Chris Martins

writer

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  • Paramore Hayley Williams

    Paramore's Hayley Williams Assures 'No Dubstep' Was Jammed Into New Album

    Paramore singer Hayley Williams has seemed genuinely ecstatic about her band's forthcoming long-delayed fourth album, Paramore, ever since it became clear that the trio had returned from the brink. Promises of a "brand new band" toting a "surreal" new sound have in turn stoked excitement in fans and the emo-pop curious among us, and though we heard a snippet of the new single "Now" yesterday, there are still many questions to be answered. Williams recently sat down with AbsolutePunk to do just that, and we've sorted through her responses for the highlight reel.1) On titling the new one Paramore: "It just wouldn't seem right to try and force a name when these songs hit us like lightning ... We called the record what it is. It's really us.

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    Watch Miguel Effortlessly 'Adorn' the 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

    Miguel's "Adorn" is no less than SPIN's sixth favorite song of 2012, "a pure-oxygen burst of lithe, brash, absurdly winsome #sexualhealing" that sounds miraculous whatever the context. The Southern California-born singer proved that handily last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, reigning seductively supreme even in the presence of Jersey Shore survivors Snooki and JWOWW, plus Bill Maher.Taking the stage in an exceedingly handsome hat, with a four-piece band backing him, Miguel makes excellence look effortless. He skips from side to side on the tips of his toes, howls in ecstasy, and beams small but powerful smiles out at the audience (who howl in return). Also, it should be noted that including the one he's got tacked to his waist, Miguel is rocking at least four chainz, just doesn't seem the least bit weighted down. This man is unflappable. Need further proof?

  • American Idol Steven Tyler Motley Crue Pick Sides In Escalating Legal Drama Kovac LaPolt

    Steven Tyler and Mötley Crüe Collaborate in Escalating Legal Drama With Manager-Attorney

    Members of Mötley Crüe have joined Steven Tyler in formally protesting the legal machinations of their once-shared management company, Kovac Media Group. The drama began back in October when boss man Allen Kovac sued Tyler's lawyer, Dina LaPolt, for allegedly botching his contract to continue on as an American Idol judge. As the Hollywood Reporter explains, the plaintiff claims that LaPolt "poisoned" the deal so badly producers refused to offer Tyler a raise entering his third season with the show. Kovac is seeking damages in excess of $8 million and has also accused the attorney of convincing Tyler to fire Kovac (which Tyler did) and withhold commission due Kovac owed from his Idol severance package.As if the plot weren't already thick enough, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars are now involved as Kovac has added new claims to his filing.

  • Sundance Channel New American Noise Documentary Clip Nicky da b new orleans bounce

    Nokia Music's 'New American Noise' Dives Deep Into Sissy Bounce Scene

    On January 18, the Sundance Channel is set to premiere New American Noise, a six-part documentary series by Nokia Music and Somesuch & Co. where each episode focuses on a different music scene within a different city. Rather than leave the lineup to a single curator or a room full of execs, the network sought out directors who already moved through rare circles in music, and asked them to tell the stories of these unique locales. The aim? To tell "the story of music's evolution in America while also capturing the perspectives of music fans from all walks of life."Abteen Bagheri, who has done music videos for A$AP Rocky, Delta Spirit and Blood Orange, has taken on indie Portland and New Orleans bounce. Emily Kai Bok, the brilliant eye behind Grimes' "Oblivion" clip, is covering the alt-rap scene in New York.

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    Kitty Pryde's 'Dead Island' Is Good Enough to Silence H8Rs

    Daytona Beach's Kitty Pryde may have had her big White Girl Rap Moment last year, but coy confessionals like "Okay Cupid" and "Justin Bieber" drew as many naysaying skeptics as they did jaw-dropping passersby and genuine aficianados. While the 19-year-old Tumblr "Prince$$" (as tattooed on her inner lower lip) has been a divisive hip-hop proposition to say the least, she's just released a new song that stands to change that."Dead Island" hails from her forthcoming D.A.I.S.Y. Rage EP, due out later this month, and it finds Pryde laying down fiercely cute, playful, and poignant verses over some gorgeously left-field sonics cribbed from U.K. producer Water. The beat's foundation is a downright Reichian vocal loop, while moody atmosphere and marching drums surge throughout.

  • Paramore New Single Now Preview Video New Sound

    Paramore 'Now' Sound Like Mathy Post-Rock: Preview the New Single

    Paramore's self-titled fourth album is due out April 9, and it will be the Tennessee emo-pop band's first in nearly four years. The reason for the delay? As slimmed-down trio put it in themselves December, they were becoming a "brand new band." We've finally got the first taste of the new Paramore via a video snippet of the forthcoming single, "Now," due to hit iTunes on January 22. "It just feels like the perfect way to start this new journey we are embarking on not only as a band but as a movement," the band wrote of the song last month. "To show people that you can lose battles but come back and win full on wars. You can rise from ashes. You can make something out of even less than nothing. The only thing you have to do is keep moving forward!"While we get less than a minute of it it above, we indeed see and hear a different side of Paramore.

  • Fun. Sight of the Sun Girls HBO Some Nights

    Fun. Share Uber-Upbeat 'Girls' Soundtrack Song 'Sight of the Sun'

    Last month we got our first taste of HBO comedy Girls' soundtrack via Santigold's girls-repping new song, "Girls." And although Girls, the band, quashed their beef with Girls, the show, they will not be on Girls, the album. Good news for fun-loving girls and guys, however, as fun., the band of New York guys, has shared their exclusive contribution to the HBO comedy about New York girls (and sometimes guys).Dubbed "Sight of the Sun," the previously unreleased track is an incredibly sunny, piano-plinking holdover from fun.'s fantastic 2012 LP, Some Nights.

  • Django Django Hand of Man Video the Beta Band John Maclean

    Watch Django Django's Trippy New 'Hand of Man' Video Directed by Beta Band Brother

    British art-poppers Django Django cover a lot of ground, from the angular New Wave dance of "Hail Bop" to the buzzing surf thrum of "Life's a Beach," but no matter what they set their minds to, the end result is consistently enthralling. The same could be said for their music videos, which seem to morph in both medium and style depending on the song's direction."Hand of Man" is another highlight from the quartet's 2012 debut, Django Django, but it's a mellow slice of lightly psych'd folk. Fittingly, the clip is black and white, and begins with David Maclean strumming an acoustic guitar on a couch at a very '70s-style warehouse party. His brother and former Beta Band member John Maclean directs, and soon transports us to a surreal picnic.

  • The Black Keys New Album Flaming Lips Tour

    The Black Keys' New Album Is Reportedly Underway for 2013 Release

    The Black Keys are nothing if not a couple of hard-driven, blues-slinging, sync-snatching, fest-crushing maniacs, so it should come as no surprise that despite having a huge year in their rearview — in which they saw El Camino go platinum — plus five Grammy nominations down the road, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are blazing onward. Nonesuch Records has just announced that the duo will be playing a series of special shows in April and May with special guests the Flaming Lips. (Mayhaps they can help Wayne Coyne get his cool back?)Better yet, the Keys are headed back into the studio this week to work on a new album, the NME reports.

  • Mikky Ekko the xx Chained Cover Pull Me Down

    Hear Mikky Ekko's Strange and Spare Cover of the xx's 'Chained'

    With a Rihanna collab under his belt and his own woozy soul finding new ears every day (via "Pull Me Down"), Nashville singer-producer Mikky Ekko is looking at a very promising 2013. Especially with hotly tipped beat weirdos like Clams Casino and Ryan Hemsworth in his corner. All things considered, this slick-tongued sensualist has got that whole tasteful mercurialism thing on lock, and he surprises us yet again with his new cover of the xx's "Chained." Recorded for DJ Annie Mac's eponymous BBC Radio 1 show, Ekko's version of the purgatorial Coexist highlight is strange and spare, built atop a breathy loop and fleshed out with Knife-style vocal warps and the man's own unadorned, always stirring singing. He also recorded a live version of "Pull Me Down" that eventually sheds its goopy atmosphere for crisp drums and languid guitar strum.

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