Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Gary Clark Jr. Live Album Video Don't Owe You a Thang

    Watch Gary Clark Jr. Slay Hyde Park With 'Don't Owe You a Thang'

    It's no secret that Gary Clark Jr. is a force to be reckoned with in the live arena — whether playing an actual arena or a festival tent, the Austin-hailing axe-slinger and soul singer positively owns his audience. Look at him up there playing "Don't Owe Me a Thang" in London's sprawling Hyde Park. Backed by a tight little wrecking crew, he evokes the image of a steam engine via the chooga-chooga of his guitar even as his vocals slide cooly overtop, sounding impossibly level. The video is a welcome treat, yes, but there's a bigger meal to be had. Last week, Warner Bros. released Gary Clark Jr. Live, a 15-song set whose unadorned title sells the thing just fine (pick it up via iTunes, or Clark's store). No filler. No overdubs. No noodle. Catch a preview above.

  • Weezer 'The British Are Coming' Stream Tour Dates EWBAITE

    Weezer Declare 'The British Are Coming,' Announce Club Tour

    Weezer take on "punk-ass Redcoats" in the latest taste from their forthcoming album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. "The British Are Coming" is available as an instant download to those who pre-order the album on iTunes, and streaming below courtesy of Under the Gun (for now, at least). In conjunction with the patriotic power-pop jam — complete with plaintive/triumphant Rivers Cuomo vocals and a string-shredding guitar solo — the Los Angeles band has shared a handful of club dates (see those below the song) at which they'll perform EWBAITE in full.

  • The Black Keys Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Video Gotta Get Away

    Watch the Black Keys Turn 'The Tonight Show' Into a Blues Juke

    When they aren't busy being worshipped by topless women or composing songs for cartoon series about embittered anthropomorphic horses, the men of the Black Keys bring bluesy goodness to all who'll listen. On Monday night, Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, and a few friends visited The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to let loose Turn Blue kiss-off "Gotta Get Away" (bear witness above) and their favorite cover choice of late, Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You" (watch below). Enjoy those while you can — word is the Akron-originating duo are ready to record their next album already.

  • RL Grime How to Dress Well Reminder Single Stream

    RL Grime and How to Dress Well Combine for Luxe R&B 'Reminder'

    West Coast beat boss RL Grime returns with the full, official audio for his How to Dress Well-assisted single, "Reminder." It's the WEDIDIT heavyweight's first track featuring a guest vocalist, but the song continues his already established tradition of infusing visceral production with heavy emotion and rich aural flourishes (see also "Because of U" and his What So Not collaboration, "Tell Me"). Heard below, the slinky R&B cut does find him backing off on the trap sonics a bit, making room for Tom Krell's delicatable R. Kelly channelling. Regarding the lyrics, Grime says, "'Reminder' is about reminiscing over lost love, understanding what went wrong, and how retrospect allows you to see the bright side of moving on." Nevertheless, we're gonna be hung up on this until at least November 18, when RL's debut album VOID drops via WEDIDIT.

  • Fugazi 1888 Demos Typo Fugazi1888 Meme Twitter

    Our Typo Could Be Your Meme: #Fugazi1888

    You know what they say: We're all always just a slip of the keyboard finger away from genius. Just kidding. No one says that because typos totally suck and are usually the bane of every writer/editor/blogger/programmer/tweeter's existence. But on Thursday, SPIN published an article about a certain beloved post-hardcore band with the headline, "Fugazi Are Releasing an Album of Lost Songs From 1888." Of course, we meant 1988.Fugazi are releasing an album of lost songs from 1888 http://t.co/BtJ7uomub3 pic.twitter.com/RTGD5AAcQ1— SPIN (@SPINmagazine) September 18, 2014Normally, the minute we realize such an error, we correct the article (which we did) then delete and resend the tweet. But then we noticed something wonderful.@SPINmagazine What?

  • Guided by Voices Beak Up Robert Pollard Tour Over

    Guided by Voices Break Up Just in Time for Their Fall Tour

    Guided by Voices are, once again, no more. Robert Pollard's band featured quite a rotating cast before splitting in 2004, but the Dayton lo-fi heroes reunited in 2010 sporting their classic lineup — which is to say the group that was around for the release of Bee Thousand, an album so good that it's managed to not get lost amidst the million-odd other LPs Bob and the band have released across their intertwining careers.Cleveland.com broke the news (via Pitchfork), reporting that GBV updated their website with a "CLOSED" sign, a bunch of crossed-out tour dates, and the following message: Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans.

  • Rihanna CBS NFL Ravens Ray Rice Dropped Thursday Night Football

    CBS Won't Be Using Rihanna's Music for Thursday Night Football, Ever

    Rihanna's football flap now comes to a summary end. CBS has permanently dropped her video performance of "Run This Town" from the intro of Thursday Night Football, as Variety reports. Last week, the pop artist wound up unexpectedly caught in the crossfire of the ugly NFL vs. Ray Rice vs. Sane Humans Everywhere drama when we learned that 2009 single would be debuted at a Baltimore Ravens game.There was an understandable hue and cry over the pairing of that song — released the same year that Chris Brown brutally attacked Rihanna — with a match involving the team whose star running-back was just cut because of his own horrifying abuse of a woman.

  • Death Blues Languaging Video Jon Mueller Volcano Choir William Ryan Fritch

    Death Blues Go Primordial With Hulking Sound and a Hypnotic Video

    You've almost undoubtedly heard the ethereal yet visceral work of the men who comprise Death Blues. Project founder Jon Mueller is an integral member of Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir (and before that, Collections of Colonies of Bees), while William Ryan Fritch has worked with names as diverse and respected as Sole and DM Stith. On the new album, Ensemble, they combine their multi-instrumentalist might to create a hulking, high-drama sound.The duo spent two years crafting the nine-song set, whose depth and dramatic flair is also reflected in the releases' packaging.

  • U2 Remove Album From iTunes Delete Apple Songs of Innocence

    Wanna Remove the U2 Album From Your iTunes? There's a Button for That

    U2's Songs of Innocence wound up in iTunes users' music library whether or not any of them actually wanted it. Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator, for one, eloquently expressed his dissension thusly: "ITS LEGIT LIKE WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE ... GET OFF MY FUCKING PHONE." Well, he should be happy because Apple customers are now able to eject Bono and Co. from their cloud.As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the company has created an entire page dedicated to that very act. The "SOI Removal" function is about as barebones as it comes. It looks like this:Don't wanna squint? No sweat. Here's the fine print:If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase.

  • Primus 'Golden Ticket' Stream Tour ' Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

    Hear Primus' Wild and Woolly 'Golden Ticket' From Their Willy Wonka Tribute Album

    On October 21, a certain beloved Bay Area prog-funk posse will release Primus & the Chocolate Factory, which is everything you'd hope it'd be based on the title — a concept album honoring the 1971 Gene Wilder-starring Willy Wonka film by remaking its wild music in this band's odd image. A little while back we heard "Pure Imagination," which was bananas and held true (as true a possible) to Les Claypool's description of this project's sound as "early Peter Gabriel meets Dark Side of the Moon meets the Residents." Now we have the pleasure of handing you, dear reader, the "Golden Ticket" itself. Heard below, that memorable cut from the film is reborn with help from bounding bass, chiming vibes, Claypool's deep warble, and a handful of eerie effects — taken all together, this is the aural march of a demented carnival barker leading a band of skeletons weilding toy instruments.

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