Chris Martins

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  • Jay-Z Made in America Festival Skrillex Pearl Jam Drake Odd Future D'Angelo

    Jay-Z's Made in America Festival to Return to Philadelphia This Summer

    Jay-Z's Made in America Festival is returning to Philadelphia for a second year, August 31 and September 1, reports Brooklyn Vegan. The two-day event will once again return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The lineup will be announced on April 10 via Spotify, according to the small print on the promo video below. Last year's headliners included Jigga himself, Skrillex, Pearl Jam, Drake, Miike Snow, Run-D.M.C., and Maybach Music Group. Odd Future and Passion Pit were also among the performers, and Kanye West made a surprise appearance as seen in the teaser clip.In other news, Jay has decided to move his Roc Nation label from Columbia Records (owned by Sony) to Universal Music Group. As The Source points out, Sean Carter was the president of Universal's flagship rap label Def Jam from 2004 to 2007. Roc Nation is currently home to J.

  • Music Sales 40 Year Chart Graph Industry Digital Album Singles

    The History of the Music Biz Captured in a Single GIF

    Contrary to popular belief, the music industry's sales M.O. has been in flux for quite some time. Hard as it is to imagine, there was a time when the 8-track gave vinyl a run for its money. And cassettes usurped just about everything until CDs entered the picture. The dominance of the disc was very real indeed, but if we can learn anything from the long view, it's that a new technology is bound to come along and replace the old — and that none of them has killed music yet despite the usual outcry to the contrary. Thanks to the RIAA, via Digital Music News, we can witness 40 years of music sales in 40 seconds or less. The pie chart GIF below starts in 1973 and ends in 2012, and is chopped up according to the song and album sales methods of the day.

  • Phoenix SNL Entertainment Trying to Be Cool Drakkar Noir Video

    Phoenix Bring 'Entertainment' to 'SNL' With New Song 'Trying to Be Cool'

    Phoenix made a grand return to Saturday Night Live last night (April 6), performing their Bankrupt! single "Entertainment" with all the aplomb that title deserves, then debuting a new song, "Trying to Be Cool," as part of a two-track suite also including the familiar "Drakkar Noir." We've heard both Blood Orange and Dinosaur Jr. offer their interpretations of "Entertainment," but nothing quite beats watching these Frenchies bring the shimmering pop feat to life. In the clip above, the songs feels remarkably grand, helped along no doubt bearded wonder-drummer Thomas Hedlund who goes positively ham at 1:40. The next big highlight comes at the 3:00 mark, when the guys whip up an almost choral ahh-tack of voices and synths."Trying to Be Cool" offers a mellower groove with souring strums of shoegaze guitar and a bit of the late-night disco feel that Phoenix perfected so long ago.

  • Mykki Blanco 'Bugged Out!!!!' Supreme Cuts Download

    Hear Mykki Blanco Get Bleakly 'Bugged Out!!!!' With Supreme Cuts

    Mykki Blanco was supposed to deliver her new EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, in March but instead left us with a single rugged heater to fight over, "Feeling Special." We haven't been updated on when that set is actually going to drop, but we can certainly settle on a brand new track — produced by Supreme Cuts, no less. "Bugging Out!!!!" kicks off with a woozy swirl of synths soon accompanied by rattling trap drums, and fades in and out of consciousness while Blanco does her thing.

  • Tim Vocals Arrested 'Next' Video Court Weeknd Turns Self In

    Watch Tim Vocals Turn Himself in to Police in 'Next' Video

    One of SPIN's Best R&B of 2013 picks has been arrested. So-called goon singer Tim Vocals has released a new video for his Weeknd interpretation "Next," he made the clip on his last morning as a free man, literally on the way to turning himself in.

  • Das Racist Members Reunite Whitney Museum Heems Kool A.D. Dapwell

    Das Racist's Former Members Are All Playing at a Museum

    Das Racist's original members are reuniting ... in the same building, at different times, and not as "Das Racist." Heems is collaborating with New York's Whitney Museum of American Art as part of an already in-progress exhibition called Blues for Smoke, which not only includes four installations created by the former DR member, but a live music series co-presented by his Greedhead label. The shows begin today (April 5) and extends through Sunday (April 7).This evening's stars include Das' Kool A.D. backed by Amaze 88 and Loren Hell, plus a solo set from vogue-rap star Mykki Blanco — the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday's festivities will include two live performances by psych-soul big band King Holiday, at 1 and 4 p.m. On Sunday, Heems, Dapwell (the third Racist), Greedhead up-and-comer LE1F, and psychonauts Prince Rama will play separate sets.

  • Cannibal Ox 'Gotham' 'Gases in Hell' 'Psalm 82' New Songs

    Cannibal Ox Return With Three New 'Gotham' Songs, Their First Fresh Material in 13 Years

    Indie-rap icons Cannibal Ox have shared their first new sounds since announcing their return late last year. What began as a simple reunion show quickly evolved into promises of an album — the duo's first since their bona fide classic debut The Cold Vein. In February we learned that Vast Aire and Vordul Mega went the Kickstarter route to fund their new single "Gotham (Ox City)." Now that single has a release date, April 16, and a couple additional tracks attached to it: "Gases in Hell (Inhale)" and "Psalm 82." What's more, you can stream 'em all below.While El-P produced the group's last effort, these were all helmed by Bill Cosmiq, who demonstrates an aptly dark and claustrophobic touch. "Gotham (Ox City)" is a heady crawl through an aural urban hellscape hosted by two world-weary poets who appear to be in top form.

  • Colin Stetson Justin Vernon And In Truth Video In Mirrors

    See Colin Stetson and Justin Vernon's 'And in Truth' Echo Over a Frozen Wilderness

    Bon Iver sax man Colin Stetson is a master of focus and mood — a baritone brass-wielding genius who can create entire emotional arcs and detail-laden compositions using only a single instrument. It's no wonder that, as he recently told SPIN, the man maintains a rigorous mind/body fitness regimen that includes yoga, morning breathing exercises, and meditation. His album New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is due out April 30 on Constellation Records. So far we've heard a handful of highlights — the haunting "High Above a Grey Green Sea," and a four-song batch that included some guest vocals from Justin Vernon — and now we've got some stark yet glorious visuals to take in.

  • The Knife 'A Tooth for an Eye' Pursuit Grooves Remix

    The Knife Bless 'A Tooth for an Eye' With Pursuit Grooves' Left-Field Techno

    It's been a big week for the Knife. On Tuesday (April 2), they began streaming their entire new record, their first in seven years, Shaking the Habitual. And today (April 5), we've shared SPIN's extensive interview with Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, in which a multitude of knotty topics are discussed, from the decision to reunite the band, to the feminist and queer theory that informs their lyrics, to the influence of genuine dance music on their dark and arty sound. Now, over at Gorilla Vs. Bear, you'll find an official remix for the new LP's single "A Tooth for an Eye" (remember that gym-rat dance recital?) helmed by left-field techno-maker Pursuit Grooves. The new version transforms the original's sylvan, somewhat Caribbean vibes into four-on-the-floor house throb offset by strange piano lines and Dreijer Andersson's ghostly wails.

  • Vicky Cryer 'Synthetic Love' Video Louis XIV

    See Vicky Cryer Smash Guitars Underwater in 'Synthetic Love'

    Jason Hill initially made his name with the cheeky garage-rock gang Louis XIV, but he's been incredibly busy behind the scenes since that band went on hiatus in 2009. As a studio staple (producer, engineer, songwriter), he's put in work with the Killers, the Bronx, the Virgins, David Bowie, Sky Ferreira, Macy Gray, and a whole heap of others over the years, plus masterminded a brand new project dubbed Vicky Cryer. Hill is the ringleader on the forthcoming album The Synthetic Love of Emotional Engineering, cracking whip on a rotating cast of high-profile players: Dominic Howard (Muse), Mark Stoermer (the Killers), Nick Fyffe (Jamiroquai), Dave Elitch (Mars Volta), Jeff Kite (Beat Club), and Alex Carapetis (Julian Casablancas).

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