Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • 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.

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