Chris Martins

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Biography

  • Twin Shadow 'End of the World' New Song Live Video

    See Twin Shadow Debut New U2-ish Song 'End of the World'

    When SPIN spoke to Twin Shadow main brain George Lewis last year, he recalled the importance of YouTube in allowing him to fan out over performances from his musical idols. Well, now a fan just like him has captured and shared footage of Lewis performing a brand new song at Festival Nrmal in Monterrey, Mexico over the weekend. The song is called "End of the World," and after 40 seconds of very excited titter, you can watch Twin Shadow performing it in full-band form above. Though the footage isn't perfect, the track sounds like a logical extension of 2012's Confess, though with the ever-present new wave element evolving from Smiths yearning to U2 stadium-baiting. And right on time, it seems: At one point, a young woman sneaks her way onto the stage and gives Lewis a big kiss on the cheek.The singer is still aiming to keep things intimate.

  • taylor swift fanmail unread letters dumpster

    Taylor Swift Never, Ever, Ever Actually Read Your Letter

    Thanks to a concerned Tennessee citizen and the plucky WKRN-TV news team, a few million young people's hearts have been broken. Local Kylee Francescan was recycling newspapers in a dumpster at the Granberry Elementary School in Brentwood, an affluent suburb located south of Nashville, when she discovered hundreds of letters addressed to Taylor Swift, many of which were unopened despite generous spacklings of both stickers and sparkles.Francescan was concerned. "I didn't know if they were stolen [or] discarded, so I threw them in a box. And I'm like, 'Somebody needs to let Taylor know'," she told Channel 2 Investigates. The reporters, in turn, took the box to Swift's label Big Machine Records on Nashville's Music Row, but they played ignorant. A call to the strip mall that hosts the crossover start's P.O.

  • Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei Elton John metal album

    Inspired by Elton John, Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei Has Made a Metal Album

    Multifaceted Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei has recorded an album of hard-rock songs, and he's going to ask for Elton John's help in releasing the thing.

  • Peter Banks Yes guitarist dead heart failure

    Peter Banks, Founding Yes Guitarist, Found Dead at 65

    Founding Yes guitarist Peter Banks has died at the age of 65. He was discovered in his London home after failing to show up to a recording session, according to the website for one of the progressive rock influencer's other bands Flash. The announcement noted that he passed away on Thursday, March 7, due to heart failure, and that he'd been working on a live set, Flash — In Public.Though current Yes axeman Steve Howe appears on the cover of the band's second album, 1970's Time and a World, Banks was around for the prog titans' first two LPs, including their eponymous 1969 debut. He'd originally played with bassist Chris Squire in English psych outfit the Syn, and then later in Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which, upon Banks' suggestion, would change its name to Yes.As the band looked to solidify it's far-ranging sound, Banks was replaced with Howe.

  • SXSW Cuban Metal Bands Escape Agonizer Ancestor

    Cuban Metal Comes to SXSW: Escape, Agonizer, and Ancestor Liberated at Last

    Last year, SPIN scribe David Peisner traveled south to explore "The Hidden World of Extreme Cuban Metal." While there, he met three exceptionally heavy bands now poised to make their live debut on U.S. soil. This year's South By Southwest music conference and festival will make history by welcoming Ancestor, Escape, and Agonizer to the stage.It seems that the Buena Vista Anti-Social Club is in fact making some friends out there in the world.

  • Flatbush Zombies 'No Religion' Underachievers Song

    Hear Flatbush Zombies and Underachievers Aim to Outdo Tupac on 'No Religion'

    Two acid-addled Brooklyn rap crews come together on "No Religion." SPIN's recent Breaking Out stars Flatbush Zombies lead the charge with their strange brand of psychotropic spirituality as heard on tracks "MRAZ" and the A$AP Rocky team-up "Bath Salt." Joining rappers Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice are Issa Dash and AK from the Underachievers — recent signees to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint and fellow members of the greater Beast Coast collective. The production here is characteristically gritty, combining apocalyptic atmospherics with hard-hitting drums. Topically, these guys range from bragging about hooking up with cougars to, well, bragging about smoking strong marijuana.

  • Big K.R.I.T. R.E.M. James Blake Sample Video

    Big K.R.I.T. Reinterprets James Blake's Dreams for 'R.E.M.' Video

    As unlikely a trio of names as they are, Big K.R.I.T., James Blake, and R.E.M. have pathos in common. And also, something about sleep. The stalwart Mississippi MC samples "The Wilhelm Scream" from 2011's fairly jaw-dropping James Blake — specifically the line, "I don't know about my dreams." (Bonus props: K.R.I.T. also samples the actual Wilhelm scream sound effect that inspired the title.) Meanwhile, his lyrics revolve around his aspirations as a rapper — I.E. his deepest dreams, which everyone knows occur during the Rapid Eye Movement phase of sleep. What makes K.R.I.T. such a believable entity is the fact that his hopes are firmly grounded in reality. When 2 Chainz dies, he wants to be interned in a designer boutique. As for the man born Justin Scott?

  • AlunaGeorge 'Attracting Flies' Video

    AlunaGeorge Update Favorite Fairy Tales in 'Attracting Flies' Video

    Last month we heard AlunaGeorge's "Attracting Flies," a slyly bumping R&Beats jam that found a creative way to call out a former lover for, in short, spouting bullshit. "Little gray fairy tales and little white lies," sings the effervescent Aluna, "Everything you exhale is attracting flies." Meanwhile, George backs her up with a track that could just as easily host Jessie Ware. The London duo are following up a winning Disclosure collaboration and an inspired Frank Ocean cover with a July 1 full-length dubbed Body Music, via Island Records. With that in mind, "Attracting Flies" has gotten the video treatment courtesy of director Emil Nava, who focuses less on the B.S.

  • Baauer 'Harlem Shake' Samples Compensation Copyright Claims Mad Decent Diplo

    After Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Goes Viral, Two Sampled Artists Go Unpaid

    The rise of Baauer's "Harlem Shake" began innocently (albeit annoyingly) enough, but the consequences of a gazillion plebes going totally ham to that trap-rave track are becoming increasingly severe. A 17-year-old was arrested, Azealia Banks dropped the F-bomb again, and a group of Australian miners were fired after filming their own version of the dance craze underground. And now that the song is, unexpectedly, a chart-topping hit, well, people want to get paid.As it turns out, the two vocal samples that appear in the song weren't legally cleared. As previously reported, the "Con los terroristas!" line originally hails from a song by onetime Jay-Z affiliate and Reggaeton influencer Héctor el Father (possibly "Los Terroristas," though he used the phrase often).

  • Mountain Goats Justin Bieber John Darnielle Paparazzi

    Mountain Goats' Song to Justin Bieber's Paparazzi: 'Don't Be an Asshole'

    Justin Bieber's name has been showing up in unexpected pairings of late. He had a Twitter feud with the Black Keys Patrick Carney, entered his Axl Rose stage by showing up at a concert two hours late, and last week he called upon the healing sounds of "Janice" Joplin whilst recovering from a lack of oxygen at, of all places, the O2 Arena. Now, in response to the Biebz freaking out on a pushy shutterbug, Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has recorded "Short Song for Justin Bieber and His Paparazzi."The kid has had a pretty gnarly week or so — Gawker has a pretty thorough rundown — and really has become an all-too handy punching bag for haters over the years, so the Beliebers out there will be relieved to know they have an ally in Darnielle.

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