Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • St. Vincent 'Digital Witness' PS22 Chorus Children Choir

    Watch Adorable Schoolchildren Sing St. Vincent's 'Digital Witness'

    Aside from releasing an essential new album, St. Vincent has, of late: fronted Nirvana, appeared on Portlandia, and booked a Saturday Night Live performance for May 17. Perhaps it's time Annie Clark let someone else take a crack at being as excellent as she clearly is. Who better, then, than the gifted Staten Island elementary students of the PS22 Chorus. Seen above, these grade-schoolers take on the New York artist's angular St. Vincent single, "Digital Witness." As director Gregg "Mr. B" Breinberg accompanies on piano, the children sing about tossing TVs from windows and improvise all kinds of adorable motions to go with. Over the years and through different lineups, PS22 has actually accompanied artists as ranging as Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks, Chris Daughtry, Santigold, and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

  • The Black Keys 'Turn Blue' Album Stream iTunes

    Stream the Black Keys' New Album 'Turn Blue'

    The Black Keys are now streaming their eighth album, Turn Blue, via iTunes Radio's "First Play" series. We've experienced a few highlights from the Danger Mouse co-produced LP to date: the televangelical video for "Fever," the gloomy title track, the stormy single "Bullet in the Brain," and also that weird prank call from drummer Patrick Carney to his band's label, Nonesuch. Now all 11 tracks of the official follow-up to 2011's El Camino can be heard. In related news, singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach has been lending his considerable skill-set to Lana Del Rey's next album.

  • Star Wars Cantina Band Auditions Video Ben Folds Jordin Sparks

    'Star Wars' Cantina Band Auditions: Watch Ben Folds, Mark McGrath, More

    Star Wars Day came and went, but we might as well call 2014 Star Wars Year as anticipation (and promotion) builds for Episode VII. As A.V. Club points out, there's no shortage of comedic tributes to George Lucas' greatest gift to the planet Earth, but one co-produced by Lucasfilm is rare indeed. Now, thanks to CollegeHumor, we can watch the (faux) audition tapes for the cantina band at Mos Eisley.Seen above, a wide array of known musical talents try out, though in their Star Wars universe alter-egos. Chris Daughtry appears as "Chris Darthry," followed by Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Lisa Loeb, and Adult Swim star mc chris.

  • Garbage Brody Dalle Girls Talk Video

    Garbage and Brody Dalle Shout It Out in 'Girls Talk' Video

    Garbage sneaked out a new single on Record Store Day led by the excellently acrid Brody Dalle team-up, "Girls Talk." An early stream of the track wound up getting taken down, but now you can see the official video for the song above, via Stereogum. The spare, black-and-white clip shot by Butch Vig captures Shirley Manson and the erstwhile Distillers singer trading growled-out lines in the studio. "You can do what it is without some little bitch in your ear," they scream. It sounds brutal, but the video ends in triumph. Here's hoping "Time Will Destroy Everything" gets a similar treatment.Meanwhile, Vig has been working on that new Foo Fighters album...

  • Seinfeld 2000 Video Game Ezra Koenig The Junior Mint

    Ezra Koenig Scores 'Seinfeld' Video Game 'The Junior Mint'

    Twitter aficionados are no doubt familiar with at least one of the two accounts that exist for the sole purpose of re-contextualizing classic '90s sitcom Seinfeld for modern times. The stricter @SeinfeldToday delivers full episode synopses in 140 characters or less, while @Seinfeld2000 is the bootleg web-speak version complete with edited images from the show and topical bon mots like, "Elane basic" or "Krame get Clippers seasen tickets." Oof. Now, @Seinfeld2000 teams with video game designer and critic Pippin Barr to create The Junior Mint, a browser game that recreates the infamous scene from the episode of the same name, but allows you to intentionally chuck the titular candy into the surgically splayed body cavity of Elaine's artist boyfriend. The closer he gets to death, the more George's art collection is worth.

  • LIZ Pharrell 'That's My Man' Stream Spider-Man Soundtrack

    LIZ Teams With Pharrell for 'That's My Man'

    We've been loyal supporters of LIZ ever since we heard the Y2K-pop-slinger's July collaboration with Ryan Hemsworth, "Day N' Nite." But the Mad Decent-signed starlet has been busy since, touring with Charli XCX and releasing more bubblegum-flavored treats like "Stop Me Cold" and "All Them Boys" (see a recently released video for the latter above). Now she's back with a Pharrell-produced track for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack."That's My Man" is sunny like most of LIZ's material, but far less rooted in the past. Rather, the track is firmly ensconced in Skateboard P's signature sound — in his wheelhat, if you will. The Valley Girl's vocals are candied as per usual, ringing out over bells, funk-guitar hits, bubbling bass, and upbeat percussion.

  • Kanye West 'Yeezus' Film Poster Trailer Bret Easton Ellis

    Fake Kanye West 'Yeezus' Movie Poster Credits Bret Easton Ellis

    Update: Roc Nation says this isn't the actual poster for Kanye West's Yeezus movie, according to Pitchfork.It wasn't enough that Kanye West's Yeezus was a wildly challenging album (SPIN's favorite of the year) and a jaw-droppingly ambitious tour. As reported in late February, it's set to be a movie as well, though the details thus far have been scarce. We knew that music video (and Belly) great Hype Williams is on board to direct, and we've seen the trailer, but the freshly shared poster for the film lends a little more insight.Seen below, the spare promo image was shared by Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi and it reveals that Yeezus, the film, was written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. Also, there's a casting credit. Taken together, those details all but confirm this will be more than a simple tour documentary — though, it's Kanye, so, like, duh.

  • Christopher Owens 'Stephen' Stream Girls Twitter

    Christopher Owens Sings of Family in Touching 'Stephen' Stream

    Former Girls guy Christopher Owens shared a new song on Twitter Thursday, writing, "Like I used to do on myspace. Check out my new joint today, I think it's a song unlike anything I've ever worked on." The previously unheard track is called "Stephen," and it's a rich, gospel-fed affair.

  • Open Mike Eagle 'Very Much Money' Stream Dark Comedy

    Open Mike Eagle Is a Superhero on 'Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)'

    Open Mike Eagle is a Project Blowed alum who honors that estimable past by continuing to poke and prod at hip-hop's future. In 2010, the Los Angeles MC's style was rightly defined by his then most-recent album title: Unapologetic Art Rap. But in 2014, he's preparing for the June 10 release of Dark Comedy, a 13-track set that's just as aptly named. That'll include guest appearances from comic Hannibal Buress and ex-Das Racist dude Kool A.D., but our latest taste is unadulterated Eagle."Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)" finds our host in sing-rap mode, apparently empathizing with a certain Adventure Time villain as he coos, "My friends are superheroes / None of us have very much money though / They can fly, run fast, read Portuguese / None of us have very much money though." The dreamy production comes courtesy of U.K.

  • Drake Lint Roller Toronto Raptors Bounce Official

    The 'Drake Lint Roller' Is a Real Thing

    In case you missed it, Drake, the Toronto Raptors, and laundry-stuff brand Bounce became best of friends at Wednesday night's NBA Playoffs game versus the Brooklyn Nets. A week ago, Canuck rapper/actor/singer Drizzy made news-of-the-weird when he was seen using a lint roller on his clothes during Game 2. This was, of course, after he'd accused Jay Z of being bourgeoisie by suggested Hova was eating fondue instead of watching basketball.Well, while the Los Angeles Clippers were busy losing sponsors over their racist owner's unforgivable idiocy, the Raptors were busy hatching a good-humor deal (which likely also involved good money) with Drake's OVO label and Procter & Gamble's, erm, dryer sheets imprint.

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