Marc Hogan



  • Chief Keef

    Chief Keef, Fresh Off Court Victory, Shares Boastful 'You Ain't Bout That'

    Chief Keef just won a reprieve in the courtroom, and now he has revealed a super-confident song to fit the mood.As the Chicago Tribune reports, a local judge ruled yesterday that the South Side rapper could stay free regardless of new claims he broke the rules of his juvenile probation by secretly moving to the suburb of Northbrook, Illinois. Prosecutors had wanted the artist behind SPIN Essential album Finally Rich put behind bars until a formal probation hearing, which has been set for January 28. The judge, however, noted a lack of "any credible evidence" Keef had actually picked up sticks.Meanwhile, a new Keef song featuring a rapper named DKG has surfaced online.

  • Paint Branch

    Hear Ex-Q and Not U Duo Paint Branch's Strummy Homecoming Plaint 'I Wanna Live'

    You can never go home again, but we can never completely escape the places that shaped us, either. Paint Branch, the duo of former Q and Not U members Chris Richards and John Davis, already left behind the dance-y post-punk of their beloved Washington, D.C., band on richly Laurel Canyon-tinged "Brighton Beach," the first track from their new project's debut album, I Wanna Live (due out on January 8). Our latest glimpse of the album, the title track, doesn't stray too far from the same low-key, harmony-filled, acoustic-based terrain, but lyrically it finds Richards "running wild in my birthplace." What he can't remember is why.

  • Big Boi performs

    Who's That White Guy Performing With Big Boi on 'Letterman'?

    Wavves. Kelly Rowland. Phantogram. Plenty of names — some quasi-predictable, some not — jumped out when Big Boi unveiled the track list for his sophomore solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Jake Troth, a singer, songwriter, and producer with North Carolina roots and, to judge by this 2010 video for "Material Things," a bit of Vampire Weekend's rapper-referencing unabashedness about wealth, probably wasn't one of them.But Troth was the artist Daddy Fat Sax chose to have David Letterman spotlight by name in last night's Late Show performance of the new album's bouncy Troth collaboration "Apple of My Eye." Cutting a gawky figure with glasses and a sportcoat, Troth and two backup singers looked overjoyed snapping along, while Big Boi rapped at high speed at the front of the stage.

  • Ty Segall

    Hear Ty Segall's New Band Fuzz's Heavy and, Yes, Fuzzy Seven-Inch Single

    As 2013 gets underway, Ty Segall is hitting the ground running. After releasing at least three albums last year — including SPIN'S #9 album of 2012, Twins — and prepping a couple of reissues for later this month, the San Francisco garage-punk has also released a seven-inch single with his guitarist Charlie Mootheart under the name Fuzz. As Beats Per Minute points out, while label Trouble in Mind says the band's members are a "mystery," SPIN reported months ago that Segall and Mootheart had been collaborating "for several months under the sort of name you'd swear was taken decades ago: Fuzz." Live footage confirms these songs are, indeed, the same Fuzz.

  • Dave Grohl 'Sound City'

    Dave Grohl Started a New Band, Will Play a Concert at Sundance Film Festival

    Dave Grohl has scheduled a concert to mark the premiere of his Sound City documentary this month at the Sundance Film Festival. A new Grohl group called Sound City Players will make its live debut on January 18 during the festival in Park City, Utah, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has confirmed. According to an announcement, the ensemble includes "core musicians and special guests" from Sound City, Grohl's feature-length directing debut.The film, a documentary about the Los Angeles recording studio Sound City, presents Grohl with an impressive selection of musicians. Sound City's original soundtrack alone features the likes of Stevie Nicks, Josh Homme, and Trent Reznor, not to mention a Paul McCartney-led reunion of Nirvana's surviving members.Outside of Sound City, Grohl has been no less prolific in his collaborations.

  • Beach House's

    Beach House's Time-Lapse 'New Year' Video Is Just Enough to Tell a Story

    Anticipation comes haunted by the feeling that what you're waiting for will never come on "New Year," the latest video selection from Beach House's excellent 2012 album Bloom. That's one read on the Baltimore dream-poppers' typically impressionistic lyrics here, but it's also a mood carried over by the music, particularly that moment after the first chorus, when a shoegaze-bent hum hangs over the simple drum pattern like a cartoon character who's just gone off a cliff. The duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally is decidedly not a narrative-oriented band, but "New Year" glidingly tells the story of a story: "Just enough to tell a story 'bout a / Portrait of a / Young girl waiting for the end of an era." The video, with a welcome surfeit of cat footage, uses time-lapse techniques to tell the story of Beach House recording Bloom at Texas' Sonic Ranch Studios.

  • Sky Ferreira's

    Sky Ferreira's Synth-Pop 'Lost in My Bedroom' Shouldn't Be Lost in Flashing Video

    In most ways, the grainy, strobe-like video for Sky Ferreira's "Lost in My Bedroom" could hardly be a better match for the song. "Bedroom" in the homemade-looking, do-it-yourself sense? Check (although of course if you're uptight about pop, feel free to get hung up on Ferreira's major-label status). With flashing effects that prompted an epileptic-seizure warning at the start of the video, and a makeout scene lo-fi enough for a sex tape, the visuals handily address the song's sexual and drug-related implications of being lost in the bedroom, too.In another way, though, the video comes on a little too strong with artfully messy post-chillwave languor.

  • Bobby Womack

    Bobby Womack Suffering From Alzheimer's Symptoms

    "I'm doing fine now, but I've been quite sick," Bobby Womack told SPIN in June, upon the release of his electronic-leaning Damon Albarn collaboration The Bravest Man in the Universe. "I had prostate cancer. I had colon cancer. I had my lungs completely cave in. I had walking pneumonia twice and I'm a diabetic."Sadly, Womack can now likely add Alzheimer's disease to that litany of misfortunes. "The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer's," the soul great said in BBC 6 Music radio interview. "He said it's not bad yet but it's going to get worse."Womack acknowledged he forgets his own songs and his collaborators' names. "How can I not remember songs that I wrote?" he's quoted as saying. "That's frustrating."Though Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, his personal life has been marked with tragedy.

  • Azealia Banks

    Azealia Banks Does It Well on Future-Rap Showcase 'BBD'

    Rihanna — and Kanye West (and MNDR, too!) — have diamonds. Azealia Banks, flexing some midtown Manhattan knowledge, claims the whole goddamn Diamond District on "BBD," a new song she shared on New Year's Eve.With the squiggly high-end and wobbly sub-bass of what we're really calling trap-rave now, huh, plus some masterfully timed quiet-loud dynamic shifts, the track displays the virtuosically foul-mouthed rapper's usual immaculately stylish beat selection. Unfortunately for Lupe Fiasco, Banks also pulls off the remarkable feat of rephrasing M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" hook as "bad bitches do it," thereby transforming the line into a sideways reference to '90s new jack swing heroes Bell Biv Devoe. Her typically filthy, staccato verses?

  • The Breeders

    Kim Deal Kicks Off Solo Single Series as the Breeders Welcome the 'New Year'

    Welcome to 2013. It's now officially the year the Breeders lineup behind 1993's Last Splash, SPIN's No. 79 album of the past 25 years, will reunite for a 20th anniversary tour. Ratcheting up anticipation, the alternative-rock survivors have posted timely footage of themselves rehearsing Last Splash tension-and-release thrummer "New Year."Shot on an iPhone in Kim Deal's basement, the video leaves a lot to the imagination, but the slide-guitar squall and brashly murmured vocals should easily whet appetites for LSXX, this spring's upcoming Last Splash deluxe edition. And don't forget the band will be making an appearance at the Deerhunter-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival June 21-23.

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