Chris Martins

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  • Kurt Vile 'Never Run Away' 'Wakin on a Pretty Day' Acoustic Video

    Watch Kurt Vile Strum New Songs 'Never Run Away' and 'Wakin on a Pretty Day'

    Kurt Vile is a master of mood, lyrics and strum, so while his electric albums are invariably beautiful things, he might be at his best boiled down to those bare elements. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter will release his fourth album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, via Matador on April 9. We've seen the radical mural, watched the adorable TV ad, previewed the freaking parade, and talked about the tour — hell, we even visited Vile In the Studio when he was working on the thing. But it's quite possible that none of that will communicate as much as these two videos culled from an acoustic session for Radio K, run by students of the University of Minnesota. Above, Vile performs a sweetly executed version of "Never Run Away." Below, you'll find the 9-minute prog-pop jam "Wakin on a Pretty Day." If you wanna hear him sing, press play:

  • Depeche Mode 'Soothe My Soul' Video NSFW

    See Depeche Mode Tempt Eve in NSFW 'Soothe My Soul' Video

    Jackie from Boston will be pleased — Depeche Mode's days of providing great "boning" music are hardly over. "Soothe My Soul" is imbued with the sort of lustful creepiness that the gothy New Wavers practically invented in the '80s, and it's hardly alone on the band's new album, Delta Machine, out now on Mute. The clip for first single "Heaven" involved those familiar old Eyes Wide Shut-style orgy masks plus a few Biblical allusions, and the brand new video for "Soothe" is risqué in its own way — timely too considering the "Adam and Steve" chatter currently going 'round as the Supreme Court debates the Defense of Marriage Act. Between shots of a slick-looking Dave Gahan singing into an old-timey microphone, we see a nude woman lounging in some sort of garden while a snake attempts to corrupt her.

  • Foals 'Late Night' Library Video Blogotheque

    Watch Foals Play 'Late Night' Late at Night in Paris' Historic Hotel de Ville

    Foals' "Late Night" is among the staggering highlights on the Oxford band's Holy Fire that put all of the album's otherwise excellent songs to shame. The track's pensive beauty and subtle sadness make for a palpably emotive experience. The group must've known that when they shared their incredibly intense video for the song earlier this month, where this dark little song about fear and loneliness soundtracked simultaneous acts of birth, sex, and death.If all that imagery's a bit too much to take in however, the fine session-shooting folks at La Blogothèque have recorded a lovely version of "Late Night" shot late at night inside of the library at Paris' iconic administration building Hôtel de Ville. The low lighting and ancient woodgrain enrich the song's inherent moodiness, and the sonics in the normally noise-free zone are surprisingly wonderful.

  • Charles Bradley 'Strictly Reserved for You' Video 'Victim of Love'

    See Charles Bradley Sing Inside of a Bush for 'Strictly Reserved for You'

    Never you mind that Charles Bradley is 64 years old — the late-blooming soul man and onetime James Brown impersonator "re-creates the sound of his youth, with a gorgeously weathered voice," as Josh Modell noted in his review of the Brooklyn singer's 2011 debut No Time for Dreaming. And indeed, the so-called Screaming Eagle of Soul isn't sitting back on his newfound laurels. His second album, Victim of Love, is due out April 2 on Daptone subsidiary Dunham, and the video for first single "Strictly Reserved for You" finds Bradley grooving gloriously in both his hometown and Melbourne, Australia. He's "got the love," and if you're not convinced, he'll tell you so while emerging from foliage. (Alternately, wearing a wild orange jumpsuit in an empty room.) Also, the wicked guitar solo from Dunham co-founder Thomas Brenneck helps drive home the point.

  • Trinidad James 'Females Welcomed' Video Don't Be S.A.F.E.

    See Trinidad James Get Devilish in Trinidad for 'Females Welcomed' Video

    Everyone's traveling for their videos these days. A$AP Rocky and Skrillex hit the Dominican Republic for "Wild for the Night." Thunderbird Gerard took a trip to Morocco for "Live/Victory Part II." And now we've got Trinidad James, returning to his native namesake for the colorful accompanying clip to "Females Welcomed" from his Don’t Be S.A.F.E. mixtape (one of SPIN's Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012)."Fuck love, it's overrated," are the words that kick off James' first verse on the song, and no wonder — he's been abandoned by his "side chick," his "main chick" and his "main girl." What's a fella to do except head down the Caribbean to regroup?

  • Gucci Mane Denied Bond Assault Charge Atlanta Court Date

    Gucci Mane Denied Bond in Case of Assault Against Atlanta Soldier

    Gucci Mane was denied bond today after being arrested for allegedly hitting a soldier in the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta club. The man born Radric Davis was charged with aggravated assault, and his rich history of run-ins with the law (re: murder, cocaine, battery, reckless driving, and a litany of other assault charges) had bearing on the decision to deny him bail. "Mr. Davis has a history, we're not going to skirt that issue, and that history made it difficult for him to get bond today," said defense attorney Drew Findling according to WSBTV. Reuters reports that Gucci's lawyer plans to appeal the denial of bond to a higher court, and that he's secured testimony from six witnesses who claim the rapper didn't have anything to do with the incident.Mane's next court date is April 10. He apparently continues to be his own worst enemy.

  • Justin Bieber Neighbor Spit Threaten to Kill

    Justin Bieber Goes Full Llama, Spits on Grown Man

    On Tuesday (March 26) reports emerged that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department was investigating Justin Bieber after an alleged conflict took place between the 19-year-old pop star and one of his neighbors. More details have emerged today shedding light on the battery charge leveled at the Biebz.

  • Phosphorescent 'Song for Zula' Video Muchacho

    See Phosphorescent's Epic Fight for Freedom in 'Song for Zula'

    Phosphorescent's Muchacho is a graceful thing — a strikingly personal and naked sixth album from Matthew Houck, which, as he recently explained to SPIN, was influenced by '70s Brian Eno and a general want to "ascend towards light." But one can't climb without first getting low, and the record's first single is a beautiful meditation on mustering the strength to move on after a painful brush with what seemed to be true love.

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Justin Timberlake Sells Shy of a Million, Macklemore Boots Baauer

    First! Let's hear it for the boy. After making the world wait seven whole years, former 'N Sync star, decent actor, and Myspace maybe-savior Justin Timberlake has brought his music career back and this time we're the slave. His first album since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds sold just shy of a million copies on its debut. Yes, The 20/20 Experience is No. 1 with a bullet — 968,000 of them, according to Nielsen SoundScan — and the victory brings with it a handful of chart-geek footnotes. This was JT's best solo sales week ever by nearly 300K. It was the third largest sales week for a male singer in the SoundScan era (since 1991), with only Garth Brooks and Usher ranking higher. It was the also third largest sales week for a digital album ever, with only Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift doing better.

  • Iamsu! 'Don't Stop' Video $Uzy 6 $Peed Mixtape

    Iamsu! Is the Laid-Back Life of the Party in 'Don't Stop' Video

    Iamsu!'s KILT mixtape made the leap from one of the year's most slept-on rap releases to a top ranking in SPIN's Best Hip-Hip Albums of 2012. But the E-40 collaborator and prolific Bay Area resident sneaked out another before 2013 dawned: $uzy 6 $peed, which was every bit the equal of that other stunner. To wit, take in the video above, premiered by Stereogum, which makes the case for this mellow party-starter inclusion in our Real Hottest MCs in the Game list. Over a quintessentially Oakland mix of trebly bleeps and trunk-rattling bass, Iamsu!

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