Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Rude Awakening: 25 Major Moments in White Reggae History

    Rude Awakening: 25 Major Moments in White Reggae History

    Was there a bigger surprise hit in 2014 than Magic!'s "Rude"? There, tucked into the balmy folds of the Summer of Ass, was a soft and sunny tropical tune sporting a sweet sentiment and just the slightest hint of fake patois. And just like that, White Reggae returned to the zeitgeist. (Yes, Nasri Atweh's of Palestinian heritage; we'll explain.) In an effort to figure out how this happened, we took a deep dive into the annals of the art form — skipping most ska and cover songs, which deserve separate lists, really — and made some wild discoveries about Whitey's island fetish. Call it an appreciation of appropriation if you must; this isn't about judgment. (Mostly.)

  • d'angelo, black messiah, review

    Review: D'Angelo Brings Organic Funk Back to Life on the Epochal 'Black Messiah'

    When D'Angelo sings, "All we wanted was a chance to talk / 'Stead we only got outlined in chalk" on his long-awaited third album, we can't help but think about Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. But he probably wrote that couplet four years ago — ?uestlove's been hyping that song, "The Charade," in interviews since 2011. More to the point, it could've been sung in 1971 by Marvin Gaye on What's Going On. Or by Sly on the Family Stone's answer album, There's a Riot Goin' On. Old Jim Crow isn't that old and New Jim Crow isn't that new.

  • Milky Chance 'Loveland' Video Sadnecessary Sessions

    Let German Viral Sensation Milky Chance Take You to 'Loveland'

    Who are Milky Chance? Why, didn't you hear the man in the video above? They are Milky Chance, and if you haven't yet heard their song "Stolen Dance," well, go ahead and join the 72 million people who have. Seriously, go ahead (we'll wait) and experience this German duo's hit folktronic sound, a thing that combines quirky acoustic songcraft with perfect pulse and subtle production. It seems like the sort of beautiful noise Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele might make if he returned to his well-missed Sleepy Jackson project today.The Kassel-hailing gentlemen above do have their own thing going on, and they do have names: Clemens Rehbein (the one with the hair) and Philipp Dausch (the project's producer when not unplugged).

  • Beck Austin City Limits Video 'The Golden Age' Episode

    Watch Beck Bring 'The Golden Age' to 'Austin City Limits' TV

    The Austin City Limits festival kicks off today in, duh, Austin, but folks in other locales will be treated to another gift from the rock and folk institution this weekend. The Austin City Limits television show returns to PBS for a 40th season on Saturday night, kicked off by an hour-long set from Beck. We've seen a couple clips from the performance already — witness the mercurial Los Angeles icon doing "Loser" and "Blue Moon" — but now we've got a web exclusive to share. Seen above, our Morning Phase man leads his trusty band through a panoramic version of Sea Change stand-out "The Golden Age." It's a keeper, which makes us wonder what bumped this cut from the actual episode. Well, you can take a look at the set list below and place your bets. Stay tuned for more performances by Nine Inch Nails, Tweedy, Nick Cave, and more.

  • Isaiah Toothtaker Emoji Book That's Not Relevant Interview Drake Lil B Rihanna

    7 Emojis U Wish U Had, Including Sad Drake and a Broken iPhone

    Isaiah Toothtaker is not only a man who takes many teeth (we've heard rumors there's a Mason jar somewhere). He's also a man who wears many hats (some of them maybe made out of his enemies' teeth). This summer, Spork Press released That's Not Relevant, a collection of would-be emojis designed by Toothy in order to address the noticeable lack of graphic shorthand for concepts like "Love Sosa" and "Brrr." If the Tucson, Arizona artist's name rings a tone, it could be because he owns acclaimed tattoo shop Staring Without Caring, raps alongside folks like Max B and Gunplay, and/or looks terrifyingly stylish with a 30-pound gold chain around his neck.

  • Law Order SVU Elevator Fight Jay Z Solange Ray Rice Video

    Jay Z and Solange's Elevator Fight Is Getting the 'Law & Order: SVU' Treatment

    Welp, it happened. Someone over at Law & Order: Special Victims Unit learned the word "thot." Never one to slack when it comes to the cutting edge of the crossroads where pop culture meets misogyny, the NBC crew also incorporates two recent incidents into the clip below from a forthcoming Season 16 episode dubbed "American Disgrace." It seems they've mashed up the still hazy storyline of Jay Z and Solange's elevator fight and the horrifying in-elevator beating of Janay Palmer by former footballer Ray Rice. Both involve violence between men and women, and vertical people movers with security cams, which means this was a very much meant-to-be ripped-from-the-headlines moment.Gossip site The YBF says the episode airs Wednesday, October 1, and revolves around a basketball player named Shakir "The Shark" Wilkins, who's played by NYPD Blue's Henry Simmons (that's Det.

  • Coolio Jukebox Jury Interview 1994 Songs 2Pac Nirvana ICP

    Coolio Is Still Mad His Kurt Cobain Collab Never Happened (and Other Tales From 1994)

    In 1994, Coolio climbed out of the trunk of a Chevy Impala and forever into our lives. The Compton MC born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. moved amongst gangstas, but packed levity and love into his most well-remembered songs. That was the year of "Fantastic Voyage" — a G-funk classic which kindly purported to take our asses on another kind of trip. Today, the man with wildest braids in the West is 51 and still on a delightfully odd excursion. He has made a bunch of albums (2009's From the Bottom 2 the Top most recently), appeared on very unexpected screens (from Sabrina the Teenage Witch to Futurama to Celebrity Wife Swap), published a cookbook (Cooking With Coolio), become a genuine Juggalo (here he is at the Gathering), and recorded a theme song for online smut outpost PornHub.But we wanted to take Coolio back through time, to, yes, 1994.

  • 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.

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