Chris Martins

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  • Mykki Blanco Kingpinning Video Cosmic Angel Mixtape

    See Mykki Blanco Shape-Shift With Swagger in 'Kingpinning' Video

    "Kingpinning" is a positively ferocious track from New York's Mykki Blanco, a "fast-rapping MC who reaches the wigged-out heights of Lil Wayne at his mid-2000s creative peak" while actually wearing a wig, as Brandon Soderberg wrote in our Breaking Out profile on the rising artist. Blanco's most recent mixtape Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss has been steadily transforming the way fans look at hip-hop music, and has placed him in a larger pool with so-called "queer-rap" icons in the making like Zebra Katz and fellow SPIN feature star Le1f.

  • The Middle Class Homeland unreleased Body and Soul Mike Atta benefit

    Hear the Middle Class's Long Lost 'Body and Soul,' Help Punks Fight Cancer

    Southern California's Burger Records is a beloved bastion of DIY known to carry a torch for the salad days of punk in Los Angeles and Orange County. Though they released only one album, 1982's brooding masterpiece Homeland, the Middle Class were a highly influential group within that scene — legend has it our pal Keith Morris started Black Flag after seeing them play. But guitarist Mike Atta, who now owns the Burger-adjacent Out of Vogue vintage shop in Fullerton, has been diagnosed with cancer and his neighbors are helping him out.Below you'll find the unreleased Homeland-era gem, "Body and Soul," a gnarled slab of righteous post-punk that's part of a benefit tape Burger will put on sale tomorrow.

  • coachella 2013 lineup good bad ugly sucks

    10 Reasons Why Coachella's Lineup Sucks, 20 Reasons Why it Doesn't

    The Coachella 2013 lineup was released last night to a resounding cacophony of mixed reactions. Since we know a thing or two about Southern California's preeminent music festival, SPIN has decided to sift through the poster and make sense of the fine print.10 PLEASANT SURPRISES1. The Postal Service: Ten years on from Give Up, the time is right for this reunion, which casts Ben Gibbard as a totes adorbs romantic in a sun-kissed flower field of DNTEL beats.2. Violent Femmes: Gordon Gano declared his quintessential folk-punk freaks "Gone Daddy Gone" in '09, but the "Blister" boys are back to take score ("Add it Up," if you will) rippingly. 3. 2 Chainz: It's hard to imagine a radio-rap riser better for the fest; dude's a proven performer and a gracious host, not to mention the track-amper everyone wants on their song.4.

  • Alexander Spit Action Bronson Artesia Stream Brick Stowell

    Hear Alexander Spit and Action Bronson Swagger Across State Lines in 'Artesia'

    San Francisco-to-Los Angeles MC Alexander Spit has been steadily greasing the wheels for the arrival of his candy-dipped purple Cadillac of a January 29 Decon Records debut, A Breathtaking Trip to That Other Side. In December, we watched as he found fear and loathing on a desert adventure with a nude Lana Del Rey style-alike. And at the start of the new year we dove into the grimy and chilling "That's Spit" video, which found Alexander breaking down his M.O. thusly: "I spit, I spit, I innovate, and that's it."As it turns out, the guy can also wrangle a solid feature as well, since everyone's favorite foodie from Queens pitches in on the latest leak, "Artesia." Over a tense and menacing track, Action Bronson brags about eating sturgeon with a Greek surgeon, selling cocaine in Boise, Idaho, and listening to Joe in the midst of a tryst.

  • Samantha Crain Never Going Back Video LAMAR+NIK Kid Face Album

    See Samantha Crain's Amazing 'Never Going Back,' a Folk Flip Book Made for Film

    In the remarkable video for Samantha Crain's "Never Going Back," the Oklahoma-born Americana artist comes to life in a most unusual way. Directors LAMAR+NIK began by shooting a normal video against a plain white backdrop, with Crain and her hirsute fiddle player doing what they do best: charming the camera with raw ability and gorgeous melody. But then the guys in charge of the shoot did a very strange thing: they printed out all 3,800-plus frames of the video they'd made, painstakingly hand-cut each one, then laid them all out in a row — a track, essentially, that the camera would follow for one long take so that the final product would be something like a flip book made for film.

  • Thao Get Down Stay Down Joanna Newsom Kindness Be Conceived

    Hear Joanna Newsom Join Thao & the Get Down Stay Down For 'Kindness Be Conceived'

    In comes another treat from the highly promising February 5 Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, We the Common. In October we got our first taste via the spirited "Holy Roller." At the start of January, SPIN premiered the singularly anthemic "We the Common [For Valerie Bolden]." And now we can share what was, for us at least, the LP's most anticipated track: "Kindness Be Conceived" featuring Joanna Newsom. The results do not disappoint. Rather than trade verses, the pair duet across the entire song, a toe-tapping barnyard strummer that smartly stays out of the way of its heroines. Nguyen and Newsom sound great together, with Thao's slight husk baffling Joanna's high creak. The vocals are playful but never cartoonish, carefully executed but never too slight.

  • King Krule Octopus Video Bathtub Blood

    Watch King Krule Keep it Classy With an 'Octopus' and a Naked Lady

    If you haven't yet met King Krule, then perhaps you know him by another name: Zoo Kid, that preternaturally gifted and incredibly camera-ready teenager with a voice like Morrissey and all of the weight of the world on his thin little shoulders. In 2010, when England's Archy Marshall first appeared under his original nom de gloom, he was a rare and compelling talent — thankfully, he continues to deliver on that early promise even at the ripe old age of 18. In the new video for last year's vinyl release, "Octopus," the King dons a suit, smokes a cig, and sneers like an evil Sinatra as he paces a creepy scene. There's a naked woman in a bathtub filled with dark water, an inert octopus lying in a sink, and everything is cast in red light.

  • TNGHT R U Ready Kanye West Victoria's Secret

    Hear the TNGHT Song Kanye West Played at a Victoria's Secret Show

    Cross-continental "trap-rave" duo TNGHT have gotten a whole lotta mileage out of their single self-titled EP, and rightly so. That five-song set of wonked synths, 808 kicks, space age effects, and crunk cuts is a beast front to back — dastardly enough to inspire a hostile takeover by cartoon rap villain Captain Murphy, and compelling enough to squeeze a Breaking Out profile out of SPIN. But our neighbors are getting tired of hearing the same samples of barking dogs and shattering glass over and over again, so we're happy to have a new stomper with which to test the tolerance of our subwoofers.Fittingly enough, it's Neighbors Hate Us who point out that the just-leaked "R U Ready" was first heard in the hands of Kanye West at a Victoria's Secret show last year — yet more proof that the trap-rave trend is here to stay, as our own Brandon Soderberg explains.

  • Prince Billboard Interview Crazy Person

    Prince Lets His Freak Flag Unabashedly Fly During Interview

    In a new story on Prince, Billboard reveals that the tiny funk god directed writer Gail Mitchell to watch The Adjustment Bureau, the Matt Damon-starring 2011 action-thriller based on a Philip K. Dick novel, in order to prepare for their interview. She was also instructed to familiarize herself with the anonymous Twitter account that's been leaking his music of late (see "Same Page Different Book" and "Screwdriver"), and to watch a web interview between a Prince superfan and a blogger named Dr. Funkenberry (also a Prince superfan). All of this begs the question: At what point did the Purple One actually lose his mind?Was it when he famously became a glyph for awhile? Or that time that he told MTV that the Internet is "completely over"? Did it happen when he released the song, "Let's Go Crazy" as part of an integrated marketing scheme?

  • Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness Monsieur Adi Remix

    Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness' Remix Has Something for Everyone

    As far as aesthetics go, Lana Del Rey's is pretty specific: po(ut)-faced Jackie Onassis singing poetic gloom over halftime beatwork laden with heavy strings. But in the hands of the right remixer, even the most set-in-stone styles can be granted new context, and Parisian producer Monsieur Adi is no stranger to Lizzie's since he flipped "Born to Die" last year. But while most would be content to find a single fresh look for the song in question, this Frenchman's flip of "Summertime Sadness" plays like a five-minute mixtape as he fluidly (usually) switches over to a new vibe every 45 seconds, give or take. We start with Kanye West-style trap claps and symphonic sweep, then dive into decidedly Daft Punk electro, which transitions into some Chicago deep house, before we arrive at a halftime hip-hop beat, and exit with a bit of Skrillish microedits.

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