Chris Martins



  • The Crystal Ark 'Rain (XXXTended Version)' Video DFA

    See the Crystal Ark Dance on Walls in 'Rain (XXXTended Version)'

    "Come on, stay a little longer," the Crystal Ark intone on "Rain," a disco-addled slab of righteous weird originally found on their 2012 self-titled DFA Records debut. Now we can do exactly that via the "XXXTended Version" and the video above, which finds the members of the bilingual New York collective dancing on the sides of buildings and across the breadth of billboards. All of that gravity-defying comes courtesy of projections, of course, which blow the band up to a size big enough to match the sound dreamed up by Gavin Russom (instrument builder and acid techno auteur) and Viva Ruiz (dancer, filmmaker, singer). "Open up your heart to make the party start," they command, and it's hard not to succumb as they turn an otherwise quiet night into their own outsize rave. Locals can catch the Crystal Ark at The Jewish Museum Thursday night (October 24).

  • Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Cover NSFW Track List

    Against Me! Use Grisly Pound of Flesh for NSFW 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' Cover

    Above you'll find an, um, segment of the cover of Against Me! highly anticipated new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The January 21 LP will be the Gainesville, Florida band's first since 2010's White Crosses and, more significantly, since singer Tom Gabel became Laura Jane Grace. The title directly acknowledges that — while riffing on Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" — and so does the kinda NSFW, kinda icky artwork.You can see the entire cover below along with the track list — titular highlights include "Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ" and "FUCKMYLIFE666." White Crosses featured a nude woman whose face and breasts were distorted. This one takes it a step further, displaying a cube of marbled meat topped by a breast — terrifyingly as if the entire thing was carved from a human's chest.

  • Latyrx Tune-Yards Gift of Gab 'Watershed Moment' Stream

    Latyrx Team with Gift of Gab and tUnE-yArDs for a 'Watershed Moment'

    Lateef and Lyrics Born are Latyrx, two Bay Area-based Solesides O.G.s who helped redefine hip-hop alongside DJ Shadow and Blackalicious in '90s. But in all of this time, they'd only recorded a single album (1997's The Album) together, instead spreading their skills liberally across other projects. Enter The Second Album, out November 5 featuring an incredible array of talent ranging from left-field rhymer Busdriver, to MPC kingpin Jel, to the Decemberists' Chris Funk, to Living Colour singer Corey Glover (really).Below you can hear the bewitchingly hypnotic "Watershed Moment," which features not only an ace verse from Quannum compatriot Gift of Gab, but production (and additional vocals) from tUnE-yArDs. Stream that aptly titled track, check Latyrx's tour schedule here, and see if you can't add a few more dates to it via Kickstarter.

  • Better Off 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' Video

    Better Off Would Rather Be Cliff-Jumping in 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' Video

    The boys of Better Off handily give raw rebirth to the sounds of albums like Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, which captured the moment when emo merged with the mainstream. With a power-pop boost and a little slack cribbed from the alt-rock pantheon (see: Dinosaur Jr., et al.) the Nashville quartet create a noise that's ultimately their own, as the song "A fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf" shows. That highlight from Better Off's now-out debut album (I Think) I'm Leaving gets a fitting video treatment above via director Andy Reale. The clip features shots of the band playing inside of a small house while Luke Granered sings of missing out on what the world has to offer. Meanwhile, everyone outside is cliff-jumping with glee.

  • Arcade Fire 'Breakglass' Reflektor Teaser Video

    Here's Another Arcade Fire Clip Teasing the Arrival of 'Reflektor'

    With the October 29 release date of Reflektor fast approaching, Arcade Fire continue to troll tease the forthcoming album at an exponentially increasing rate. Above you'll find a 30-second clip dubbed "Breakglass," which is not one of the new songs' names, but the handle of the Montreal studio in which they once played as Les Identiks. The video features some audio in reverse, which will undoubtedly hit SoundCloud or YouTube playing in the proper direction sometime soon. Meanwhile, we've recently heard all of "Afterlife" and witnessed the band temporarily known as the Reflektors play The Colbert Report. 

  • Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt Lorde Royals Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney, Amidst Flagging Figures

    First! Those purveyors of all things grungy and keepers of the World Series score, Pearl Jam score No. 1 with Lightning Bolt. Eddie Vedder and co. sold 166,000 copies of their 10th album according to Billboard, following up 2009's Backspacer, which did 189K. In truth, this is PJ's smallest first-week sales number ever, but it's the largest for any rock act in nearly a year (Phillips Phillips hit 169K in November). Perhaps the fight to keep guitar music alive really is "life or death." Then again, Alternative is the new classic rock, as SPIN's Rob Harvilla noted in his review, so maybe this is just what a genre's retirement looks like.2 to 10: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz lands at No. 2 on its second week following a 73 percent sales drop-off (72K). On a stronger week, that'd land her far closer to the bottom of the top 10 heap.

  • The Flaming Lips 'Is The Black At The End Good' Stream

    The Flaming Lips Find Sunshine on 'Is the Black at the End Good'

    The Flaming Lips release their Peace Sword EP on October 29, but are streaming the first taste of the thing here. As aforementioned, Oklahoma's favorite freaky sons have written six songs inspired by Ender's Game — one composed specifically for the film, which hits theaters on November 1; and five also inspired by the book, which hit shelves in the year 1985. Following the digital release, the short-playing set will get a physical issue (CD and vinyl) in conjunction with Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday festivities on November 29. But you can now hear "Is the Black at the End Good," a cinematically titled song that rolls back the clouds found on The Terror for a little sunshine and space dust.

  • Empty Flowers 'Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)' Stream

    Empty Flowers Go Transcendent on 'Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)'

    Philly crew Empty Flowers have some friends in high places and it's not hard to understand why. Their new album Five is a pile-up of wild and heavy ideas — bass-rattling post-punk, storm-bringing post-rock, and sharply honed post-hardcore, with lyrics that zoom in on minute details in order illustrate the bigger scene. It also doesn't hurt that the band shares members both past and present with the beloved Cable.The forthcoming remix set The Air You Found speaks volumes as to the group's influence.

  • Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band Tunde TVOTR Blast Boom Video

    Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band's 'The Blast the Boom' Becomes Animated Adventure

    Back in April, TV on the Radio singer/writer Tunde Adebimpe talked to SPIN about his main group's gradual return to the spotlight but also let us know about a new project: Higgins Black Magic Waterproof Band. The quartet has a self-titled EP out right now grab it and now a video for the brooding first taste "The Blast the Boom." The experimental crew's handle comes from a brand of ink and that's not for nothing: both Adebimpe and guitarist Alex Holden are, or have been, professional illustrators. They put those skills to work in the stop-motion short above, in which a gallant wolf man has a series of unfortunate run-ins with a giant fire-blasting skull. Pick up Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band via iTunes or Insound. And by the way, it's "HIWABLAMABA" for short.

  • Solange Saint Records Heron Kelela Album Go All Night

    Solange Signals 'Saint Heron' Comp Arrival With Kelela's 'Go All Night'

    Solange Knowles has at last unveiled her vision for Saint Records, the label that she'll run with distribution via Sony. In May we learned that the imprint would be home to her next album — the one set to co-star Dirty Projectors, Chairlift, and Sampha — plus help spearhead a "new musical movement." In an announcement that heralded the November 12 arrival of the 12-song Saint Heron showcase/compilation, Solange clarified her statement of intent:"With Saint Heron I really wanted to celebrate and continue to cultivate the community for genre-defying R&B artists. I've personally connected with all of these extremely talented artists, and am really excited for us to come together [...] as a new movement for music.

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