Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Miguel J. Cole Talib Kweli Power Trip Come Back

    J. Cole Murders Miguel in 'Power Trip' Video, Talib Kweli Steals His Mojo for 'Come Here'

    Back in February we shared "Power Trip," a J. Cole song about obsession that features a clutch assist from Alt-R&B king Miguel. The track hails from the former's long-delayed Born Sinner LP, finally seeing the light of day on June 25, and it now has a music video to go with. For now, the clip is streaming exclusively on Rap Radar, but it's worth your click. In the beginning, we see Cole stalking the object of his affection — either a cheating girlfriend, or a women whose heart belongs to another man. Either way, the other guy is played by Miguel, and things get ugly off-camera before they go incredibly macabre for the finish.Fortunately, we have proof that the Grammy-winning singer behind 2012's triumphant Kaleidoscope Dream is still kicking (and singing).

  • Ghostface Killah Jimmy Fallon 12 Reasons to Die Stream 'I Declare War'

    Watch Ghostface Killah Wu-Bang on 'Fallon,' Stream His '12 Reasons to Die' Album

    Ghostface Killah hit Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hard Monday night (April 8), performing his new song "I Declare War" backed by a small army of heat-packing musicians. Fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Masta Killa and Killah Priest clutched mikes of their own while the Roots backed, a woman sung opera, and the cinematically minded producer behind Ghost's new album, Adrian Younge, lorded over the keys. 12 Reasons to Die is the forthcoming set whose thematic content not only colors the song performed above but provides the narrative thread for a series of RZA-produced comic books that are in the works.

  • Coyote Clean Up / Photo by Matthew Peter Iannuzzi

    Hear Coyote Clean Up's Lo-Fi Disco Romp 'AWESOME LUV'

    Coyote Clean Up is another alias of Detroit house usurper Ice Cold Chrissy, a DJ/producer with a distinct, lo-fi-meets-high-tech style. His approach might best be described as "rave in a cave," both for the project's humble bedroom origins and for the very sound of the music. After releasing the promising Magma Mondays on the worth-watching Time No Place label in November, CCU is prepping another album for April 30 — the aptly titled 2 HOT 2 WAIT, which comes to us via Los Angeles' DIY dance imprint 100% Silk (see also Maria Minerva and Fort Romeau).According to the artist himself, the LP is all about duality: "Blistering heat on a sun bleach beach and ice cold pitch black nights in a frozen city. Lonely bedroom dreaming and muggy packed dance floors. Pedal to the metal on the interstate and back road riding dirty.

  • Sole / Photo by Yasamin Holland

    Watch Sole and Gold Panda's Tape-Warped 'Extremophile' Clip

    Indie-rap fans lamented the news when Sole parted ways with Anticon, the label he founded, a few years back. But ever since he moved to Colorado, burned his tax return (video since removed), and became a figurehead of the local Occupy movement, the poet/rapper has been steadily maintaining a fiercely DIY, #based-level-prolific approach to the business of making music. His next album is due May 1 via his own Black Canyon imprint, and it's aptly titled No Wising Up No Settling Down.

  • Fall Out Boy 'Save Rock and Roll' Album Stream Big Sean Elton John

    Hear Fall Out Boy's Loud and Proud 'Save Rock and Roll' LP, Courtney Love and All

    Put on your warpaint, friends, Fall Out Boy's entire new album is streaming below for your immediate listening pleasure. Elton John, Courtney Love, Big Sean, and Foxes all showed up as well for their respective tracks — the only thing the Illinois punk-pop outfit didn't do was put all of the songs into one handy SoundCloud player for your streaming ease. No need to fret however. We've got 'em all lined up below, from the rip-roaring opener "Phoenix" (featuring this ferociously barked chorus: "I'm going to change you like a remix / Then I'll raise you like a phoenix") to "Rat a Tat" featuring Love's shout-poetry to "Save Rock and Roll," which just happens to be powered by the piano plinkings of the Rocket Man himself. Hit play (and then hit play, and then hit play) below. 

  • The-Dream 'IV Play' Stream Title Track Single

    Hear The-Dream's Anti-Foreplay Ode 'IV Play'

    At last fans of The-Dream can stop holding their collective breath. While we're still nearly two months away from the oft-delayed release date of IV Play the album, we now have "IV Play" the song to consider, and it's a whole heap of a lot better than the other tracks that Terius Nash has tossed our way lately (see the regrettably rappy "Tron" and the Fabolous-featuring "Slow It Down"). The titular jam is now streaming at Rolling Stone, and it may very well be the-dreamiest The-Dream song we've yet to hear.

  • Iron & Wine Ghost on Ghost Album Stream

    Stream Iron & Wine's Lush and Mellow 'Ghost on Ghost' Album

    Iron & Wine's new Ghost on Ghost album is now streaming in full, below, courtesy of NPR. Sam Beam's fifth album under the meatless moniker marks a musical scaling back from 2011's wonderfully broad Kiss Each Other Clean, which featured detours into doo-wop, '70s A.M. sounds, R&B, and even free jazz. The horn section is still there, and the female backing vocals, too, but the mood is more reserved, colorful yet sidewinding as previously heard on early tastes "Lovers' Revolution" and "Grace for Saints and Ramblers," whose lyrics give the album its title. Brace yourself for a mellow, soulful ride through the lush and rolling range that Iron & Wine calls home.

  • josh homme, queens of the stone age

    Hear Queens of the Stone Age's Fierce and Fiery 'My God Is the Sun'

    Queens of the Stone Age have debuted new song "My God is the Sun" on BBC Radio 1. Host Zane Lowe played the fiery ...Like Clockwork single twice in a row today (April 8), and spoke with QOTSA boss Josh Homme, in brief, in order to preview a forthcoming full interview to run at 3 p.m. EST.So how is the desert rock godhead feeling in the run-up to his band's sixth album? "Fantastic ... like a weight made of monkeys has been lifted off of my shoulders." As for the song itself, you can stream it below. After opening with shuffling percussion, the track becomes a beastly thing comprising massive grinding guitars and hugely punishing drumwork. The crew's trademark sludge is offset by aggressive bursts of rock and Homme's always surprising falsettos, not to mention some ghostly keyboard play.

  • 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.

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