Chris Martins

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  • Wild Ones 'From Nothing' Stream 'Keep It Safe' Album

    Wild Ones Douse Dream-Pop in Synth Beauty on 'From Nothing'

    Things weren't always so wild for the Wild Ones. On the way to completing their debut album, Keep It Safe, the Portland sextet's guitarist suffered a blown-out eardrum and their drummer wound up with a punctured lung. Also, they damn near went broke. But you're not likely to sense that in "From Nothing," a springy song with only the slightest down-turned corners. The melodic grace of singer Danielle Sullivan is undeniable, while the band's mix of buoyant synth-pop and familiar indie-rock keeps things moving ever forward. Keep It Safe is out now.

  • Tupac Biopic Movie 2pac Shakur Financed Director Star

    All Eyez on Screen: 'Tupac' Biopic to Film in 2014

    A long-delayed biopic celebrating the life and career of Tupac Shakur may finally being filming in 2014. According to AP, Morgan Creek Productions (Ace Ventura, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, um, Juwanna Mann) today announced that they're looking at a February start date after having secured a $45 million budget for the project, to be called Tupac. For perspective, Silver Linings Playbook had $21 million to work with; The Dark Knight Rises nabbed between $250 and $300 million.The reason for the movement? Morgan, who've been attached to the project since at least 2011 when Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was set to direct, has partnered with Emmett Furla Oasis Films, most recently responsible for the Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg action-comedy 2 Guns. They've yet to secure distribution, and the next step is to lock in a director.

  • Dark 'A Day's Pay for a Day's Work' Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix

    Motor City Drum Ensemble Reinvents Darkstar's 'A Day's Pay for a Day's Work'

    London's premier (and perhaps only) post-dubstep pysch-pop trio Darkstar released an enthralling album-length slab of just that back in February — News From Nowhere. We oohed over the pointillist Eno-addled dream that was "Timeaway," and then ahed in honor of the impressively human "A Day's Pay for a Day's Work." The official video for that last one arrived only a week ago — remember all of those trust-building exercises? — in anticipation for a series of remix EPs that are shortly in the offing.We now have Motor City Drum Ensemble's reworking of that same song to consider, and it essentially strips to original of its sweeping melodicism, replacing the harmonic loveliness with pitch-warped vocals and the loping percussion with factory clatter remapped into dark dance.

  • Chief Keef 'Love No Thotties' 'Bang Pt. 2' Video thot

    Chief Keef Affirms 'Love No Thotties' Stance in 'Bang Pt. 2' Video

    Another day, another Chief Keef video full of mumble-sung sorta-rhymes, shaking dreads, camo pants, shiny things, Chicago shots, and lots of cars that aren't Ferraris despite that particular whip's frequent mention by the Chicago star. The video for "Love No Thotties" comes with a bit of a twist, however. In it, Keith Cozart slur-raps a conversation with a young woman on the other end of his iPhone. He suspects she's drunk, which he's totally not into.He also lets her know that while he'd love to Skype her, he's not there to wife her — for the uninitiated, a "thot" is a loose lady, and an acronym for "that ho over there." Though Keef has a problem with his potential partners being intoxicated, he has no problem letting this one know that, "If I smoke this blunt, girl, I'm gonna forget you." This latest brain-buster comes from the Chief's new mixtape, Bang, Pt. 2.

  • Justin Timberlake TKO Instagram Video Preview 20/20 Experience

    Justin Timberlake Shares 'TKO' Snippet on Instagram

    Justin Timberlake has shared a snippet of what looks to be "TKO," the next single from his forthcoming second 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2. He teased the teaser earlier today via a pair of Instagram posts. The first was simply hand-written text — "Should I release a new single today?" — while the second was a shot of him singing in the studio (see those above). After stoking the hubbub to the tune of 210,000 or so "likes," he shared this:In the brief clip, we see JT and Timbaland in a smokey, blue-lit studio, nodding heads and bouncing hands to the curt, more rap-oriented beat.

  • NFL M.I.A. Super Bowl Halftime Middle Finger Legal Court Million

    The NFL Wants $1.5M for M.I.A.'s Middle Finger

    Way back in February 2012, a certain Sri Lankan rapper raised a few hackles by flashing a finger during a certain televised football game. Sure, it was the ever-controversial M.I.A., the middle digit specifically, and Super Bowl XLVI, which drew nearly 167 million viewers via NBC's broadcast. But the world shrugged it off and moved on. We got over it far faster than Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," and didn't care half as much as Bob Lefsetz did about Beyoncé's crotch.As it turns out, the NFL did not forget, and they haven't let Maya Arulpragasam either.

  • Rihanna 30 Seconds to Mars Stay Cover Documentary Half of Me

    Disturbia: Jared Leto Desecrates Rihanna's 'Stay' While Ri Stumps for Bud

    So this happened: Jared Leto with 30 Seconds to Mars and about 30 inches (okay, give or take) of Jesus locks — plus aviators and leather — covering Rihanna's "Stay" with all the gusto of Cher doing her best Nickelback impression. All apologies to Mikky Ekko, but this version needs to be seen, if only so you can avoid it on sight in the future. Watch that above, because the weekend is almost here and you'll need something ridiculous to shout about at the bar.Slightly less ridiculous (still, though) is the Budweiser-backed official Rihanna documentary below, Half of Me — an 11-minute short that pretty much screams "How awesome is Rihanna?!" for its entire length.

  • STRFKR

    STRFKR's 'Golden Light (Skeletron Mix)' Is an Italo-Disco Treatise on Nothingness

    Portland's STRFKR (or "Starfucker," if you prefer) are right at home amidst the various strains of disco resurrecting via massive pop-culture moments like Drive and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. Of course, the electronipop posse have their own approach — a heavily psyched vision that plays, at times, like a more humble approach to the solar flare-ups of Empire of the Sun. The quartet is currently on the road in support of their most recent album Miracle Mile (you can stream it for free on SoundCloud) and in support of that they've employed Skeletron to give LP cut "Golden Light" an Italo-drenched remix. Technically, Skeletron is actually STRFKR by (yet) another name, but the end result speaks for itself, plus gets a vocal assist from late philosopher Alan Watts, whose famous speech on nothingness is sampled toward the end.

  • Beach Party Can't Surf Ty Segall Stream

    Beach Party 'Can't Surf,' but Ty Segall Is Helping Them Shred

    What's a Beach Party without a surfboard? Short answer: the dudes you see above. This Los Angeles four-piece — singer/guitarists Rob Banks and James Hurst with bassist Adam Arcos and drummer Nico Macciocca — came together less than a year ago, but they've already got a thing or two figured out. They've shared the stage with Best Coast, Black Lips, and the Allah-Las, and their sound makes 'em a perfect fit: old school surf rock crossed with bone-rattling garage groove.They've just recorded a new two-song set that'll be leaked out as a free flexi-disc stashed in the next issue of beloved local rock rag LA Record. Those songs were recorded by Ty Segall and we've got one of them below: "Can't Surf," of course.

  • Gold Panda 'If U Knew' Reprise EP Stream Live Long Take

    Gold Panda Unspools Autumnal Beauty in 'If U Knew'

    London producer Gold Panda took three years off after releasing his promising 2010 debut Lucky Shiner, but he's already back in the saddle following his June return, Half of Where You Live. On November 11, Ghostly International will release the Reprise EP comprising versions of album cuts "Community" and "Reprise," plus the previously unheard "If U Knew," a reinvention of the latter original billed here as the "Reprise Long Live Take."You can find that slowly building bit of aural gorgeousness below, growing from a crunchy keyboard line and minimal percussion into a soul-steeped Balearic pulse dappled in rain drops. The Reprise set might seem like little more than a glorified single at first blush, but the inclusion of this gem makes ownership a worthy consideration.

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