Chris Martins

writer

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  • Sum 41 Deryck Whibley Halloween Avril Lavigne Chad Kroeger Nickelback

    Nickelback Bro Disses Sum 41 Guy for Avril Lavigne Costume

    Nickelback rank high on SPIN's list of The 30 Biggest Punching Bags in Pop Music History, but this is a special kind of low. As we reported, jaws agape, back in August, the brotastic band's main man Chad Kroeger is currently engaged to human tie rack Avril Lavigne.Well, over the weekend, Lavigne's ex-husband Deryck Whibley (he of Sum 41) went to a Halloween party with his girlfriend dressed up as the betrothed-to-be, but in reversed gender roles.The above picture of Whibley and Ari Cooper has been circulating via Tumblr. Kroeger, who would absolutely have to have a sense of humor after fronting a band deemed a sex repellant for this long, responding in playfully dickish kind using Nickelback's Twitter account:Hey Deryck loved the costumes! we were going to dress up as you guys this year but all the parties had celebrity themes haha!

  • Terry Callier

    Terry Callier, Folk-Jazz Pioneer, Dies at 67

    Singer-songwriter Terry Callier has died at the age of 67 following an 18-month battle with throat cancer. Callier began recording 50 years ago and was an unsung pioneer in the sort of mystically infused folk-jazz that remains the raison d'être of crate-digging reissue labels. According to England's Mr. Bongo Records — home to his partially Massive Attack-produced final album, 2009's Hidden Conversations — Callier passed away on Saturday, October 27, surrounded by friends and family at a hospital in his native Chicago.Callier got his start singing with doo-wop groups as a teen, and was friends with Curtis Mayfield and Impressions founder Jerry Butler.

  • Death From Above 1979 New Songs Tour

    See Death From Above 1979 Thrash Out New Songs on Tour

    SPIN has been faithfully following Death From Above 1979's barn-storming reunion rounds ever since the spaz-punk destroyers reappeared last year. Their well-received run of festival appearances — Austin City Limits, Sasquatch, SXSW, Lollapalooza — saw the duo playing from their only album, 2004's excellent You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, but last night DFA debuted a handful of new songs for their Canadian tour kickoff in Ontario.Last month on the band's blog, drummer/singer Sebastien Granger announced that fresh material was indeed on its way, saying, "Jesse [F. Keeler] and I have been writing new songs and the only way we feel like we can make them any good is to go out and play them for people. We’re going to throw our little muscle bound babies to the lions and see who survives. We tried just jumping into the studio, but the songs lacked spirit.

  • Nicki Minaj Va Va Voom Video Middle Earth

    Nicki Minaj Visits Middle Earth in 'Va Va Voom' Video

    Whoa Frodo, keep that Bilbo in your Baggins. Nicki Minaj gets her sassy Galadriel on in the new video for "Va Va Voom," a Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single that spends a lot of time contemplating the One Thing that guides it. For the Hype Williams-directed clip, Minaj takes on a variety of fairy tale fantasies that cast her alternately as an idyllic babe, a damsel in distress, a sleeping beauty, and a wicked witch. Meanwhile, she's rescued or ravished by a cast of strapping men, in a land not dissimilar to The Lord of the Rings' Middle Earth.This is the sixth single and ninth video to hail from Roman Reloaded, following "The Boys" featuring Cassie and the guest-packed "Come on a Cone" clip, and it arrives on the eve of the much-milked April album's November 19 re-release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up.

  • DaVinci Nothin Finna Stop Me Download

    Hear DaVinci's Swaggering 'Nothin Finna Stop Me'

    One of SPIN's 5 Best New Artists for October, San Francisco MC DaVinci maintains "one foot in the decades-old tradition of confessional, slightly askew Bay Area gangsta rap and the other planted firmly in of-the-moment, grabs-from-whatever Internet street rap." His Feast or Famine set from last year made our 50 Mixtapes You Need Now list, and his new LP The MOEna Lisa is looking like an essential of 2012. As the young rapper presciently titles this Block Beataz-produced song in swaggering Bay-speak, "Nothin Finna Stop Me."

  • D'Angelo Voodoo Vinyl Reissue

    D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' to Be Resurrected on Vinyl

    With D'Angelo's surprise Bonnaroo set and talk circulating about time spent in the studio, public hunger for something — anything — new from the man is arguably as high and frothing as it's ever been. That, of course, means the time is ripe for something old to be dressed up as something new and made available just in time for Christmas.Voila! The R&B master's 2000 opus Voodoo is getting a vinyl reissue come December 11. Thankfully, the job has been assigned to those purveyors of classy unearthings at Light in the Attic.

  • Danny Brown Witit Video XXX NSFW

    Watch Danny Brown's 'Witit,' a NSFW Pen and Pixel Dream

    Danny Brown is "Witit" and so are the sapphic animated nipple-less pixies who grace the living album cover that is the centerpiece of the video for the XXX bonus track. "Witit" is a wonky, space-trap blaster with raunchy implications delivered in slightly cyphered code — "Lewinski," "Bobby and Whitney," "Christina" — so it's only natural that the clip should revolve around a lewd Pen and Pixel-style GIF tableau created by Bijoux Altamirano. The rest of the footage is your standard fare: dimly lit club, crawling strippers, A-Trak cameo, etc. The vintage Internet vibes and seapunk flavor bring to mind Wallpaper.'s recent "Puke My Brains Out" lyric video, and, in fact, Brown and the Epic-signed pop weirdo "covered" Adele's "Rumor Has It" last year.

  • AraabMuzik New Songs 'After Hours' Styles P 'Araab Styles'

    AraabMuzik Drops Clubby 'After Hours' and Styles P Collab 'Araab Styles'

    Fresh off his MPC-pummeling appearance at SPIN's CMJ party, AraabMuzik has surprised fans with a darkly dance-oriented song, "After Hours." He shared the new one via SoundCloud — where you can also find recent drop "Runway Bass" and his remix of "Never Say Die" by SPIN cover stars Sleigh Bells — at about the same time Pitchfork TV debuted Styles P's gritty Muzik-produced "Araab Styles." The ratchet-ass video for that creatively titled track can be seen below. The producer's range and influence are broad indeed — AraabMuzik has his own entry in the Animal Collective Centipedia, and recently linked with Danny Brown for an impromptu live rendition of the XXX rapper's "Molly Ringwald." Give the thumb-drummer some.

  • Alt-J Breezeblocks Jools Holland Video

    See Alt-J Crush 'Breezeblocks' on 'Jools Holland'

    Rising electronic folk 'n' b concern Alt-J stopped by BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland yesterday to, in the parlance of our times, handily crush a live rendition of their hypnotic single "Breezeblocks." In the video above, singer Joe Newman stoically delivers his surprisingly smooth mumble-slur, his voice coasting in and out of the stormy instrumentation and copious harmonies provided by the British band. It's a stunner of a performance that ads heft to Jim James' praise of Alt-J in a July interview with SPIN: "I saw them play in Germany at one of the festivals we played [and] it kind of gave me this good, foreboding feeling. It was like seeing one of the great bands very young." And if you haven't yet seen it, treat yourself to the video of "Tessellate," another fantastic single from Alt-J's Mercury Prize-nominated album An Awesome Wave.

  • Nude Beach Some Kinda Love Video Tour Dates

    Watch Nude Beach Levitate a Goat in 'Some Kinda Love' Video

    In the new video for Nude Beach's rip-roaring "Some Kinda Love," the Long Island-bred boys do their thing on a small stage while an off-camera bro narrates via on-screen text. Tom Scharpling, the real Tom Scharpling, writes and directs the clip, which begins earnestly enough. Biographical bits such as, "Chuck and Ryan met when they were in fifth grade," and, "The band really likes pizza" lead the story, but soon enough, the guy runs out of things to say, and we get lies about levitation and dating drama. SPIN, on the other hand, has not run out of things to say about Nude Beach. "Some Kinda Love" hails from their heartland-punk opus II, which we reviewed at length, and the band were recent Breaking Out stars as well.

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