Chris Martins

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  • 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.

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    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.

  • Deftones Koi No Yokan Stream

    Deftones Stream 'Koi No Yokan,' Launch the Rightful Successor to 'White Pony'

    Deftones are streaming their seventh album, the rightly anticipated Koi No Yokan, a week ahead of its release over at Rolling Stone. As implied by the teaser tastes previously received, "Tempest" and "Leathers," the new one comes closer to advancing the nuanced alt-metal glory of 2000's genuinely classic White Pony. It's got more grind overall, but the textures and tones counterbalance the guttural with a distinctly narcotic headiness."It's not a super fast or slow record. It's very dynamic," singer Chino Moreno told Billboard. "There's a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there's also this very soothing element where there's a lot of soundscapes rather than attack, attack, attack the whole time...

  • kesha die young video

    Ke$ha Leads Satanic-Lite Cult Orgy in 'Die Young' Video

    Ke$ha's upcoming Warrior LP is all about embracing one's inner wolf, but the video for lead single "Die Young" features a handful of people that the white girl rapper has converted into figurative sheep — Satan-worshipping, orgy-having, fancy-dancing sheep. The song itself is co-written by Nate Ruess of fun., and the folks in the new clip seem to be having some choreographed version of that as they carry their new cult leader Ke$ha into an abandoned Mexican church, then writhe with her in time to the hawt electro beatz. The footage is overlaid with chillwave triangles and spliced with shots of wolf-sex, but it all feels a bit too stiff to be all that crazy, sexy or cool. After you watch, catch up on your Ke$ha lore via Marc Hogan's analysis of the "Die Young" single, and Nicole Sia's detailed preview of Warrior, which is due out December 4 on RCA.

  • Dog Bite Prettiest Pills Washed Out Stream

    Listen to Dog Bite's Unapologetically Gnarly 'Prettiest Pills'

    Phil Jones may have played keyboards in Washed Out's touring outfit, but the Atlanta-based artist better known as Dog Bite has also been working on his own. With a deep, buzzing voice akin to Beck's world-weary, doomsday groan on Modern Guilt, he lords over a darkly swirling soundscape that owes as much to gnarled guitarplay as it does to hazed-out synthwork. Equal parts nasty shoegaze and 4AD moodiness, a song like "Prettiest Pills" does plenty to illustrate what this guy does best. While Dinowalrus' approach to rocktronic psychedelia is a happy one, Dog Bite's is angry and unapologetically so. "Prettiest Pills" is the first single from Jones' upcoming full-length debut, Velvet Changes, due February 5 on Carpark. Visit Dog Bite's Tumblr to hear more of his Jones' work, plus collaborations like Acid Flashback and Veux.

  • KNOX Here Stream

    Listen to KNOX's Acoustic Post-Dubstep Beauty 'Here'

    Nic and Eliza Coolidge are KNOX, a brother-sister pair from Boston whose sonic experiments land them somewhere between the taut, emotive beatwork of James Blake and the acoustically-powered atmosphere of Bon Iver. He handles the seething, surging production, and she weaves her ethereal coo throughout the beautifully shifting sonic playground. This introduction, fittingly dubbed "Here," hails from a forthcoming EP of the same name, due out on Last Night on Earth, the label run by Sasha (of "and Digweed" fame). "We are inspired by so much," the band has said of their influences. "From the consequential sound events of walking down the street, to 20th Century innovators, to vintage pop, to '80s industrial underground, to what are friends are playing.

  • taylor swift billboard charts

    Who Charted? Incumbents Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 Stay on Top of Billboard's Best

    First! After enjoying the biggest album debut sales week in over a decade, our pal Taylor Swift still sits strong in music's metaphorical oval office. Her SPIN-reviewed Red sold 72 percent fewer copies than its opening 1.21 million, but that's still good news. With an additional 344K units moved according to Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard, the crossover country platter surpasses Up All Night by 2012's boy band outbreak breakout One Direction to become the second biggest album of the year. She'll have to sell a whole lot more pizza pies, however, if she wants to catch up with Adele's 21, which has sold 4.13 million copies in 2012 despite being released in early 2011. Perhaps she's lamenting that CMAs snubbing after all.

  • Rolling Stones One More Shot Stream

    The Rolling Stones Deliver the Swaggering 'One More Shot'

    The Rolling Stones have taken a firm stance against laurel-resting in 2012, the year of the iconic rock and rollers' 50th anniversary. In addition to the upcoming Crossfire Hurricane biopic and the commemorative arena concerts, and as part of the career-spanning music anthology GRRR!, they've been releasing their first new music since 2005's A Bigger Bang. First there was the bluesy "Doom and Gloom" and now we have "One More Shot," a classic-Stones rocker featuring Mick Jagger swagger-groveling to a presumably apathetic lover or maybe even a fan. Whoever it is, they'd be foolish to turn away from those infectious na-na-nas and that roiling guitar once they hit. Looking good, old timers, looking good.

  • Weeknd Valerie Trilogy Stream

    The Weeknd Only Loves 'Valerie' on Latest 'Trilogy' Brooder

    We're not sure who this "Valerie" is, but if it's the same girl that the Zutons and Amy Winehouse sang about, it seems we finally know why she wouldn't come on over: the Weeknd got to her. Formerly enigmatic PBR&B icon Abel Tesfaye is all set to release his comprehensive Trilogy set on November 13, and as previously reported, the three-disc release not only compiles his three viral mixtapes, but includes three unreleased songs to sweeten the already darkly syrupy pot."Valerie" follows from a spate of new work — "Twenty Eight," the remastered "Wicked Games," and non-album track "Enemy" — and it's not out of character.

  • crystal castles III album stream

    Crystal Castles Stream Delightfully Dark Album '(III)'

    Crystal Castles' creatively titled third album (III) was originally due out yesterday, but was delayed a week, leaving (flesh?) hungry grave-wave fans unsated as they chewed on a few very promising early leaks: "Plague," "Telepath" and "Wrath of God." Now, about a week early or a day late depending on your point of view, the band is streaming the entire thing on Spotify.As vocalist Alice Glass implied to the NME back in July, (III) is unsurprisingly bleak, irreparably damaged and delightfully dark. "I didn't think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had," she said at the time, "but after witnessing some things, it just … the world is a dystopia. I'm one step away from being a vigilante. I've thought about it."We're thankful she and producer Ethan Kath decided to make another album instead of whatever the hell that could've meant.

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