Chris Martins

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  • Lamb of God Randy Blythe Statement Manslaughter Acquittal

    Read Randy Blythe's Classy, Kafka-Quoting Farewell Letter to Prague

    On Tuesday, we received the good news that Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had been acquitted of manslaughter charges in the case of a Czech fan who died after attending one of the Virginia metal band's concerts. Daniel Nosek, 19, passed away from causes related to head trauma two weeks after a 2010 Prague gig, and Blythe spent more than a month in custody as a result. He returned to the city to stand trial earlier this year.Throughout the entire ordeal, Blythe has remained positive about his situation and respectful toward both the deceased fan's family and Czech authorities, and his latest open letter drives all of that home.

  • Wire 'Love Bends' 'Change Becomes Us' Album 1979 1980 154

    Hear Wire's Rose-Tinted Romance Tribute 'Love Bends'

    Wire are set to release their 13th album on March 26 via their own Pinkflag label, but Change Becomes Us isn't your standard late-career entry for a gang of post-punk giants.Work on the 13-song set really began back in 1979 — the same fertile-but-fraught period that resulted in their enduring classic 154. When the London band broke up a year later, the blueprints of several songs-in-the-making were left behind. Last year, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey, and new guitarist Matthew Simms (guess which one he is in the photo) repaired to a studio in Wales to build something entirely new out of the dusted-off scraps.At the top of the year, we heard "Doubles & Trebles," a darkly grinding sorta sci-fi intro to Change, and now we have a markedly different glimpse at the new old material.

  • Fat Tony Kool AD 'Hood Party' 'Smart Ass Black Boy' Despot

    Fat Tony Previews 'Smart Ass Black Boy' With 'Hood Party' Featuring Kool A.D.

    Fat Tony is a New Underground star in the making. Coming up in Houston, the MC worked equally hard as a promoter, bringing punk, rap and parties to his peers. Now he combines the attitude of the first with the brains and fun of the others to churn out highly contemporary hip-hop with an easy appeal. With a solid mixtape in his recent past — the Double Dragon team-up with his go-to producer Tom Cruz — the man born Anthony Obi is prepping a new official LP, Smart Ass Black Boy, due June 11 via Young One (Main Attrakionz). "We're excited as hell to finally have this album almost out," Tony tells SPIN. His last full-length was 2010's low-flying RABDARGAB, named after the Houston educational initiative Read a Book - Do a Report - Get a Buck. "We put our all into it — blood, sweat, rum, tears and more.

  • 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.

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