Chris Martins

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  • Keith Morris Diabetic Coma OFF! Tour Cancelled Black FLAG Reunion

    OFF! Cancels Tour as Keith Morris Recovers From Diabetic Coma

    In the wee hours of the morning, badass hardcore punk supergroup OFF! announced that they've canceled their West Coast tour, which was set to launch in San Diego, California on Thursday night. Citing illness, via Facebook, the band apologized and also pledged to do their best to reschedule "in the near future." In a new interview with Rolling Stone, former Circle Jerk/current OFF! singer/Black FLAG revivalist Keith Morris explained what happened:"I'm a diabetic and I failed to eat lunch. Came back, hung out with my girlfriend, and the whole idea was that we were going to do what grown-ups do – go take a nap and go get something to eat. It should have been reversed – I should have eaten first. So we did what we did, and I passed out. As I passed out, I actually blacked out and went into a diabetic-induced coma.

  • Steven Tyler Act Hawaii Law Paparazzi Privacy Invasion

    Steven Tyler Made Up a Law to Protect Celebrities Who Vacation in Hawaii

    Steven Tyler may have lost the war against gravity, left American Idol ludicrously, and done terrible things to the national anthem, but the man is winning when it comes to the law. In early January, we explained the complex legal drama between Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt and his (and Mötley Crüe's) former management company. Mere days ago the court found in favor of LaPolt and now, though unrelated, Hawaii may soon adopt something called the Steven Tyler Act."The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” said Tyler via statement. Though the Aerosmith frontman lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts, he apparently owns a home in the Aloha State as well. “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that.

  • Thee Oh Sees Minotaur Floating Coffins Stream Album San Francisco

    Stream Thee Oh Sees' Warm and Weird 'Minotaur'

    Last year's full-length entry from Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II, was "the best album the Elephant 6 Recording Collective never managed to make" and one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012 to boot — the San Francisco band also helped save an adorable little dachshund's life in December — so it'd be conservative to say that we have high hopes for the band's forthcoming April 16 LP with the terrifying/amazing cover art, Floating Coffins. The garage slayers previewed new song "Minotaur" at their brilliantly brutal hometown show last month (check out our live photos from the SF gig) and now we've got the official studio version below. Opening with mournful but warm strings, the track soon graduates to an off-kilter upbeat swoon as John Dwyer sings of fading dreams backed by the gushing ahhs of Brigid Dawson. Echoes of Sonic Youth and Nirvana bounce around the gritty yet satisfying song.

  • Passion Pit performs at Webster Hall in 2009 / Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage

    How Are Passion Pit Playing Madison Square Garden?

    "Passion Pit headline Madison Square Garden." Those words are literally true, but they don't add up at first blush. No matter your opinion of the scrappy Cambridge band's pinkly-poignant synth pop, it seems incongruous that this indie-identified group could headline "the iconic holy temple of rock'n'roll," as Billy Joel once dubbed the 18,000-seat New York arena. Yet today, February 8, Passion Pit will do just that.Similarly, the National and the Postal Service were recently announced as topping bills at Brooklyn's massive Barclays Center. All of this sounds strange for acts who have previously played theaters or mid-level festival slots, at most. This is Led Zeppelin territory. MJ. The Boss. Ali and Frazier. Barnum & Bailey. Sure, LCD Soundsystem had their last hurrah at MSG, but that seemed like a special generational moment or the culmination of an entire era. Passion Pit?

  • the melvins covers album everybody loves sausage david bowie

    The Melvins Plot Guest-Packed Covers Album 'Everybody Loves Sausage'

    It's not been long since Washingtonian sludge gods the Melvins dropped an album's worth of "evil cocktail jazz" (via Freak Puke), and in the time since they did that whole touring 51 states in 51 days thing (which they documented in detail for SPIN every step of the way), but Kurt Cobain's favorite band have found the time to prepare an entire album's worth of cover songs packed with exceptional guest performers.Everybody Loves Sausage will be out on April 30 via Mike Patton's Ipecac imprint, and will feature King Buzzo-approved takes on everybody from David Bowie and Queen to the Fugs and the Jam to Throbbing Gristle and Divine (a.k.a. John Waters' drag queen muse, Harris Glenn Milstead). Said Mr.

  • Fitz & the Tantrums Out of My League New Song More Than Just a Dream

    Hear Fitz & the Tantrums Swap '60s Retro for '80s Retro on 'Out of My League'

    "There's nothing new under the sun," someone once said in a book somewhere, and some bands have taken that to heart. Fitz & the Tantrums, for instance, made their name dusting off '60s soul music for a modern biggish-band clap-your-hands festival-friendly format, and they did quite well doing so. But the Los Angeles crew is restless. Not only are they hopping record labels, from local indie Dangerbird to established major player Elektra, but they're leaping ahead a couple of decades for their forthcoming sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream, due out May 7. Yes, they're going back to the future in an effort to shuck the "retro" tag with new song "Out of My League," which arrives firmly embedded in the neon pink lucite of the '80s.

  • Divine Fits Bruce Springsteen Hungry Heart Cover Video Triple J

    Watch Divine Fits Cooly Cover Bruce Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart'

    It's not enough for Divine Fits to be a supergroup that plays like an actual honest-to-goodness band. Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and co. are also genuinely ambitious and rather successful when it comes to performing cover songs. They discovered the nervy post-punk in Frank Ocean's "Lost," and borrowed Deerhunter's Bradford Cox to remake the Ramones' "53rd & 3rd" around Halloween. Well, now they've stopped into Australian radio show Triple J to contribute to the excellent Like a Version series, and chose a lovely song about the human need for love and companionship. That's Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart," naturally, and the session finds Daniel and Boeckner on acoustic guitars, Sam Brown doing some — ahem — textbook drum work, and Alex Fischel playing a tiny little keyboard.

  • Jack White 20 New Songs Album Blunderbuss

    Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' Follow-Up Already Has 20 Songs

    On Sunday, former White Stripe and mighty Blunderbuss-weilding blues-breaker Jack White will perform at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. He also has a chance at winning three statues (Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song), and we're guessing that one has to prepare for these things, like, fairly extensively, but that hasn't stopped him from developing a whole lot of new songs for his next record. Even though this one has only been out 10 months, outsold the Beatles in vinyl, made our 50 Best Albums of 2012 list, and inspired a lovely career-spanning Austin City Limits set.“I’m writing a lot of songs for another record," White told BBC 6 Music News today.

  • Mikky Ekko Pull Me Down Video Official Clams Casino

    Watch Mikky Ekko Pine for Lost Love in 'Pull Me Down' Video

    Nashvillain soulster Mikky Ekko is all about improvement through redundancy. When we first heard the blue-eyed wooze-pop of "Pull Me Down," we dug on the bass-addled sonics of producer Clams Casino, which seemed so well-complemented by the goopy liquid visuals that accompanied it. And then we were gifted a sizzurp-spiked remix of the song by left-field beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth, whose style exists in the same continuum as that of the song's original producer. Now we have a second music video for the original song, directed by Sam Pilling (Usher, SBTRKT, David Lynch). Not that we're complaining. This haunting clip gives the single the elevated context that it deserves, finding Ekko himself wandering an apartment that shows the wages of love-turned-war, chasing the specter of a beautiful woman who never stays more than a moment or two.

  • James Blake Retrograde Overgrown Stream

    Hear James Blake Come on Strong in New 'Retrograde' Single

    At last, James Blake has revealed the details of his forthcoming sophomore album. Overgrown will be out April 8 on Republic and we can now experience the first official taste of the long-awaited platter thanks to BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. He shared a song called "Retrograde" today and while it's the sort of post-dubsteppy alt-R&B we expected, it does indeed sound more aggressive than his understated self-titled debut, as he told the NME it would be.As piano hits and handclaps build, Blake's tortured moan develops into a soulful coo as he urges a woman, "So show me why you're strong. Ignore everybody else. We're alone now." He sings that last bit with lecherous intent as the synths swell to a pushy surge and it's clear the gentle songsmith is embracing more extreme dynamics on this go-around. Take a trip with James, but don't say we didn't warn you.

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