Chris Martins

writer

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  • Sam Smith 'Nirvana' Stream

    Sam Smith Aims to Achieve 'Nirvana' With Transcendent R&B

    Cambridge-based singer Sam Smith made his name guesting on dance-pop tracks by rising stars like Naughty Boy and Disclosure, but the man is now taking the lead. Last month, we heard a sample from his forthcoming EP on PMR Records. With a co-write assist from labelmate Two Inch Punch, "Safe With Me" split the difference between Smith's recent housier forays and his more instrumental solo past.New song "Nirvana" is a breathy, subdued R&B ballad in the mold of Frank Ocean and perhaps (just a little bit) K-Ci & Jo-Jo — the latter thanks to those soaring heights that our channel ORANGE hero generally eschews. It's all synthy strings and choral harmonies with flanged guitars and muffled drums. British duo Craze & Hoax handle the production fresh off of their collaboration with Outside Lands star Emeli Sandé.

  • Cash Money VMAs Cancel Party Lil Wayne Birdman

    Cash Money VMAs After-Party Invites Rendered Worthless

    Mere days after announcing what was slated to be "the most dazzling event" of MTV's VMAs week — sure to be "the talk of the town" — Cash Money Records have cancelled their invite-only awards show after-party in New York. The reason? Too many people wanted to go. At least that's what organizers say in a new press release, which makes for a pretty gripping sequel following the flowery one that pimped the "luxury event" in the first place.The label's C.E.O. Bryan "Birdman" Williams and flagship star Lil Wayne were set to host, while roster-mates and affiliates like Drake, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Paris Hilton, and Tyga were promised to appear. The party was set for August 25 at Brooklyn's Skylight One Hanson immediately following the VMAs.

  • Luke Bryan 'Crash My Party' Katy Perry Roar Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Luke 'Beer Me' Bryan Takes No. 1 While Katy Perry Nips at Thicke

    First! Luke Bryan is back on top — didja miss him? Chances are if you're reading SPIN, you didn't, but you might want to get familiar. As noted, the Nashville star is country's preeminent overgrown frat boy, a man who hit the top of the pops in March with a set that compiled the best tunes from his Spring Break-themed EP series. Now he's got the third highest debut week of 2013 — behind Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — with Crash My Party, which sold 528K on the strength of such titles as "Drink a Beer" and "Beer in the Headlights." This also happens to be the biggest week for a lone cowboy since Tim McGraw blew up the spot in 2004.2 to 10: Let's get these two lurkers out of the way: Florida Georgia Line and Imagine Dragons are still kicking around and still sticking together with Here's to the Good Times (No. 8, 31K) and Night Visions (No. 9, 27K), respectively.

  • DMX Arrested Marijuana South Carolina Pulled Over

    DMX Denies Possession in South Carolina Marijuana Arrest

    DMX was arrested in South Carolina Tuesday night (August 20) for possession of marijuana. Though the police say they found three bags of the stuff following a traffic stop, the 42-year-old rapper born Earl Simmons claims that no drugs were found on his person. He also claims that authorities never showed the contraband to him or the other passengers in the pulled-over truck. According to TMZ, the police report says Simmons smelled of alcohol during the traffic stop and became "very aggressive with his words and was making multiple idle threats." Police say they discovered marijuana sitting on the armrest nearest DMX. They cited the rapper for pot and brought him in on an earlier outstanding warrant for allegedly driving without a license.In the video above, the MC can be heard protesting the situation as it began to go down.

  • Jessy Lanza 5785021 Call Me Stream Pull My Hair Back

    Jessy Lanza Offers Her Digits on Sultry '5785021'

    Jessy Lanza is a triple-threat: a singer blessed with an endlessly breathy coo, a pianist with a striking sense of melody, and a producer with a strong imagination for fitting sounds together in wonderful ways. On September 17, the Hamilton, Ontario-based artist will release her LP debut, Pull My Hair Back, via Hyperdub. And to make matters even more devastating, the set will be co-produced by her neighbor, Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan.Below you'll find first listen, "5785021," although "Call Me" might be a more effective handle for conversational use. As is the Lanza way, the song combines dark disco with lush house and gushing R&B, with the entire thing sent skittering by clattering hi-hats and warbling synths. Considering how effective the end result is, let's hope that's not our heroine's actual phone number. Or anyone else's, for that matter.

  • Jail Weddings 'Why Is It So Hard to Be Good' Stream

    Hear Jail Weddings' Epic 'Why Is It So Hard to Be Good'

    If it seems a bit dramatic for Jail Weddings to title their second album Meltdown — A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion, one only need hit play to see why the title is apt. The Los Angeles-based nonet (count 'em: nine) employs all manner of instruments and a small choir's worth of voices to unfurl their dark rock'n'roll epics, which are most often led by the quaking baritone of doomsayer Gabriel Hart.Imagine the Bad Seeds and the Shagri-Las sparring to the bitter end while the shifting music scores every victory or loss in real time. Below you can hear "Why Is It So Hard to Be Good," a track both brooding and triumphant, which, duh, wrestles with the human inclination to do wrong in the face of righteous logic. Meltdown arrives August 27 via Neurotic Yell. Hart calls it "a dissection of the personal apocalypse."

  • Pelican 'Lathe Biosas' Video Forever Becoming

    Pelican's 'Lathe Biosas' Video Is a Freaky Fever Dream

    When SPIN visited Pelican in the studio this year, guitarist Trevor de Brauw said that the post-metal destroyers are "tighter than we have been, more locked in." That, of course, was in service of the Chicago band's next proper album, Forever Becoming, due out October 15 on Southern Lord. Before that apparently more narrative-based set arrives however, fans can feast on the five-song Deny the Absolute EP (on iTunes now), which takes its name from a heavy ripper included therein. Also in the mix: "Lathe Biosas," which we originally heard as part of the 2012 Ataraxia/Taraxis EP.In honor of the song's second life, it's now got a video directed by Diona Mavis and starring Mark Thompson, the co-owner of the beloved Hydra Head Records imprint which folded in September.

  • King Tuff Live Third Man Records Just Strut Stream

    King Tuff Previews 'Live at Third Man' Album With 'Just Strut' Jangler

    It's not enough for garage rock hook-slinger King Tuff to have one of 2012's best albums (King Tuff) and one of 2013's best reissues (Was Dead). Now the pied piper of heshers is pimping a full-length 12-inch set recorded in Jack White's Blue Room at Third Man Records in Nashville on July 13, 2012. Live at Third Man Records includes songs from each of the aforementioned LPs — including the recently video'd "Sun Medallion" and the ever-excellent "Keep on Movin'" — and is preceded by "Just Strut," streaming below.Speaking of strutting, SPIN recently spent 36 hours cruising San Francisco with the Tuffster himself Kyle Thomas and his bandmate Magic Jake. We also recently interviewed the man's family to get the low-down on his first album, Was Dead, which was born a decade ago before the Vermont-bred rock'n'roller relocated to Los Angeles.

  • Kanye West Kris Jenner Talk Show Interview Kim

    Kanye West to Sit Down for Interview With Baby's Mother's Mother

    Kanye West has kept a fairly low profile where all interviews are concerned — it was part of his M.O. from the jump but tactic evolved into necessity as he became a genuine celebrity, plus had a few hulking public faux pas to boot. But if there's one person with a couch and a microphone who can get Yeezus himself to sit down for a chat, it's the man's baby's mother's mother — Kris Jenner, who hosts the Fox-backed daytime talk show Kris.As EW reports, West stopped by his sorta mom-in-law's work on Monday (August 19) to record an hour-long chat set to air on Friday, August 23.

  • Ke$ha Westboro Baptists Dancers We R Who God Hates

    See Ke$ha's Dance Squad Out-Troll the Westboro Baptists

    Members of the repugnant Westboro Baptist Church were greeted with a pleasant surprise while picketing Ke$ha's Lincoln, Nebraska, show on Sunday night (August 18). Before the concert, the group assembled with their well-known, disgustingly homophobic signs and proceeded to hit play on their very own parody version of the pop starlet's single "We R Who We R." As it turns out, Ke$ha was two steps ahead of them (which is saying something) and had sent three of her tank-topped male dancers to sync up their moves to the Westboro's perversion of her empowerment anthem. In the clip above, you can see them executing their routine while protesters shout along to "God Hates Who You Are." It's a masterfully executed trolling that may inspire less noxious haters to take a second look at last year's Warrior.A lyrical lowlight from the slut-shaming, anti-gay WBC version: "Dear Lord, burn it up!

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