Chris Martins

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  • Amen Dunes 'I Can't Dig It' Colin Stetson Stream Godspeed

    Hear Amen Dunes Team With Godspeed, Bon Iver Players

    Shambolic psych-rock doesn't come much more tasty and unbound then "I Can't Dig It" by Amen Dunes. For this cut from the New York crew's May 13 Sacred Bones album, Love, boss man Damon McMahon press-ganged bari-sax buster Colin Stetson (Bon Iver) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor guitar-god Efrim Menuck, which goes a long way to explaining the echo-y excellence of what you'll hear below. It's dirty. It's pretty. And turns out we can dig it just fine. Hope you do too. Tour dates beneath the song.Amen Dunes tour dates:April 16 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern w/ Thee Silver Mt. Zion OrchestraApril 17 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Thee Silver Mt.

  • Neil Young A Letter Home Covers Album Jack White

    Neil Young Covers Bruce, Willie on 'A Letter Home'

    Neil Young's covers album A Letter to Home is out now on Jack White's Third Man Records. The surprise release comes with the long-awaited track list (and a $20 price tag for vinyl), which includes everything from Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown" to Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" to the Everly Brothers' "I Wonder if I Care as Much." As previously reported, the 10-song set was recorded at White's Nashville HQ, in Third Man's '40s-era Voice-O-Graph booth.As Young described the thing to SPIN last month, "[It's] a phone booth. It's all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl ... It's a funky old machine, it sounds like Jimmy Rogers or something." While rumors initially circulated that he and White were doing an entire album of duets, it soon became clear that the latter is only explicitly appearing on two songs.

  • OutKast Coachella Setlist Songs Live Reunion

    OutKast's Next Coachella Set May Feature Five More Songs

    Outkast's inaugural reunion set at Coachella wasn't without its hiccups. As reported, André 3000 and Big Boi's performance was cut off before it was over, leaving a just-arrived Killer Mike with a microphone in hand, but no electricity to assist. And fans' reactions were mixed, with some wishing the duo had eschewed the middle third (broken into two solo halves, basically) in favor of cramming in more hits. The Hollywood Reporter brings good news to those critics.Big Boi spoke briefly to the trade mag at the same Levi's Haus of Strauss party that saw the debut of Odd Future offshoot DJ Billy Jole. Asked about his and Dre's return to the stage, Daddy Fat Sax responded, "It's been good. It's been fun. It's been one date so far. A lot of family and friends came out.

  • Foo Fighters New Album Butch Vig Interview

    Butch Vig: Foo Fighters' Album Almost Halfway Done

    Dave Grohl has been a little distracted from his main project of late. There was little old Grammy win for the Sirvana— erm, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, and Grohl Sound City team-up "Cut Me Some Slack." And we're not sure if you noticed, but Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about a week ago, with a little assistance from Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde. But now we've got some Foo Fighters news.Mega-producer and Garbage man Butch Vig spoke to Kerrang (via NME) and said the band's made significant progress on their eighth album: "We've been recording at some different locations, but we're almost halfway done with the recording and it's going well. It sounds different — we've thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel.

  • Miguel Santana 'Indy' Stream Corazon Religious

    Miguel and Santana Want to Know You, Biblically

    While Frank Ocean seems content to stand on the banks of the mainstream and toss great ideas at passing vessels (i.e. Beyoncé), Miguel happily dove right in following the stellar reception of his breakout album, Kaleidoscope Dream. His list of collaborators seems to grow monthly — Mariah Carey, Big Sean, Wale, J. Cole — and now he's adding a very veteran name: Carlos Santana. The legendary guitarist has gotten the old band back together for the May 6 album Corazon, and now we can hear the Miguel team-up, "Indy." The spare song is half prayer, half come-on, as the vocalist says things like, "I would like to lay ya, way up in the Himalayas," and asks the female subject if she hurt herself falling from heaven. Listen to the slow-burner below.Here's Miguel speaking on his next album:

  • RZA Wu-Tang Christ Bearer Penis Cut Comment

    RZA Calls Wu-Tang Affiliate's Penis-Severing 'Mythical'

    There's been no shortage of weird Wu-Tang news lately, and now the Clan leader is weighing in on the strangest story making the rounds. On Wednesday, we reported that Andre "Christ Bearer" Johnson, a rapper affiliated with West Coast Killa Bees and one half of the duo Northstar, cut off his own penis and jumped off of a balcony. He survived, thankfully, but the RZA-discovered artist's actions leave more questions than answers. XXL posed a few of those to RZA.The Wu god currently on Raekwon's shit-list weighed in on the incident, saying, "That shit sound mythical," before sharing his condolences and deeper thoughts:I feel sad for his family first and foremost; I know he has children. I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he been in jail recently, he's been in trouble. Maybe he's mentally unstable.

  • ANTEMASQUE EP Stream Mars Volta

    Post-Mars Volta Band Antemasque Stream First Four Songs

    The Mars Volta's newest iteration, Antemasque, are gearing up to release their full-length album on July 15, and you can pre-order the entire thing now, for $4. Really. Below you'll find four of the group's songs, all streaming in one place. Purchase the official singles "4AM," "People Forget," and "Hangin' in the Lurch" via Bandcamp, and you'll not only get bonus track "Drown All Your Witches," but the entire Antemasque album on July 1 — two weeks ahead of the official release. We previously heard a preview of that last one, but now it can be experienced in all of its (intentionally) Rodriguez-channelling might. Although you've likely got the membership memorized by now, the group consists of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López, and drummer Dave Elitch, with some guest bass-work by Flea.Get into it:

  • Low Leaf 'Set Me Free' Stream AKASHAALAY

    Hear Low Leaf's Soaring Folktronic Soul Song 'Set Me Free'

    Low Leaf hails from the same city that's gifted us astrally minded folk and beat explorers like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Mia Doi Todd, and she pretty much possesses the skill-set of all three. The Los Angeles artist excels at harp, is adept at guitar, has a knack for production, knows classical piano, and sings with a wholly transfixing energy. But don't take our word for it. Just hit play on "Set Me Free" below, and hear that stuttering, soulful, and singular song do its thing. Despite the title, Low Leaf doesn't seem the least bit inhibited, and even brings in the rare collaborator or two — Snorlax on bass, Matthew Baker on drums — to experience the escape as it's happening. "Set Me Free" hails from AKASHAALAY, her fifth album, out April 29 on Fresh Selects. Pre-order digital or cassette here.Low Leaf's handwritten lyrics for "Set Me Free":

  • Hamilton Leithauser Black Hours Live Stream Walkmen

    Watch Hamilton Leithauser Play His Entire 'Black Hours' Album

    Erstwhile Walkmen boss Hamilton Leithauser is performing his entire new album at Joe's Pub in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET. That wouldn't be very useful information to virtually anyone reading this article right now, except for the fact that he's streaming the whole thing live via YouTube and Vulture. Hit play above to see where he's at in the Black Hours track list. As of publish time, he was running a little late.In related news, the Walkmen's "Heaven" wound up the scoring the swan song episode of the recently wrapped How I Met Your Mother. Also, while Leithauser has been sharing videos for songs such as "11 O'Clock Friday Night" and "Alexandra," his former bandmates have been busy as well. Walter Martin, for instance, wrote a perfect children's song about the Beatles. And Peter Matthew Bauer's got his "Latin American Ficciones."

  • Nirvana Rock Hall Induction Krist Novoselic Bass Tabs

    Krist Novoselic Bought a Nirvana Tabs Book to Learn Rock Hall Songs

    Krist Novoselic bought a Nirvana bass-tabs book ahead of the band's 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction so that he could relearn his parts. The Washington resident talked to Rolling Stone for their piece about the big night on April 10, when Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear played the grunge gods' classics fronted by Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde."I picked up a Nirvana tab book a week before to relearn my parts," said Novoselic, "but we weren't up to speed at first. But then it started to flow and it got better and better. Then it hit me and I got kind of somber. I was like, 'Oh my God. I'm playing these songs again.'"Grohl weighed in as well on the experience of returning to material they'd left behind two decades previous: "I haven't played those drum parts since I was 25. I'm 45 now. We played for 10 fucking hours each day.

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