Chris Martins



  • Harlem Shake Flash Mob Arrest High School Queens Student

    'Harlem Shake' High Schooler Arrested for Starting Flash Mob

    The "Harlem Shake" viral video phenomenon almost had its first martyr in a 17-year-old high school senior from Queens. Forest Hills student Arnis Mehmetaj was arrested for disorderly conduct and suspended for five days after attempting to organize an on-campus flash-mob video shoot of his peers participating in the now majorly charting dance craze.Mehmetaj has since been cleared of all charges and punishments, but not before he was yanked from school and dragged to the local station house last Friday. The Post points out that other New York high schoolers have successfully filmed and uploaded their own version of Baauer's ode to trap-rave gentrification, seemingly without help from administrators. Stuyvesant kinda nailed it:But the Forest Hills kids' undoing may have had to do with poor planning.

  • Beck Song Reader Interview Performance Sonos Los Angeles

    Beck Fields Ridiculous and Probing Questions at L.A. 'Song Reader' Event

    Someone in the crowd has just asked Beck how he lost his virginity. Note to humans: this is probably not the best way to endear yourself to a notably private, unusually thoughtful and patently strange maker of art. Various members of the press and public are here at Sonos Studios, a gallery/venue in the heart of Los Angeles, in order to experience Mr. Hansen's album-of-sheet-music Song Reader in ways that don't involve simply staring at staff paper and pretty pictures. He is currently onstage running a Q&A with an editor from McSweeney's, the indie publishing house that released the thing.When's the last time you dropped acid?My but they don't let up. As is often the case with intimate spaces in this city, there's a great deal of entitlement in the room. Still, the ever-unflappable Beck has got jokes: "I don't know.

  • Lindsay Lohan Pitbull Lawsuit Lyrics

    Court Rules Pitbull Can Insult Lindsay Lohan in Song

    In case you missed it (ha), crap-actress Lindsay Lohan sued crap-rapper Pitbull for using her crappy name in his crappy song, "Give Me Everything." The reason you should care: Virtually ever rap song ever has referenced the name of a public figure, and this case could've meant serious trouble for simile-slanging veterans like the Beastie Boys, who always go out dapper like Harry S. Truman despite being madder than Alfred E. Neuman.Pitbull's 2011 single contains the line, "So I'm tiptoein' to keep flowin' / I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan," the latter being a reference to the troubled starlet's intermittent time spent drying up in the clink.

  • Ja Rule Jail Prison Free Gun Case Tax Evasion

    Ja Rule Not Sneaking Out of Prison in a Gun Bag, Despite Confusing Reports

    A quick current Google news search for the name of legally troubled and talent-challenged rapper Ja Rule reveals a lot of headlines that look like this: "Ja Rule Set to Leave Prison in Gun Case" or "Rapper Set to Leave New York Prison in Gun Case." SPIN is happy to report that the man born Jeffrey Atkins will not be stuffing his body inside of a rifle bag or a pistol holster in order to free himself from jail. In fact, he's not even leaving for another four months.Rule's experience with prison has thus far been one of brief highs followed by long lows. For instance, about a year ago, about halfway through his two-year sentence for gun possession, Ja did a phone interview with the Daily News, where he explained that he's been bettering himself and having an "amazing" time behind bars.

  • Lil Wayne Miami Heat Apology Chris Bosh Wife NBA

    Lil Wayne Won't Apologize for Sleeping With Chris Bosh's Wife

    In our recent NBA Jam, where we matched basketball players to their corresponding pop music alter-egos, we matched the Boston Celtic's Rajon Rondo to Lil Wayne, noting that both are occasionally prone to "surreal bouts of rage or flights of fancy." While the latest news on the point guard is just tame trade speculation, Weezy at least has made good on that bit of comparison.Over the weekend, at his Houston All-Star Weekend party, the Young Money rapper went on a strange rant against the Miami Heat, claiming not only that the team had somehow banned him from all NBA events, but that he had slept with the wife of power forward Chris Bosh and that he is the new Tupac Shakur thank-you-very-much.

  • King Tuff Was Dead Reissue 'Sun Medallion' Stream Burger Records

    Hear King Tuff's Strummy 'Sun Medallion' From Resurrected 'Was Dead' LP

    Though he seems decidedly "Alone & Stoned," King Tuff drew a crowd last year when he released a little collection of "joyous glam-garage blurts" called, what else, King Tuff. That record made SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012 list handily, and raised self-sustaining songman Kyle Thomas from underground obscurity to rising rock concern. But before he was strutting proudly amongst us living, King Tuff Was Dead. At least, that was the name of dude's 2008 Tee Pee Records debut, which has since gone way outta print.

  • 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.

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