Chris Martins

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  • James Blake 'Retrograde' Video

    Watch James Blake's Literally Earth-Shattering 'Retrograde' Video

    Post-dubstep Englishman and alt-R&B quietist James Blake returned from the ether last week with his new single, "Retrograde," a finger-snapping bit of soul-dripped doom that felt sexy in a strangely bleak way. The initial stream of that song has disappeared from the Internets, but that's okay because there's a music video now. Directed by Denmark's Martin De Thurah (David Byrne and St. Vincent), the eerie clip follows a motorcycle rider as she races to reach a house party in the woods, only to discover that the intimate soiree has an incoming uninvited guest: a massive asteroid that seems arrow-aimed directly at everyone she knows. "You're on your own in a world you've grown," Blake coos, and later, "Suddenly I’m hit / Is this darkness or the dawn? / And your friends are gone." His sophomore album Overgrown comes to us on April 8 via Republic.

  • The-Dream Fourplay New Album Kanye West

    The-Dream Announces 'Fourplay' Album, an 'Authentic Love-Making' Experience

    Alt-R&B maestro and R. Kelly progeny The-Dream has at last announced a realistic release date for his long-delayed fourth official album that was once called Love IV MMXXII but now bears the name Fourplay, Billboard reports. The follow-up to 2010's Love King will be out May 7 via Def Jam, of course (he's the label's executive vice president of A&R). The new name breaks with his LPs' titular theme thus far — there was 2007's Love Hate and then 2009's Love vs. Money — but perhaps that's because he reset things somewhat last year by reissuing his fantastic 1977, originally issued as a free mixtape under his birth name, Terius Nash.

  • Frank Ocean convenes with Justin Timberlake backstage / Photo by Getty Images

    Behind the 2013 Grammys: Frank Ocean Would Like His Bookshelf, Please

    There is no church in the wild, but there are sure as shit no atheists on the red carpet. At the 55th installment of the Grammys at Los Angeles' Staples Center, we are fox-holed amongst fellow journalists, camera goons and microphone-grippers and it is our collective job to worship whatever makeup-spackled likeness or sequined/suited golden calf is willing to spare us several seconds of precious time before their publicist politely taps them on the back or gives you "the look." It is a desperate duty with few payouts unless you're LMFAO's Redfoo reporting for Jay Leno, and even then it can be disappointing.Like when Neil Patrick Harris takes one look at your ridiculous rhinestone-studded smoking jacket and correctly assumes that you're a party-rocking goofball who will bring nothing but ill repute to his good name and so snubs your interview request with a wave of the hand.

  • TPB AFK Pirate Bay Documentary Download Stream Away From Keyboard

    Watch the Long-Awaited Pirate Bay Documentary 'TPB AFK'

    In 2009, the founders of popular Swedish torrent site the Pirate Bay (TPB) were put on trial in their native country as a result of international pressure to put a stop to users' violations of major copyrights (music, film, software, etc.). While some of the initial charges against them were dropped, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, and Peter Sunde were eventually found guilty of violating Swedish copyright law, and sentenced to serve a year in prison each, plus pay a fine of 30 million krona, or about $3.5 million. The site, as many of our readers no doubt know, continues to be active.Over two years, ago, director Simon Klose did more than double his Kickstarter goal of $25,000 to produce an already mostly filmed documentary about the founders' unfortunate brush with the law.

  • Burnt Ones Fountain of Youth You'll Never Walk Alone

    Hear Burnt Ones' Rumbling Chugger 'Fountain of Youth'

    There's just a hint of "Spirit in the Sky" in the new song from Bay Area garage-rock trio Burnt Ones. "Fountain of Youth" is full of grit, rumble, and pop, with a would-be transcendent melody that teases the listener with the promise of going big, but keeps things just mellow enough to push everything slightly off-center in the most satisfying of ways. The track is a low-to-the-ground chugger powered by a steady kick drum and plenty of guitar grind. The band has a previous LP under their belt, plus contributions to compilations on the imprint run by Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer (Castle Face), but their forthcoming second album has the power to really put them on the map. Never Walk Alone comes April 30 via Burger Records, who promise "a record that white-knuckles down a dark passage of mental abuse and on through to spiritual release." Set yourself free.

  • Keith Morris Diabetic Coma OFF! Tour Cancelled Black FLAG Reunion

    OFF! Cancels Tour as Keith Morris Recovers From Diabetic Coma

    In the wee hours of the morning, badass hardcore punk supergroup OFF! announced that they've canceled their West Coast tour, which was set to launch in San Diego, California on Thursday night. Citing illness, via Facebook, the band apologized and also pledged to do their best to reschedule "in the near future." In a new interview with Rolling Stone, former Circle Jerk/current OFF! singer/Black FLAG revivalist Keith Morris explained what happened:"I'm a diabetic and I failed to eat lunch. Came back, hung out with my girlfriend, and the whole idea was that we were going to do what grown-ups do – go take a nap and go get something to eat. It should have been reversed – I should have eaten first. So we did what we did, and I passed out. As I passed out, I actually blacked out and went into a diabetic-induced coma.

  • Steven Tyler Act Hawaii Law Paparazzi Privacy Invasion

    Steven Tyler Made Up a Law to Protect Celebrities Who Vacation in Hawaii

    Steven Tyler may have lost the war against gravity, left American Idol ludicrously, and done terrible things to the national anthem, but the man is winning when it comes to the law. In early January, we explained the complex legal drama between Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt and his (and Mötley Crüe's) former management company. Mere days ago the court found in favor of LaPolt and now, though unrelated, Hawaii may soon adopt something called the Steven Tyler Act."The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation,” said Tyler via statement. Though the Aerosmith frontman lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts, he apparently owns a home in the Aloha State as well. “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that.

  • Thee Oh Sees Minotaur Floating Coffins Stream Album San Francisco

    Stream Thee Oh Sees' Warm and Weird 'Minotaur'

    Last year's full-length entry from Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II, was "the best album the Elephant 6 Recording Collective never managed to make" and one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012 to boot — the San Francisco band also helped save an adorable little dachshund's life in December — so it'd be conservative to say that we have high hopes for the band's forthcoming April 16 LP with the terrifying/amazing cover art, Floating Coffins. The garage slayers previewed new song "Minotaur" at their brilliantly brutal hometown show last month (check out our live photos from the SF gig) and now we've got the official studio version below. Opening with mournful but warm strings, the track soon graduates to an off-kilter upbeat swoon as John Dwyer sings of fading dreams backed by the gushing ahhs of Brigid Dawson. Echoes of Sonic Youth and Nirvana bounce around the gritty yet satisfying song.

  • Passion Pit performs at Webster Hall in 2009 / Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage

    How Are Passion Pit Playing Madison Square Garden?

    "Passion Pit headline Madison Square Garden." Those words are literally true, but they don't add up at first blush. No matter your opinion of the scrappy Cambridge band's pinkly-poignant synth pop, it seems incongruous that this indie-identified group could headline "the iconic holy temple of rock'n'roll," as Billy Joel once dubbed the 18,000-seat New York arena. Yet today, February 8, Passion Pit will do just that.Similarly, the National and the Postal Service were recently announced as topping bills at Brooklyn's massive Barclays Center. All of this sounds strange for acts who have previously played theaters or mid-level festival slots, at most. This is Led Zeppelin territory. MJ. The Boss. Ali and Frazier. Barnum & Bailey. Sure, LCD Soundsystem had their last hurrah at MSG, but that seemed like a special generational moment or the culmination of an entire era. Passion Pit?

  • the melvins covers album everybody loves sausage david bowie

    The Melvins Plot Guest-Packed Covers Album 'Everybody Loves Sausage'

    It's not been long since Washingtonian sludge gods the Melvins dropped an album's worth of "evil cocktail jazz" (via Freak Puke), and in the time since they did that whole touring 51 states in 51 days thing (which they documented in detail for SPIN every step of the way), but Kurt Cobain's favorite band have found the time to prepare an entire album's worth of cover songs packed with exceptional guest performers.Everybody Loves Sausage will be out on April 30 via Mike Patton's Ipecac imprint, and will feature King Buzzo-approved takes on everybody from David Bowie and Queen to the Fugs and the Jam to Throbbing Gristle and Divine (a.k.a. John Waters' drag queen muse, Harris Glenn Milstead). Said Mr.

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