Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Zorch / Photo by Ben Aqua

    Hear Zorch's Wild Celebration of Life 'We All Die Young'

    Austin duo Zorch made a little rumble a couple years back with a pair of EPs that demonstrated just how good "weird" can be. Specifically, their Cosmic Gloss demonstrated a fantastic amalgam of glistening sounds: the sun-kissed psychedelia of Flaming Lips, the smart instrumentality of Jaga Jazzist and the cut-up aesthetics of Animal Collective. Keyboardist Zac Traeger and the drummer named Shmu (both also sing and play omnichord) are now prepping their debut album Zzoorrcchh for a summer release on Los Angeles' Sargent House. Our first taste of the thing comes in the form of "We All Die Young," which sallies forth sporting the same kind of fierce exuberance that their labelmates Fang Island are celebrated for.

  • The Bronx Youth Wasted Video Striptease

    Watch the Bronx Party With 'Playgirl' Strippers in 'Youth Wasted' Video

    Blue-collar Los Angeles punks the Bronx may not be the first group of guys that come to mind upon mention of the hallowed (?) Playgirl name, but the erstwhile mariachi outfit has indeed collaborated with that purveyor of bro bods to make a music video for their latest single "Youth Wasted." The grungy grinder hails from the band's just-out fourth album titled The Bronx (IV) — the natural follow-up to 2008's The Bronx (III) — and the clip features three male models stripping along to the tune. Initially the band is confined to their own clean white room, but eventually main man Matt Caughthran and co. burst into the low-lit club where all of the action is going down."We had a lot of fun with Steve (a.k.a. 'The Hammer'), Jim (a.k.a. 'Double Gunz') and Mike (a.k.a.

  • Jay-Z Jaz-O Freestyle Video EPMD 1989

    Watch All-Pink-Everything Jay-Z Freestyle to EPMD in 1989

    Kanye West may not be feeling Jay-Z's "Suit & Tie" look, but we're guessing that even Yeezy would choose his Watch the Throne partner's grown-man style over the head-to-toe pink outfit Jigga was sporting in 1989. In the above clip, shared by Rap Radar, a 20-year-old Jay-Z freestyles with his mentor Jaz-O over EPMD's "So What Cha Sayin'." They trade a ton of triplets and say things like "perpetratin'" and "millions of nubians," all while a couple of dudes pop, lock, and Running-Man awesomely in the background.The video quality is something marvel at, smacking of public access television and hailing from something called Digital Gunz TV. Jay-Z's first single, "In My Lifetime" didn't drop until 1995, and Reasonable Doubt was released a year later, so this is a rare look at the origins of the rap elder statesman we know Jay to be today.

  • The National New Album Tour 2013 Summer

    The National Announce New May Album and Smartly Brooding Tour

    Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati thought-rock posse the National are hitting the road for a summer tour come May, kicking things off in New York and, quite fittingly, wrapping up in Ohio. In between, they'll be joined by Youth Lagoon for their previously reported Barclays Center show, and Dirty Projectors for a handful of gigs.Oh and also, thought you might like to know that we'll be putting out a new album in May— The National (@The_National) February 25, 2013Yes, more importantly, the band is at last on target to release their sixth album and follow-up to 2010's grittily great High Violet. So far, all that's known about the still untitled platter is that it's also coming in May and, like its predeccesor it'll be out on 4AD.

  • Green Day Return SXSW South By Southwest 2013 Live

    Green Day to Kick Off Post-Rehab Return With SXSW Show and Screening

    Green Day kicked off the new year with some good news for a change. After the Bay Area punx' massive ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! arena tour was nixed due to Billie Joe Armstrong's Las Vegas meltdown and subsequent rehab enrollment, they announced that "the show must go on." But with their 33-stop trek across North America and Europe picking up at the end of March, the band's got some time to kill, so why not head to Austin?On March 15, Green Day will perform at the Moody Theatre in conjunction with South By Southwest 2013. Earlier that same day as part of the music, film, and interactive festival, the boys are planning a double-feature screening at the nearby Paramount Theatre: the world premiere of the Broadway Idiot movie, following American Idiot's journey to the stage, and a showing of ¡Quatro!, which documents the making of the album trilogy.That'll be a Longview indeed.

  • Morrissey Reschedules Cancelled Shows Staples Center

    Morrissey Beefs Up Rescheduled Tour, Actual Beef Content Still in Question

    Since October, Morrissey has been on a show-canceling spree. First he nixed some dates to hang with his ailing mum. Then came the bleeding ulcer, and his wry death pronouncement about the entire thing (which had grown to include a condition known as Barrett's esophagus). And while his forthcoming sold-out show at Los Angeles' Staples Center arena is still on, the Moz and the venue have been in a serious standoff over the night's purported meat content.But at last, good touring news has arrived. After a freshly confirmed February 26 Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance — plus a previously announced San Diego date and the aforementioned L.A. flesh-as-food fest — the former Smiths singer will embark on a 25-date run that kicks off at a rather unorthodox venue: Hollywood High School.

  • Dirty Projectors 'There's a Fire' B-Side Stream Swing Lo Magellan

    Listen to Dirty Projectors' Shambly Spirit Quest 'There's a Fire'

    As SPIN scribe Dan Weiss explained in his review of Dirty Projectors' Swing Lo Magellan, a huge part of what makes that excellent LP one of our 50 Best Albums of 2012 is "mastermind Dave Longstreth's desire to make a mess and tidy it up at the same time." That same winning dynamic applies to the just-released B-side, spotted by Stereogum, dubbed "There's a Fire."The song seems shambly at first: a mixed bag of percussion and African-inspired guitar plucking. But as Longstreth's gently note-bending voice arrives, all comes into focus.

  • Frank Ocean Grammys Rehearsal Video Forrest Gump Michelle Obama

    Watch FLOTUS-Approved Frank Ocean Rehearse His Grammys Performance (in Key)

    Frank Ocean's Grammys performance was a welcome break from the ceremonial tedium and bombastic productions that otherwise defined the night, but it wasn't perfect. Our Album of the Year-maker was off key at times and the song itself, "Forrest Gump," wasn't exactly show-stopper material to begin with. Ocean knew things weren't quite right, and he made a point to explain via Twitter:i had fun last night. couldn't hear my keyboards during Forrest. kinda bummed about that. but my moms was proud. she's tight. i'm grateful.— frank ocean (@frank_ocean) February 11, 2013This morning he gave fans another look at the performance by sharing a recorded rehearsal of the song complete with the totally-rad-at-the-right-angle video box showing his lower half running (though minus the Richie Tenenbaum outfit).

  • Little Boots Motorway Video Premiere Nocturnes New Album

    Hear Little Boots Reinvent Her Electro-Pop Vamp on 'Motorway'

    It's been four years since Little Boots released her rave-kissed dance-pop debut Hands, but the English artist born Victoria Hesketh hasn't been idle since. After wrapping up touring, she hunkered down on the international DJ scene and began to assemble the blueprint for her forthcoming follow-up, Nocturnes, due May 6 on her new On Repeat imprint. "Much of the 'dance music' we've been bombarded with of late leaves me cold," she says via statement, "and recently it feels like Proper Songs have somehow gone out of fashion.

  • Kanye West Jay-Z Rant Suit & Tie Grammys Industry

    Kanye West Hates the Grammys, Corporations, and Jay-Z's 'Suit & Tie'

    Kanye West took 10 minutes out of his Saturday night show in London to air his most current list of grievances — oddly enough in song form. While the ominous instrumental of G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer standout 'Clique" played in the background, Yeezy got equal parts bluesy and bitchy. Perhaps most surprising was his admission that he's not a fan of his Watch the Throne partner's collaboration with Justin Timberlake."I got love for Hov," he sung of Jay-Z, "but I ain't fuckin' with that 'Suit & Tie'." As Billboard points out, he received an arena's worth of schoolyard "ooohs" for the jab, but he had pretty much everyone's slightly befuddled attention when he went in on the music industry establishment."I hate business people. People get on the phone with me and tell me, 'What kind of business can you do, though? What type of business are you doing?

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