Chris Martins

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  • Charli XCX 'Take My Hand' Video True Romance

    Charli XCX Woozily Wanders Through a Dingy Club in 'Take My Hand' Video

    English pop upstart Charli XCX isn't the sort to sit still. In the last three weeks, she's released a brand new collaboration with Marina & the Diamonds, remixed Lindstrøm with an assist from TWIN iDoL, and even covered the Backstreet Boys, so it's nice to be reminded that she released a promising new album, True Romance, only a month ago. One of that sets' clear standouts is "Take My Hand," which SPIN's Puja Patel describes as "a shimmery throwback that reflects on happier days, where tales of sweet hand-holding leave her yearning for sleepless nights and cosmic head-rushes." Indeed, the takeaway seems to be, "Don't go to sleep, just go out," and the brand new Ryan Andrews-directed video explores that theme as a woozy Charli wanders through a surreal club scene complete with cheerleaders, headbangers, electronics-smashing, and flagrant smooching.

  • Boards of Canada 'Reach for the Dead' Video Tomorrow's Harvest

    Watch Boards of Canada's Gorgeously Eerie 'Reach for the Dead' Video

    Boards of Canada pulled a Kanye yesterday (May 22) when they broadcast the first sounds of their forthcoming fourth album Tomorrow's Harvest on the streets of Tokyo. Now they've shared the rest of that song, titled "Reach for the Dead," along with a music video that matches gorgeous nature-doc style footage to the song's strong panoramic feel. The grainy film mimics the Scottish duo's warm analog approach to the electronic arts, and as the track begins with ambient hum and an intermittent kick-drum thud, we see sweeping helicopter shots of a beautiful desert. The music slowly progresses with the addition of glistening synth sequences and glitchy percussion, while the video incorporates eerie tours through abandoned buildings that bring to mind the sort that surround California's famed Salton Sea.

  • Disclosure 'When a Fire Starts to Burn' Stream Settle

    Hear Disclosure's Dance Floor Sizzler 'When a Fire Starts to Burn'

    Recent Breaking Out beat beasts Disclosure are gearing up to release their full-length debut, Settle, in their native U.K. on June 3. While an American release date has yet to be set, we still stand to benefit plenty from the excitement. Last week we heard the house-quaking kiss-off "F for You" and a couple of weeks before that the Lawrence brothers shared the gorgeous "You & Me" video. Now Stereogum has shared "When a Fire Starts to Burn," an undeniable dance jam that combines bloopy techno groove with house atmospherics and a decidedly sassy sample. At four and a half minutes, it doesn't seem nearly long enough. Let the remixes commence. Preorder Settle at the Disclosure store to nab an exclusive song.

  • Arctic Monkeys 'Do I Wanna Know?' Live Video

    See Arctic Monkeys Perform Hefty New Song 'Do I Wanna Know?'

    The Arctic Monkeys have been holed up in California's Palm Desert working on their fifth album if the mother of drummer Matt Helders is to be believed (probably a safe bet). But the English quartet snuck out last night (May 22) to play a show at the Venture Theater where they debuted a brand new song. The track is either called "Do I Wanna Know?" or "Crawling Back to You," according to conflicting reports. Regardless, it's a hefty piece of work with a seductive edge (let the screams testify to that) that could've originated in the same session that gave us Queens of the Stone Age's "If I Had a Tail," which of course features Monkeys guitarist-singer Alex Turner. Last we heard from the band was Record Store Day 2012 when they delivered a pair of unreleased holdovers — "R U Mine?" and "Electricity" — from 2011's typically solid Suck It and See.

  • The Roots Mural Philadelphia South Street CAPA

    The Next Monument: The Roots Set to Unveil Philadelphia Mural

    The Roots will be on hand for the unveiling of a new mural painted in their honor in their hometown of Philadelphia. The dedication ceremony is set to take place May 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the World Communications Charter School. The City of Brotherly Love is known for its myriad colorful public paintings, many of which exist thanks to the Mural Arts Program, a graffiti abatement initiative that started all the way back in 1986. MAP is also responsible for this tribute to these "hometown hip hop trailblazers."The new mural is located near the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), where Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter started the group as classmates. "To have it along South Street, near the same corners we were kicked off of for playing our music, is fantastic," said Questo in an early press release.

  • Broken Social Scene Years 'Day of the Kid' Arts Crafts X

    Broken Social Scene Share First New Song Since Split, 'Day of the Kid'

    Beloved Canadian label Arts & Crafts is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a string of exciting releases and events, the next of which arrives May 28. Arts & Crafts: X is a 10-song compilation featuring all-new collaborations between various artists in their close-knit musical family, with appearances from the freshly hologrammed Feist, Daft Punk collaborator Chilly Gonzales, Ra Ra Riot, Stars, and more. Oh, and Broken Social Scene (with Years) doing a song called "Day of the Kid."Stereogum has the exclusive stream of that expansive gem, which builds from a sleepy baroque-folk drift into a swelling near-orchestral gush. Credit that post-rock arc to Years, a.k.a. Ohad Benchetrit, who plays a handful of instruments for the Do Make Say Think posse and is also often counted among the membership of BSS anyhow.

  • CX KiDTRONiK Atari Teenage Riot 'Let's Get Krazy' Krak Attack Alec Empire Nic Endo

    Hear CX KiDTRONiK and Atari Teenage Riot 'Go Krazy' for Crack

    CX KiDTRONiK's bona fides are impressive. A former member of Antipop Consortium, he's since collaborated with Saul Williams and Trent Reznor, produced for GOOD Music rapper Consequence, and become a full-time member of German techno punx Atari Teenage Riot. But when you strip all of that away, the Crown Heights-based, Detroit-reared producer-MC is a but a simple man with a strong obsession: he sees ass crack wherever he goes.In 2006, CX released Krak Attack, an ode to the condition sometimes known as Plumber's Plight soundtracked by a frenetic mishmash of electro, metal, and hip-hop.

  • IKEBANA 'Rose' When You Arrive There Japan

    Hear IKEBANA's Beautifully Blooming 'Rose'

    IKEBANA are Maki and En, a pair of Japanese musicians who apply the minimalist tendencies of their floral namesake to their drone-influenced sound. While the specter of shoegaze looms over their atmospheric works, the duo take a far subtler approach that's still steeped in dynamism. Take "Rose," for example. The song begins with ominous electronic buzz, drifts into peaceful strum accompanied by springy reverbed vocals, and unfurls into a sun-dappled vista all within the span of roughly five-and-a-half minutes.The careful line that IKEBANA walks is somewhat explained by the members' respective backgrounds. En used to play in the dense and fuzz-loving Incence, while Maki is a tape experimentalist who abstains from using all digital equipment and the Internet (!) altogether.

  • Ken Camden 'Eta Carinae' Stream Space Mirror

    Hear Ken Camden's Blooming Stellar Feat 'Eta Carinae'

    Earlier this year we met Implodes, a Chicago-based post-rock quartet with a knack for creating entire earthly environments within the bounds of a single song. But band member Ken Camden has his sights set on a sound even more patently epic. On July 29, via Kranky Records, the guitar manipulator will release Space Mirror, an aptly titled album that trades in glistening atmosphere and futuristic effects. Below you can hear first taste "Eta Carinae," an enigmatically unfolding ambient work named after a star system roughly 7,500 light-years away whose impending explosion could affect life on Earth. Sure there are gamma rays to worry about, but if Camden's piece is any indication of what's to come, we should look forward to being washed over by a great calm accompanied by moments of blooming euphoria and pulsing radness. We're fairly certain the scientists would agree with us.

  • Ai Weiwei Chinese Dissident Dumbass Heavy Metal

    Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei Calls His President a 'Dumbass' in Pot-Stirring Video

    Chinese political dissident and installation artist Ai Weiwei has released the first song from his previously reported forthcoming metal album. Titled "Dumbass," the track features very raw vocals sung in the Mandarin tongue over a chugging rhythm and grinding guitars. Frankly put, it's a closer aural cousin to Papa Roach than to Boris, but the message isn't so much the medium as, well, the message. Directed at China's Communist rulers, the lyrics (handily translated beneath the YouTube clip) function as one "fuck you" to the Man, who "claims he's invincible" while running "a country that puts out like a hooker."Above you'll find the video for the song, directed by Weiwei and featuring the cinematography of Wong Kar-Wai collaborator Christopher Doyle.

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