Chris Martins

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  • karen o academy awards oscars short list

    Karen O, Arcade Fire, Beck, Fiona Apple, and Rick Ross Make Oscars Best Song Short List

    Coming in at 75 songs and including such stinkers as Owl City's "When Can I See You Again?" (Wreck-It Ralph) and Holladay's "Never Had" (10 Years), the Oscars 2012 short list for "Best Original Song" isn't exactly the tidy thing one might hope for. Nevertheless, there are a handful of happy inclusions worth mentioning. Our favorite might just be "The Baddest Man Alive" by the Black Keys and RZA for The Man With the Iron Fists, but Fiona Apple's jagged This Is 40 contribution, "Dull Tool," offers tough competition.

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    Prince Rama Throw a Populist Dance Party in 'So Destroyed' Video

    As Jessica Hopper explained in her review for Prince Rama's 2011 LP Trust Now, the Brooklyn-based psych-rock duo represent "the real sound of witch house, which is to say they sound like serious witches — impossibly high, fluttery voices singing mystic incantations over pulsing, six-minute jams that gun for another astral plane." They not only reach that hypnotic high with new song "So Destroyed," but cast their spell over a handful of fans who contribute their own trippy dance moves to the corresponding video. Member Nimai Larson edited together the clip using common folks' submissions, and the results are as varying in style and ability as one might expect. One woman dances with her cat. Another does cartwheels on the side wall of her room (see it to believe), other folks boogie on a rooftop, and one guy struts across a bar-top.

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    Big Boi and Kelly Rowland Bring DayGlo 'Mama Told Me' to 'The View'

    There's never a dull moment on the just-out second solo LP from Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and the same could be said for the life cycle of his Kelly Rowland collab, "Mama Told Me." First, it seemed as if Little Dragon's Yuki Nagano would be the guest. And then the former Destiny's Child star was confirmed for the spot. Next, we got to see the pair doing the song in a neon-dipped music video featuring a dancing pyramid with legs, and now we can watch Sir Lucious Left Foot and Miss Rowland perform their ebullient synth-popped Prince tribute on The View. Whew. While co-host Sherri Shepherd might have preferred an appearance from the Purple One himself, these two did a bang-up job bringing their song to life with assistance from a five-piece backing band and a whole lot of disorienting colorful projections.

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    The Killers' Animated 'Miss Atomic Bomb' Video Serves as 'Mr. Brightside' Sequel

    The Killers have at last released the sequel that we were never expecting to their 2005 "Mr. Brightside" video, in which singer Brandon Flowers, a dancer played by Izabella Miko, and a silver fox depicted by Eric Roberts wind up in a lopsided love triangle in the middle of a burlesque show. At the time, it seemed Flowers had lost his lithe-footed love and indeed, the new clip for Battle Born single "Miss Atomic Bomb" confirms that.The story begins with an older man in a desert-docked motorhome, eyeing a photo of a much younger ballerina. From there, we get an animated flashback that first prequels "Brightside," showing the Killers as a humble garage band and Flowers as a cool motorcycle bro taking the dancer on the ride of her life.

  • fidlar, creedence clearwater revival, gimme something

    See FIDLAR Make Creedence Clearwater Revival Play 'Gimme Something'

    SPIN's new Breaking Out stars FIDLAR have a thing for "digital graffiti" — which is to say, reappropriating whatever footage they find online as the often hilarious backdrop to their endless spate of pepped-up, thoroughly debauched anthems. While their last couple of videos were positively above board — see their hipster-skewering "Cheap Beer" and VHS-inspired "No Waves" clips — their just-out visual accompaniment for "Gimme Something" is a feat of copyright-infringing genius. Here, the band edits vintage footage of Creedence Clearwater Revival playing a concert so that the old school swamp-rockers look, quite convincingly, as if they're playing FIDLAR's song. The only explanation offered? "Our friend found this video of us playing a couple years back. Back when cocaine was good for you." FIDLAR, FTW.

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    Watch El Perro Del Mar's Bewitching 'Hold Off the Dawn' Video

    If you haven't yet heard El Perro Del Mar's "Walk On By," the Sade-channelling single from the Swedish singer's new album, Pale Fire, perhaps the above video for deeper cut "Hold Off the Dawn" will convince you to venture further. Filmed at a Stockholm studio, the blue-lit live session captures the projects yin and yang quite well: disco-kissed dance rhythms versus Sarah Assbring's melancholic vocal mood. While she's always sounded similar to Lykke Li, the El Perro singer has a more subtle approach, ever the calming counterpoint to her homegirl's manic intensity. Here, she's as cool as a cucumber, riding the driving drumbeat as she puts it plain to an out-of-scene lover: "Ain't no need to talk about the future, babe, we don't need to talk like that ... Let's stay awake to hold off the dawn." Sunlight is overrated anyhow.

  • Public Enemy Rock and Roll hall of fame inductees 2013

    Public Enemy and Rush Top Rock Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees List

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 have been announced. Of the two rap nominees, Public Enemy beat out N.W.A. (hopefully Flavor Flav will stay home). From the world of dance influencers, the recently deceased Donna Summer wins over Kraftwerk and Chic. The duel between Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts went to the former. Also: Rush crushed Deep Purple in the prog department, bluesman Albert King is in, and so is Randy Newman, who probably should've been inducted 15 years ago.

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    The xx Curate 'Night + Day' Fests at Bizarre Locations, Share BBC Session

    When they first streamed their Essential new album, Coexist, London's xx proved (visually) that they could move minds and bodies in some of the most unusual and obscure corners of the earth. Now, it appears they've chosen three such locations to throw a series of mini festivals in Europe next summer called Night + Day. "We searched high and low for unique and beautiful locations to stage these shows," wrote the xx on their website, "and picked the artists that we most respect and admire to join us. The events will run from early afternoon, with some of our favourite music (and food) to take you from day into night." So what was wrong with "Day 'N' Nite"?

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    Rick Ross Blames Promoters, Not Gangs, for Canceled Tour

    Last week, Rick Ross canceled his Maybach Music Group tour as news spread about public threats made against him by various local chapters of the Crips-affiliated Gangster Disciples crew. Due to his use of their founder's name, Larry Hoover, in his 2010 hit "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" and also of their symbol, the Star of David, on the cover of his recent Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape, the GDs suggested that the Bawse cut them a check.

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    Watch Alexander Spit Find Fear and Loathing in NSFW 'A Breathtaking Trip'

    California rapper Alexander Spit maintains the perfect blend between his Bay Area roots and Los Angeles residence. Weeded backpacker ability meets stylishly psychedelic steez and abstracted gangsta hardness on almost every one of the young MC's promising tracks and his new one, "A Breathtaking Trip," is no exception. Spit's deep growl is well met by a menacing beat — which features female R&Bist Bago on the hook — as he raps about dangerous intoxicants and doomed relationships.

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