Marc Hogan

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  • Adele

    Adele Will Return to the Stage to Sing 'Skyfall' at the Oscars

    Last year's Academy Awards ceremony skipped over musical performances altogether. This year, none other than Adele will take the stage to sing her Oscar-nominated theme song from Skyfall, the show's organizers have announced.The British soul-pop queen, who won a Golden Globe for "Skyfall" and is separately nominated for a Grammy, will be performing the song for the first time live, as the Hollywood Reporter notes. She'll also be singing on U.S. TV for the first time since last year's Grammys, where she dominated by taking home seven awards and staged her first epic return to the stage after throat surgery.

  • Dave Grohl and Christina Aguilera

    Dave Grohl, Christina Aguilera, and John Mayer Will Induct Rock Hall's Class of 2013

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has turned to some familiar faces to help introduce the eclectic Class of 2013 this spring.Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl — he of Sound City documentary fame — and Taylor Hawkins, both fresh off helping make Led Zeppelin cry at last month's Kennedy Center Honors, will induct Rush. Christina Aguilera, who released new album Lotus last year and has been beamed into people's homes via NBC's The Voice, and Jennifer Hudson, last seen serenading Barack and Michelle Obama, will perform and induct Donna Summer. One of the presenters for Albert King may have kept his face in the gossip pages thanks to public sightings with Katy Perry, but his voice hasn't actually been heard for a while. John Mayer, who recently sang live for the first time in two years after recording from throat surgery, will perform with rising guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr.

  • Jessica Chastain and Alice Glass

    Crystal Castles' Alice Glass Conquers the Movie Business, Too

    The top movie at the box office this weekend stars an actress who drew inspiration from Crystal Castles' Alice Glass. The second best-selling movie stars the same actress, though Glass can't claim any credit for that one.Jessica Chastain told MTV News that Glass helped inspire her role in horror movie Mama, which grossed $28.1 million over the weekend. Coming in second at the box office with $17.6 million was Osama Bin Laden-chasing, Zero Dark Thirty, which landed Chastain a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.Mama's main character, Annabel, is a would-be punk, and Chastain reportedly even based her haircut on a photo of Crystal Castles' Glass. The director "sent me pictures of Alice Glass," Chastain is quoted as saying. "I thought, 'Oh, my God. She's so rad.

  • Milk Music

    Milk Music Stay 'Wild' on First Track From Fat Possum Debut

    "I've Got a Wild Feeling" sums up Milk Music's neatly disheveled update of classic punk influences as much as any phrase. The Olympia, Washington, distortion-pedal heroes have been playing the song by that title live for a while, including a version at New York's WFMU they eventually put out on cassette. Now, as Pitchfork reports, they've announced their first proper album, Cruise Your Illusion, will be out April 2 on Fat Possum, they're headed out on the road with Gun Outfit this spring, and they've shared a re-recorded "Feeling" as a preview.Though the random "smoke weed!" shout is gone and the overall recording is less smeary, that reckless abandon remains, with the cleaner sound quality conjuring up near-contemporaries Titus Andronicus or Japandroids as much as the SST-era bands to whom Milk Music are often compared.

  • Kate Boy

    Hear Kate Boy's Radical, Rejuvenating 'Northern Lights' Taken by Trees Remix

    "Everything we touch turns to gold," Kate Akhurst sings on Kate Boy's breakout song, "Northern Lights." For a few years in the late 2000s, that was basically true among a tight-knit community of artists in this mostly Swedish group's native country (Akhurst is Australian). Along with solo act Jens Lekman, duos with names like the Tough Alliance, the Studio, the Embassy, and Air France consistently put out lavishly rewarding albums that built on the promise of collage-pop duo the Avalanches — who, incidentally, were Australian — while often remixing or referring to one another.Victoria Bergsman, the former Concretes singer who guested on Peter Bjorn and John's global hit "Young Folks," was also a part of that community, through her ongoing Taken by Trees project.

  • R.E.M.'s

    Hear R.E.M.'s Shinier, Happier 'Losing My Religion' Converted to a Major Key

    Before video-sharing services like YouTube became popular, a film editing trade group held a contest. Competitors had to pick an old movie and cut a new trailer for it, except in a totally different genre. The contest winner, in which The Shining was recast as a rom-com called Shining, became a viral hit before "viral" was a thing. The New York Times even reported on it.More recently, some enterprising Vimeo users have done something similar with music. The owner of the account Major Scaled has gone about taking bleak minor-key songs and using digital tools to recast them in a sunny major key. Boing Boing points to the most recently (re)-uploaded clip, a major-key reworking of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." It's as surreal as it sounds.

  • Soundgarden's Chris Cornell

    Chris Cornell Plays Unreleased Song Snippet at Soundgarden Show Amid New Album Hints

    Soundgarden took more than 15 years between albums before releasing last year's well-received King Animal. Fans of heavy, post-grunge rock might not have to wait that long for a follow-up.For one thing, Soundgarden have already performed at least a snippet of new material. As Consequence of Sound points out, frontman Chris Cornell took out to his acoustic guitar to play an unreleased song onstage in Pennsylvania over the weekend.As you can see beginning around the 3:30 mark in the video above, Cornell mostly just strums a single root chord while the band appears to begin improvising around him. "And I'll hold you once again / So I can forget," Cornell broods. Then they start directly into King Animal's "Halfway There," so it's possible the "song" is just a one-off interlude.Possible, but far from certain.

  • D'Angelo

    D'Angelo's Album Is Two Percentage Points More Done, ?uestlove Says

    R&B's Chinese Democracy is almost here. Again. D'Angelo's long-in-the-works follow-up to 2000's recently reissued neo-soul landmark Voodoo is "99 percent ... done," ?uestlove told Billboard. The Roots drummer, who played drums on Voodoo and has returned to the kits for D'Angelo's third album, said the album will probably be wrapped up by February, allowing for a possible 2013 release.Voodoo still sounds exceptional, and its expressive, jazz-infused sense of freedom echoes clearly in the uninhibited work of current Grammy nominees Frank Ocean, Miguel, and other convention-bucking R&B artists. But it might be wise to temper any enthusiasm until the record-label suits announce an official release date. Did he say, "99 percent"?

  • Mount Moriah

    Hear Mount Moriah's Luminous Southern-Rock Shuffler 'Bright Light'

    Though it's been relatively unnoticed amid the flood of micro-genres washing over Tumblr dashboards these past few years, there has been a resurgence of strong, female-led acts who kick up dive-bar grime when country cavorts with punk. Along with Caitlin Rose and Lydia Loveless, there's also Mount Moriah, whose sophomore album, Miracle Temple, comes out February 26 on Merge. Frontwoman Heather McEntire, who used to shout more than sing when she fronted post-punk outfit Bellafea, further embraces Dolly Parton-shaded twang on the new record's "Bright Light," a bluesy, Southern-rock shuffler recorded in Nashville. "Make it right," the deep-lunged McEntire declares here, as guitarist Jenks Miller, also of metal band Horseback, colorfully yet unobtrusively helps do just that.

  • Beyoncé

    Watch Beyonce's Amazing, Obama-Inaugurating 'Star-Spangled Banner'

    Alicia Keys has her work cut out for her.Beyoncé, who will perform the Super Bowl halftime show next month after Keys opens the event with the national anthem, took her own turn at "The Star-Spangled Banner" this morning during President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremonies.

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