Chris Martins

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  • Grumbling Fur 'Dancing Light' Glynnaestra Stream Sunn O))) Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan

    Hear Grumbling Fur's More-Eno-Than-Evil 'Dancing Light'

    Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan hail from the experimental noise and black metal worlds, but together they make rich electronic pop that owes more to Brian Eno than to Sunn O))). Never mind the fact that each member of Grumbling Fur has, in his own time, recorded with doom god Stephen O'Malley — their forthcoming album Glynnaestra is imbued with lightness even as it channels the enigmatic kraut-fuzz of This Heat. There's something distinctly British about their influences, but their sound is a thing that knows neither time nor place. Take "Dancing Light," for instance. Over moody synthesizers and a driving rhythm as beat-oriented as it is rock-addled, the men harmonize about what seems to be a life-altering internal/external voyage that's steeped in the mundane: "I could go outside / If I wanted to, it would be all right." Glynnaestra is out July 23 on Thrill Jockey.

  • Gold Panda 'We Work Nights' Half of Where You Live

    Hear Gold Panda Swoon and Bloom on 'We Work Nights'

    London's Gold Panda has finally decided to stop teasing us. After releasing the lush and promising glitch feast that was 2010's Lucky Shiner, the dude born Derwin (last name unknown) disappeared into the touring circuit, leaving us grasping at whatever recorded bits and pieces came our way. There was Charli XCX's "You (Ha Ha Ha)," which sampled a Panda track, and more recently Sole's "Extremophile," produced by the Golden one.But until last month's "Brazil" we had no idea whether a new long-player was in the offing. We now know GP's Half of Where You Live is due out June 11 on Ghostly International, and just in case we were skeptical, a new track has arrived.

  • Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland 'You've Changed' Beyonce Michelle Williams

    Destiny's Child Kinda Reunite for Kelly Rowland's 'You've Changed'

    First things first, Kelly Rowland wants you to know that "You've Changed" is not a Destiny's Child track. To wit: "It's not a Destiny's Child track," she recently told Billboard. "It's me featuring Beyoncé and Michelle." Secondly, kudos to Rowland because even considering the tinny quality of the radio rip streaming below, this is better than a Destiny's Child track — better than "Nuclear" at least. And since the group that also launched the careers of Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams didn't exactly thrill us at their big Super Bowl Halftime show, perhaps maintaining a healthy distance is the best look for the semi-reunited trio. Each worked in a separate studio to record her part of the brand new breakup song, which is set to appear on Rowland's Talk a Good Game, due June 18 via Universal Republic.

  • Angel Haze 'No Bueno' Live Video Dirty Gold

    See Angel Haze Spit Fire Over Fiddle in 'No Bueno' Live Video

    Angel Haze performed brand new song "No Bueno" at London Club Scala on May 7 and though recordings of the performance have been circulating, the New York rapper has now released an official live clip. The song is the first taste we've gotten of her forthcoming debut album for Universal Republic, Dirty Gold, and it's fierce on all fronts. Haze is lyrically fired up, delivering classic rap braggadocio whilst big-upping dolo and dollars. Meanwhile she's backed by a clearly able band who deliver hard-hitting bass and drums, huge swells of synth, and tension-ratcheting strings.This comes from the same set that gave us Haze's version of Watch the Throne track "Otis" with Iggy Azalea — before that, all we had to tide us over was her MC's tasty update of Purity Ring's "Lofticries" and that musty old Azelia Banks beef.

  • CHVRCHES Gun Single Stream Virgin

    Hear CHVRCHES Take Aim at Jilting Lovers With New 'Gun' Single

    Recent This Is Happening stars CHVRCHES reach some incredibly ebullient heights with their romantic synth-pop sound — a fact which seems all the more remarkable when you consider the darkness that creeps into singer Lauren Mayberry's lyrics. When SPIN spoke to the band last month, co-producer Iain Cook blamed the Glaswegian weather: "There's a melancholy that comes from perpetual grayness and clouds and colds." But in new single "Gun," it's quite clear that Mayberry is taking aim at a former lover: "Hi, hi — I have burned your bridges / I will be a gun and it's you I'll come for." (Coincidentally, Scout Niblett recently released a song called "Gun" that is about the exact same thing.) It's heavy stuff set to a wonderfully upbeat backbeat, of course.

  • Nicki Minaj Hot 97 Starships Beef Peter Rosenberg Hip-Hop

    'Nicki Minaj Should Focus on Rap' Says Nicki Minaj in Beef-Ending Hot 97 Talk

    Just shy of a year ago, Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg wound up in the Worst Beef Ever after he questioned the validity of her "Starships" single in a wrong-headed attempt to hype Summer Jam attendees up about "real hip-hop shit" such as A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q. Her Pinkness immediately pulled out of her headlining slot at the New Jersey festival, angering fans and creating drama that has, apparently, pestered Rosenberg daily since.The two came together for a peace-making interview on air today that turned into a fairly smart and relatively hubris-free chat about the positives and pitfalls of hip-hop authenticity, plus Minaj's plans now that she's completed her run on American Idol.

  • Nine Inch Nails Columbia New Album Signed Trent Reznor

    New Nine Inch Nails Album Due Out This Year on Columbia

    Nine Inch Nails have signed with Columbia Records and will release a brand new album later this year. In a press release announcing the move, Trent Reznor explained that his recent work with How to Destroy Angels, plus creating music for films like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has inspired him to record his most well-loved band's first new studio album since 2008's The Slip. He also revealed he's been collaborating with longtime producer Alan Moulder, who began working with the band for The Downward Spiral in 1994."I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately," Reznor says by statement. "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.

  • Macklemore Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop Facebook Popular

    Facebook Can't Get Enough of 'Thrift Shop,' Says Giant Amorphous Blob

    The folks at Facebook have created a visualization that proves just how much their U.S. users love songs we despise. Above, you'll find innovatively sourced, creatively rendered proof of the inescapable fact that America likes Macklemore and Ryan Lewis more than pretty much anything else. If kittens and cigarettes emitted quantifiable BPMs, which inform that amorphous blob, we're fairly confident they'd rank below "Thrift Shop."Using the social platform's Open Graph protocol, Facebook and San Francisco's Stamen design firm created the "Beatquake" chart, which displays the top three songs being played through various FB-integrated apps at any given moment.

  • Weezer Cruise 2014 Cat Power Toro y Moi

    Weezer Cruise Will Include Cat Power, Toro y Moi, 'Workaholics' Bro, DIIV, and More

    The second annual Weezer Cruise will set sail on February 13, 2014 from Jacksonville, Florida and it'll be carrying some very special stowaways. In addition to the floating festival's titular headliner, the manifest is now set to include Cat Power, Toro y Moi, Workaholics' Adam Devine, DIIV, the Cribs, Irish power-poppers Ash, Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, the Orwells, Ozma, and the Relationship.Weezer will perform three sets over the span of the excursion, which returns to port February 17 after stopping at Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas. One of those shows will happen on "their own private island," according to the announcement, and will include a set by Cat Power.

  • Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork iTunes Stream Album

    Queens of the Stone Age's '...Like Clockwork' Is Streaming Now

    Queens of the Stone Age are streaming their entire new album, ...Like Clockwork, right now via iTunes. The desert rock god-goons announced the news via a single tweet that included some damned fine advice: "Right Now. Get in there." The set is officially out June 3.The band's first full-length in six years leaked earlier this month, but Josh Homme and co. have worked hard to provide worthwhile distractions along the way: live-streams, radio sessions, and, best of all, the grisly animated short film stitching together clips for five different new songs. As previously reported, guests on this one include Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Elton John, Trent Reznor, Brody Dalle, Jake Shears, Alain Johannes, Mark Lanegan, and Nick Oliveri.

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