Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • French Montana Weeknd 'The Gifted' Stream

    Hear French Montana and the Weeknd Get 'Gifted' via Booze, Pills, and 'Groupie Love'

    When French Montana out-Weeknd'd the Weeknd back in February, we should've known it'd only be a matter of time before the two actually collaborated. The Bronx MC is at last releasing his official LP debut, Excuse My French, on May 21, and the latest taste from that long-anticipated set is "The Gifted," which gets a massive assist from Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd. In fact, the track is so steeped in waste(d)land vibes that Montana merely feels like a guest who wandered into another man's depressed and destructive mindset. That's not to say the rapper is out of his league — he held his own while Nicki Minaj pranced around in pasties, after all, and he sounds plenty confident over the grinding guitars and plinking keys of this Danny! production.

  • Pond Giant Tortoise Video Hobo Rocket

    Watch Pond's Violent and Triumphant 'Giant Tortoise' Video

    It's easiest to think of Pond as the wildebeest to Tame Impala's titular animal. As far-out as the latter get, their Perth, Australia neighbors bring punk rawness and unpredictability to the psych-rock process. But there's no need to choose one or the other — the two bands share a couple of members, and deliver different gifts. Pond will release their fifth album Hobo Rocket on August 6 via Modular, and the first taste is "Giant Tortoise." The song is wild and wooly, but also prone to moments of placid greatness. Backmasked bells and reverbed vocals, interstellar keys and fiery guitars power the thing, while Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook lobs heavy existentialisms into the air: "Why would I even try?" he asks at one point, and he may be onto something. Pond feels unedited and effortless.

  • Mykki Blanco 'The Initiation' Betty Rubble Stream

    Hear Mykki Blanco Rap in Latin on Creepy Sinden Production 'The Initiation'

    "Hell is chilly, motherfucker." So sayeth Mykki Blanco before a disturbingly bleak Sinden beat kicks off and our hostess leaves English behind for a serious of whisper-growled Latin incantations on "The Initiation." Carpe noctem ... carpe diem, Deo confidimus. "Seize the night ... seize the day, in God we trust." Coming from this Breaking Out star's throat, the words sound positively demonic, and the production never lets up, growing more claustrophobic and disorienting as the song progresses. Like the rugged heater "Feeling Special" and the bleakly woozy "Bugged Out" before it, this new one hails from the New York rhymer's forthcoming Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP, which finally has a release date. The eight-song set is due May 21 via UNO and fans should expect maximum cap peelage upon listening. "Dark" doesn't begin to describe the corner from which Blanco is rapping.

  • Hospital Ships 'Servants' Video NSFW Graveface

    See Hospital Ships Feast and Fight Like Vikings in NSFW 'Servants' Video

    Hospital Ships specialize in a Built to Spill-style brand of frazzled, psychedelic Americana that's only gotten more urgent as founder Jordan Geiger has added members. The now full-fledged band is releasing their new album Destruction in Yr Soul on June 18 via Graveface Records, and the Kansas crew have released a brand new video for the song "Servants" that cuts right to the bloody, beating heart of the thing.

  • Hear Ryan Hemsworth's 'Perfectly' Pretty New Electronipop Wonder

    Hear Ryan Hemsworth's 'Perfectly' Pretty New Electronipop Wonder

    Canuck beat wunderkind Ryan Hemsworth is dropping the Still Awake EP next week over on his website, but in the meantime he's chosen to bless a whole bunch of other ones with one of the set's highlights — a track called "Perfectly." The song was first heard in brief via last week's must-hear Downtown NYC Mix, but now it can be experienced in all of its light and graceful glory. Here we get the more sensitive side of the producer via springy melodies, marching rhythms, modified vocals that recall Cornelius' "Brazil," and chiming notes that'd sound right at home in a Dntel composition. "I hope it works this time," says a woman's voice at the start, but this is Hemsworth we're talking about — of course it works. Revisit the Wedidit dude's Last Words EP and his recent Diplo and Friends mix when you're done.

  • TV on the Radio 'Mercy' Live All Tomorrow's Parties

    See TV on the Radio Rip Through New Song 'Mercy' at All Tomorrow's Parties

    When SPIN spoke to TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe last month, the group's founding vocalist didn't seem the least bit nervous about their first run at curating England's venerable All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Of course, with a lineup that included Shabazz Palaces, Death Grips, De La Soul, and Mykki Blanco, he had plenty of reason to be confident. It helped too that the long-dormant Brooklyn band had an additional trick up their sleeves as well: a new song called "Mercy." Witnessed above, this "fresh" track is a thrashing, fast-paced rocker that finds Adebimpe taking the lead, singing about falling in love "with professional evil," looking "lost and lethal," and seeking salvation. TVOTR get a slight assist from a two-man horn section, but the song is otherwise strikingly straight-ahead, and menacing in its force. Now if only they'd commit to making an entire new album.

  • Lollapalooza 2013 Set Times Lineup Conflicts

    Lollapalooza 2013's 5 Most Wrenching Set Time Conflicts

    Today's festivalgoers don't divide the world up by genre. They do not group according to census demographics or their preference in (or for) pants. To them, the age-old query, "To rock, or to rave?" is not a lifelong commitment, but a choice made in the moment. And what a choice it is with so much incredible, diverse talent billed for today's field-filling musical jubilees. It's hard out there for a young stage-hopper, and that's why SPIN is here to help cut through the noise. The good folks behind Chicago's enduring Lollapalooza have at last shared the schedule for the fest's 2013 iteration — running Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4 at Grant Park — and there are some serious conflicts to consider. 5. Phoenix vs. Cat Power vs. the Cure, Sunday, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.A classic conflict.

  • Solange Signs Sony Saint Records New Album

    Solange Launches Saint Records, Promises New Album and 'New Musical Movement'

    Solange Knowles will release her next album on her very own label, dubbed Saint Records, with a distribution assist from Sony — home to her amendment-quashing big sis Beyoncé. Billboard broke the news from the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, reporting that the album will arrive later this year and include songs from her gauzy and great True EP, which was released by Terrible Records, the label co-run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor.Due to confusion over the new venture — the earliest accounts and subsequent chatter had her signing with Columbia — Solange clarified the news via Twitter. "Big news day for me!

  • Beyonce Photo Ban Protest Journalists Photographers First Amendment

    Journalists Mad That Beyonce Hates the First Amendment

    A handful of news organizations have come together to formally oppose Beyoncé's ban of press photography on her current "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour. The protest came in the form of a letter to Queen Bey's publicity firm from Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, co-signed by 19 separate groups advising that "removing the ban will help, not harm, your client’s image in the long run."Among those represented are the Associated Press Media Editors Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Media Photographers, Poynter reports. We also imagine that Garbage's truth-talking frontwoman Shirley Manson would partake had she been invited.

  • Nick Cave Children's Choir Bad Seeds Parents Lyrics

    Nick Cave Doesn't Get Why Parents Don't Want Their Children Singing About 'Snatch'

    Twice now we've noted the itchy oddity of witnessing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rip through their awesomely raunchy material while a choir of kiddies assists. For their first Coachella performance, which included the beyond-blue murder ballad "Stagger Lee," we blessed the band with "Best Swearing in Front of a Children's Choir." And then there was the live clip of Cave and co. doing new single "Mermaids," in which those boys and girls helped out with the line, "I was the match that would fire up her snatch."Well, it turns out we weren't the only ones who were a wee bit concerned. In a new interview with the Independent, Cave explains that it's been a bit of an ordeal finding parents who are okay with letting their little lambs go toe to toe with the Big Bad Wolf when he comes to town. "Sometimes you have to have three or four goes at finding the choir," he said.

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