Chris Martins

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  • Queens of the Stone Age Star Wars Audition R2D2 Josh Homme

    Watch Josh Homme Audition for 'Star Wars' ... as R2D2

    Not all comedy sketches are made equal, but some are worth watching for the cameos, even if the premise is a little thin. Above, British YouTube comedy team Stinky Mike wrangle Queens of the Stone Age's hulking bossman Josh Homme for "Star Wars Episode 7 - The Auditions." After one of the comics wraps up an interview with the desert-rock god, Homme lets slip that he has an interest in expanding his repertoire of awesome into the land of film. Just so happens casting is taking place next door.While his size and general ginger-ness paints Homme as a wookie shoo-in, he'd prefer to be "R2D2, king of the droids" and "an articulate, multilingual doer." And a gleep-glorp to you too, sir.Meanwhile, if you're looking for an artistic work of undeniable, across-the-board, brain-crushing quality, get into QOTSA's latest, Like Clockwork..., out now on Matador.

  • Chad Valley 'Real Time' Stream Young Hunger

    Chad Valley Delivers Autumnal Synth-Pop in 'Real Time'

    Synth-loving pop purveyor Chad Valley is entering the mixtape game this year with Peace & Understanding, following in the footsteps of his fellow former chillwavers Small Black. Like that Brooklyn-based band, the man born Hugo Manuel has been evolving since his earliest releases. Last year's Young Hunger album found him collaborating with a range of vocalists (Twin Shadow, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Glasser) over music that evoked M83 in parts, New Jack Swing in others, and glistening '80s elsewhere. No word yet on the exact plan for the forthcoming free set, but "Real Time" is a solid start. Our host sings yearningly over a busy beat, burbling sequences bumping along on the way to some panoramic vistas.

  • Earthless 'From the Ages' Album Stream

    Stream Earthless' Sky-Scraping Return Album 'From the Ages'

    It's been a solid six years since Earthless have blessed this planet with their gnarled excellence. The San Diego trio — guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton, drummer Mario Rubalcaba — haven't dropped a proper album since 2007's Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky, but that's about to change. On October 8, the band returns with From the Ages, an hour-long slab of sky-scraping, ground-shaking, air-thickening badassery produced by Phil Manley (Trans Am, the Fucking Champs) and coming at you via Tee Pee Records.Though you've got to wait another week to own the thing, you can stream it now, in its entirety, as many times as you want right here.

  • Vic Mensa 'Innanetape' Mixtape Download Free Savemoney

    Download Vic Mensa's Triumphantly Tongue-Twisting 'Innanetape' Now

    Former Kids These Days frontman Vic Mensa has been steadily carving out his solo identity within Chance the Rapper's SAVEMONEY crew. The Chicago MC has blessed us with — deep breath — bubbly "Orange Soda," the good life-celebrating "Hollywood LA," the Rockie Fresh-featuring "Time Is Money," the Eliza Doolittle-sporting "YNSP," and the decidedly upbeat "Lovely Day." All of those and nine other tracks can now be heard in one handy free release, Innanetape (that's "Internet" and "mixtape" slurred together), available for download via DatPiff and Illroots.

  • Toro y Moi 'Rose Quartz' Video Anything in Return

    Toro y Moi Becomes a Painting in 'Rose Quartz' Video

    Toro y Moi has kept fairly busy since the release of his dance-informed third album Anything in Return. He's delivered a Laurel Canyon gem with "Campo." He officially remixed Billie Holiday's "My Man." He even recorded a cover of Ricky Gervais' original The Office song, "Slough." Now we return to the LP with a colorful new video for "Rose Quartz." Created by Lauren Gregory, the clip is a series of painted panels brought to life, finding project mastermind and SPIN interviewee Chaz Bundick turned into a series of grinning smears, playing keys and delivering ace dance moves while an imaginary band cranks out the throbbing grooves.

  • Gucci Mane Six Months Jail Probation Rehab Gun Drugs

    Gucci Mane Headed to Jail for Latest Probation Violation

    Last week Gucci Mane made an attempt to explain his erratic actions of late. After delivering one of the most epic and tragic Twitter rants in history and getting arrested for carrying drugs and a gun, the rapper born Radric Davis returned to Twitter in order to apologize to those he'd offended (a very long list) and admit that he has a problem with abusing codeine cough syrup.

  • Sia the Weeknd Diplo 'Elastic Heart' Hunger Games Catching Fire

    Sia Soars With the Weeknd and Diplo on 'Elastic Heart'

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters November 22 and with an original soundtrack full of heavy-hitters. The first taste of it came with Coldplay's star-gazing "Atlas" and now we have a collaborative track from an impressive trio. "Elastic Heart" unites "Diamonds" writer Sia, Kiss Land R&Bist the Weeknd, and Major Lazer main brain Diplo under the roof of a single bubbling ballad that, yes, feels aptly cinematic.With lyrics about biting the dust, trusting no one, and conquering love, the song also seems like a perfect fit for this particular film franchise.

  • Michael Cera Islands Meredith Brooks Bitch Cover

    Watch Michael Cera and Islands Actually Cover Meredith Brooks' 'Bitch'

    Last week, Michael Cera appeared in a mockumentary celebrating Islands, whose fifth album Ski Mask is freshly out on Manque. This week, that band's main brain Nick Thorburn returns the favor by appearing in the Arrested Development star's "Bitch," which, believe it or not, is a cracked cover of the 1997 single of the same name by Meredith Brooks. The chronology of the video exchange could be a little off — former Islands drummer Luc Laurent appears — but the clip is timeless in its own way.Cera and Thorburn, who played in Mr. Heavenly together, pluck guitar and bass, respectively, while comedienne Jenny Slate (Parks & Recreation) sings lead. The very VHS-y looking footage finds the band (dubbed Molly the Daves) playing in a wood-paneled basement and hanging out at the park.

  • Sky Ferreira Drugs Arrest Addict Interview DIIV Boyfriend

    Sky Ferreira Denies Addict Accusation, Discusses Drug Arrest

    Just over a week ago pop starlet Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith, were arrested while driving to the Basilica SoundScape festival in upstate New York. The charges were certainly unflattering. His: holding 42 decks (up to 15 grams per) of heroin, and driving with a stolen license plate. Hers: possession of ecstasy, and resisting arrest. Until now, the couple's only attempt to address the incident publicly came via the DIIV Twitter account:what you're reading is a police blotter, not the outcome of a court case. these cops wanted to fuck us, and they did. sky did nothing wrong.— DIIV (@DIIV) September 16, 2013Now, Ferreira has spoken out in an interview with Billboard, again emphasizing that the Saugerties police, who pulled Smith over for what they called "several vehicle and traffic infractions" — were out to get them.

  • CHVRCHES Internet Sexism Casual Feminism Editorial Essay

    CHVRCHES on the Internet: Stop the Misogyny

    CHVRCHES' singer is stricking back against the glut of sexist messages the Glaswegian band regularly receives via social networking and online comment threads. Lauren Mayberry, who holds a Masters in journalism, has written an editorial for The Guardian in which she calls out the atrocious behavior she's witnessed on the Internet since the group launched in October 2011."I am in a band that was born on the internet," she begins, explaining that she and her bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty field their fan interactions personally because "the blogosphere and social networks have arguably been the key reasons anyone knows about us at all." But the good comes with a whole heaping lot of bad, she reveals."Last week, I posted a screengrab of one of the many inappropriate messages sent to the band's social networks every day," Mayberry writes, referencing a solicitous message sh

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