Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Best Moments St. Vincent

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014: The Best Moments, With Nirvana, Kiss, and More

    The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is underway at New York's Barclays Center. This year's honorees include a band nearer and dearer to SPIN's heart than any other: Nirvana. We're also pleased to see KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, and the E Street Band formally recognized, not to mention legendary talent managers Brian Epstein (the Beatles) and Andrew Loog Oldham (the Rolling Stones). Below, you'll find a frequently updated collection of the big night's best moments, captured via Twitter, Instagram, and Getty Images.A happy family:Unexpected candid moment w/ @Courtney, Michael Stipe & @tmorello at #rockhall2014 !!

  • Watch Factory Floor's Hypnotic 'How You Say' Video

    Watch Factory Floor's Hypnotic 'How You Say' Video

    Londoners Factory Floor cut a visceral swath through disparate dance halls, merging post-punk grit and acid house bounce into — as Philip Sherburne previously wrote — "taut, throbbing, overwhelmingly textural jams." The trio's rhythmic intensity and propensity for sweaty transcendence also lends their work to inspired reinterpretation, and their single "How You Say" is now getting the works.Above, you'll find a brand new music video for the propulsive, Technicolor track, which hails from the band's 2013 DFA album, Factory Floor. The hypnotic clip captures vocalist Nik Colk Void within a television, and she bops to the beat, wind in her hair, as eye-boggling visuals are projected onto the scene. "How You Say" is also being remixed across two digital EPs and three physical 12-inch singles being released in succession, starting April 15.

  • Peaches Geldof Dead 25 Unknown Cause

    Peaches Geldof Dead at 25

    Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25, reports BBC News. The English magazine writer, television presenter, and model leaves behind a husband — former S.C.U.M. vocalist Thomas Cohen — and two young sons. Astala is 1 year old and Phaedra's first birthday is April 24. The cause of death has not yet been identified. Police have only said that the loss was "unexplained and sudden." Geldof was the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and late broadcaster Paula Yates."We are beyond pain," her father told the BBC. Bob Geldof is known for, among many accomplishments, fronting the Boomtown Rats, starring in Pink Floyd's 1982 film The Wall, and organizing the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest, and the most bonkers of all of us. What a beautiful child.

  • Hunterchild 'Time Traveling Lover' Stream

    Hear Hunterchild's R&Beats Fantasy, 'Time Traveling Lover'

    Before Luke Aaron Jones and Marty Sprowles were Hunterchild, they played in Bloomington's Dreamers of the Ghetto. But when Jones and their bandmate went through a divorce, the group came to a close and a more pared-down vision was born. The two find more intimate footing here — the arena-ready breadth of a former life gives way to an R&Beats rebirth on "Time Traveling Lover," where a surging beat and falsetto vocals reign supreme. "I fantasize about ya, thinking 'bout your body next to mine," Jones coos. "I'm only dreamin' but I want to feel you real, real life." The rest of us will be able to feel the Hunterchild LP in real life on May 13 via Temporary Residence Ltd., though iTunes pre-order is up now.

  • Pyramid Vritra 'Spool' Video Indra Stones Throw

    Trip With Pyramid Vritra in 'Spool' Video

    Pyramid Vritra is Hal Williams, the 22-year-old artist who earned his initial shine as the co-founder of Odd Future offshoots the Super 3 and Jet Age of Tomorrow (his production partner Matt Martians went on to form the Internet). He's also a forklift operator at an unnamed home improvement store in South Los Angeles, but his co-workers don't know that he raps too. But if any of them stumble across the video above, the man's cover will be sufficiently blown. Vritra lets his freaky flag fly in the clip for "Spool" directed by Stella Kae and featuring psychedelic animation from Sillypants. While Pyramid sits within a pyramid, he invites us to "sip and trip," and a series of bizarre visuals involving the man flit across the screen. Pick up the Indra album from Stones Throw.

  • Museum of Love 'Monotronic' Video Pat Mahoney LCD Soundsystem

    Museum of Love Play Fierce Racquetball in 'Monotronic' Video

    Last we heard from Pat Mahoney's Museum of Love, the former LCD Soundsystem member was busy getting his David Byrne on with "Down South." But the second single from him and project partner Jee Day, a.k.a. Dennis McNany, has got a decidedly Brian Eno bent. Above you'll find the video for "Monotronic," in which director Andrew Dresher pits the producers against one another on the racquetball court. The hi-def, slo-mo shots of anguished swings somehow pairs well with the track's opening line — "I wasn't meant for this much happiness" — and almost meditative feel. This one will also feature on Museum of Love's self-titled debut album, which is done and mastered and set for a September release.

  • Dasher 'Go Rambo' Stream Atlanta Band

    Hear Dasher 'Go Rambo' on This Post-Punk Ripper

    If the raw bass that opens the track below doesn't tip you off, the title should. "Go Rambo" is an ecstatic, empowering, aggressive wild-out of a punk jammer from Dasher. The Atlanta posse is led by drummer/vocalist Kylee Kimbrough (with bassist David Michaud and guitarist Kelly Stroup) and has a penchant for squalling sonics influenced by the likes of Killing Joke and Patti Smith. The short-but-sweet ripper below arrives via 7-inch May 10, backed with "Time Flys," via Die Slaughterhaus Records.

  • Drake's 'Draft Day' Surprise Shouts Out Jennifer Lawrence

    Drake's 'Draft Day' Surprise Shouts Out Jennifer Lawrence

    That Frank Ocean surprise album was a terribly mean-hearted April Fools' Day hoax, but this new Lauryn Hill-sampling Drake song is legit. Proof that "Draft Day" is the genuine article: copious third-person lyrical selfies; timely sports metaphors; non-dis dis of a rhyming contemporary; and a none-too-sly in-song celebrity booty call. Regarding those last two, there's the part where the Toronto MC references our favorite Chicago rapper: "If I left this shit to chance, I would've picked a name like Chance the Rapper / No offense 'cause I don't know that nigga..." Oh, and in case everyone's favorite American Hustler co-star was wondering, "Jennifer Lawrence, you can really get it." Thanks to the handy download button, we can all get "Draft Day" below.

  • M&O 'Neighbor' Stream 'Almost Us' Milo Otis

    M&O's R&B Cuts Through the Ether on 'Neighbor'

    M&O were previously Milo & Otis, but they'll always be singer/loop-ist Jamila Woods and bassist/producer Owen Hill — two Chicago artists whose combined effort results in such lovely left-leaning R&B as the song you'll hear below. The duo worked with Chance the Rapper for their 2012 album The Joy, and they've got a fresh LP on the way April 3. Almost Us features M&O's trademark "adventure soul," an earthy thing that ranges from the lively "House" to more ethereal fare. The brand new taste, "Neighbor," falls in that latter category, perhaps paying a little tribute to the Auto-Tuned excellence of Bon Iver's "Woods" (reprised for Kanye West's "Lost in the World") as it slowly unfurls. Listen here:

  • Daft Punk Strong Bad Mashup Random Access Fhqwhgads Stream

    This Daft Punk, 'Homestar Runner' Mashup Is to the Limit

    Sure, plenty of folks are drooling over Daft Punk's new T-shirts (or the retro ads for said T-shirts), but above you'll find something that, to us at least, registers far higher on the delight scale and is enjoyable for the price of zero dollars. For fans of the early-aughts Flash-animated Internet series Homestar Runner, the half-helmet above will be instantly recognizeable. That's cartoon frenemy Strong Bad, who in the stream here reprises the lyrics to his beloved song, "Everybody To The Limit (Come On Fhqwhgads)," over every single song on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories — recast here as Random Access Fhqwhgads, of course. The gag is the same every time, but the fact that it works so well says ... well, something about the French 'droid-led disco revival. Revisit Homestar here. H/t A.V. Club.

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