Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • MTV Music Independence Day VH1 CMT July Fourth

    MTV Returns to Music Videos ... for 12 Hours

    On July 4, fans of music will once again have a reason to tune into MTV. In honor of the holiday, the Viacom stations that include Video Hits One (VH1) and Country Music Television (CMT) will celebrate "Music Independence Day" by programming a solid 12-hour block of actual music-related content. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the three networks will broadcast videos, interviews, and performances highlighting "all genres from hip-hop to bluegrass to EDM to cowpunk."Why? Well, "to provide the ultimate party playlist for everyone to revel in," of course. So says the announcement, which fails to acknowledge that only grandma is up and looking for a thrill-ride on the boob tube at 6 a.m. (the hours are the same in every time zone). But a deeper read reveals the true intention, ahem, behind the music.

  • Speedy Ortiz 'No Below' Major Arcana Download

    Speedy Ortiz Get Personal on Lilting Loner Anthem 'No Below'

    Northampton four-piece Speedy Ortiz keep reminding us why we included them in our Best New Artists lineup. Their Carpark Records debut Major Arcana is due July 9, and we've now got a second taste of that very promising album. "No Below" features gnarled guitar and slack grooves as befits the band's Massachusetts heritage, but singer Sadie Dupuis displays such a mastery of bent-yet-beautiful melody and relatable loner lyricism that there's no mistaking the group for any of their talented forebears. "I was better off as being dead," she sings before off-setting the idea with a little hard-won romanticism: "But I didn't know you yet." Unsurprisingly, Speedy continue to build steadily on the promise of their April noise-pop knockout "Ka-Prow!" (a non-album track) and May's angst-addled '90s throwback "Tiger Tank."

  • Beth Gibbons Portishead Solo Album Domino Tour

    Portishead's Beth Gibbons Plots First Solo Album in 11 Years

    Portishead's Beth Gibbons is prepping a new solo album for Domino Records, the label announced today. Via her own website, the English singer and songwriter shared a very, very brief statement, "It's great to be with a British Independent and I love working with Laurence [Bell, label co-founder]". She is currently on the road with her old band — dates for the trip-hop legends can be found below.While Gibbons of course appeared on Portishead's excellent 2008 comeback LP Third, her last solo outing came with 2002's Out of Season, a collaboration with Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb under his Rustin Man guise.

  • No Age 'C'mon Stimmung' Stream 'An Object' Album

    No Age Share Blistering Mutant Punk Jammer 'C'mon Stimmung'

    We recently visited No Age in the studio, where Dean Spunt told us a thing or two about the Los Angeles art-punks' new album, An Object. "There's points in the record where it sounds like it's going to fall apart," he explained. "These songs are there to hit you and there's no time to really mess around. When it’s done, I feel like it leaves you with a lot to ponder."The same could be said for the first taste of that August 20 long-player, "C'mon Stimmung," which you'll find above. While Sub Pop clearly notes that this is "not the video" for the clanging new single, the visuals provided certainly fit. Streaming sparks disrupt a placid atmosphere in the clip as Spunt shout-sings about perseverance while smashing his kit and Randy Randall shreds with the tenacity of a steam engine. The bright punk is offset by blurting mutant guitar jags that remind us why No Age is needed in 2013.

  • Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Queens of the Stone Age Are No. 1

    First! Queens of the Stone Age, motherfucker. The SoCal desert rock kings score their first No. 1 album with ...Like Clockwork, proving what SPIN already knew: Josh Homme is thee finest hard-rock songsmith of these modern times. The band moved 91,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan, a whopping 12,000 of which came from vinyl. That's the second largest wax week since Billboard launched its vinyl chart in January 2010. The only bigger get came with Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which moved 19,000 black platters two weeks ago. But for those disco-living droids — who have now been pushed down to No. 2 (62K) — vinyl sales accounted for 5 percent of their haul. With QOTSA, it was 13 percent. Congrats to Matador Records, the band's new indie home, for notching their first No.

  • Lil Wayne Jimmy Kimmel Seizures Health Video

    Lil Wayne Describes His Near-Fatal Seizure on 'Kimmel'

    Lil Wayne visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (june 11) where he sat down for a lengthy chat about his health and eventual retirement plans. It was his first successful appearance in a run of three attempts — the unexplained March 2012 no-show resulted in Kimmel interviewing an audience member instead, and his March 2013 cancellation was due to Weezy's big health scare. Or, as the host worded it, that time when "everyone thought you were going to die."Weezy explained that this seizure-related incident, "Was serious because I was upstairs and my homies were downstairs, and they didn't even know that I was up there seizing. One of them just was like, he hasn't come down in a minute." After Kimmel grilled him about his "homies" (and his homies' grills), he added, "It's just a private matter that I've been dealing with my whole life.

  • Painted Palms 'Upper Floors' Nothing Lasts Long EP

    Painted Palms Slow Time With Joyous Psych-Pop on 'Upper Floors'

    San Francisco's Painted Palms made a brief return earlier this year with their Ariel Pink-indebted Polyvinyl single "Carousel." Today they're self-releasing an entire free EP as a surprise gift to netizens everywhere. With Nothing Lasts Long, the electronically inclined psych-pop duo return to and expand the surf-lapped turf they staked out with 2011's lush and joyous Canopy EP.Below you can hear "Upper Floors," which finds cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme spinning silky golden sounds out of chiming keys, shuffling beats, buoyant bass, and soothing vocals. "All of this life moves so slow," we hear at one point, the song seeming to encase the listener in a wondrous goop capable of easing the hustle and hurry of the workweek.Painted Palms, Nothing Lasts Long track list:1. "Hypnotic"2. "Not Really There"3. "Over Me"4. "x"5. "Upper Floors"6. "Anna"

  • 2 Chainz Arrested Marijuana Arrest Airport LAX

    2 Chainz Arrested for Marijuana Possession (Again) at Airport

    2 Chainz was allegedly arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon after authorities found marijuana on his person. TMZ reports that Tauheed Epps, 35, was nabbed while boarding a plane in Terminal 5 and is currently being booked for possession. Yesterday he tweeted about getting "geeked up in San Fran," a city that he claimed has the "best smoke in the world."Rule# 3 we definitely got geeked up in San Fran , best smoke in the world. 2 blessed 2 stress— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) June 10, 2013Back in February, 2 Chainz was busted in Maryland for holding as well, and his name was eventually cleared. But not before the local police convinced the charismatic rapper to pose with them for a photo.

  • Cut Copy 'Explorers' New Song Album Live Video

    Cut Copy Announce New Album With Dance-Punk Popper 'Explorers'

    Cut Copy have kept relatively quiet since releasing 2011's pop-attuned Zonoscope, but the Aussie dance-punk posse played a few dates Stateside last week and wound up sharing a new song. Seen above, "Explorer" was recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 6 and seems to bridge the group's more recent radio flirtations to their body-music background. Thick synth blast and four-four pulse powers the thing, while upbeat melodies and cowbell sweeten the deal. Dan Whitford's New Wavy croon inspires at least one disco whoop from the crowd, and that ripping timbale solo doesn't hurt. The quartet just reissued their 2004 debut album Bright Like Neon Love on vinyl in the April 20 spate of Record Store Day releases. Stay tuned for more info on their fourth long-player.

  • Kelly Rowland Wiz Khalifa 'Gone' Joni Mitchell Sample

    Kelly Rowland and Wiz Khalifa Bond Over Joni Mitchell on 'Gone'

    That whole Destiny's Child reunion thing is start-and-stop at best, but girl-group O.G. Kelly Rowland is full steam ahead as the June 18 release date of her Talk a Good Game album approaches. She got the old gang back together for "You've Changed," and dished on her Beyoncé drama with The-Dream in "Dirty Laundry." Now she's teamed up with exemplary citizen Wiz Khalifa for "Gone," a track that owes a great debt to Joni Mitchell.Borrowing the hook from 1970's "Big Yellow Taxi," Rowland sings about a relationship that's just ended with upbeat aplomb: "I don't mean to disrespect ya, but I think you coulda done me better." For his part, Khalifa stonily laughs a whole lot and shares his own vague thoughts about ex-lovers doing him wrong. Harmony Samuels provides cheery R&B backing.

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