Chris Martins



  • Elliott Smith Birthday Tribute Benefit Concerts Grandaddy Gus Van Sant

    Elliott Smith Tribute Concerts Planned in Four Cities

    Elliott Smith would have turned 44 on August 6, and in honor of the occasion, the Friends and Family of Elliott Smith are throwing four concerts around the country that will raise money for charitable organizations. Taking place in Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, and New York City, the intimate shows will include tributes by director Gus Van Sant, producer Jon Brion, members of Grandaddy, Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek), Rhett Miller, and Mary Lou Lord, among others.Dubbed "No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith," the concert series will include the contributions of over 100 musicians in total. The first takes place at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge on August 4 and will benefit Outside In, an organization devoted to assisting homeless youth. Van Sant will host and the Grandaddy dudes will be in the house. L.A.

  • Chvrches Gun Video Bones What You Believe Album

    CHVRCHES Announce Debut Album With Trippy 'Gun' Video

    CHVRCHES will release their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, September 24 in the U.S. via Glassnote. Abroad, the record will drop the day before supported by Virgin/Goodbye. Though not much else is known about the release, it's expected to include the titular song from the March Recover EP, 2012's "The Mother We Share" (stream that below), and the previously release single "Gun," which now has a video to accompany it.In the new clip above, the Scottish This Is Happening stars get the kaleidoscopic treatment. Singer Lauren Mayberry and production pair Iain Cook and Martin Doherty (plus a small army of dancers) are doubled and tripled, beamed across the screen, shrunken, distorted, and color-damaged — essentially made into living, performing art. As Pitchfork reports, "Gun" will be pressed to pink vinyl for U.K.

  • Toro y Moi Billie Holiday 'My Man' Verve Remix First Ladies

    Toro y Moi Turns Billie Holiday's 'My Man' Into a New Age Glitch-Hop Hit

    Every so often, Verve Records likes to give contemporary producers the keys to the castle, letting the mix-masters of the day imbue the jazz and soul hits of yore with new context. And most of the time, if we're being honest, it's about as interesting as you'd expect: simply novelty, or something trapped in a milquetoast middle ground that doesn't do either artist any favors.But Toro y Moi's take on Billie Holiday's "My Man" is excellently irreverent. He's not at all beholden to the artist who came before him and that's what makes it work. Chaz Bundick chops the original into tiny bits and sets them bouncing to a glitched-out mix of beats, record static, and New Age-y pan flute.

  • Fyfe 'Conversations' Video David's Lyre

    Fyfe Turns Insomnia Into Electronic Soul Sweetness in 'Conversations' Video

    Fyfe is 23-year-old Paul Dixon, an English artist who earned some shine overseas under the name David's Lyre before his remix prowess pushed him to put down the guitar and nuzzle up to Logic Pro. Now he turns his crisp coo to the task of accompanying brooding beats, and the contrast is entrancing. Like Mikky Ekko before him and even James Blake to some extent, Fyfe's bifurcated approach benefits both sides of the equation: The vocals give the production uplift, but the dark soundtrack stops those melodies from being too sweet.On July 8, Dixon will follow his mysterious Solace EP — released with a picture of the back of his head as the only form of ID — with the "Conversations" single. In the barebones video for the song, he's far less shy. We see the producer-singer wandering the streets at night while surreality begins to creep in from the edges of the frame.

  • Morrissey South American Tour Dates

    Morrissey Announces South American Tour Dates, Doctor's Orders Be Damned

    Morrissey will be touring South America in July. The former Smiths singer had a birthday last month — we celebrated by listening to a robot read his life story— which we're guessing left him feeling restored. Earlier this year, of course, he had to cancel his then in-progress North American tour due to health concerns which turned out to be quite serious. There was the bleeding ulcer, the Barrett's esophagus, and that whole double pneumonia thing. Then we learned that the Mozzer was resting up in Mexico City, and that his doctor strongly suggested he retire. But if there's one thing you can count on from this man, in sickness or in health, it's for him to do the exact opposite of what he's told. And considering how healthy hisLos Angeles arena show from the crowd, we're happy for his fans down south. True to You reports that Kristeen Young will open all shows.

  • Earl Sweatshirt Cancels Bonnaroo

    Earl Sweatshirt Cancels Bonnaroo Gig, Delayed DIIV Takes His Place

    Earl Sweatshirt has had to cancel his appearance at this weekend's Bonnaroo festival due to illness. The Odd Future rhymer made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "To everyone at bonnaroo: im sorry i cant make it im really really fucking sick but i will make it up to tennessee as soon as i possibly can." He's since been personally apologizing to nearly every fan who has expressed his or her disappointment in response. In addition to a Friday afternoon solo set, Sweatshirt was slated to partake in the four-day Manchester, Tennessee fest's annual all-star Superjam. Last year's event was hosted by ?uestlove and featured a surprise set from D'Angelo. Tomorrow night, Earl would have been joined by the RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, ScHoolboy Q, Solange Knowles, and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes amongst others.

  • Death Cab For Cutie Electronic Anthology Synth Covers

    Death Cab for Cutie Are Working on a New Album

    Death Cab for Cutie appear to be working on a new album together. Ben Gibbard confirmed the news via a tweet today in response to a fan apparently kvetching about the just-announced Electronic Anthology Project covers set, which finds the singer and Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson working together to create synth-pop versions of a pair of old D-Cab songs.THIS IS HAPPENING! Do not fear. RT @brianfulda: I wish @dcfc would just return to what they do best - writing songs together.— Benjamin Gibbard (@Gibbstack) June 13, 2013Heretofore, ol Gibbstacks has been doing a lot of reflecting this year. With that slightly self-serious "-jamin"-adding solo album behind him, the man had been looking even farther back for fresh inspiration.

  • David Letterman Drums Supercut Bands

    David Letterman Is Really Into Those Drums You Got There

    David Letterman like drums. Like, really likes drums. In the supercut above, we see over two minutes of the Late Show host complimenting his musical guests' kits, asking them whether they rented the things and occasionally offering to buy them. Canadian broadcaster CBC compiled the clip after noticing the inordinate amount of attention Dave pays the instrument in his post-performance banter.We see St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Tegan and Sara, OK Go, the Black Keys (twice!), and a handful of other bands fielding Letterman's percussive inquiries above, often while the acts' front-folks respond awkwardly to the unexpected diversion of attention.

  • 2 Chainz Robbed Gunpoint San Francisco

    2 Chainz Runs From a Skipping Gunman in Video of S.F. Robbery

    2 Chainz has had a tough week. On Tuesday (June 11) the charismatic rapper was arrested at Los Angeles' LAX airport for attempting to bring Promethazine and marijuana onto a plane. That news came following reports that he'd been robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco on Monday. While 2 Chainz downplayed the story on his Twitter account, TMZ has obtained and released security camera footage showing that the incident was actually quite serious.In the clip above, the MC and his crew are casually walking down the street when an armed man in a white shirt and red cap runs up from the street. The entire entourage scatters and the assailant actually goes skipping after them. Footage from a second camera shows a second gunman wearing a black hoodie.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra Otis Redding Sittin on the Dock of the Bay Cover BBC Radio

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra Tenderly Cover Otis Redding's 'Dock of the Bay'

    Kraut-soul trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra have got a dangerously potent combination of guts and chops. That's the only explanation why they recently took on Otis Redding's timeless "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" and remade it in their own image.The Portland-to-Auckland outfit visited BBC Radio 6's Music with Marc Riley last month when they covered the 1968 single, which was originally recorded mere days before the singer's tragic death. While the band's recent version of Lindstrøm's "Rà-àkõ-st" was a full-on post-rock revision, their take on Redding is subtle and sensitive like the source material, featuring slightly souring guitar play and, toward the end, light jazz drumming.

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