Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Cleveland couple arrested Slash Eddie Van Halen guitarist

    Slash vs. Eddie Van Halen Argument Lands Cleveland Couple in Jail

    A couple staying at a Cleveland-area Motel 6, naturally, was arrested earlier this month after an argument they were having grew too heated for staff to handle. Their particular beef has brought nations frat houses to the brink of war: Who is the greatest guitarist of all time?The dude was all [approximation], "Babe, Slash is thee most rippingest ax-slinger to have ever rocked an arena. His finger dexterity is such that he has to tame the electricity coursing through his wild man-mane with a ridiculous leather top hat. He's the best. Like, totally."  And then she was like [approximation], "No. Effing. Way. Brah. When Jimi Hendrix died his ghost moved into Eddie Van Halen's body, making that fiercely shredding Dutch bastard a sixth-sensed dick-fiddle master.

  • The Men 'I Saw Her Face' New Moon Single

    Hear the Men's 'I Saw Her Face,' Pastoral Punk a la Neil Young

    Bands that release an album every 12 months aren't supposed to be as good as Brooklyn garage-punks the Men. Their sublimely violent 2011 set Leave Home made SPIN's 50 Best Albums list for the year and 2012's prismatic squaller Open Your Heart was given our Essential stamp — could a hat trick be on the way? Considering what we've heard so far of March 5's New Moon, the answer may be yes. First taste "Electric" was indeed that — a gritty and buzzing shredder brimming with urgent energy. And now we have "I Saw Her Face" to consider in all of its noisily pastoral glory. There's something in Mark Perro's cracking vocals, or maybe that ripping-rolling-raucous guitar solo toward the end, that makes this seem like the punkest distillation yet of Neil Young's very American fuzz. 

  • Brazos 'How the Ranks Was Won' Video Saltwater

    Watch Brazos Spark an Emoji Explosion in 'How the Ranks Was Won' Video

    We've got a bit of time before Brazos' Saltwater arrives on Dead Oceans — the New York City trio's second release is due out May 28 — but newcomers should be thankful for the heads up. While a song like "How the Ranks Was Won" rolls forth with a breezy, downright jaunty ease, all of those comely oohs, playful strums, and bouncy rhythms provide a vehicle for ideas far more complex, as embodied both by main man Martin Crane's lyrics and by the video he wrote and directed."'How the Ranks Was Won' is about a kid who finds the empty ship his ancestors came over on which is now a ghost ship," Crane writes. "He boards it, and takes it back. It's about taking charge of your memory and your past. I thought it would be funny to do that in modern life.

  • Mykki Blanco 'Feeling Special' Betty Rubble EP

    Mykki Blanco Is 'Feeling Special' on Rugged New Heater

    Mykki Blanco is feeling fierce. The vogue-rap fire-starter went hard and heavy in last month's appropriately titled "Kingpinning" video, and she's back with another rugged heater. "Feeling Special" hails from the forthcoming Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP, due some time in March, and features production from San Francisco beat-damager Matrixxman. His score is minimal but powerful, sending Blanco's growled words spinning through a cavernous space of snaps, bloops, and drum hits. Our heroine takes some hilarious shots — "Who’s got the Summer’s Eve / I’m about to douche these bitches / make you a punchline in my joke / Lenny Bruce you, nigga" — all while sounding tougher than a slab of marble. With her game-changing Cosmic Angel mixtape in the recent rear view, it's safe to say expectations are high for this SPIN Breaking Out star. No disappointments here.

  • mumford and sons babel grammys billboard chart

    Who Charted? Mumford's Towering 'Babel' Gets Big Grammys Boost

    First! SPIN hopes you're happy, America. You wanted "prissy shambling" and "polite hoedowns" all wrapped up in a "bland but biblically titled" package and boy, did you ever get it. Yes, Mumford and Sons' Babel is back at No. 1 having followed up their Grammy win for album of the year with a 185,000 additional albums sold. Of course, it's not entirely your fault. The fix must have been in, because the band not only offered its second record as a Valentine's Day discount via iTunes (o, Cupid, still thy bow), but prepped two different deluxe versions: one a Target exclusive featuring three live tracks, and the other the widely available Gentlemen of the Road edition featuring 12 concert songs.

  • M.I.A. Grammys Stealing Bob Marley Tribute Lights

    M.I.A. Accuses Grammys of Stealing Something She Never Owned

    M.I.A. has accused the Grammys of stealing the concept of squares from her. Or is it neon lights? Performing on stage? Really, it's unclear, but it seems she's upset that the awards show's tribute to Bob Marley framed its all-star cast with colorful luminescent tubes totally inspired by vintage signage a concert that she gave in January.

  • Billy Corgan Furniture Commercial Resistance Wrestling

    WTF Is Billy Corgan Doing in This Ridiculous Furniture Commercial?

    At a certain point, Billy Corgan's world became less like a vampire and more like an oyster stuffed with costume pearls. He's been a tea madame, a freelance lumberjack, a music critic, a cult leader, Mr. Tila Tequila and, perhaps best of all, a pro wrestling commissioner. That most inexplicable latter designation comes into play in the above video — a commercial for a Chicago furniture vendor starring Billy and his Resistance Pro wrestlers.When the clip begins, we see Corgan and three suited gentlemen participating in the "Musical Chairs Finals," which happen to be taking place in a wrestling ring. The dapper dudes are the Walter E.

  • Morrissey Staples Center McDonald's Vegetarian PETA Paul McCartney

    Reports of Morrissey's Meatless Concert Coup Greatly Exaggerated

    On Monday, Morrissey's camp announced that "all vendors within and around" Los Angeles' Staples Center arena "will be 100 percent vegetarian" for Moz's sold-out March 1 concert therein. After the news spread on Tuesday, the venue issued its own report which suggested a different story: that they will be "adding a variety of vegetarian food items to those already offered" and that they're suggesting their neighbors do the same, plus offering PETA space for an info booth."As we have done in the past, we are happy to create a menu with a greater variety of vegetarian items for our guests who prefer these types of options," said Staples senior VP and general manager Lee Zeidman in the statement . It's worth noting that the arena was recently named PETA's "most vegetarian-friendly" NBA venue.

  • Diplo Ellie Goulding 'Butter's Theme' Video

    Ellie Goulding Gets Down in Diplo's Booty-Clappin' 'Butter's Theme' Video

    Not to be outdone by her hip indie-ish American counterpart Sky Ferreira (who appears in the brand new video for DIIV's "Wait"), English star Ellie Goulding makes a cameo in the just-out clip for Diplo's "Butter's Theme." The digitally enhanced Reuben Dangoor-directed video features a seemingly endless array of balaclava-bedecked dancers displaying their moves, plus signs that say "yo" in drippy Odd Future-style graffiti. We witness glittery explosions, faces within faces, pinwheeling women, and a handful of scenes that appear to be inspired by Lebowski's "Gutterballs" trip.

  • miguel candles in the sun video black and white

    Watch Miguel's Spiritually Searching 'Candles in the Sun' Video

    We've seen Miguel "Adorn" Letterman, Leno, NPR's Tiny Desk, and SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2012 list — oh, and the freaking Grammys — so perhaps the time is ripe for something fresh from the man's Essential second album Kaleidoscope Dream (which, sheesh, happened to rank quite high in our 50 Best Albums of 2012 rundown). For his next trick, the Alt R&B maestro is sharing a video for the spiritually searching LP-ender "Candles in the Sun," a nearly ambient track whose tense deployment is well met by the striking black-and-white visuals seen above. We see guns and rosaries, prayer rugs and American flags, the homeless and the handcuffed, addicts and soldiers. Meanwhile, Miguel sings, "Is there a god? / Is he watching? Is she watching?

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