Chris Martins

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  • Ryan Hemsworth R Kelly Backstreet Boys Danny Brown Mix

    Ryan Hemsworth Blends R. Kelly, Backstreet Boys, Danny Brown on Summer-Ready Mix

    Ryan Hemsworth has returned with another beastly banger of a mix. Composed in honor of New York City's Downtown Music Festival, taking place May 10 and 11 at various Lower East Side venues, the 40-minute set is as musically diverse, relentlessly heavy and atmospherically gooped as any of the Canadian producer's other equally essential entries into the art of DJing. (See the one that left Girl Talk gasping, and last month's Diplo & Friends broadcast.)R.

  • Britney Spears Las Vegas Residency Fitness Regimen

    Britney Spears' Yoga Workout Confirms Las Vegas Residency

    Britney Spears has confirmed her long-rumored forthcoming Las Vegas residency in a new interview with fitness magazine Shape. The announcement arrives just a week after will.i.am shared that he'll be executive-producing the pop star's next album. But rather than, ahem, scream and shout this new news, Brit let it slip as a side note to an extremely vital update on her personal workout regimen."I'm doing 90 minutes of yoga twice a week in addition to a lot of cardio — hour-long sessions three times a week with my trainer, Tony Martinez," she explained, via ONTD. "The [Vegas] performances won't be simple — they'll be a massive party from start to finish. And to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed." She's also trying to avoid eating entire bowls of cookie dough.Apologies for burying the lede on that one, dear readers.

  • Thriftstore Masterpiece Isaac Brock 'The Railroad' Lee Hazelwood

    Indie Rock Super Friends Form Thriftstore Masterpiece, Cover Lee Hazelwood's 'Railroad'

    Lee Hazlewood's 1963 cowboy-psych debut Trouble Is a Lonesome Town is set to get a star-studded remake courtesy of Thriftstore Masterpiece, a "revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the underdog records of years past." Helmed by Oregon-based producer Charles Normal, the forthcoming debut LP is set to include contributions from the Pixies' Frank Black, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Courtney Taylor-Taylor of the Dandy Warhols, Eddie Argos of Art Brut, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn, and Normal's late brother Larry Norman, considered a pioneer of Christian rock. According to SideOneDummy Records, who will release Trouble on July 9, the Hazlewood record is the first in a series to come from this crew. The project began several years ago but was stalled when Larry died of heart failure in 2008. At Brock's urging, Normal picked it up again and wrangled a few more guests.

  • Great Gatsby Soundtrack Vinyl Gold Platinum Third Man Records

    Third Man's Golden 'Great Gatsby' Vinyl Best Looked at, Not Listened to

    If you're like most of us, you're a little swept up in the excitement surrounding Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby remake, but more than a little turned off by the lackluster Jay-Z-curated score. Good news: Thanks to Jack White's Third Man Records, the soundtrack will now have loads of luster — only, the physical kind that could maybe actually temporarily blind you if held at the right angle.The double LP deluxe version of the star-studded set will come on "metalized" vinyl.

  • Kenny Chesney Life on a Rock Macklemore Can't Hold Us Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Kenny Chesney, So Let's All Quit and Sing Songs About Tractors

    First! Well, we're not all that stoked for the guy, but Kenny Chesney's No. 1 victory for his 16th studio album Life on a Rock does give us an idea. The new set sold 153,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan — a very solid debut these days, which also happens to be his worst since 1999. His last album came out less than 11 months ago and it bowed at 193K. In fact, the man has released 10 (!) albums since 2004 and every single one of them has debuted in the Top 4, seven of those starting at the top of the Billboard 200. It is upon learning this that we humbly submit our resignation and head out for a life of storied bad luck to be followed almost immediately by untold riches and endless adoration.2 to 10: Phoenix is gone. Fall Out Boy is gone. Kid Cudi is gone. Paramore is gone. It seems like eons ago that the Strokes were anywhere near the Top 10.

  • As I Lay Dying Tim Lambesis Murder Plot Wife Hitman

    As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Arrested for Hiring a Cop to Kill His Wife

    As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis was arrested Tuesday (May 7) after allegedly attempting to hire an undercover police officer to kill his estranged wife. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has released a statement titled "Murder for Hire Plot Foiled," which explains that the metalcore band's lead screamer was picked up "without incident" around 2 p.m. at a retail location in Oceanside, California. Authorities had been alerted of Lambesis' plans on May 2."Information came to us late last week," said department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell to Artisan News (clip below). "Our detectives, our fugitive task force and the sheriff's special investigations division immediately initiated an investigation into this allegation.

  • Kinski Let Me Take You Through My Thought Process Video

    See Kinski's Claymation Freakout 'Let Me Take You Through My Thought Process'

    For their sixth LP, Cosy Moments, shred-happy Seattle psych-punks Kinski have tightened up their approach and put main man Chris Martin up front. "I was getting tired of hearing people step on wah pedals and solo over psych rock," says the guitar-slinging singer via statement. "There were so many bands doing that, including us...We wanted to make something more direct."You don't get much closer to the source than the very literally titled "Let Me Take You Through My Thought Process," a riff-forward rocker featuring a blast of stream-of-consciousness lyrics: "Growing older, critics say / Solo album, Milky Way." The track's video accompaniment is a good fit.

  • Speedy Ortiz 'Tiger Tank' Major Arcana

    Hear Speedy Ortiz's Mighty '90s Angst on 'Tiger Tank'

    Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz handily made SPIN's Best New Artists list for the month of May. As our own David Bevan writes, they're "one of the Bay State's most promising indie-rock outfits, a '90s-informed, Northampton-based foursome whose sidewinding riffage and cheeky lyrical outbursts will become a national concern very soon." That was no idle chatter. We debuted the raucous "Ka-Prow!" last month, and now NPR's gotten their hands on the deliciously noise-popping "Tiger Tank" from the band's forthcoming full-length debut, Major Arcana. The album is due July 9 via Carpark Records and is said to be a fully collaborative effort between main brain Sadie Dupuis and her gang of fresh-faced dudes. Head over to All Songs Considered to hear the studio version of "Tiger Tank," and check out the older Wreckroom session above to witness the track's angsty might with your actual eyes.

  • Rolling Stones 50 Counting Tour Sales 100 Million

    The Rolling Stones Selling Overpriced Tickets Just Fine, Thanks

    According to a promoter affiliated with the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" tour, reports that the legendary rock-and-rollers are deep-discounting tickets in order to fill arena seats are greatly exaggerated. "The fact is, the tour is doing great and we have no problems whatsoever," John Meglen, co-president of AEG Live's Concerts West division, tells Billboard. "There are no $600 tickets turning into $85 tickets, I can assure you of that."Yesterday, we reported that tickets to the first stops on the Stones' current tour had been discounted in the days leading up to the shows. Meglen confirms that did indeed happen, but explains that it was part of a "flex pricing" strategy in which they presumably hike up the price (and later drop it) in order to discourage scalpers from buying up all of the seats in advance.

  • Bill Clinton Led Zeppelin Reunion Hurricane Sandy 12-12-12 Kennedy Center Honors

    Act of God Failed to Reunite Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin continue to be the biggest rock-teases in the business. The legendary band last reunited in 2007 for an Ahmet Ertegun tribute at London's O2 Arena and set a Guinness World Record by doing so: "Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert." Ever since, they've been toying with their adoring public, knowing they hold all of the power in the relationship.In 2009, they considered touring without Robert Plant; in 2010, Plant came around; 2011 was strikingly quiet; and then came 2012, when the entire band actually did reunite ... for a press conference about a DVD release of that 2007 concert that kicked this whole mess off in the first place. Again and again, Zep Heads have asked themselves, "What would it take?"Well, nothing any of us are able to muster.

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