Chris Martins

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  • The Mighty Hannibal Dead 74 Funk Soul James Shaw

    The Mighty Hannibal, Funk-Soul Iconoclast, Dead at 74

    The Mighty Hannibal has died. According to Norton Records founder Billy Miller, the man born James Timothy Shaw passed away on Thursday, January 30, at the age of 74. The funk-soul singer, songwriter, and producer released precious few album in his time — 1973's Truth, 1998's Who Told You That, and the 2001 Norton compilation Hannibalism — but he was influential among and beloved by his fellow musicians.His passing seems to have been quite sudden. "Very, very sad news," wrote Miller on Facebook, sharing a vintage photo of the Atlanta born, raised, and based artist wearing his signature pink turban, a blue tie, and a sharp-looking suit. "Norton Records superstar The Mighty Hannibal has passed away. We do not have the full details. He called Norton HQ this morning and was his usual upbeat self and all seemed fine. This is devastating news.

  • SXSW Film Hendrix ASAP Rocky Swedish House Mafia Movie

    SXSW Films: Andre 3000 as Hendrix, A$AP Rocky, Swedish House Mafia, More

    With a guestimate of 1,789,579 bands (give or take) attending Austin's South by Southwest in March, it's easy to forget that the event also includes an entire film festival. A tech one, too, but the movie lineup has just been announced, and Billboard has handily broken down the music-related films set to play. Many of them are U.S. or world premieres, including the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000, and documentaries on A$AP Rocky and Swedish House Mafia.All Is by My Side is John Ridley's drama about the legendary guitarist — it's gotten mixed reviews outside of the States, but in light of the OutKast excitement, it can't help but be a must-see. SVDDXNLY digs into the daily grind of a certain gold-grilled Harlem MC and his A$AP Mob, with input from Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Kathy Griffin, Jeremy Scott, Rihanna, and others.

  • Jay Z Stash Spot Empire State of Mind for Sale Apartment

    Own Jay Z's 'Empire State of Mind' Stash Spot for $870,000

    At last, a gift for the diehard Jay Z fan and/or crack-cocaine history aficionado who has it all: the very apartment where Sean Carter used to "cook." For $870,000, you can own unit 10C at 560 State Street, New York City, New York, Hov's Brooklyn "stash spot" identified by address in the smash hit "Empire State of Mind." There's an open house planned for February 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. if you're in the area (and in the market). Better still, there's a virtual tour set to stock piano music.No really. Click on that last link and marvel in the experience of listening to those hopeful keys, dramatic synths, and chill drums while coasting through Jay's old drug den like the ghost of crack-mas future. We'll wait. Anyhow, the listing is up on real estate hub Zillow, and explains how the c. 1900 townhouses "were repurposed to create a unique enclave of 39 residences ...

  • Ms. Lauryn Hill 'Final Hour' Live Video Miseducation

    Watch Ms. Lauryn Hill Rip Through 1998's 'Final Hour' Live

    Ms. Lauryn Hill has shared another visual highlight from her first post-prison show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on November 27 and it's just as striking as the last clip. In December, fans were treated to an 11-plus-minute dubbed-out performance of "Ex-Factor," the second single from her 1998 landmark record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Now we get the deeper album cut, "Final Hour," which finds her once again at the helm of her incredibly in-the-pocket band, but this time rapping rapidly over a heavy funk groove. The "working hard" refrain at the end seems particularly apropos considering this band's hustle. For upcoming dates, visit the Ms. Lauryn Hill site.

  • Yuck 'Athena' Stream Southern Skies EP

    Yuck Preview Surprise EP With Dreamy 'Athena'

    Yuck dropped one of the more excellent and underrated albums of 2013 with Glow & Behold, which also happened to be their first release after losing singer Daniel Blumberg (now Hebronix) and promoting guitarist Max Bloom to the position. The transition was surprisingly painless for the listener, and the Londoners are now celebrating their renewed chemistry with a brand new EP dubbed Southern Skies. You can hear the first taste of that four-song spring release below. "Athena" begins with a characteristically dreamy vibe — lilting rock and shoegaze warp — and eventually explodes with clanging heaviness.

  • Ellen DeGeneres Beats Music Commercial Video Dillon Francis

    Watch Ellen Pop-Lock to Dillon Francis in Beats Music Super Bowl Ad

    On The Ellen Degeneres Show on Thursday, the dancing-prone host revealed that she's starring in a Beats Music commercial set to debut during the Super Bowl. Then, moments later, she debuted the thing herself, saying, "I had so much fun shooting the commercial and you're really not supposed to see it before the Super Bowl, but it's my birthday and it's my show so I get to do what I want." Which is also a theme of the clip, which can be seen above.In the Goldilocks-inspired ad, DeGeneres is on the hunt for the perfect playlist. Papa's choice is too heavy (Black Sabbath's "Paranoid") and Mama's selection is too country (Brandy Clark's "Stripes"). Meanwhile, the teenager is an EDM fan — enter Dillon Francis' "I.D.G.A.F.O.S.," which inspired Ellen to bust out a few moves. We won't spoil the ending, but it turns out that Aloe Blacc's "Can You Do This" is juuuuuust right.

  • Pete Seeger PBS Documentary American Masters Stream

    Get to Know Pete Seeger in This Free Streaming PBS Documentary

    Pete Seeger's passing on Monday, January 27, was a sad affair, but the man accomplished an incredible amount in his 94 years on this earth, and if he can give us anything in death, it's a chance to revisit that admirable life. We recently shared excerpts from the folk lion's impressive testimony at the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. Now PBS is streaming their 2008 American Masters documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, online in full.The 90-minute movie (watch it above) was the first authorized filmic biography of the artist, and paints a portrait of someone who "deeply believed in the power of song [and was] convinced that individuals can make a difference" despite being frequently misunderstood (and occasionally blacklisted) by his contemporaries.

  • Lorde Age Birth Certificate James Blake Cover Video

    Lorde Age-Truthers Surface 17-Year-Old's Birth Certificate

    Lorde had a helluva run at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, but the widening spotlight surrounding the New Zealand star brings with it some unwanted attention, too — specifically from tongue-in-cheek "truthers" who call her age into question. But The Hairpin has put that to rest by obtaining the young artist's birth certificate. Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor came into this (cruel, accusatory) world on November 7, 1996. So yeah, she's 17. Also: not Māori, if you were wondering.Now that the matter is settled, the rest of us can continue to feel woefully under-accomplished as we watch footage of Lorde's homecoming show at Auckland's Silo Park on Wednesday, January 29. Above, she covers Best New Artist nominee James Blake to her rapturous audience. In her hands, "Retrograde" sounds excellent as always.

  • Beaty Heart 'Kanute's Comin' Round' Stream Mixed Blessings

    Hear Beaty Heart's Expanding Psych-Pop Balloon 'Kanute's Comin' Round'

    South London's Beaty Heart make swirling psych-pop without succumbing to the overly heady inclinations of some of their peers. The first share from their 2014 debut album Mixed Blessings was the rightly named "Lekka Freakout" — the trio's songs are the stuff of barefooted stomping and heartfelt handclaps. For further wilding, click on "Kanute's Comin' Round" below. The tropical treat bursts with the Beach Boys' blissful harmonies and Animal Collective's frenetic percussion. Figure in a wee bit of Akron/Family's understated jams and Liars' off-kilter playfulness, and you've got the beating heart of, well, Beaty Heart.The group's debut was recorded with Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild, Kylie Minogue) and is currently slated for a May 12 release. Nusic Sounds officially drops "Kanute's" March 3.

  • Justin Bieber Chance Rapper 'Confident' Video

    Justin Bieber Plays a Douche in 'Confident' Video With Chance the Rapper

    Against steep odds, Justin Bieber's music makes it back into the headlines with this late-in-the-day release of the video for his Chance the Rapper-assisted "Confident." As previously noted, this song decidedly doesn't suck. Of course, our Rapper of the Year is a delight to hear no matter who he's rhyming with, but even the guy that the United States is currently trying to exile by popular vote comes out looking good — well, figuratively speaking. In the video, the Biebz is a douche. Due respect to directors Colin Tilley and Nico Weisenet. The clip itself is a lot of fun, finding a gang of dancers who move and groove to the whims of the clip's female love interest. But there's that little skit in the middle where Bieber hits on the girl, and you think he's being winkingly corny, and then you realize he's not, and that he has no idea that he's actually an utter douche-bag.

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