Marc Hogan

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  • Against Me, Laura Jane Grace, Arcade Fire,

    Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Calls Out Arcade Fire Over 'We Exist' Video

    Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace has some sharp music-video criticism for the Arcade Fire. She tweeted today, "Dear @arcadefire, maybe when making a video for a song called 'We Exist' you should get an actual 'Trans' actor instead of Spider-Man?"Dear @arcadefire , maybe when making a video for a song called "We Exist" you should get an actual "Trans" actor instead of Spider-Man?— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) May 22, 2014Last week, Arcade Fire shared the video for their Reflektor track "We Exist," in which Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield puts on a wig and dress. Grace's band released the Essential album Transgender Dysphoria Blues earlier this year, and she has been remarkably candid about the lifelong battle with gender dysphoria that led her to leave behind her previous identity as Tom Gabel. Arcade Fire had yet to reply as of this post.

  • Paul McCartney, hospital

    Paul McCartney Reportedly Hospitalized in Tokyo

    Update: Paul McCartney is on the mend. ""Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo," a statement on his website reads. "He'll make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest."Paul McCartney's recent health problems haven't gone away. Early last week, the Beatles legend was forced to push back the start of his planned tour of Japan, Then the 71-year-old singer canceled all the Japanese dates entirely, citing doctor's orders. Now he has also canceled a May 28 show in Seoul, South Korea, and he has been hospitalized in Tokyo, according to USA Today, which cites a report in South Korea's Sankei Sports newspaper. McCartney's camp has yet to confirm his hospitalization, but the singer reportedly was admitted after a viral infection got worse.

  • Zeds Dead, Twin Shadow,

    Hear Zeds Dead Join Forces With Twin Shadow on 'Lost You'

    Zeds Dead are in a collaborative mood. The Canadian electronic duo recently snuck a coffee break with the similarly named Zedd, and as Pitchfork reports, they'll release a guest-stacked EP titled Somewhere Else on July 1 via Mad Decent. The record includes appearances by Perry Farrell, Sean Price, and others; on the rubbery dance-pop track "Lost You," they team up with Twin Shadow — the synth-pop crooner of Confess acclaim — and D'Angelo Lacy, who has worked with him before. Listen below.

  • Behemoth, Russia, deportation, metal

    Polish Metal Titans Behemoth Face Deportation in Russia

    Behemoth must be too much for Russia. The Polish metal giants, whose February album The Satanist we described as the band's "sinister, thrilling apex," wrote on Facebook last night they had been detained by Russian immigration officials. Now Znak.com, a Russian-language opinion and news site critical of the local administration, reports that a judge has released the band and ordered them to leave the country under their own supervision.Behemoth spent the night under arrest in Yekaterinburg, where they were forced to cancel their scheduled May 21 show. The deportation reportedly involves a discrepancy over visas: The band received "business" visas, as they say the Polish Embassy advised them to get, but Russia demands musicians obtain special "humanitarian" visas.

  • Lykke Li, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,'

    Watch Lykke Li Lament 'No One Ever Loved' on 'Kimmel'

    Lykke Li's third album, I Never Learn, is where the arty ingenue of 2008's Youth Novels and the force of nature of 2011's Wounded Rhymes becomes pop's high priestess of heartbreak. And few audiences are more primed to respond to pop heartbreak than people watching a teen-focused romantic comedy-drama shrouded by looming mortality. "No One Ever Loved" is the Swedish singer born Lykke Li Zachrisson's contribution to the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Fault in Our Stars, which also features Charli XCX's jubilantly thunderstruck "Boom Clap." Watch Zachrisson's somber, twangy performance of "No One Ever Loved" for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

  • Veruca Salt,

    Watch Reunited Veruca Salt Perform for First Time in 18 Years on 'Conan'

    Veruca Salt's reunion took a big step forward last night, in a venue fitting '90s alternative-rock hitmakers: Conan O'Brien's late-night TV show. The core group between 1994's American Thighs and 1997's Eight Arms to Hold You — in particular, co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon — went their separate ways well before the millennium. But a freshly reformed Veruca Salt put out an impressively potent new song, "Museum of Broken Relationships," for Record Store Day 2014, and they'll kick off a set of reunion tour dates on June 22. Last night on Conan, they tore through their breakout hit, "Seether," for what O'Brien announced as their first live performance together in 18 years. He said an exclusive performance will be coming on the show's website. You can also download "Museum of Broken Relationships" via Veruca Salt's site. "Seether" is...

  • Michelle Williams, Destiny's Child, Solange,

    Destiny's Child Kinda Reunite, Plus Solange, on Michelle Williams' 'Say Yes!'

    A Destiny's Child quasi-reunion can be an occasion to send praise toward the skies. Michelle Williams' kinetic "Say Yes!," featuring fellow Destiny's Child members Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, plus Beyoncé's recently elevator-famous sister Solange, actually is an occasion to send praise toward the skies. The Jesus Christ Superstar singer — in a cast that also includes the Sex Pistols' John Lydon, Incubus' Brandon Boyd, and 'N Sync's JC Chasez — is working on a new gospel album called Journey to Freedom, and this clubby preview is not only star-studded, but damn near impossible to get out of your head, too. Amen.Beyoncé, Williams, and Rowland appeared together in the video for "Superpower," a Frank Ocean collaboration from Queen Bey's late-2013 stunner Beyoncé.

  • Beats, Apple, Dr. Dre, lawsuits, deal

    Apple-Beats Deal Yet to Materialize as Dr. Dre Faces Lawsuits

    Almost two weeks ago, Dr. Dre declared himself "the first billionaire in hip-hop." The Beats by Dre co-founder's video-recorded celebration came after a report that Apple was close to buying Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. At the time, the deal was expected to be announced as early as the following week, but here were are on May 21, and at least as of this post, nothing has been confirmed. But that doesn't necessarily mean the wedding is off.One possibility is that the time frame has simply changed. The ink might not actually dry on the deal until this week, Re/Code has reported, citing "people familiar with the transaction." It's unclear whether the original report just got the timing wrong or the negotations have run into snags.If Apple and Beats have hit some speed bumps, lawsuits filed against Beats recently could be to blame.

  • Spotify, 10 million paid subscribers

    Spotify Reaches 10 Million Paid Users, But Will It Make Money?

    Music streaming has crossed a new benchmark. Spotify announced today it now has 10 million paying subscribers globally. Including free listeners, it now has 40 million active users worldwide.The streaming service provider says the milestone matters for the music industry as a whole. "We've had an amazing year, growing from 20 markets to 56 as people from around the world embrace streaming music," said Daniel Ek, Spotify's CEO and co-founder, in a statement. "We're widening our lead in the digital music space and will continue to focus on getting everyone in the world to listen to more music." The announcement comes at a pivotal moment for Spotify and, yes, the streaming business overall. Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported that Apple was close to acquiring Dr. Dre's Beats Elecronics — parent company of the Beats Music streaming service — for $3.2 billion.

  • Jack White, cell phone, 'Lazaretto,' NPR interview

    Jack White Still Doesn't Have a Cell Phone, Compares Self to Larry David

    Jack White's sit-down with NPR's All Songs Considered is chock-full of relevant information about the Nashville rock'n'roll impresario's upcoming album, Lazaretto. For instance, White explained the title of the June 10 full-length (pre-order it via iTunes or Third Man Records), said he struggled to write the lyrics, and acknowledged that he turned for inspiration to material he wrote way back when he was 19. But tucked away in all those album-cycle tidbits was a jolting revelation: White still doesn't have a cell phone.All right, considering the former White Stripes leader's known technological bias, that he'd stay off the cellular grid isn't a shock.

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