Chris Martins

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  • LL Cool J Grammys Whaddup Chuck D Travis Barker Z-Trip Tom Morello

    Stream LL Cool J's Grammy-Exploding, Rubin-Era Banger 'Whaddup'

    LL Cool J may have made a fool of himself shoehorning the word "hashtag" into every other word during his second Grammys hosting stint but he more than made up for that #internet geekery with a fierce performance of his new song "Whaddup" accompanied by a Sheeran-free A-team of rap-meets-rock baddasses: Chuck D, Tom Morello, Travis Barker, and Z-Trip. While the track had hints of Public Enemy's "Welcome to the Terrordome" and the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" in the mix, it hails from Cool James' May 7-due album Authentic, and is now available for purchase in iTunes. You can also experience this beast of a song via the YouTube stream below.

  • Local Natives 'Heavy Feet' Video

    See Local Natives Rep for Blind Pilots and Singing Sandwiches in 'Heavy Feet' Video

    We've seen Local Natives perform their "super-sensitive, baroque-rockin'" Hummingbird standout "Heavy Feet" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and even watched the National's Aaron Dessner join in for a rousing live rendition of the same song. Still, none of that could have prepared us for the song's Ben Reed-directed music video, in which a group of blind older men first build and paint tiny stunt airplanes, and then fly them with [spoiler-free] results in front of a public audience. Subtitled, "The Ecstatic Flight of the Llandow Visually Impaired Harriers," the clip shows these unlikely pilots getting trained for their big moment while a stack of sandwiches inexplicably sing the words to "Heavy Feet" in the background. Is it all in the preparation, or could these fellas be getting an assist from their magical The State-hearkening lunch. Watch and learn.

  • Justin Bieber Black Keys Beef Twitter Dis Slapped

    Justin Bieber Responds to Black Keys Dis With Bigger Balls Than Nickelback Did

    At last we understand why that lunatic convict made plans to castrate Justin Bieber: the boy is barely legal, but he's got some remarkable balls. First the kid was snubbed by the Grammys, and then his plans to snub the Grammys in turn fell through (via a simultaneous live stream chat that supposedly suffered technical difficulties), and then Black Keys' Patrick Carney took a swipe at him in an interview with TMZ.Asked for his opinion on the Biebz getting left out of Music's Biggest Night, the drummer pretty innocuously said, "I dunno ... He's rich, right? Grammys are for like music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money.

  • Adele Grammys 2013 Soy Bomb Ukrainian Journalist

    Adele's Grammys Soy-Bomber Was Once Pimp-Slapped by Will Smith

    At the Grammys on Sunday night, a man who didn't even have a ticket to be at the ceremony nearly managed to accept an award on Adele's behalf. He's since been revealed to be 24-year-old Ukrainian TV personality Vitalii Sediuk — the same goofy dude who got pimp-slapped by Will Smith after attempting to kiss the Men in Black III star at a May Moscow premiere. He spent a night in jail after soy-bombing the awards show stage.It was easy to miss Sediuk's cameo, and many who caught the act assumed he was just a random fan. In the video clip below, Jennifer Lopez is set to hand Adele the trophy for best pop solo performance when the interloper arrives. "It's such an honor to receive this award," he says as the actual winner approaches with a baffled look on her face. "I love you, Adele.

  • adele yells at chris brown at the Grammys

    Here's Adele Yelling at Chris Brown, Except No, She Didn't

    One could interpret the photo above thusly: an irate Adele chastising a befuddled SPIN Hall of Shamer Chris Brown for any of the myriad detestable things he's done in the past four years. Yes, one could do that — as Vulture did — but unless one was actually there to witness the presumed exchange, that'd just be a lovely little bit of tempting transference. In fact, she could have just as easily been serenading him, or in the act of apologizing after stepping on his shoe, or they could have been acting out a scene from a favorite television show they have in common (Curb Your Enthusiasm?). Or, perhaps, their faces were just caught in odd expressions when the camera clicked at that particular angle while they were, oh-i-dunno-but-see-below-to-get-an-idea, getting ready to pose for a friendly photo together?

  • Popstrangers

    See Popstrangers' Immersive 'What Else Could They Do' Video

    In December we had the pleasure of premiering Popstrangers' slightly disturbing video for "Heaven," a moody yet upbeat song whose visual counterpart depicted love in a time of massive falling asteroids. Shortly thereafter we shared the New Zealand fuzz-pop trio's "What Else Could They Do," which combined lilting melodies with groveling grunge notes to intensely pretty effect. Director Luke Mcpake returns for this song's clip as well and delivers a short that plays with projections and swimming pool shots to create something dark in mood but bright with color. The video's grainy quality matches the music's grindy tones as these Kiwis give us yet another reason to be excited for their February 26 Carpark debut, Antipodes.

  • paramore now video

    Watch Paramore Make Hugs Not War in Epic 'Now' Video

    Late last month, reborn emo-pop practitioners Paramore shared their long-awaited new single, "Now," which stirred up a little No Doubt-style speak-singing with Muse-big bombast to solidly exciting results. To wit, SPIN's staff weighed in with Our Impulsive Reviews, and the high-stakes song scored a hefty 7.42 across an oft-divided panel. As also noted back then, the band had already wrapped the song's music video with Daniel Cloud Campos behind the camera, according to a January 16 tweet from singer Hayley Williams.

  • Purity Ring Soulja Boy 'Grammy' Cover

    Hear Purity Ring Cutely Cover Soulja Boy's 'Grammy'

    It's hard to get too deep into a discussion about Purity Ring's gorgeous Shrines LP, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012, without discussing the influence of hip-hop production, particularly that of the trappy variety. Danny Brown knew the deal when he rapped over a remixed reinvention of the duo's drum-intensive "Belispeak" — the collaboration worked quite swimmingly, as even the haters among us were willing to recognize. Even more unlikely on paper is the idea of the sweet-voiced Megan James and her New Agey studio partner Corin Roddick making their own version of Soulja Boy's 2010 track "Grammy," but that too works as you'll see below. And of course it's timely, what with the 2013 Grammys going down last night and all.

  • Jim James 'A New Life' Video

    See Jim James Woo a Buffalo in a Dress in 'A New Life' Video

    My Morning Jacket's Jim James is on a spiritual trip and it's paying off in spades. His new solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God is a beautiful feat of psychedelia that's easy on the ears and higher searching that never comes across as preachy, and the "sublime, doo-wop-tinged" standout "A New Life" is one of its more gorgeous standouts. That soulful jangler now has a fun and mysterious video to match its beguiling vibes, via Pitchfork TV.It begins simply enough: our hirsute hero strumming lightly on an acoustic guitar in a dusty roundish barn — could this be the famed silo of his MMJ salad days? — but as he sings, "Hey, open the door / I need a new life," he exits the structure and is transported to a rural scene.

  • Prince Screwdriver Live Video Charges Money 1.77

    Prince Demands $1.77 to Watch 'Screwdriver' Video

    Prince's latest entry to his own sultry funk canon is "Breakfast Can Wait," and now U can 2 since the only way to watch His Purpleness' video for other new song "Screwdriver" is to pay a curiosity-whetting $1.77 and then download the entire movie file. You can grab the thing over at Prince's official page or via his thinly veiled alias' webstore 3rdEyeGirl (where songs are priced at $0.88 a pop), but before you do you pass over that buck and change you should know what you're getting in return.When the grainy eight-minute clip picks up, we meet a guitar-wielding girl with a Skrillex 'do and a rockin' lady band. They show up for a sketchy audition but while the plot, production and performance all scream "porno flick," a tiny form soon emerges from a fog-spewing door and beckons the girls into a dark warehouse.

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