Chris Martins

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  • Blink-182 EP Christmas

    Blink-182 Promise a New EP By Christmas

    Freshly freed from their major label oppressors, the now independent Blink-182 have plans to release a new EP before Christmas. This following singer-bassist Mark Hoppus' revelation that the summer of 2012 was a "dead zone" for great new music. As previously noted, the priapic-punk old schoolers have plans to right this wrong via a brand new full-length scheduled for next year. Apparently that day of reckoning wasn't coming quickly enough.First, Hoppus hopped on Twitter to tease the news:We're releasing some new blink-182 songs in a few weeks. Watch this space.— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) November 8, 2012And then singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge sealed the deal:New Blink EP for x mas... :)— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) November 8, 2012Last year, Blink-182 dropped Neighborhoods, their lackluster return after declaring an indefinite hiatus in 2005.

  • Azealia Banks Fierce Video Fashion

    Azealia Banks Gets 'Fierce' for U.K. Fashion Site

    In a short but sweet clip for Azealia Banks' "Fierce," the SPIN cover star struts, writhes, and wriggles like the mermaid-inspired fashionista we know her to be (check out our photo shoot with the New York mike-ripper). The song, of course, hails from her aquatically themed Fantasea mixtape, which reviewer Greg Tate described as "spontaneously combustive and utterly boisterous." While the video also doubles as promotion for England's online clothes-peddlers ASOS, the tie-in is neither egregious nor unexpected. Whether she's vamping through the streets of her city in big black hats and suspenders or calling out Dolce & Gabbana for using arguably racist imagery, Banks keeps one stilettoed foot firmly planted in the fashion world. "My only bad habit?" she asks on "Fierce," before answering her own question with the tiger-blood swagger of Charlie Sheen circa 2011: "My addiction to win."

  • Soundgarden Been Away Too Long Video

    Soundgarden Roar Back to Life With 'Been Away Too Long' Video, 2013 Tour Dates

    Those happily reunited beasts in Soundgarden have delivered the inaugural music video for their first full-length in 16 years, King Animal. Album cover designer Josh Graham directs this dystopic clip for the furious earth-shaker "Been Away Too Long," in which a woman in a straight jacket attempts to escape her gas mask-wearing captors and their ferocious guard dogs. Spoiler alert: The magical snow room is not what it seems.The video arrives on the same day as a tour announcement, which finds Soundgarden hitting the States hard come January 18, spending two nights each in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, and their hometown Seattle.

  • Yellow Loveless Japan My Bloody Valentine Boris Shonen Knife

    Boris, Shonen Knife Cover My Bloody Valentine on Japanese Tribute 'Yellow Loveless'

    It's been an uncharacteristically big week for shoegaze godfathers My Bloody Valentine. First, the Black Lips rallied for the band's pardon in the high court of All Tomorrow's Parties, and then Kevin Shields announced that, after 21 years, there will at last be a followup to their minted classic, 1991's Loveless, which was reissued in May.Now, perhaps in honor of MBV's February gigs in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan's High Fader Records is releasing a full-album cover of that same seminal LP featuring all Japanese artists, due January 23. And, as Beats Per Minute reports, it's called Yellow Loveless. Really.

  • the very best kondaine video seye acoustic

    See The Very Best Perform Cozy, Acoustic 'Kondaine'

    In his review of the Very Best's SPIN Essential MTMTMK, Andy Beta explains that at this point, the Malawi-to-London electro-acoustic dance dudes "are beacons of global pop, which in 2012 means heading directly to the club." That may be true of the giddy, Europop-fueled album version of "Kondaine," which features British youngster Seye. But in this new video, the Very Best deliver the kind of intimate, raw performance you'd want to take in, say, while camping in the woods. In fact, they deliver this rendition amongst the trees in San Diego's Balboa Park while a Super 8 camera whirrs quietly in front of them. To call this clip warm — its sound, its visuals, its vibes — would be an understatement. Cozy is more like it, and about as far away from the club as you can get.

  • Rihanna Victoria's Secret Facebook Live

    Rihanna Denies Chris Brown Relationship, Praises Tits and Ass on 'Facebook Live'

    At 4 p.m. PST, Rihanna, who recently surpassed Eminem as the most popular person on Facebook with a staggering 62 million likes, gave a live and clearly uncensored interview to Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen via Facebook Live. Eleven days away from the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic, she was playful, engaged, and maybe kinda sloshed.When Cohen asked her to name her favorite Rihanna song is, Riri (who likes her nickname, by the way) took a long pause, and then responded, "It used to be 'Umbrella' before 'Diamonds.' That's a real powerful song to listen to... it sucks you in, even if you're in the club, it fucks with your head." She laughed. "This is deep, I know.

  • Against Me Laura Jane Grace teeth broken

    Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Breaks Teeth at Show, Wants 'Diamond Grill Like Kanye'

    An Against Me! show took a gnarly turn last night when singer Laura Jane Grace was apparently hit in the face by her microphone stand, breaking a couple of teeth. Reports of the incident at the Soapbox Lounge in Wilmington, North Carolina have varied, via KROQ and Punknews.org, and come mostly from the band's Facebook page.According to one fan, a "crowdsurfer knocked a micstand into her face, shattered teeth, she slammed her guitar on the ground, walked off stage, show aburptly ended, mid-song. other than that...it was amazing!" But another apologized, "on behalf of those douchebags that stormed the stage and stopped the show tonight."Laura Jane Grace herself responded today via Twitter:For those asking, last night my mic was kicked into my face and it shattered a couple of teeth.

  • stream album soundgarden deftones green day

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lana Del Rey, Deftones, and More

    Another bounty of full-album streams is upon us. Clear your day and hit play.1) Soundgarden, King Animal. "A vicious, canny brute hopped up on punk, metal and mutant blues ... diverse in its approach to the heavy." - SPIN (via iTunes)2) Lana Del Rey, Born to Die: The Paradise Edition. "She hasn't grown up, but the love-starved Lolita mantle is one she's proud to wear." - SPIN (via OMG!)3) Green Day, ¡Dos!. "More back to garage-band basics with a notable detour or two via sassy white girl rap and bright Britpop." - SPIN (via Rolling Stone)4) Crystal Castles, (III). "Good news for those who dig grave-wave. Unsurprisingly bleak, irreparably damaged, and delightfully dark." - SPIN (via Spotify)5) Deftones, Koi No Yokan.

  • SXSW 2013 Bands Guide Alt-J

    SXSW 2013: Alt-J, the Zombies, Thurston Moore, WHY? Fill Out Initial Lineup

    The folks behind annual Austin music bacchanal South By Southwest have announced the first round of bands set to play the 2013 event, which will run March 12 through 17. Lest we forget the enormity of the massive fest, this initial list tops out at a whopping 230 performers — the total is typically over 2,000 official acts, with countless more showing up to play any street corner, drinking hole, or house party that'll have them. While organizers' vow that this'll be their "greatest and most diverse line up to date," will be tough to quantify, these early confirmations include a whole lot of promise and hail from all over the world.

  • drake the weeknd zone video trilogy

    Watch the Weeknd and Drake Sulk as They Enter 'The Zone'

    Last summer, when the Weeknd was still a whispered-about PBR&B enigma, the Canadian singer-producer surprised fans with a Drake cameo on his second mixtape, Thursday. Naturally, the team-up made a lot of sense: While Drake was pushing his moody, minor-chord YOLO doctrine to the mainstream, Abel Tesfaye was going even deeper, even bleaker, in the underground (which is to say, the Internet).More than a year later, with the Weeknd signed to a major and his Trilogy mixtape comp due out November 13, each reappears in the Tesfaye-directed video for that 2011 collab "The Zone." The clip furthers the visual references of the O.G. release. A pretty girl in lingerie lounges in a House of Balloons, smiling and sipping champagne while a mirror reveals that the Weeknd is filming her.

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