Chris Martins

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  • 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?

  • DIIV Sky Ferreira Wait Video NSFW Oshin

    DIIV's 'Wait' Video Features Sky Ferreira, Rainbows, Boobs

    Ah, the charmed life of DIIV. The new video for the neo-shoegaze band's "Wait" depicts a world filled with impressive rainbows, garden nudity, Sky Ferreira, makeout parties, rock shows, and kaleidoscopic visions. Director/photographer Sandy Kim films the entire thing in Super 8, lending the images the same warm, hazed-out hue that colors this standout track from the Brooklyn band's 2012 LP, Oshin. As Fader points out, via some Instagram reportage, Ferreira is the current sweetheart of main man Zachary Cole Smith, plus Kim (who happens to be drummer Colby Hewitt's girlfriend) was stoned while she edited the clip, which — due to the presence of booties, boobs and, yech, bodily fluids — is decidedly NSFW. As previously reported, DIIV are set to do Coachella and Bonnaroo this year.

  • Thalia Zedek Come 'Walk Away' Via Album Stream

    Hear Thalia Zedek's Gorgeous Slowcore Blues 'Walk Away'

    Thalia Zedek is well into her fourth decade as a rock'n'roll poet and purveyor of shredded blues, and this stands to be a banner year for the Boston native. In May, the estimable Matador Records will reissue her most well-loved band's influential 1992 debut, Eleven: Eleven by Come. But before that happens, the former frontwoman of Live Skull, Uzi and the rest has plans to deliver her first solo album in five years (also her fifth solo album), Via, due March 19 on Thrill Jockey. The label explains that the LP was written in two distinct sessions — one with Come drummer Daniel Coughlin, and later with Son Volt skinsman Dave Bryson. Considering its heart-wrenching slowcore crawl, "Walk Away" could have certainly come from the second period.

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    Mr. Grohl's Cabinet of Wonder

    So, this happened: Stevie Nicks, microphone in hand, accompanied by Dave Grohl on acoustic guitar, performs "Landslide" to a packed house in Park City, Utah, while snow banks pile up against the building's outward-facing walls, as if stretching to see inside, only to wither into water at Nicks' heart-melting voice.In honor of his Sound City documentary on the Van Nuys, California recording studio of the same name, first-time director, former Nirvana drummer, and full-time Foo Fighter Dave Grohl had called forth, on this brisk night, his incredibly star-studded new band the Sound City Players — including everyone from Stevie Nicks to Rick Springfield to Slipknot's Corey Taylor.

  • David Bowie 'The Stars' Record Store Day Vinyl

    David Bowie's Newest Single 'The Stars' Added to a Pile of Record Store Day Treasures

    With the due date for David Bowie's first album in a decade fast approaching, the endless interview chatter is giving way to more concrete news. Over the weekend, Ziggy Stardust's official Facebook page shared the cover art for a new single dubbed "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" along with a date: February 26, 2013. So while we'll get to hear the followup to "Where Are We Now?" rather soon, and full-length The Next Day will be released on March 12, fans will have something else to look forward to on April 20.Today, again via Facebook, Bowie's camp announced that they'll be releasing a limited edition 7-inch 45, in conjunction with Record Store Day, which will feature the newest song backed by the newish song. The double-sided single will join two other Bowie rarities in this year's RSD haul: the 1965! EP and a "Drive-In Saturday" picture disc.

  • Tupac Shakur Unreleased Music Mother Afeni Body of Work

    Tupac's Dear Mama Will Share Shakur's 'Entire Body of Work'

    Last year was a big weird one for Tupac Shakur despite the fact that the iconic artist has been dead since 1996. Auditions were held for the musical about the man's life, conservative writer David Brooks awkwardly shoehorned him into his column, author Chuck Phillips purported to blow the lid off of the MC's murder (but didn't), and Quentin Tarantino commissioned a 2Pac-James Brown mashup for Django Unchained. Oh, and yeah, there was that entire Coachella hologram fiasco.All things considered, is it any wonder then that Mama Pac is stepping in to regulate on her son's legacy? As the head of Tupac's estate, philanthropist and former Black Panther Afeni Shakur has announced that she's bringing in Jampol Artist Management to handle the rap legend's posthumous affairs.

  • Purling Hiss 'Mercury Retrograde' Water on Mars Stream

    Hear Purling Hiss' Fuzzy Dino Jr. Upgrade 'Mercury Retrograde'

    Philadelphia's Purling Hiss began as the solo project of Kurt Vile associate Mike Polizze but the thing has since evolved into "a frightening, full-fledged power trio," as noted in our Best New Artists of January roundup. These three brotherly fuzz-lovers have a new LP due March 19 via Drag City, and it's called Water on Mars because when it comes to delivering life-giving juice to areas in need, the Hiss are experts. To wit: brand new jam "Mercury Retrograde," which provides an ear-worming evolution on the shrugged-off mothball rock that Dinosaur Jr. pioneered in the late '80s. "I don't know, I don't know / And I can't do anything," Polizze sings with an upbeat, distinctly what-me-worry sort of charm. Why? 'Cause he's a G, of course.

  • Hacked Jeep Twitter Cadillac Chief Keef Lil Reese Meek Mill

    Jeep's Twitter Hackers Shout Out Chief Keef, Drop N-Bomb

    Only a day after Burger King's Twitter account was hacked by a person or group who claimed the fast food giant had been sold to McDonald's, Jeep's online avatar suffered an identical fate. Early Tuesday, the Chrysler-owned company Tweeted that it'd been bought by Cadillac, a brand belonging to General Motors. The hoaxes had something else in common as well: both shouted out legally-troubled Chicago rapper Chief Keef.As Geekosystem reported yesterday, the BK takeover included a link to Keef's "They Know" video. The hackers also sent big ups to iThugs (Internet thugs) everywhere, claimed that restaurant employees had been caught doing drugs on the job, and suggested that Twitter users follow Azealia Banks beat-maker and noted #SEAPUNK Lil Internet.

  • Kelly Clarkson Clive Davis Beef Book

    Kelly Clarkson Puts Clive Davis on Blast, Says Record Exec Told Her to 'Shut Up and Sing'

    Legendary Sony Music exec Clive Davis may have pleased social equality advocates by coming out as bisexual in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, but he's pissed off Kelly Clarkson. The Stronger singer has set out to "clear up his memory lapses and misinformation" as a result of Davis "spreading false information about me and my music."According the American Idol grad's post on WhoSay, Davis says she burst into "hysterical sobbing" when he insisted she include "Since U Been Gone" on 2004's Breakaway album. Instead, she says she and Davis disagreed over how much guitar should be on the track, and that (with the backing of mega-producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke) she ultimately prevailed."I did cry in his office once," she continued.

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