Chris Martins

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  • Coldplay 'A Sky Full of Stars' Stream 'Always in My Head'

    Hear Coldplay and Avicii's 'A Sky Full of Stars'

    Earlier today, the Internet was set modestly ablazes by a BBC radio-ripped snippet of Coldplay's new Zane Lowe-premiered song "Always in My Head." Though the original SoundCloud making the rounds has been pulled, it can still be heard here. For those of us interested in a Chris Martin-crafted treat that ins't overlaid with an interview about Sufism, the London fourpiece have shared another song: "A Sky Full of Stars," produced by Avicii (that's reportedly him on piano too). The big-tent EDM offering is pretty satisfying in all of the ways that those things are. Stream it below, and revisit other Ghost Stories songs "Oceans," "Magic," and "Midnight," the last of which also nabbed a Giorgio Moroder remix.

  • Courtney Love 'Wedding Day' Stream Single

    Hear Courtney Love's Bilious, Black 'Wedding Day' Single

    Courtney Love has been keeping us on our toes of late, and with music (!) no less. After teasing then backpedaling on a true Hole reunion, she released a ripper of a solo track dubbed "You Know My Name," and then shared a brief video and some photos from the set of a new music video directed by Maximilla Lukacs. now we can hear the song that's expected to get that visual treatment: "Wedding Day." A curdled bowl of snarled vocals, grinding guitar, and pounding rhythm, the track is expected to be featured on Love's forthcoming solo album, Died Blonde — assuming there's still an album planned, and that's still the tentative title. Regardless, she sounds plenty authoritative in the here and now: "Do you think you can understand / What it takes just to be a man?

  • Prince Marbella Spanish Villa For Sale Buy Home Pictures

    Sign o' the Times: Prince's Spanish Villa for Sale

    Miss out on Exene Cervenka's estate sale? Bid too low on Maynard James Keenan's Los Angeles home? Or Jay Z's former stash spot? Well, now you've got another chance to own an extremely expensive one-of-a-kind piece of music history. Prince is selling a Spanish villa that he owns. The six-bedroom Marbella mansion is listed at LuxuryEstate.com for $7.5 million — since we aren't in the habit of buying villas, we're not sure if that's a bargain.But we do know that the Purple One bought the place for his former wife Mayte Garcia in 1998, and that the residence itself is decidedly lacking in the funk god's favorite hue.

  • Lily Allen 'Sheezus' Album Stream iTunes Radio

    Hear Lily Allen's Entire 'Sheezus' Album

    Lily Allen fires a lot of shots on her return album Sheezus, and now you can hear each and every one of them ring out, for free. The English pop-usurper is streaming the entire 13-track affair via iTunes Radio's First Play. We've previously heard the diva-slamming titular track, the Kurt-Cobain name-checking "Air Balloon," the unapologetic girl-party jam "Our Time," the Girls-featured "L8 CMMR," and the Robin Thicke-skewering "Hard Out Here." The full thing has received some mixed reviews to date, but fans now have the chance to make up their own minds ahead of the official May 2 release. We're still hoping the liner notes include a "thank you" to SPIN for providing some titular inspiration (we kid), and that the record's commercial performance helps Allen recover some of those potential Bitcoin millions she missed out on. 

  • DuckTales Theme Cover R&B Version Video

    Hear the 'DuckTales' Theme as a Sexy Slow Jam

    The early '90s is basically the era to revisit these days, so why not kill two, ahem, birds with one stone? Seen above, POW!GRL singer Karen Marie and friends recreate the DuckTales theme in a vintage R&B style. The animated adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his fine feathered nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie have never sounded so oddly sensual. But hey, as the expression goes, if it walks like a duck, and it talks like a duck, then you should probably make love while listening to it (as The A.V. Club suggests, at least). The performance was masterminded by Scott Bradlee, who not only curates the consistently viral Postmodern Jukebox series, but is planning to make "Saturday Morning Slow Jams" a weekly thing.

  • Homeboy Sandman Clipper Donald Sterling Clippers Comments

    Homeboy Sandman on Clippers Controversy: 'Black People Are Cowards'

    Stones Throw-signed MC Homeboy Sandman has weighed in on the current Clippers controversy in a big way. The New York rapper and culture critic took aim not at the Los Angeles basketball team's owner Donald Sterling — allegedly caught on tape making racist remarks to his girlfriend while courtside — but at the team itself for their arguably weak response.

  • Nicolas Cage Axl Rose Video Revolver Golden Gods Awards

    Watch Nicolas Cage Lose It for Axl Rose

    Fans of the man know that Nicolas Cage is prone to losing his shit, so what better mascot for Revolver's annual Golden Gods heavy metal awards ceremony? The Con Air star made a surprise appearance at the April 23 event, Wednesday night at Los Angeles' Club Nokia, in order to present Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose with a lifetime achievement award. He arrives around the 3:05 mark in the clip below, though you may as well start from the beginning, since comic great (and animated hamster from that Cure-biting Sprint commercial) Andrew Dice Clay comes out first in order to intro the GNR video montage that intros Cage, who then intros Rose via a deliciously overacted speech. We'd love to see this plotted out on a richter scale: "His VOICE. His POETry. His COMPOsition. His piaNO PLAYing.

  • Antemasque '4AM' Video Snowboard Volcom Xgames Rehearsal

    Watch Snowboarders Shred to Antemasque's '4AM'

    In lieu of an official video from Antemasque, you can watch a bunch of badass young snowboarders doing their thing to the sound of these former Mars Volta men playing "4AM." Or, as the fellas themselves worded it on Twitter, see Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala "gettin' lil mutton busters all hell-fired up" for Volcom Stone's Peanut Butter and Rail Jam. The group, which also features drummer Dave Elitch and some contributions from bass god Flea, has been pretty generous since emerging from the ether earlier this month. We've seen a studio clip featuring the dulcet sounds of "Drown All Your Witches," and have been freely streaming their first four songs via Bandcamp. It also turns out they've got another connection to the work of extreme sports. Below, check out an X Games-premiered rehearsal video featuring Antemasque and a certain Red Hot Chili Pepper in action.

  • Baths 'Ocean Death' Stream EP Anticon

    Stream Baths' Dark Dance Rumbler, 'Ocean Death'

    Los Angeles singer/producer/composer Baths is dropping an unexpected EP May 6 on Anticon. Dubbed Ocean Death, the five-song set is billed by the label as "the Dia De Los Muertos to [2013 album] Obsidian's Halloween," and the title track can be hear below. Indeed, if Will Wiesenfeld's last LP was dark and sleek (check out the Moors remix of "Miasma Sky"), this one seems to brood a little deeper, preferring to creep in the shadows while a rattling four-four Four Tet-ish beat pounds away. At least, that's "Ocean Death," the song. Hit play to hear Wiesenfeld sing like an angel about being buried in a graveyard. Pitchfork premiered the song; check the tour dates here.

  • Stephen Colbert 'The Ballad of Cliven Bundy' Video Standoff

    See Stephen Colbert Perform 'The Ballad of Cliven Bundy'

    Once more, the Cliven Bundy standoff crosses over into our world. Earlier this week, progressive author and activist Sean Shealy launched a Facebook page for BundyFest!, a proposed music-playing and penis-erecting festival to take place on the government land across the way from that codgerly lovable cattle-rancher's home. Now Stephen Colbert, on The Colbert Report, has performed a song for the man facing off with the feds over whether or not his cows can eat their grass.Dubbed "The Ballad of Cliven Bundy," the ditty devoted to the Fox News-dubbed "savior" and "folk hero" starts at the 3:05 mark in the clip above, and finds our host aiming friendly fire at conservative pundit Sean Hannity in particular, while Strangers With Candy pal Geoffrey Jellineck (okay, Paul Dinello) adds some guitar flourishes.

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