Chris Martins

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  • Kanye West Twitter Black Skinhead Video Leaked

    Kanye West Confirms 'Black Skinhead' Video Was Leaked Early, Politely Asks World to Wait

    Yesterday what appeared to be an unfinished version of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" video made it onto the internet — first through what appeared to be a Universal Music Group test page, and later through various rips and reshares. Yeezus himself addressed the matter today on Twitter with impressive sensitivity and understanding, making an honest-to-God plea for fans and piublications alike to remain patient while the actual clip is finalized over the next few days. West's message, via a series of tweets:The BLKKK SKKKN HD video that leaked yesterday was not the official version. Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it's heartbreaking when something like this happens. The final version will be ready within the next week. So any website that may have the unapproved / unfinished ruff. I ask you to please take it down.

  • Fuzz Ty Segall 'Loose Sutres' Album Stream

    Ty Segall's Fuzz Prep Proto-Metal LP, Share 'Loose Sutures' Shredfest

    UPDATE: The original press release included a handful of errors in the track list. Among those was the title of the featured song, which is actually "Loose Sutures," which actually makes more sense. Also, the song named "Sleigh Bells" is in fact the previously released song called "Sleigh Ride." Don't smole weed, kids.Ty Segall's proto-metal project Fuzz will deliver a full-length platter on October 1 — via Los Angeles' In the Red Records, as previously reported. The self-titled eight-song set will include all-new mostly new tracks (unless "Sleigh Bells" is a reworking of the careening March release "Sleigh Ride") — meaning tasty nuggets like "This Time I Got a Reason" and "Fuzz's Fourth Dream" are destined to remain the stuff of rare vinyl and swapped MP3s.

  • Pink Taylor Swift Fan Arrested Facebook Twitter Concert

    Taylor Swift and Pink Fans Arrested on Opposite Sides of the World After Making Online Threats

    In a bizarre bout of coincidence, a Taylor Swift concertgoer in Pennsylvania and a Pink fan at an Australia show were each arrested at the respective venues after making perceived threats against the stars using social media. Most worrisome was Joseph Jackson, 28, who showed up at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on Saturday (July 6) with signs reading, "I luv you," and "Taylor Swift is with Satan." He'd previously threatened her via Facebook, says CBS, and was arrested on sight.Meanwhile, a 16-year-old was nabbed at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Sunday after tweeting, "@Pink I'm ready with my Bomb. Time to blowup #RodLaverArena Bitch." According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's since claimed that he was merely referencing her The Truth About Love bonus track, "Timebomb," but it was enough to get him plucked from his seat by police who identified him by his Twitter profile picture.

  • GrandeMarshall 'Dedicated To' Mugga Man Stream

    GrandeMarshall Is 'Dedicated to' Women and Weed on 'Mugga Man' Highlight

    Back in April, Philadelphia youngster GrandeMarshall nabbed our Rap Release of the Week with his second mixtape Mugga Man. Back then Brandon Soderberg noted "that breezy, fly-shit-kickin' feeling of, well, all kinds of dusted street rap from the golden era of dusted street rap." The 19-year-old MC exemplifies that laid-back but impactful flow on "Dedicated To," a highlight from the Fool's Gold release that features the woozy slowed-up beatwork of Ben Pramuk. Late in the five-minute track, GM casually describes his M.O.: "Swear I'ma ride this motherfucker till the wheels fall off." But there are plenty of highlights that come before — namely the various ways in which dude brags about his ability to consume weed and women while stacking shoe boxes and sipping rum. Hey, that's dedication, right? 

  • Islands Ski Mask Album Wave Forms Stream

    Islands Sing About Quitting on 'Wave Forms' From Forthcoming Fifth LP 'Ski Mask'

    Islands have a new album in the hopper, and it may be the Los Angeles-based art-pop project's last ... unless. "I feel like we’re kind of at a crossroads and this record is kind of me just declaring forfeiture in some ways," said main brain Nick Thorburn via statement. "Like the third act of a movie — just after it seems like all hope is lost, that’s when the big breakthrough moment happens." Ski Mask will arrive later this year via the man's own Manqué label."This record is really about being angry," Thorburn continued. "For better or worse, this record kind of sums up my experience thus far with being in a band."Indeed, first taste "Wave Forms" opens with him cooing over ominous piano hits: "I won't write another wave and I won't write another word after today.

  • Julia Holter In the Green Wild Video Loud City Song

    Julia Holter Gets Theatrical for Old-Timey 'In the Green Wild' Video

    Los Angeles' leading avant garde songbird Julia Holter returns on August 20 with Loud City Song, her first album for Domino Records and her third full-length set in as many years. This will also be her inaugural studio affair and the music shows it — in May we heard the starkly tense "World," powered by beautifully recorded strings and voice alone. Now we have a new song to consider and it's just as impressive, albeit in an opposite way."In the Green Wild" is busy and brimming with ideas, following the album's protagonist as she leaves behind her city life for the woods, a place that enchants in its own way.

  • Le Youth Summer Nights Mixtape Stream Cool

    Le Youth Connects Biggie to Figgy in Smooth 'Summer Nights' Mixtape

    Who is Le Youth? "It's complicated," reads the producer's two-word Twitter bio. Los Angeles' Wes James has retained a relatively enigmatic personal existence since his Cassie-sampling disco-kissed dream of a single "C O O L" began making the rounds, but his profile as an artist is rising fast. And when it comes to his sound, the appeal is quite simple, really. Le Youth's interest lies in the intersection of two concurrent scenes that rarely actually touched one another while they were active: Clinton-era American R&B and '90s house from around the globe — a bit of historical revisionism that has Brandy sittin' up in her room at the Pacha in Ibiza. The end result is nostalgic, breezy, blissful, and swooning. In other words, his sound is perfect for Summer Nights.

  • A Grave With No Name, 'Whirlpool' Album Stream Lefse

    Stream A Grave With No Name's Beautifully Swirling 'Whirlpool' Album

    On Whirlpool, A Grave With No Name moves out of the bedroom and into the studio, this third album functioning as both a completion of something and a new beginning entirely for London's Alex Shields. The introspective space explored beautifully across 2009's Mountain Debris and 2011's Lower receives a rich redecoration here, fleshed out at Holy Mountain Studios over the span of a year with help from bassist Tom King and guitarist Anupa Madawela. There are guests, too — Echo Lake's Linda Jarvis, Comanechi's Akiko Matsuura, and Ides' Alanna McArdle — who pair their gorgeous, humming vocals with the often darker reverberations of Grave's gothic rock fuzz.

  • Jamaican Queens 'Can't Say No to Annie' Video

    Jamaican Queens Introduce Meaty Decor in Twisted 'Can't Say No to Annie' Video

    Detroit pop usurpers Jamaican Queens are very much on their own trip. Openly influenced by the southern production prowess of Three Six Mafia and Gucci Mane and evidently inspired by David Bowie and Islands alike, main man Ryan Spencer combines bent beatwork with at-home intimacy and psychedelic pop. The group rounded out by Adam Pressley and Ryan Clancy quietly released their self-described trap-pop LP Wormfood back in March, and at last they've got a fitting video for the beautifully strange "Cant' Say No to Annie." The song runs the gamut of Jamaican Queens' smile-twisted style, while the Katie Barkel-directed clip follows the misadventures of a young woman as she interacts with a cast of trailer-park types. Oh, and one dude makes bacon blinds for his window after chugging a bottle of cough syrup.

  • Randy Travis Critical Condition Hospitalized Heart

    Randy Travis Hospitalized in Critical Condition Due to Heart Condition

    Iconic country singer Randy Travis has been admitted to an Texas hospital and is in critical condition due to a heart condition. According to a statement by spokesman Kirt Webster, the 54-year-old star "recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy," an infection in which the muscles surrounding the organ are weakened and enlarged, leading to a slowed heartbeat and possibly outright failure. He was admitted on Sunday, July 7.Travis has been on the road of late, as CNN notes. His most recent stop was Chicago on June 29, and he was due to play Deadwood, South Dakota on Wednesday, July 10. He'd appeared in good health at business meetings over the weekend, but "on Sunday, it him," read Webster's release.

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