Chris Martins



  • 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!

  • Colette 'When the Music's Loud' album stream

    Colette Weds Hard House to Italo-Disco on 'When the Music's Loud' LP

    "This is our time, the feeling is right," sings Colette on the opening track from her forthcoming album, When the Music's Loud. Chicago's First Lady of House drops her Italo-disco-owing new platter on August 27 via her own Candy Talk Records, but she's streaming the entire thing here. Active in her hometown scene since the early '90s, the DJ/singer/songwriter taps into a wealth of rich dance music history, and of course she's right to; it's hard to imagine a better time for Colette to make a full-length return. While tracks like "Hotwire" would play perfectly alongside a Disclosure-produced R&B jam, the electro-indebted "Electricity" could just as easily slip into the Drive soundtrack without raising any suspicions. Dive into ;When the Music's Loud below, and take a cue from the title when you do.

  • Bad Rabbits 'Dance With You' Teddy Riley 'American Dream'  Stream

    Bad Rabbits New Jack Swing With Teddy Riley on 'Dance With You'

    Boston quintet Bad Rabbits team up with New Jack Swing titan Teddy Riley on their brand new single "Dance With You." The man behind Blackstreet (not to mention Michael Jackson's Dangerous) is in full effect on the the funk-fueled R&B groove, lacing the track with those familiar go! go! go! go! background chants, and holding forth on the talk-box like Zapp circa "Computer Love." Hitmaker Clinton Sparks also assists (Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Akon) on the production end, but main Rabbit Dua Boakye deserves credit for the strength of that growled-out delivery. "Dance With You" hails from the band's recording sessions with Teddy Riley for the American Dream project, which will be produced by Riley, the original rump shaker, start to finish.

  • Thao Get Down Stay Down Kindness Be Conceived Acoustic Video

    See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Strum 'Kindness Be Conceived' in the California Light

    Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's latest album, We the Common, reveals the San Francisco artist to be as adept an arranger as she is a songwriter. But to see the mastermind Thao Nguyen sans bells and whistles is to realize what an incredible player she is as well. SPIN recently had a chance to witness her work at San Francisco's Outside Lands (we also interviewed her for our ongoing festival podcast) and some of her set's best moments were the barest. Above you'll find Nguyen alone and at home, playing her Joanna Newsom team-up, "Kindness Be Conceived" on a seasoned old hollow-body. She blows on her hands before starting and fakes a sizzle sound as she touches the mike, but it might as well be real.

  • Wavves Bug Video Interview Monster Energy Drink Shotgun

    Watch Wavves Shotgun Energy Drinks and Sing Papa Roach

    In spring of last year, punk-pop hooligans Wavves joined Los Angeles comic/director Andre Hyland for a taping of The Jesse Miller Show. Though the Comedy Central pilot wound up getting shelved, its creator has now shared the footage featuring the band, which kicks off with a performance of "Bug" (from the Life Sux EP) and gloriously devolves into a gonzo interview from there. The show has Hyland playing the titular host, a nü-metal-loving redneck with Hollywood-sized hopes.During the song, Miller moshes into the in-studio audience* but things get wilder after the two-minute mark. Offered complimentary cans of Monster Energy Drink, the band decides bassist Stephen Pope should shotgun the thing.

  • Polica 'Chain My Name' Stream Shulamith

    Polica Make Bubbly Synth-Wild Pop on 'Chain My Name'

    We've heard Poliça team-up with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for "Tiff." We've heard the Minneapolis crew remixed by the Weeknd producer Don McKinney. We've even heard 'em featured on a buoyant R&Beats track by Supreme Cuts, "Envision." But it's time that we heard Poliça for Poliça. Thankfully, we've a new single for that: "Chain My Name," which hails from the synth-loving Gayngs affiliates' forthcoming sophomore album Shulamith. The darkly tinted dance track finds singer Channy Leaneagh holding forth on an inescapable yet clearly flawed relationship atop a mix of wildly elastic sequences and relentlessly driving drums. Enjoy that and take in the full track list below.Poliça, Shulamith track list:1. "Chain My Name"2. "Smug"3. "Vegas"4. "Warrior Lord"5. "Very Cruel"6. "Torre"7. "Trippin"8. "Tiff"9. "Spilling Lines"10. "Matty"11. "I Need $"12. So Leave"

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