donnell, sleigh bells

    Watch St. Vincent and Alexis Krauss Join Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'

    Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" occupies a special place in the pop universe. When the working day is done, those who'd deny the song's defiantly frivolous allure have only themselves to blame for their bad time. But the song Lauper made famous in the '80s with a little help from MTV doesn't seem to get the retrospective critical regard that even the stuffiest of rock snobs has long since granted to, say, Madonna. This shaky fan footage (via Pitchfork) of Lauper belting out her hit over the weekend with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss and St. Vincent's Annie Clark shouldn't make any best-of-the-2010s lists. But despite its serious context — a show for her True Colors Fund to benefit homeless LGBT youth — the slightly abbreviated clip is fun, period.

  • big boi, little dragon, jimmy fallon

    Big Boi Reunites With Little Dragon All Over the Place, But 'Higher Res' Stands Out

    In an eventful weekend for Big Boi tracks that don't technically appear on his upcoming album, the most striking will at least show up on a deluxe edition.As the OutKast rapper gets set to release sophomore solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors on December 11, he stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday to perform bubbly synth-funk video selection "Mama Told Me" joined by R&B-smooth Swedish group Little Dragon, plus a scratch-happy DJ. Sporting an Atlanta Falcons cap, Big Boi added some silly album promotional references at the end, but overall the performance wasn't unlike a live rendition with Little Dragon that was captured on video over the summer.

  • Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor Plans New Nine Inch Nails Songs for 2014 Compilation

    Trent Reznor has been teasing the possibility of new Nine Inch Nails material since shortly after his 2011 Academy Awards victory. Now, the New Yorker reports a best-of compilation will arrive the year after next, potentially with new songs. In an extensive profile, Reznor also reveals that his partnership with Dr. Dre's headphones venture Beats Electronic centers around a music-streaming service that could be available within a few months.Here's the exact language that made it past the magazine's generally impeccable fact-checkers: "In 2014, Interscope Records will release an edition of the band's greatest hits, to which Reznor intends to contribute two new songs.

  • PSY meets Barack Obama

    PSY Meets Obama But Misses Shout-Out for 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    PSY asked for forgiveness, and in the spirit of the holidays, establishment Washington appears to have forgiven him back.After apologizing on Friday for participating in a pair of President George W. Bush-era protests that his critics breathlessly characterized as "anti-American," the "Gangnam Style" sensation stopped by the nation's capital as scheduled last night to perform at the 31st annual Christmas in Washington concert.President Barack Obama handled the controversy carefully, opting not to mention the South Korean megastar by name. According to reports, the elite D.C. audience was hardly so reticent. The full concert, hosted by Conan O'Brien and also featuring Diana Ross and Demi Lovato, will air at 8 p.m. EST/PST on December 21 on TNT.

  • Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Fan Letter May Overestimate Its Career Significance

    Dave Grohl has set a lofty standard for his upcoming directing debut, studio documentary Sound City, in a message sent to fans who spent $10 to pre-order the movie through its website (via the Hollywood Reporter/Antiquiet). "I really feel like Sound City is my life's most important work," the Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer, who is also reprising his role as Queens of the Stone Age drummer, says in the note.

  • stephen malkmus, can

    Stephen Malkmus Covers Can's 'Ege Bamyasi' in Full: Watch Three Songs

    Just as Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox's well-documented adoration for the Breeders has finally borne fruit for music listeners everywhere, Stephen Malkmus' decades-old love of krautrock is also redounding to the public benefit.As Pitchfork points out, the Pavement frontman and Jicks leader performed Can's classic Ege Bamyasi in full over the weekend in Cologne, Germany, backed by local band Von Spar.

  • The Breeders in 1993 / Photo by Getty Images

    Breeders 'Last Splash' Lineup Will Reunite for U.K. ATP Fest

    Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox's well-established love of the Breeders is finally going to pay off for the general population: He's managed to reunite the lineup that recorded 1993's Last Splash, SPIN's No. 79 album of the past 25 years, to perform the record in full at next year's All Tomorrow's Parties, the festival has announced.Deerhunter have booked the band for ATP's June 21-23 weekend the Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, U.K. As previously reported, both Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are curating ATP lineups for the coming year, with TV on the Radio's weekend set for May 21-23. Cox has long expounded on the greatness of the Deal twins' band, as readers of the Deerhunter blog know well.Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson will come together for the gig as Last Splash marks its 20th anniversary.

  • dave grohl, chelsea lately

    Dave Grohl Won't Tour With QOTSA, Kissed Kid Rock's Mom

    Dave Grohl has shed a bit more light on his head-spinning assortment of current projects.The Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer's directorial debut, the documentary Sound City, will come out on February 1, he has announced. Pre-orders are available now for $10 via Sound City's website. The video download is free of digital rights management technologies that limit how you can use content after buying it. The movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 17 through 27 in Park City, Utah.Meanwhile! It's true Dave Grohl plays drums on the new Queens of the Stone Age album, he reiterated in an interview with CBS Local. Buried at the end of the article, though, is the revelation that Grohl says he won't tour with the band.

  • Notorious B.I.G. at the 1995 MTV Awards

    Notorious B.I.G.'s Alleged Autopsy Report: Four Gunshots, Only One Fatal

    More than 15 years after the Notorios B.I.G. was shot to death in Los Angeles, details continue to emerge about the unsolved murder. Now TMZ says it has the late Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace's previously unseen autopsy report. It's morbid viewing, detailing the wounds that killed the 24-year-old rapper.Make that "wound." Though Wallace sustained four gunshots — all of which first went through the passenger door of a Chevy Suburban — only one proved fatal, according to the report. The deadly bullet, "Gunshot #4," went through his right hip and tore through his colon, liver, heart, and part of his left lung before ending up around his left shoulder. If you must know, "Gunshot #1" hit him in the left forearm, "Gunshot #2" went through his back, and "Gunshot #3" went through his left thigh.

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