Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Nine Inch Nails Fuji Rock Summer Festival Dates Germany Rock 'n' Heim

    The New Nine Inch Nails Announce Summer Festival Dates

    If How to Destroy Angels' 2013 tour plans seemed short, the subsequent news of Nine Inch Nails reformation for the road should have provided some serious consolation. Especially considering the new additions to the live band: Jane's Addiction's Eric Avery, King Crimson's Adrian Belew, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Fans of all things Trent Reznor will have plenty of lovely spirals to dive into. And now we know a couple of NIN dates to look forward to.Reznor's most famous band will be among those (Björk included) to play Japan's 17th annual Fuji Rock Festival, which runs July 26 through 28.

  • Senator Marco Rubio Tupac Lil Wayne Biggie Hip-Hop Republican

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio Agrees That Lil Wayne Is No Tupac

    Republican senator Marco Rubio has already made it quite clear that he's a learned Tupac Shakur fan. Earlier this month the Florida congressman defended his preference of the Death Row rapper over Notorious B.I.G., explained why Pitbull represents but a shadow of hip-hop's culturally rich past, and even went as far as to chastise those who characterized so-called gangsta MCs as purveyors of violence rather than, in his words, "reporters."Now he's weighed in on Lil Wayne's recent assertion that he, Weezy, is the new 'Pac — at the urging of a TMZ "reporter," of course. Rubio was not only ready with a quick response, he even knew the origin of the claim: Wayne's NBA All-Star Weekend rant."Lil Wayne's Lil Wayne," he said while on the move in an airport. "I think he's in a beef with Miami Heat too. There's only one Tupac. It's a different time. Tupac lived in a different time.

  • Queen Freddie Mercury Grave Ashes Scattered Found Kensal Green

    Freddie Mercury's Mystery Grave May Have Been Discovered

    More than 21 years after the legendary Queen singer died, Freddie Mercury's final resting place may have been discovered. Though it has long been known that his remains were cremated after he passed in November of 1991, the fate of his ashes has long been unknown. But fans have now discovered a plaque in a West London cemetery that clearly memorializes the deeply missed musician."In Loving Memory of Farrokh Bulsara, 5 Sept. 1946 - 24 Nov. 1991," reads the small dedication, "Pour Etre Toujours Pres De Toi Avec Tout Mon Amour - M." Mercury changed his name from Bulsara shortly after forming Queen in 1971.

  • My Morning Jacket John Denver 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' Cover Tribute

    My Morning Jacket Sweetly Cover John Denver's 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'

    Beloved singer-songwriter John Denver may not be a frequently name-checked influence on today's current crop of legends in the making, but his shadow looms large over any hoping to craft pop-leaning Americana or folk. To wit, an impressive array of artists have gathered to pay respect to the man on the forthcoming ATO Records compilation The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver.The talent roster ranges from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ("Wooden Indian") to J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten ("Prisoners") to Dave Matthews ("Take Me to Tomorrow").

  • AlunaGeorge 'Attracting Flies' Body Music

    Hear AlunaGeorge's Sly, Upbeat Dis 'Attracting Flies'

    Aluna Francis and George Reid landed on our Best New Artists list last May for their "submerged, often twisted pop music that's grimy, not glossy" and which looks fondly back (like so many do these days) on the R&B of the '90s. Their You Know You Like It EP was aptly titled indeed. We've since heard the AlunaGeorge sound bent in the direction of Deebs' trappy trip-hop, rearranged to the rhythms of Frank Ocean's "Thinking Bout You," and folded into a sizzling nü-house jam courtesy of Disclosure.

  • 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.

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