Marc Hogan

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  • Nicki Minaj,

    Nicki Minaj Holds Onto Love (and Pop) on 'Pills N Potions'

    One way for Nicki Minaj to end the debate over whether she's better as a flat-out rapper or as a pop star might be to split the difference. "Pills N Potions," the latest from the "Super Bass" stunner, doesn't necessarily epitomize this idea, but it pulls off the pretty neat trick of being a romantic piano ballad that's also framed in the druggy imagery of mixtape rap, and while Minaj's rise-above-the-haters rapping here won't turn the heads of anyone who has heard her in full "rappity rap" mode, she still raps. The concept is a bit tangled — we're overdosing, she's angry but she still loves you, she's getting high on your memory ... wait, how does this all fit together, exactly? — bu when we hear that Rihanna-like "I still lo-uh-uh-ve" hook blasting out of car windows this summer?

  • Lorde, Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes

    Read Lorde and Conor Oberst Gushing About Each Other

    Lorde's ascension already has the blessing of a whole hemisphere's worth of royals. Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett. (Also: CHVRCHES, Son Lux, and Flume.) Now add to that list current SPIN cover star Conor Oberst.The Pure Heroine singer and the Bright Eyes leader, the latter of whom just released a new solo album titled Upside Down Mountain, revealed their mutual admiration in a conversation for The New York Times.Oberst said he responded to a youthful lack of cynicism in Lorde's music. "So much stuff at your level, in the Top 40 world, is just like vapor: You hear a song and maybe you can hum the melody but you walk away with zero ideas having been communicated," he told her. "And with your writing, you can do it all at once.

  • The Roots,

    Watch the Roots Preach 'Never' With A-Trak on 'Fallon'

    The Roots' day job might be late-night TV, but they can still be deadly serious when left to their own devices. The iconic Philadelphia hip-hop group just released a new album, the biting, windswept ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. After playing behind so many artists on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (a couple of recent highlights: Future, tUnE-yArDs), last night they were the musical guests, backdropped all in white for a somber, intense take on the album's trip-hop-clouded "Never," with help from A-Trak and the Metropolis Ensemble. As Black Thought homes in on the depredations of urban poverty, he insists, "Forever is just a collection of nows." On the horizon, you can almost see the bittersweet hope of soulful LP closer "Tomorrow," where Raheem DeVaughn sings, "Everybody wants tomorrow right now." There's no deus ex machina resolution.

  • Pretty Little Demons,

    Tween Garage-Rockers Salute 'Twin Peaks' in Badass Video

    Much love to Ohio's Tweens, but a new band more closely belonging to that demographic has fully arrived. Pretty Little Demons are Lydia Night — who, okay, at 13 has technically crossed over to the teens — and Marhly Murphy, who's 11. The Los Angeles two-piece, both alumni of the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp, already played last year's South By Southwest, and they're booked for Lollapalooza this summer.

  • The Knife, 'Shaken-Up Versions,'

    The Knife Preview 'Shaken-Up Versions' Mini-Album With Far-From-Boring Video

    The Knife aren't through Shaking the Habitual. The trailblazing Swedish electronic-pop duo has announced a new mini album, Shaken-Up Versions, due out digitally on June 17 via Rabid/Brille/Mute Records and on vinyl and CD at a later date. The new set promises versions of classic Knife tracks as reworked for the group's recent North American tour, including music from 2006's Silent Shout and 2003's Deep Cuts. The first preview comes in the form of a video for their staggering 2013 album's "Without You My Life Would Be Boring (Shaken-Up Version)." Directed by Bitte Andersson, it definitely breaks the usual music-video routine, in a thrilling way, with a scene of dancing and joyful chaos in a hospital waiting room.Watch the video above. You can pre-order the Shaken-Up Versions mini-album here.

  • Black Keys, Jack White

    The Black Keys: Jack White's an 'Asshole' but TMZ's Worse

    The Black Keys' Patrick Carney has continued his recent run of provocative statements by addressing a whole mess last year that became public with Jack White's divorce. At the time, leaked private emails found the Third Man Records boss complaining to his now ex-wife Karen Elson that their children would be going to school with Keys singer Dan Auerbach's children."That's a possible 12 fucking years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that asshole," White wrote. "He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world."But now the Black Keys are doing interviews around their new album Turn Blue, so that means it's Carney's turn to weigh in. The Nashville-via-Akron garage-rockers' drummer insulted both Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson's posthumous Xscape recently.

  • Ciara, Future, baby boy, congratulations

    Future's Kid's Name Is Future

    UPDATE: Future's son's name is Future. See the Instagram post below, which was accompanied by the caption: "FUTURE ZAHIR WILBURN 9lbs 10oz May 19 2014."Ciara and Future are welcoming their baby boy into the world. The "Body Party" singer gave birth to her first child on Monday in Los Angeles, according to the New York Post's Page Six, which cites unnamed sources. No comment yet from either artist's team. The couple's expected to get married this fall. Future has three children from previous relationships. Check out SPIN's Future cover story, our reviews of his new album Honest and her 2013 record Ciara, and listen to their glowing duet "Anytime" below. Congratulations, you two!

  • Janelle Monae, Maya Rudolph, Raphael Saadiq,

    Watch Janelle Monae Light Up 'Electric Lady' on 'Maya Rudolph'

    Here's hoping some of you caught The Maya Rudolph Show last night on NBC, because we'd be more than happy to write about more performances like this one. The Saturday Night Live alum, Bridesmaids actress, and Prince-covering daughter of Minnie "Loving You" Ripperton hosted a variety-show special after The Voice, with Janelle Monáe as a musical guest and Raphael Saadiq as band leader. Watch Atlanta future-soul Q.U.E.E.N. Monáe, retro-R&B titan Saadiq, and a full band give a jubilant, exhilarating take on "Electric Lady," the near-title track from the OutKast-affiliated singer's 2013 sophomore album, The Electric Lady. Rudolph also got help on her show from fellow funny people Sean Hayes, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell, and Craig Robinson.

  • Macklemore, Jewish, stereotype, apology

    Macklemore Apologizes for Costume Criticized as Anti-Semitic

    Over the past couple of days, Macklemore has found himself at the center of controversy after Seth Rogen pointed out the rapper's costume during a recent performance looked a whole lot like a Jewish stereotype with an awful history. The "Thrift Shop" rapper said on Twitter that the getup — a hooked nose, dark beard, and matching bowl-cut wig, plus a shoddy suit  — was just a "random" costume, but the situation was still puzzling.While anti-Semitic stereotypes have a long and unfortunate past in rap lyrics (see this 2010 piece in The Awl), it didn't make sense that the earnest-to-a-fault MC behind marriage-equality anthem "Same Love" would engage in them.

  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 'Late Show With David Letterman,'

    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Doo-Doo 'Houston Hades' on 'Letterman'

    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are in the middle of a little break betweeen shows supporting this January's casually perceptive Wig Out at Jagbags, and they've been spending that time back on the promotional rounds. The Pavement frontman recently sat down to talk about Edgar Allan Poe (and many other things) on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, and last night the full band visited Late Show With David Letterman. They performed Wig Out's doo-doo'ing "Houston Hades," Malkmus delivering every "listen boy I'm talking to you" or Slim Shady reference with the half-smile of a contended man on the inside of a colossal cosmic joke. Their host, perhaps needless to say, was all about it.Watch the performance above, read our recent Malkmus interview, or find out what Malkmus' lesbian ice cream tastes like. 

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