Chris Martins

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  • Chris Brown Hit Run Charged Jail Drivers License

    Chris Brown's Hit-and-Run Charge Could Send Him to Jail

    Not to be outdone by Justin Bieber, Chris Brown has been charged with a hit-and-run stemming from a May 21 car accident in Los Angeles. He allegedly failed to provide his contact information after rear-ending another motorist with his Range Rover. He is also being taken to task for driving without a valid license. As Brown is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, he could do six months behind bars if he is convicted of the offenses.The news comes via Hollywood Reporter, who cite spokesman Frank Mateljan of the L.A. city attorney's office. Yesterday (June 24), Huffington Post reported that Brown had been accused of injuring a 24-year-old woman in an Orange County nightclub following his concert in Anaheim, California.

  • Kanye West, J. Cole, Mac Miller Billboard Chart Albums

    Kanye West, J. Cole, and Mac Miller Score Hip-Hop Hat Trick on Billboard Chart

    It's no surprise that Kanye West's Yeezus is slated to be the No. 1 album in the U.S. this week, but industry insiders are predicting a hip-hop hat trick with new LPs from J. Cole and Mac Miller respectively set for the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the Billboard 200 chart. In their own preemptive top 50 list, Hits Double Daily have Yeezus moving 328,000 units, with Born Sinner selling 298,000, and Watching Movies With the Sound Off doing about 102,000.Naturally, we'll expect living hairpiece Donald Trump to take responsibility for Miller's impressive success (though really it probably has more to do with the safe MC's decision to get all super-scientifical with folks like Jay Electronica and Flying Lotus). Thanks to Jordan Sargent's breakdown of Yeezus' 67 contributors (aside from Kanye himself), we know who to thank for that one. As for J.

  • Zola Jesus 'Avalanche (Snow)' Versions Strings

    Zola Jesus' String-Swathed 'Avalanche (Slow)' Delivers Minimalist Majesty

    Zola Jesus is set to release an album of orchestral interpretations of her oeuvre dubbed Versions on August 20 with Sacred Bones. Inspired by her 2012 live team-up with J. G. Thirwell for the Guggenheim, the 10-song studio set swaths her older work in strings and allows the singer to display her powerful pipes in a more classical format. The new LP is "about the bone of the music," Nika Roza Danilova said via statement, and indeed the first share from Versions finds majesty through minimalism. Originally hailing from 2011's excellent Conatus, "Avalanche (Slow)" ditches the doomy synths for a more truly wintry accompaniment. "In the end, I saw you," Zola sings, "Visions of something I wasn't used to." But while our singer has cast herself in new surroundings, she sounds more at home here over Thirwell's arrangements than ever before.

  • Ben Shepherd HBS 'Baron Robber' Soundgarden

    Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd Makes Solo Debut With Raw-Rocking 'Baron Robber'

    Soundgarden bassist and songwriter Ben Shepherd will release his debut solo album as HBS on August 27. In Deep Owl was written over the past four years and recorded in industrial Seattle. The man born Hunter Benedict Shepherd had originally intended for the project to feature only voice and acoustic guitar, but early on the in process he brought in a couple of clutch friends: Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain. Their propulsive presence inspired Shepherd to beef up his sound and the end result can be heard below in "Baron Robber." This first taste of the forthcoming album combines the moody hard edge of his more famous band with a rawer psychedelic quality. While Soundgarden's King Animal was cleaned up and classy, HBS' new song feels down and dirty, minimally produced and ready to rock. Enjoy:

  • The Weeknd Kiss Land Video Strippers Japan

    The Weeknd Hates Threesome-Having Strippers in NSFW 'Kiss Land' Video

    Sigh. Another day, another softcore porn video from another alt-R&B #YOLO lifer. Considering the Weeknd's less-than-copacetic relationship with The-Dream, you'd expect Abel Tesfaye to take a different route than the type of gratuitously NSFW T'n'A showcases that Terius Nash has been using to promote his new album IV Play. Alas, the Weeknd's Kiss Land will be promoted with the same level of subtlety and artistry — well, at least there's a hazy VHS filter over the clip above and, like, pixelation when the three strippers are doing whatever vigorous things it is that they're doing to one another. The Japanese-themed video accompanies the forthcoming album's titular track, which focuses on the debilitating effects of having too much sex and doing too many drugs while being a depressed jet-setting star.

  • Oneohtrix Point Never 'Still Life (Interspecies Excerpt)' Video

    Oneohtrix Point Never's 'Still Life' Sounds and Looks Like an Android's Nightmare

    Oneohtrix Point Never returns October 1 with R Plus Seven, his first album for the iconic electronic label Warp and a supposed departure from his warm and fuzzy 2011 opus Replica. Above you'll find the first taste from the forthcoming platter: "Sill Life (Interspecies Excerpt)," a highly experimental piece that swerves closer to sound design than songcraft, per se. Surging electricity competes for space with liquid splash, squelching computers are pitted against a child's voice, and ambient gush interacts with bassy blooms.For the video, Daniel Lopatin loops in his frequent collaborator Nate Boyce, who provides discomfiting abstract 3-D imagery that seems perfectly suited to the sound. While what appears to be a series of ads flash by on the right side of the screen, strange mechanical shapes interact with a sea of mercury.

  • WIllie Nelson Jack White Third Man CMT Birthday

    Watch Willie Nelson Jam With Jack White on 'Red Headed Stranger' for His 80th Birthday

    Willie Nelson celebrated his birthday earlier this year by filming his very own CMT Crossroads episode at none other than Jack White's Third Man Studios. The Americana legend turned 80 on April 29, but the special aired on Sunday night (June 23) on Viacom's country station. In the 40-minute video above, the former White Stripe chats with Nelson in Nashville between performances featuring an impressive array of guests, from Leon Russell and Sheryl Crow to Norah Jones and Neil Young. Willie and Jack jam a little as well, dueting on an intimate acoustic version of Nelson's outlaw country classic "Red Headed Stranger." Between the stunning songs and the warm interviews, it's a wonderful, sensitively assembled episode that both celebrates the man's legacy and reminds us that he's as good at what he does as he ever was.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival 2013: The 20 Best Things We Saw

    Electric Daisy Carnival 2013: The 20 Best Things We Saw

    True, a rave by any other name will smell just as sweaty, but Electric Daisy Carnival is something truly special. With eight stages and more than 200 acts, the flagship Las Vegas event is one of the biggest electronic music fests in the U.S., and quite possibly the most iconic. Running from dusk till dawn (7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.) across three neon nights at the Strip-adjacent Motor Speedway, the event brought in 115,000 fans per day this weekend, the vast majority of which it seemed were down to break into an "E!D!C!" chant at only the subtlest of coaxing. That's because the Daisy offers an experience™ complete with actual carnival rides, ornately costumed dancers, electric light shows, multiple stages and, yes, even an onsite wedding chapel. SPIN dove headfirst into its third year.

  • Alela Diane 'About Farewell' Video Album

    Alela Diane Bids Adieu to Bad Romance in 'About Farewell' Video

    The titular track from Alela Diane's forthcoming About Farewell functions as a distillation of the album's most salient emotions and themes. The pain of divorce, the light in letting go, hard-fought hope, and seeking truth and beauty even in those things which had to end. And it doesn't hurt that over that minimally plucked guitar and those other airy tones, Diane unspools such gorgeous melody that you can't help but experience what she's feeling.The Nevada City, California native will release her fourth album on June 25, and in honor of the occasion she's given us the video above to share. Directed by Michael Palmieri (Beck, the Strokes, Foo Fighters, New Pornographers), the clip is fittingly simple: black and white, with colorful flourishes, following Diane as she sings about getting free, and a small bird attempts to find its way out of her home.

  • DJ Nobody Cedric Bixler-Zavala 'Our Last Dance' Stream

    DJ Nobody Teams With Cedric Bixler-Zavala for Sunny Psych-Hop 'Our Last Dance'

    Los Angeles producer DJ Nobody has cultivated a diverse and musically rich résumé over the years. With beatwork dating back to 1998, the man born Elvin Estela has collaborated with Freestyle Fellowship, Prefuse 73, Beans, and Mia Doi Todd. He's got a full-fledged psych-folk band called Blank Blue.

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