Chris Martins



  • Jay Z Made in America Documentary Ron Howard Trailer Skrillex

    Thanks Jay Z: Watch Skrillex Teach Ron Howard How to Wub

    As previously reported, Jay Z enlisted none other than Ron Howard to direct a documentary about his Made In America festival, which took place in Philadelphia last year and featured performances from Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator, and Drake among many others. With a Toronto film fest premiere planned for September, the team behind Made in America, the movie, have shared a very effective trailer for the film. Chock-full of slow-motion crowd shots, eerie smoke, intense scoring, a crew guy who speaks exactly like Jesse Pinkman, serious thoughts from Janelle Monáe, and Beyoncé staring wistfully out of car windows, the clip is as dramatic as anything that preceded The Da Vinci Code. Also, there's a moment where Howard requests a music lesson from Skrillex.

  • Fiona Apple Off Stage Louis Vuitton Japan

    Fiona Apple Walks After Crowd Fails to Be Quiet for Length of a Bell Ring

    When you're Louis Vuitton and you throw an event honoring "Timeless Muses," you shouldn't be surprised if you wind up with a timeless performance of sorts. Especially if Fiona Apple is on the bill. Though the baroque-pop queen was not among the titular women — a list that included Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola — she became a focus of Thursday night's party at Japan's Tokyo Station Hotel when she reportedly told the audience to kindly STFU and stormed offstage.According to Women's Wear Daily, Apple became agitated while attempting to perform amidst excessive room chatter. She evidently climbed onto her piano early on in the set, requested quiet and, when that request wasn't granted, produced a small bell. She rang the thing after challenging the crowd to remain silent for the duration of the tone (no luck).

  • Sharon Van Etten 'Tarifa' Live Video Acoustic Pickathon

    See Sharon Van Etten Strum the Beauteous New 'Tarifa'

    When she isn't cooing over Leverage Models' strange pop, shredding with J Mascis, or crushing Nick Cave covers, Sharon Van Etten busies herself by composing incredibly moving songs of her own. Her sublime third album Tramp came out only last year, but the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter is already unveiling new work, evidenced in the above clip shot by KEXP at Portland's Pickathon in early August. As charming and bewitching as ever, Van Etten introduces "Tarifa" and begins to strum out a lovely tune about jealous companions, hard truths, and incredible vistas. She plays in the Bunny Glade, accompanied by her touring bandmate Heather Woods Broderick, as Pitchfork points out.

  • Foxes Youth Remix Faustix Imanos Stream Louisa Rose Allen

    Foxes' 'Youth' Gets Trap-Step Treatment From Faustix & Imanos

    London-based singer Foxes is on one incredible rise. She's racked up collaborations with Zedd ("Clarity"), Rudimental ("Right Here"), and Fall Out Boy ("Just One Yesterday") that are as memorable as they are monumental, and her 2012 Warrior EP has been shared and remixed just about every way imaginable. Now, the 24-year-old Southampton native born Louisa Rose Allen is gearing up for a 2014 album debut with RCA — but first, October 8 will yield the Youth EP, which will feature that titular song reworked by the likes of Breakage, Seamus Haji, and Danny Howard.In honor of the occasion, we've got an exclusive remix to share courtesy of Danish progressive house merchant Faustix and Vancouver trap-step specialist Imanos. The pair are fresh off of their own Echoes short-player, and here lace Foxes' original with stuttering grooves, epic synths, and rapid-fire effects.

  • Beyonce Coney Island music video Terry Richardson cyclone

    Beyonce's Coney Island Romp Becomes Unsuspecting Woman's Hell Ride

    Beyoncé surprised visitors to New York's Coney Island Thursday when she showed up to take a spin on some of the historic amusement park's signature rides. Her entourage included stylist Ty Hunter and (in)famous photographer Terry Richardson, plus at least one GoPro cam, fueling speculation that she was there to shoot a music video. In the various photos that have emerged, she's seen waving to fans, shaking hands, and even, yes, holding a baby.The most widely circulated images from the day show Queen Bey grinning (or gritting) while riding the iconic Cyclone, but her presence wasn't a day in the park for everyone, no. The New York Post, as is its wont, is telling a different story — that of Dorris Hone, 47, an unsuspecting Ferris wheel rider brave enough to stow her agoraphobia for one quick run at the old Wonder Wheel. But thanks to Mrs.

  • Kendrick Lamar Control King of New York Interview Response

    Kendrick Lamar Says 'King of New York' Coronation Was Over Your Head

    Kendrick Lamar might actually agree with SPIN's Brandon Soderberg that his flame-stoking "Control" verse is not as impressive as it seems. After declaring himself "King of New York," the Prince of Compton retreated to a land of gonzo Robin Thicke videos, Miley-fied MTV VMA performances, and unlimited BET awards nominations, while his peers (and followers) lobbed response after response after response after response after, um, Hitler parody video.But at long, last Lamar himself has issued a response, which more or less amounts to: "Y'all trippin'." In an interview with Peter Rosenberg of New York's Hot 97, the Black Hippy was asked what he thought about all of the excitement surrounding his Big Sean cameo. "[It] was just a feature verse," he humble-bragged before revealing that it took him a few days to notice the hubub, since he'd been hanging out in the U.K.

  • The 1975 M.O.N.E.Y. Stream Single Album Drugs

    The 1975 Get Weird With Drug-Dusted 'M.O.N.E.Y.'

    Manchester quartet the 1975 have been eliciting some dramatic responses from music fans on both sides of the pond and at at either end of the love-hate spectrum, but dramatic music will do that. Earlier this month we heard singer-guitarist Matthew Healy bend his heart-skewering coo to an acoustic rendition of his band's breakthrough song, "Chocolate." Now we've got a new share from the September 3 eponymous album to consider — "M.O.N.E.Y.," in which the often polished-sounding act goes full-tilt Peter Gabriel electronic-soul wildout. Lyrically, the 1975 stick to their rakish topical fodder, telling a poetically compelling story of one man's night out on the town — a hot mess of a dude who ingests various intoxicants and breaks a bunch of shit (including his own skin) on a mission to oblivion.Get into it, courtesy of Prefix:

  • Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' Stream Preview Amazon

    Sleigh Bells Maybe Accidentally Stream Brutal 'Bitter Rivals' Snippet

    Sometimes bands "leak" their own stuff. Sometimes fans do the job. The rest of the time, it's Amazon. As Revolt points out, the online retailer has posted a page (since removed) for a forthcoming Sleigh Bells single dubbed "Bitter Rivals," offering up the ax-heavy track art and a 30-second snippet of the hefty new song. The band was expected to announce their forthcoming third album on September 3, the very same day they were to reveal the first sounds of their next song.Also, Bitter Rivals is expected to be the title of said album as well, thanks to another Internet wheeler-dealer, CD Universe, which reveals the release date to be October 8, still via Mom + Pop Music (whew). Hopefully Vevo won't accidentally post the music video — that too is slated to arrive on the third, along with tour dates (but maybe keep an eye on Pollstar for those in the meantime).

  • SL Jones Kevin Gates America's Nightmare Stream Way of Life Mixtape

    SL Jones and Kevin Gates Play the Part on 'America's Nightmare'

    Arkansas-raised rapper SL Jones brings a lot to the table, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that he first caught shine alongside Killer Mike in the Grind Time gang. But while his jewels-running pal usually takes an overtly political approach (via R.A.P. Music), this MC's tack is subtle on new song "America's Nightmare," and closer to the Freddie Gibbs method of embedded reporting.

  • My Gold Mask 'Severed' Stream Leave Me Midnight

    My Gold Mask Gush Gleaming, Dark Pop on 'Severed'

    Chicago trio My Gold Mask are dark-pop purveyors who cut their thick, smoky atmospherics with buoyant rhythms and elevated melody. Singer/percussionist Gretta Rochelle has a voice capable of both slinking and soaring within the mix of gushing textures, blurting effects, canned drums, and echoing guitar. And thanks to all of that amassed might — assisted by ax-man Jack Armondo and drummer James Andrew — a song like "Severed" is as prone to pretty as it is ugly, and in both ways positively dazzling. The band is still fresh off of the release of their second album, Leave Me Midnight, but "Severed" shows they're already looking to push their sound further.

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