Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Kate Boy 'The Way We Are' Video

    Watch Kate Boy Vogue Dramatically in 'The Way We Are' Video

    Kate Boy's arrival couldn't have been better timed considering the band's sonic proximity to the Knife circa Silent Shout. While their elder Stockholmies move on to high-energy rave-ups and droning dirges (via April's SPIN Essential Shaking the Habitual), this Swedish act continues to put their own spin on a sound that's well missed. Their January Northern Lights EP has delivered a handful of highlights — namely "In Your Eyes" and the excellent titular track — followed by "The Way We Are," released last month. That elastic and darkly hued track now gets its very own music video, and the focus is once again on Australian vocalist Kate Akhurst. She purrs and howls while the dramatic lighting and image-mirroring play with the concept of duality. Also, there's fun with fluorescents and an outfit that might best be described as Tomb Raider chic.

  • Hodgy Beats 'Untitled 2' EP Mixtape Stream

    Hodgy Beats Croons, Swaggers, and Shreds on Streaming 'Untitled EP 2'

    Los Angeles rhymer Hodgy Beats has made his name as the alternately swaggy and shreddy voice of MellowHype, Odd Future's often aggro and occasionally evil rap duo. But the 22-year-old MC does just fine without his usual partner in crime/baby's godfather, Left Brain. Last year's Untitled EP featured production from the likes of Flying Lotus, Alchemist, and Juicy J, and served as a solid stage for the man's no-bullshit rapping-ass raps. Now we have Untitled EP 2, which continues the trend but adds a couple of twists: like early leader "Years," several of the tracks include R&B-style singing from Beats, and a pair of them find the guy fronting his own imaginary hardcore band. While the production credits have yet to be released, Trash Talk screamer Lee Spielman does his thing on "Goodbye" and Brain adds his baritone raps to the spooky trunk-rattler "Karateman."

  • Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland Lawsuit Countersuit

    Scott Weiland Countersues Stone Temple Pilots for 'Conspiring' to Fire Him

    As the new Stone Temple Pilots rides forth with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington taking lead, Scott Weiland is making his grievances against his former bandmates a legal matter. The orphaned singer is asking a judge to rule against the group's continued use of the name, and also for a minimum of $7 million in damages. Of course, the Brothers DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz kinda-sorta started it by suing the dude for breach of contract, alleging that he sabotaged their success.Weiland's initial response to the suit came in the form of an open letter to his fans in which he contended that the new STP is in the wrong both legally and ethically, adding, "I don't give a fuck what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots." He also claimed that he's still a member of the band, who publicly announced his firing in late February apparently without actually consulting the singer.

  • Charli XCX 'Interior' True Romance Stream

    Charli XCX Explores 'Interior' Design of the Heart on New Song

    We already know that Charli XCX is a workaholic, and that's to our benefit. Now, hot on the heels of releasing her brooding party album True Romance (also: collaborating with Marina & the Diamonds, covering the Backstreet Boys, remixing Lindstrøm, and getting remixed by Blood Diamonds), the English electro-pop star has shared a previously unreleased song called "Interior." While the video for "Take My Hand" displayed the dingy decor of a surreal club, the lyrics of this new one explore the internal decor of the human heart — a fitting metaphor coming from an artist who so handily welds genuine emotion to enticing style. As for the sound of the song, it's an upbeat bubbler powered by drums ripped from the early '90s, chopped and pitch-shifted vocals à la Kate Bush, the occasional laser blast, and jagged shards of post-punk guitar. Charli is currently on the road with Marina.

  • Stone Temple Pilots David Bowie 'All the Young Dudes' Slash Duff

    New Stone Temple Pilots Cover David Bowie's 'Young Dudes' With Slash and Duff

    Scott Weiland says Stone Temple Pilots can't exist without him as the band's singer, and yet, this happened: STP with fresh front-bro Chester Bennington, accompanied by Guns N' Roses' dynamic duo Slash and Duff McKagen, covering David Bowie's glam-rock anthem "All the Young Dudes." The alt-rock godfathers (and their hard rock forefathers, and their rap-rock offspring) performed the song as part of a May 30 set at Los Angeles' Club Nokia for the annual MusiCares Benefit concert. Bennington wore sunglasses indoors as he announced the guest musicians with a solid humblebrag, "These are some good players ...

  • David Lynch 'The Big Dream' Lykke Li 'I'm Waiting Here'

    David Lynch and Lykki Li Dream-Weave Spooky Doo-Wop on 'I'm Waiting Here'

    On July 16, surrealist director David Lynch will return with his second original album, The Big Dream. Like 2011's dark and unsettling Crazy Clown Time, the new set will mostly feature the Twin Peaks creator's own vocals over his "modern blues" with one key assist. Then it was recent SPIN cover star Karen O — this time we get (ironically) a 2011 SPIN cover star, Lykke Li.The Swedish songstress joins Lynch for "I'm Waiting Here," a dreamy and noir swooner replete with slow-dance swing and bassy atmospheric swells. The song is streamable below for Spotify users. In a press release, Lynch says that Li "brought her own style to this song, which has a doo-wop sort of thing going on, but in a way it’s far-removed from the '50s."Regarding The Big Dream, he explained, "Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there.

  • Thom Yorke 'Amok' Atoms for Peace Rehearsal Video

    Thom Yorke Goes Sexily, Shirtlessly 'Amok' in Latest Atoms for Peace Practice Video

    With their impending tour fast on the approach, Atoms for Peace are putting in serious rehearsal work via some hidden household in a tucked away corner of Los Angeles. Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Flea, and the rest of the gang have been sharing brief snippets of their warm-ups each day this week, ranging from footage of the shirtless Chili Peppers bassist goofing around to video evidence that they're cuing up Radiohead music for the road. The latest installment is only 12 seconds long but revealing nonetheless, finding Yorke wobbling up a serious sweat singing Amok's titular track while wearing a vest and nothing else (it's a tight crop, so who knows). While earlier clips were in black and white, this new one is, as Yorke tweeted, in "glorious technicolor," allowing the brilliant stripes of Old Glory to shine at last.

  • Fat Tony Stunnaman Creepin' Tom Cruz Smart Ass Black Boy

    Fat Tony and Stunnaman Are 'Creepin' on Your Girl in New Single

    Fat Tony releases his new album Smart Ass Black Boy on June 11 via Young One Records, and the Houston-bred New Underground up-and-comer has shared a fresh taste of the thing to help you get into the mood. Actually, it's not you he's so much interested in but your girl (if you've got one).Tony has teamed up with Lil B's buddy Stunnaman (the Pack) and his main rapping-producing pal Tom Cruz (Double Dragon) to drop "Creepin'," a song that's unabashedly about trying to get at a lady who's clearly off limits. Over the low-slung beat, our host paints a pretty vivid picture: "The next week, she was planning the marriage / But that next Sunday I was in her sheets / On the creep, deep up in her cheeks." Stunna goes wavy for his verse and gives the requisite shout-out to Max B in the process. Cruz gives daps to Colgate and the clean mouthfeel it produces.

  • Rihanna Unapologetic Six Million Sales Albums Wale Bad Remix

    Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' Sells a Milli, Becomes Her Sixth Platinum Album

    Rihanna's Unapologetic has officially gone platinum in the U.S., meaning it's her sixth album to sell a million or more copies. To understand just how remarkable that is, it's worth mentioning she's released seven albums total. Which is remarkable in and of itself when you consider her first album, Music of the Sun, only came out in 2005. The only year in which the Barbadian pop princess hasn't released a full-length of original material since was 2008. Also, she's 25 years old, so WTF.As the Hollywood Reporter, erm, reports, Unapologetic sold 9,000 more copies in the sales week ending May 26, via Nielsen SoundScan, bringing the album's sales to that lusted-after milestone. That LP was released on November 19 and is her fastest climber yet. Of RiRi's seven full-lengths only her debut has failed to break seven figures, having moved 607,000 units to date.

  • Bass Drum of Death 'Crawling After You' Stream

    Bass Drum of Death Is a Wicked One-Man Punk Band on 'Crawling After You'

    Bass Drum of Death is Mississippi's John Barrett, a punk-fired garage tinkerer handy with all the tools one needs to jury-rig some tasty rock nuggets. "Crawling After You" feels like a full-band affair nonetheless, and it hails from June 25's eponymous LP for Innovative Leisure, recorded by Barrett in between last year's spate of tour dates (and also that one time when he backed up MellowHype on Fuel TV). The new song is a reverb-soaked fuzz-bomb that finds our host trying to paw his way back into the life of a former acquaintance. BDOD's 2011 debut GB City had a lot to offer, but the new album is louder, gnarlier, catchier, and crunchier. It was also heavily influenced by nasty old proto-punkers the Pagans, the Seeds, and the Sonics. Barrett and his band hit the road with Unknown Mortal Orchestra in June.

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