Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Scarlett Johansson Band One and Only Singles Go-Gos

    Scarlett Johansson Has a Go-Go's-Style Girl Band Called the One and Only Singles

    Scarlett Johansson is that rare actor who has what one could genuinely refer to as an actual music career. That's not to say the results are always genuinely good — see her 2008 album of Tom Waits covers Anywhere I Lay My Head — but there have been some highlights over the years. In fact SPIN's own Marc Hogan laid them out last April in his "Match Points" piece ranking the starlet's unlikely musical pairings from best to worst.Well, it looks like he'll need to get to work on a new list already. As Noisey reports, ScarJo professed her love for the Go-Go's on Live With Kelly and Michael Monday morning and explained that she's started an all-girl band called the One and Only Singles. One has to wonder if she's reached out to any members now or former of the Vivian Girls, since that's kind of the usual prerequisite for these things.

  • Major Lazer 'Watch Out For This (Bumaye)' Free the Universe

    Hear Major Lazer's Murderous Moobahton Blaster 'Watch Out for This (Bumaye)'

    Sure Major Lazer was planning on delivering a new album today — the incredibly guest-stuffed Free the Universe — but the blaster-armed bereted brotha probably ran into a horde of intergalactic zombie-vampires that needed a serious licking. Also, the cartoon hero's producer pal Diplo has been busy dropping booty-clappin' bangers, launching an ambitious new YouTube channel, and giving Usher a reason to grin. Plus, the Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1 mixtape is helping to tide us over, so an actual track from the album is just a cherry on top at this point."Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" is a party anthem for a post-apocalyptic shanty town where every third world sound has melded together into a single pulse-pounding beat. Jamaican dancehall star Busy Signal takes the lead vocal, while Moombahton producers the Flexican and FS Green assist.

  • Morrissey Rookie Teenage Girls Advice

    Morrissey Advises Teenage Girls on Nail Polish and the Crushing Truths of Being Alive

    Never one to miss an opportunity to reinforce teenagers' feelings that the world is a cold, hard, and impossibly horrible place, Morrissey has given an interview to Rookie, the online magazine founded by 16-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. In the rather mature chat (conducted by email), Moz gives advice on cruelty-free beauty products, talks about his early days as an artistically prolific youth, and squeezes in a sly jab at Madonna (spoiler alert: he calls her "McDonna"). He also tells writer Amy Rose all kinds of horribly depressing things, a few of which we've wrangled below.Morrissey's Top Five Life Tidbits for Teens:1) "If you think that we all step through a door marked Adult, or that we sign a Grown-Up Document, you’re quite wrong.

  • Bleached Next Stop Video Clavin Sisters Ride Your Heart LP

    Watch Bleached Actually Tattoo Their Friends in 'Next Stop' Video

    Bleached were but a budding SPIN Best New Artist a year ago when they released their first music video for "Searching Through the Past." The sisters Clavin have since built up their pop-kissed punk sound In the Studio and emerged with the forthcoming full-length Ride Your Heart, due April 2 on Dead Oceans, and delivered us one sunny strummy gem called "Next Stop." Now that song has a video of its own, and the Los Angeles girls have upgraded their mode of onscreen transit from horseback to motorcycle seat.The new clip comes courtesy of director Lana Kim (who worked on visuals for Bleached predecessors Mika Miko) and it follows Jennifer and Jesse on separate adventures. House parties, hotel rooms, and helmetless hog rides provide the scenery, while stick-and-poke tattoos and smooching are among the predominant activities.

  • Fucked Up '21st Century Cling-Ons' Melvins Sugar Daddy Live Split

    Fucked Up's Soulfully Sludgy '21st Century Cling-Ons' Surfaces on Melvins Split Series

    Melvins mastermind King Buzzo tipped SPIN off last Marchabout his band's just-released split 12-inch with Toronto hardcore beasts Fucked Up. As part of the Seattle noiseniks' ongoing Sugar Daddy Live vinyl single series, this new very limited platter has already been scooped up from the Amphetamine Reptile label's web store, but that doesn't mean you can't hear what's on it.The Melvins' contribution is a live rendition of (A) Senile Animal thrasher "Rat Faced Granny," while Fucked Up offer a strange bit of soulful sludge called "21st Century Cling-Ons." The first part of the track swings and lilts like a '50s teen idol joint, while Damien Abraham goes in like Tom Waits transforming into a werewolf.

  • Caitlin Rose 'Only a Clown' Video Jayhawks

    See Caitlin Rose Get a DUI in 'Only a Clown' Video

    "I used to be fast and loose with the term 'country' because I didn't know what else to call my music. I still don't," Nashville upstart Caitlin Rose told SPIN in our January Breaking Out profile. "I can't really fit anywhere else, so I just take the corner booth." But in the first music video to come from her March 5 ATO long-player The Stand-In, Rose and a group of pals pretty much run the entire bar.The home-style video footage portrays a night out on the town that begins with a karaoke party, includes a disco ball theft, and ends with the sweet-voiced singer getting arrested for driving under the influence.

  • Ill Bill 'The Grimy Awards' Album Stream El-P Bad Brains Large Professor

    Stream Ill Bill's Heavy-Hitting Hip-Hop Opus 'The Grimy Awards'

    New York rapper Ill Bill has been bobbing and weaving through the hip-hop underground for a couple of decades, moving in and out of Queensbridge old-schoolers, Brooklyn left-fielders and everything in between, plus carving out a wider swath of territory with groups like Non Phixion and La Coka Nostra. But for his own works, the man born William Braunstein makes moves like his pal El-P, taking his time, releasing a solo album roughly every four years. The Grimy Awards is his third outing and it was worth the wait. Bill describes his latest as, "a collection of songs I wrote in tribute of my life's most important influence.

  • A-Trak

    Watch El-P Kill it in A-Trak's Hedonistic 'Piss Test' Party

    If it seems like El-P is everywhere these days it's probably because he is. The guy dominated 2012 with a devastating double-header, dropping his own excellent Cancer for Cure album and producing Killer Mike's phenomenal R.A.P. Music. He also recently announced his Stepson project with Islands main man Nick Diamonds, cameoed on Ill Bill's new The Gritty Awards LP (a SPIN premiere) and happens to be the best thing about the already pretty great star-studded remixed A-Trak song "Piss Test." The track hails from the Fool's Gold Records compilation Loosies, but it's now got an appropriately hedonistic music video to go with. Each of the song's guests wild out in various venues, from Juicy J and Jim Jones to Flatbush Zombies to A-Trak and Flosstradamus. But while they go nutso, El-Producto simply smokes a cigarette and raps his ass off.

  • Beyonce Tickets Manchester Stampede Fans

    Beyonce Ticket Scalpers Incite Box Office Stampede Among Camping Fans

    British Beyoncé fans camping out overnight for a shot at tickets to her forthcoming Manchester concerts were caught in a stampede over the weekend after a group of guys violently stormed the line. This according to a highly sensationalized report from the Manchester Evening News (via Idolator), who claim that terror was in the air as these marijuana-fueled "thugs" did their dirty business. Still, it seems like it was pretty bad."I stayed in the tunnel outside the Arena to avoid being crushed when all hell broke loose at about 5 a.m.," a 25-year-old fan allegedly said. She'd waited in the 300-strong line for close to 17 hours. "Men were ripping open fire doors that were locked. Once opened, they fought to get through one side of a double door. Children were getting crushed and screaming. It was horrible.

  • Audacity

    Hear Audacity's Speaker-Shredding Taunt 'Finders Keepers'

    Southern California has become an undeniable font for music fans seeking young punk rippers on the rise. Audacity hail from Fullerton, an Orange County city that also happens to be home to the inimitable DIY bastion known as Burger Records. The band and the label collaborated on last year's thrilling Mellow Cruisers LP, a record whose title gives away these shredding dudes' occasional allegiance to the morals of melody.But we've already got something new from the crew: the noisy and celebratory "Finders Keepers," which also quite confidently declares, "Losers weepers!" over a mix of Buzzcocks blitz and Sonic Youth note-warping.

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