Marc Hogan



  • Jack White, tour dates, 'Lazaretto,'

    Jack White Details Headlining Tour Dates

    Jack White will now be coming to more cities across North America and Europe. The Third Man Records chieftain was already booked for a bunch of festivals, and last week he announced he'd be releasing his second solo album, Lazaretto, on June 10. He'll also be creating what he calls "The World's Fastest Record" a little bit later this month for Record Store Day. Now White has announced a full headlining trek. The newly unveiled dates start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 29 and run through July 31 in Toronto, with stops in cities overseas like London and Paris as well as stateside in New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, and more. Kelley Stoltz and Benjamin Booker will open.

  • Dave Grohl Alley, vandal, spraypaint,

    How Long Will 'Dave Grohl Alley' Vandal Regret Crime? Everlong

    Yeah, Nirvana news is getting a little bit nuts, between the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death over the weekend and the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. And sure, when local artists and the alt-rock icons behind Nevermind meet, the results can sometimes be, um, discussion-worthy — there's a crying Cobain statue in his hometown. But it's tough to know where to start with a report by Youngstown, Ohio's WKBN of vandalism at nearby Warren's so-called "Dave Grohl Alley."Recent SPIN cover star Grohl is a native to the town, and the alley is filled with art in the Nirvana and Foo Fighters member's honor. Do we detect the influence of Louise Bourgeois' distinctive spiders in that spindly metal Grohl sculpture seen below?

  • Robyn, Rokysopp,

    Robyn Teases New Song 'Sayit' in Royksopp Tour Video

    When Robyn and Röyksopp land in the United States this summer, brace for some as yet unreleased music. The Swedish singer, fresh off a welcome collaboration with Neneh Cherry, hints at the prospect in a statement. "I'm working on a lot of music at the moment and whatever is finished might be something I put into the set list," she says.The Konichiwa Records boss and the Norwegian electronic duo, who teamed on 2009 single "The Girl and the Robot," have a shared a trailer video for their upcoming tour. In it, you can sample a new Robyn song that a setlist flashing over the screen confirms is titled "Sayit." Perhaps the best description comes from "Dancing on My Own" mastermind herself: "As usual I just hope people want to dance. I see pink lasers."Robyn and Röyksopp have also added three new U.S.

  • Sun Ra, masters, eBay

    Sun Ra's Vintage Master Tapes Are for Sale on eBay

    Now that Sun Ra has achieved every jazz legend's wish — a quote in a Lady Gaga song — surely there's some Koons-besotted investment banker with $20,000 to spend on Arkestra-related souvenirs.A credible eBay listing currently offers Sun Ra's "historic master tapes, stampers, and mothers." The starting bid is $20k; the "buy it now" price is $26k; the number of bids so far is zero (eight "watchers" as of this post, though). Hat-tip: music writer Marc Masters.The listing indicates the Sun Ra studio materials come from the Saturn-repping jazz explorer's work at Variety Recording Studio in New York's Times Square from the '60s to the '80s. But there's some pretty crucial fine print:"The metal stampers/mothers are sold as a batch with the caveat that, unless a pressing plant with equipment similar to that used in the 1960s to 1980s can be found, no pressings could be made.

  • Lil Boosie,

    Watch Lil Boosie 'Show Da World' in First Post-Prison Video

    Lil Boosie gives his fans some camera time in the "Show Da World" video, the Southern rapper's first proper set of visuals since his recent release from prison. The song, which has been floating around since the Louisiana MC was still serving time, reunites him with frequent partner Webbie for a balmy, piano-centered tribute to his faithful supporters. The black-and-white video (via MTV) puts faces to that theme, showing fans wearing Trill Entertainment T-shirts in London, New York, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and more. The clip follows Boosie's "Ride Home Freestyle," his revelation he wrote a song for Justin Bieber, and a report he'd fallen victim to a concert-booking fraud. Revisit SPIN's special report on Lil Boosie's life behind bars.

  • Google Street View album covers PJ Harvey, Eminem, Oasis, the Streets, Bob Dylan, the Beatles

    Revisit Classic Album Covers in Google Street View

    See, kids, Google Street View isn't just for spying on Wayne Coyne anymore (or interactive Arcade Fire videos, either). All you need is to know the address where a landmark album cover photograph was taken to see what that site looks like today. Above, we've done our best to recapture the intersection on New York's Lower East Side that won't be renamed Beastie Boys Square anytime soon, despite achieving immortality on the cover of the rappers' 1989 Paul's Boutique. The Street View ninjas over at The Guardian have done a beautiful job revisiting the scenes of that album as well as revered LPs by PJ Harvey, Eminem, Oasis, the Streets, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and more.

  • Dave Lamb, Brown Bird, obituary

    Dave Lamb, of Folk Duo Brown Bird, Dead at 35

    When Dave Lamb answered a phone call from SPIN late last year, he had just gotten home from the hospital after a bone marrow transplant. The guitarist and singer for Providence, Rhode Island duo Brown Bird was trying to publicize the risks of not having health insurance, which he knew from experience from falling ill with leukemia while on tour. Lamb, who married bandmate MorganEve Swain shortly before the bone marrow procedure, was writing new material and talking about eventually getting back out on the road.On April 5, Swain shared heartbreaking news on Brown Bird's Facebook page. Lamb died earlier that day after his leukemia recently returned. "Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could — determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future," Swain wrote.

  • Frank Black, book launch, Brooklyn, Powerhouse

    Pixies' Black Francis Plots Book Launch for Graphic Novel

    No rest for the Pixies. The band will release new album Indie Cindy on April 19, but frontman Black Francis also has his debut graphic novel The Good Inn coming out on April 15. Pixies are playing tour dates all around the world this year, but if you want to see Francis someplace that might be closer to home, he's holding a book launch at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn.Francis and co-author Josh Frank will talk about the book, backed by a slideshow of Steven Appleby's illustrations for the novel. The event will end with a signing. It all happens on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets can be bought here for $10.The Good Inn, published by Harper Collins in the United States, will run the gamut from a battleship explosion to the making of the first narrative pornographic movie.

  • Slipknot, Fort Hood, tragedy

    Slipknot Tragically Linked to Fort Hood Shooter

    When mass shootings take place, mainstream media outlets tend to pore over the suspects' music interests for any possible insight into the tragedy. It's a grim tradition that runs from Columbine and Marilyn Manson to the 2012 murders at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, where the perpetrator actually fronted a racist band. And now news has surfaced that the gunman in this week's Ford Hooting shooting used the name of the band Slipknot as an online pseudonym.ABC News reports that a Facebook page under the name "Ivan Slipknot" matches what we know about Ivan Lopez, the man who killed three at the Texas military base before turning the gun on himself. ABC's sources confirmed the photos show Lopez.

  • The Body,

    Watch the Body's Harrowing 'At the Mercy of It All' Short Film

    The Body and the Haxan Cloak are a match made in hell, which means if you're into doomy ambience they're pretty much heaven. The avant-metal outfit's "To Attempt Openness" video from last year gives you an idea of their willingness to provoke unease. The Haxan Cloak's Essential 2013 album Excavation, meanwhile, was a churning cauldron of occult atmosphere and a breakout for label Tri Angle (Holy Other, Forest Swords, Balam Acab). The Body worked with the Haxan Cloak mastermind Bobby Krlic on fourth album I Shall Die Here, out now on RVNG, and their ominous, bruising "At the Mercy of It All" has now given life to an equally intense nine-and-a-half-minute short film. Director Jason Evans' shadowy clip follows a solitary man in a storm-ravaged cabin as he struggles not to lose his power to remember.

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