Chris Martins

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  • Flying Lotus Youre Dead Kendrick Lamar Herbie Hancock

    Flying Lotus Album to Feature Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg

    UPDATE: Flying Lotus has shared the art for additional songs includes one called "Dead Man's Tetris" featuring Snoop Dogg and Lotus' own rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy, and another dubbed "Siren Song" featuring former Dirty Projectors vocalist and solo artist Angel Deradoorian. See below.Flying Lotus' October album will feature Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, and others yet to be revealed. The Los Angeles electronica guru has been releasing the track list for You're Dead via individual Instagram posts coming roughly every hour today (Monday, August 11).

  • Robin Williams Dead 63 Suicide Death Actor Comedian

    Robin Williams, 63, Dead by Apparent Suicide

    Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63. The celebrated actor and comedian passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 11 — the Los Angeles Times reports the Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed a 911 call had be received at 11:55 a.m. PT regarding an unresponsive man found in his Tiburon, California home. That man was indeed Williams, and there is speculation, partly fueled by an official statement on the matter, that the cause of death is suicide. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," read said statement from a representative of the performer. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.

  • The Lumineers Walking Dead Stream Visions of China Songs Survival

    Hear Lumineers' Haunting 'Walking Dead' Song, 'Visions of China'

    Perhaps the one thing more terrifying (for us, at least) than a world full of zombies is a world without music. Thankfully the people behind AMC's The Walking Dead refuse to subject us to that torture, and maintain their commitment to solid music placements in the series and beyond. The Complete Fourth Season is available for pre-order now and it comes with a bonus disc dubbed Songs of Survival, Vol. 2. Thanks to Idolator, we've heard Colbie Caillat's "The Way I Was," and now we're proud to premiere a haunting number by the Lumineers, "Visions of China." Heard below, the track is hardly the heys-and-hos stuff of breakthrough singles. Instead, it's a meditative piece that recalls Radiohead's OK Computer to some degree, perhaps channeled through Fleet Foxes folksier paradigm.

  • Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Video Album Track List Tattoo

    Foo Fighters Announce 'Sonic Highways' Album Details, Share New Music

    Foo Fighters have shared the details on their upcoming (multi-)studio album. It will share its name with Dave Grohl's forthcoming HBO series: Sonic Highways. A new press release promises, however, that this is "not a soundtrack album by any stretch." As previously reported, the eight songs set to feature on the album correspond with the eight cities visited by the Foos in the process of making their show, which highlights iconic U.S. studios and historic music scenes.Sonic Highways, the album, will see a worldwide release on Monday, November 10, and is available for pre-order in CD and vinyl form now. The wax version will arrive on 180-gram vinyl and feature eight alternate covers themed for the different cities — Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

  • Kiesza Nirvana 'Heart-Shaped Box' Cover Video Live

    See Stripped-Down Kiesza Stun With Nirvana 'Heart-Shaped Box' Cover

    House-pop singer Kiesza has got a hit song on her hands in "Hideaway," but she's not afraid to venture far afield to expose unlikely audiences to her art. For instance, her recent Late Show With David Letterman performance, the rising Canadian star danced her way out on the streets of New york City. Now, as Idolator notes, she travels back to the '90s to cover Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box." While the video you see above may not be the wild re-imagining that Kawehi's synth-and-loops version was, her acoustic version is enchanting in its own way. Recording for NME, she finger-picks her way through the 1993 classic while her striking voice does its acrobatic thing overtop. Watch the video for Nirvana's original below, and the impressive "Hideaway" clip beneath that.

  • Alt-J 'Left Hand Free' Video Quad Racing Dog Fighting

    Alt-J Capture Quad Races and Cliff Dives in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    Funny thing about Alt-J's "Left Hand Free," which is hardly the art-rock outfit's typical fare: They recorded the almost Black Keys-y single as a shrugged-off fuck-you/appeasement to their U.S. label, Atlantic. As singer joe Newman told Guardian, "I say, 'Gee whizz,' which I'm not sure is a phrase I've ever uttered before. I can imagine it appealing to American truckers with 'Good Riddance To Bin Laden' stickers." Now that odd but effective song has a highly appropriate video. Seen above, the Ryan Staake-directed clip features cattle, trucks, beer, tubing, dogs, fireworks, quads, tattoos, pool, bad haircuts, and hot rods — just an apple pie short of a full American deck. But as Stereogum points out, the footage is beautifully shot, and the moments captured are evocative.

  • Drake Lil Wayne Tour Game App Street Fighter

    Get the 'Street Fighter'-Style Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour App

    The Drake and Lil Wayne tour begins Friday night in New York with a little help from a very unlikely sponsor: Capcom, the video game house best known creating the Mega Man and Street Fighter franchises. As Billboard reveals, the company is also getting involved in unexpected ways. In the Apple and Google app stores, you'll find the DvsLW app which isn't much use yet, but will be put into play during the "rap battle" portion of the evening.Using a classic "button mash" approach, fans can send power-ups to their preferred MC of the evening. According to the App Store description, those bumps will travel "from your phone to the on-stage screens, boosting either Drake or Lil Wayne's meter." We're not sure how that will actually affect the fellas themselves — perhaps they'll keep an eye on their power bars and save their power bar (get it?) for when they're really fired up.

  • Jeff Tweedy 'High as Hello' Stream Solo Band

    Hear Tweedy's Stoned, Guitar-Rattling 'High as Hello'

    Jeff Tweedy's band Tweedy — with son Spencer Tweedy — are about as generous as they come. The Wilco leader seems to let slip a new song from the September 16 Sukierae album every few days, and now we've another lovely Americana drifter to consider. "High as Hello" can be seen above (live, in a tunnel at the Newport Folk Festival for NPR) and streamed below (the studio version). Employing slight psychedelic flourishes, breathy vocals, and a Pickathon's worth of guitar-play, the track sounds like something Beck might cook up after drinking a Thermos full of opium tea. It's a delightful share, like the others that preceded: "Low Key,"  "I'll Sing It," "Wait for Love," "Fake Fur Coat," and "Summer Noon" (also: the more abrasive "Diamond Light Pt. 1"). Listen here: 

  • Miley Cyrus Lil BUB Lorde Hunger Games Instagram Kathleen Hanna

    What We Learned This Week: Miley Is a Punk, Kimmel Is a Thief, and Saggy Cobain Is Real

    This week in music, we learned that Miley Cyrus watched The Punk Singer, because she Instagrammed a couple of photos of eternal badass Kathleen Hanna along with words of praise. So what Cyrus learned this week may be worth all of our lessons combined:Speaking of fur-having females, we learned — through months of exhaustive research, truly — that indie superkitty Lil BUB is indeed the only true rock'n'roll cat. Also that Andrew W.K. is allergic to all felines ... except her. She's our cover star, and she's a girl! Good job, BUB! Also filed under "fauna," Nicki Minaj returns to the #WWLTW series because her "Anaconda" got loose. She'd previously teased the thing, so we're fairly certain it's angry and dangerous. Also, it sampled Sir Mix-a-Lot and celebrates the art of rimming!

  • Foo Fighters HBO Show Dave Grohl Sonic Highways Premiere

    Foo Fighters' HBO Show 'Sonic Highways' Sets Premiere Date

    This week we learned that Foo Fighters' eighth album is in the bag. That also means that they should be all done filming Sonic Highways, the Dave Grohl-helmed HBO show that documents that LP's process and shines light on historic American studios in the process. And indeed, that television series now has an official start date: Friday, October 17, 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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