Chris Martins

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  • Merchandise Anxiety's Door Totale Night

    Merchandise Share Itchy 'Anxiety's Door' From New 'Totale Night' LP

    Floridian noise-poppers and recent SPIN Breaking Out stars Merchandise are back with another one: the itchy seven-minute song "Anxiety's Door," the first sampling of the trio's just-announced Totale Nite album, due this spring on the low-flying Night People label. That, of course, follows up the group's fantastic 2012 debut, Children of Desire, which gave us the genuinely scary "In Nightmare Room" video and a great rooftop recording of "Become What You Are." This latest song certainly doesn't reinvent the band, but we weren't looking for that anyhow.

  • Destiny's Child Nuclear New Song Love Songs

    Destiny's Child Reunite for 'Nuclear' First Song in Eight Years

    Last summer, Beyoncé's father and former manager Mathew Knowles stoked up Destiny's Child reunion rumors when he told Huffington Post that a pair of retrospective compilations were on the horizon, which would feature "new material." The first of those sets arrived in October — Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child — sans any big surprises, but the second has just been announced, and it features the first freshly recorded song from the R&B ladies in eight years. Love Songs, due January 29, promises "mainly ... romantic gems recorded between 1997 and 2004," but also includes a track called "Nuclear" produced by Pharrell Williams and featuring the final DC lineup: Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. In other Bey news, the soon-to-be Super Bowl XLVII halftime heroine appears in a new GQ profile that unfortunately includes very few revelations

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    Watch Alice in Chains' 'Hollow,' an All-Too Familiar Sci-Fi Thriller

    Seen Moon, Prometheus, and Event Horizon but always wondered what a six-minute, mid-budget mashup of those three sci-fi thrillers would look like? With a score designed by the grunge forefathers who directly inspired Godsmack into existence? Well, Alice in Chains have got you covered with the official video for "Hollow," the first single from their still untitled forthcoming 2013 album. Back in December, the Seattle O.G.s shared the song via a pretty rad lyric video compiling fan photography of the song's dark and mysterious words (example: "Easy to feed off a weaker thing / Harder to say what I really mean.") in various scenarios and scenes.

  • Foxygen No Destruction Smoke Pot Subway

    Foxygen Seek Subway Pot-Smokers on Dylanesque 'No Destruction'

    The young dudes in Foxygen have an incredible knack for making old soul music. The Los Angeles-based duo's early experiments with nostalgia-tinged noise took glorious shape on last year's Take the Kids Off Broadway  with an assist from the mighty producer/player/Shins member Richard Swift. The gifted soundman returns for the boys' January 22 album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, and we've already heard a couple examples of their friendly mysticism. There was the appropriately titled, mildly funky "Shuggie" in late November, and the swooning, lovely "San Francisco" (with its appropriately '60s-flavored video) arrived earlier this week. Now we have "No Destruction" to mull over with its easy-rambling beat, Dylanesque phrasing and warm poetry about smoking pot on the subway and sipping milkshakes in hotel parlors.

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    Justin Timberlake is 'Ready' to Release His New Album

    It looks like the worst-kept secret in music is finally officially out: Justin Timberlake has plans to release his long-awaited, still untitled third album, the first since 2006's well-remembered FutureSex/LoveSounds. While he hasn't outright said those exact words, this morning his website posted a YouTube clip called, "I'm Ready," in which the former 'NSYNC star and recent Myspace reviver takes a minute-long walk before winding up in the vocal booth at a studio. He narrates along the way, dramatically laying out his struggle as a recording artist before we join the real Justin who says to his off-camera producer (Timbaland, it's rumored), "I'm ready."Timberlake sent out an enigmatic Tweet yesterday now revealed to be the release date and time of today's clip, directed by John Urbano (One Direction, Lissie, Alexi Murdoch).

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    Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving Announce Debut Album for Matador

    Last year, we hipped you to the impending arrival of Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving, a new quartet that expands upon the heavier and more discordant tendancies of the singer/guitar hero's recently AWOL band, Sonic Youth. The estimable Matador Records sneaked out three hugely promising songs from the group — anchored by Keith Wood (guitar), Samara Lubelski (bass) and John Moloney (drums) — last summer, but finally there's a formal announcement: CLM will release their debut LP, Chelsea Light Moving, on March 5. What's more, the crew will hit the road for their first official U.S. tour on March 2.Here's everything we know so far.

  • The Lovely Bad Things Fried Eyes

    Hear the Lovely Bad Things' Surf-Spackled, Pixies-Informed 'Fried Eyes'

    If Pixies were Los Angeles surf punks instead of Boston smartypantses, they might've sounded a lot like the Lovely Bad Things. The boy-girl vocal exchange that powers this rambunctious quartet's infectious songs is positively Frank and Kim, but the playful humor and slackerly vibes are their own, making the band's music an enticing addition to the conversation.

  • Dave Grohl Sound City Players Stevie Nicks John Fogerty Foo Fighters Nirvana

    Dave Grohl's Sound City Supergroup Swells With Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, and More

    Last week we hipped you to the impending presence of a Dave Grohl-assembled band set to play the Sundance Film Festival on January 18. The occasion, of course, is the premiere of Grohl's Sound City documentary about a legendary Los Angeles recording studio, and the brand new outfit was supposed to be made up of "core musicians and special guests" featured in the film.

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    Widowspeak Offer Slippery Psych-Folk on 'Thick as Thieves'

    As we inch ever closer to the release of Widowspeak's second Captured Tracks album, Almanac, we get yet another angle on the Brooklyn-based dream-pop outfit. "Ballad of the Golden Hour" was a mellow strummer prone to moments of confident cacophony. "Dark Age" was a tough but pretty grinder in the tradition of Warpaint, offset with bright bursts of highlife guitar. And now we have "Thick as Thieves," the quietest of the bunch, but a slippery little devil nonetheless. Singer Molly Hamilton coos out smoky, arcane-sounding meditations about forgetting the past while the band weaves a dark, psych-kissed tapestry behind her. What sounds like a buzzing accordion sets the tone while jangling strum, warm bass notes, and fingers sliding on strings flesh out the rest.

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    Watch the Soft Moon Freak Out in Harrowing 'Die Life' Video

    The Soft Moon may have began as the bedroom project of San Francisco's Juan Velasquez — a producer's melding of bleak Morricone-style film music and nasty punk-addled No Wave like Suicide — but it's since evolved into a vicious living beast. To wit, last year's Zeros LP is a brutal darkwave dream powered by a highly aggressive undercurrent. The album's songs absolutely slay on the road, where Vasquez shreds and howls at the front of a five-piece band while projections flicker over and swirl around the ensemble. The video for "Die Life" captures all of this intensity and artistry quite perfectly, depicting the Soft Moon in black and white, surrounded by static-blasting televisions while they play furiously.

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