Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • French Montana Nicki Minaj 'Freaks' Video Pasties

    Nicki Minaj 'Freaks' in Pasties for French Montana's Video

    We've been looking forward to French Montana's Bad Boy Records debut Excuse My French ever since SPIN dubbed him a Breaking Out star back in April. But the Moroccan-born journeyman MC is used to rolling with the punches — the album is now due out May 21. As he told us back then, "Nothing happens when you want it; it happens when it's supposed to."Indeed, it was probably wise for Frenchy to get his ducks in a row for the release of his white-hot Nicki Minaj team-up "Freaks." The song is fierce enough on its own — a tropically tinged club heater with game-topping performances from both of the artists — but the just-out music video for the track is bound to whip up a little extra excitement (cue the creepy male gaze). When the American Idol judge and SPIN Hottest MC appears in the colorful clip, she's sporting pasties and a loosely tossed on blouse.

  • YACHT Kohls 'Heaven' Design Lyrics Infringement Shangri-LA

    YACHT Fans Offer to Lawyer Up in Possible Kohl's T-Shirt Copyright Case

    UPDATE: Kohl's has removed the offending T-shirt from their website. We've received no further comments from Freeze CMI, the company that designed the questionable apparel, but this is certainly a victory for the artist. Now go buy yourself something nice.According to DFA duo YACHT — and people with working eyeballs everywhere — Kohl's and Burlington Coat Factory are selling a T-shirt that appears to be inspired by the group's lyrics and design style. The Los Angeles dance usurpers put a great deal of energy into their imagery, which ties directly into the themes found in their music.

  • Justin Bieber Hospitalized Onstage Collapse London O2 Arena

    Justin Bieber Hospitalized After Collapse at London O2 Arena Concert

    Justin Bieber has been taken to a London hospital after he collapsed at his O2 Arena concert tonight. As TMZ reports, he'd previously said that he felt woozy, then stumbled backstage and passed out with four songs left to go. He was immediately given oxygen from emergency workers and then insisted upon finishing the show, which he did. Afterward, he was carted away to get more complete medical attention. "Justin's got very light breath," manager Scooter Braun told the crowd after Bieber exited the stage for the first time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he spent about 20 minutes recovering behind the scenes.  "The whole show he’s been complaining, He’s backstage with the EMTs and the doctor.

  • Merchandise 'Who Are You?' Totale Night Stream

    Hear Merchandise's Psych-Blues Surprise 'Who Are You?'

    In our November Breaking Out profile on Merchandise, singer Carson Cox warned us that the Florida post-punks' next album would be a "smoke weed kind of record." But the first taste of the April 2 Totale Night LP didn't exactly connote a 420-friendly vibe. "Anxiety's Door" felt more like a Morrissey song set to some Bunnymen groove, but it'd be fair to characterize the latest leak as a wee bit weedy."Who Are You?" is primarily powered by a ripping blast of blues harmonica, then rounded out by a dharma-warping mix of grinding guitars and buzzing effects. Cox's vocals even go a little gruff, adopting a kinda-sorta Soundgarden-y tone as he asks cryptic questions of an unknown subject. It's an unexpected look for Merchandise, but the trio's tendency to surprise is one of the reasons we like them so well.

  • Dan Deacon 'Crash Jam' Video P90X America tour dates

    Watch Dan Deacon's P90X-Sampling 'Crash Jam' Video

    Dan Deacon and his posse of Baltimore art goons have a history of culture-jamming, so it shouldn't come as a great surprise that instead of shooting a music video for the frenetic America song "Crash Jam," the left-field popist had a pal edit some P90X workout footage to fit. The popular home exercise program's notoriously rigorous regimen is sped up, slowed down, and otherwise screwed wit' to make its practitioner Tony Horton and his acolytes seem more like members of a strange cult than people trying to get healthy. When the intensely exuberant song calms, the people on the screen take a nap. When the music quickens, their movements follow suit. And when the track begins to resonate with an om-like swell, the contorted bodies onscreen appear to initiate some strange sort of prayer.

  • Austra 'Home' New Album Olympia Domino

    Austra Introduce New LP 'Olympia' With Upbeat, Operatic 'Home'

    The last time we checked in with Austra, the dark electroni-pop act was a three-piece overseen by Katie Stelmanis, a former Fucked Up contributor with an operatic voice and a palpable affinity for Kate Bush. The group's 2010 debut Feel it Break was a promising start, but the band's been touring since (with the xx and Grimes among others) and accruing members along the way. Austra is now a fully collaborative sextet with a new LP on the way: Olympia, due June 18 on Domino."This is the album where we discovered rhythm," said Stelmanis via statement. "We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together." Indeed, first taste "Home" combines her expressive vocals with dramatic instrumentation and a surprisingly lithe beat. Best of all — that hand percussion and those flute flurries are real.

  • Purling Hiss 'Mercury Retrograde' Video Tour Dates

    Purling Hiss Spiral Through Space in 'Mercury Retrograde' Video

    Philly fuzz-lovers Purling Hiss may look like shaggy 420-friendly basement types, but they damn well know what time it is. Astrologically speaking, Mercury is quite firmly in retrograde right now, so if your personal relationships are suffering as a result of poor communication, take some solace in the gnarly sounds of this trio's shrugging single, "Mercury Retrograde." The song now has an appropriately galactic-themed video that finds the boys rocking out amidst the stars. Despite this incredible feat (of green screen technology) singer Mike Polizze doesn't seem the least bit impressed, even when a hundred versions of the man spiral through the cosmos in spinning office chairs. "I don't know and we're out of time," he sings. But while there are only 10 more days of the astrological phenomenon left to endure, this video's got plenty of life left in it.

  • Les Sins 'Grind' 'Prelims' Toro y Moi Single House Dance Jiaolong

    Hear Toro Y Moi Offshoot Les Sins' Dance Gems 'Grind' and 'Prelims'

    Even as Chaz Bundick continues to push his Toro y Moi moniker into deeper house-dipped R&B (via Anything in Return), the now Berkeley-based chillwave O.G. presses onward with his dance-oriented Les Sins project. Jiaolong, the label run by Dan Snaith (Caribou, Daphni), will release a digital and 12-inch single from Bundick on March 18 featuring two new rhythmically rich songs. "Grind" is breezy and warm, built on a traditional house beat with cut-up vocal samples and duelling synthesizer solos. Frankly, it's dreamy. Meanwhile, "Prelims" is more evidence as to why Bundick is "Our Finest Dilla Disciple," lacing hip-hop drums with baroque notes and burbling bass swells. This one's a bit moodier, but just as strong, and both prove that this kid consistently excels, even when he is stuck behind a laptop.Les Sins, "Grind":Les Sins, "Prelims":

  • Beach House 'Wishes' Video Eric Wareheim Ray Wise

    Watch Beach House's Fantastical Ray Wise-Starring 'Wishes' Video

    In SPIN's review of Beach House's lovely 2012 long-player Bloom, Mike Powell describes song "Wishes" as "underpinned by rhythm tracks that are eerily heavy, almost inevitable ... it's walking toward you, druid cloak dragging through the sand." That's fair, but the imagery might have been just a touch off the mark if the song's fantastical new music video is any indication.Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric) directs and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop, Reaper) stars in the colorful clip that documents an incredible athletic event. Wise lip-syncs Victoria Legrand's uplifting vocals to an awestruck stadium as his dedicated posse of cheerleaders and acrobats execute a striking performance that combines medieval tradition with ninja weaponry and, because Wareheim's in the saddle, dick jokes."Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses. How can I go wrong?" Wareheim said via statement.

  • Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness Ryan Hemsworth Remix

    Ryan Hemsworth Takes Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness' to the Trap

    Sure, Lana Del Rey has split tracks with Harlem rappers and kicked it with Parisian DJs, but the woman born Lizzy Grant mostly dwells in a distorted vision of early '60s America. To be sure, the hood very much existed back then, but LDR's mythologized vision comprises WASP-y Hamptons glamor with occasional forays into the desert on the back of a Hells Angel hog. So when a future-leaning banger-maker like Ryan Hemsworth comes along and offers her a glimpse at the trap, you best believe Lana's gonna get all a-titter about the idea of slumming it for a bit (via "Gentrification Goes Viral," re: Baauer's "Harlem Shake").Fairly fresh off his Mikky Ekko remix, the Canadian producer takes mournful Born to Die single "Summertime Sadness," teases us with a little stoney dubwise bubble, and then dunks the entire thing into a glistening pool of purple promethazine goo.

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