Chris Martins

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  • Cat Power cancels tour european health

    Actually, Cat Power Did Cancel Her Tour

    The tour was on. The tour was off. The tour was on and now, sadly, it's off again. Last week, Cat Power hit Instagram to announce that she may have to cancel her European jaunt due to "bankruptcy and my health struggle with angioedema." The very next day, November 1, it seemed she'd figured out a workaround for the first problem: "EUROPEAN TOUR IS ON. WITHOUT STAGE PRESENTATION. HARD MONEY WASTED."Unfortunately, the second problem persists, and Cat Power is officially postponing her overseas dates, which were set to commence November 26 in Amsterdam, and wrap in Brussels on December 14. Angioedema is a sudden and potentially severe swelling similar to hives, and often triggered by allergens, which can result in airway obstruction.

  • Ex Cops James True Hallucinations Stream

    Listen to Ex Cops' Power-Twee Jewel 'James'

    With a little bit of twee in their veins and some power-pop propulsion behind their once demure, bedroom-born songs, Brooklyn's Ex Cops (recent Best 5 New Artists alums) craft the kind of music that warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer. Vocally, you'll find some Nick Lowe in Brian Harding's smart delivery, while co-founder Amalie Bruun lends harmonies that give it all a sense of uplift. And there's a Feelies-feeling jangle that pushes new single "James" forward as well, fleshed out by the other three players that joined before the pair started to record their John Siket-produced (Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth) debut, True Hallucinations, due out January 22 via Other Music Recording Co..

  • Dinowalrus House Divided Stream

    Hear Dinowalrus' Woozy Rave-Rock Single 'House Divided'

    "House Divided" is a fitting name for the new single from Brooklyn psychedelic wanderers Dinowalrus. The three-piece, led by singer/guitarist Pete Feigenbaum has made their name by infusing narcotic rock'n'roll with older, organic strains of electronic music. While previous outings have explored old Madchester tropes a la Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays, or gone back a bit farther still to New York No Wave, recent forays have sent the band pinwheeling into the wilds of '90s ambient house — folks like the Orb and Yellow Magic Orchestra. (Listen closely and you might hear nods to modern hybridized cousins like Bear in Heaven as well.) Of course, Dinowalrus are their own beast, and they sway to their own druggy drum. Word is the band just wrapped up recording on their third album, with Violens' Jorge Elbrecht lending a hand on the mix.

  • Alt-J Fitzpleasure Video An Awesome Wave

    Alt-J Contort Bodies, Reality in 'Fitzpleasure' Video

    Stateside audiences are only now getting familiar with the art-addled, propulsive pop majesty of English band Alt-J, but, really, that's a gift. Their September LP debut An Awesome Wave just took home Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize with good reason — the album is a stunner to take in on the first listen, and its unusual allure only seems to grow on repeated spins. Perhaps it's the enigma in the group's sound and lyrics, a quality which they make a point to highlight in their reality-augmenting music videos.

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    Animal Collective's 'Crimson' Is a Goopy Tropical Hallucination

    Singles mean something different to Animal Collective. As Nick Murray explained in his review of the band's Essential-stamped new album, Centipede Hz, forthcoming single "Applesauce," due out on 10-inch vinyl November 13, "traces a piece of fruit's journey from farmer to child to chef to mayor, thankfully abandoning the trail upon its digestion. Like nearly all of the record's 11 songs, it benefits from a disregard for traditional pop verse/chorus/bridge song structures."That's our AnCo, alright, channeling an encyclopedia's worth of deeply dug influences into one giant web of gloriously crossed wires and strange inclinations. Now, thanks to Domino Records, we can hear the unreleased B-side to "Applesauce," a live favorite called "Crimson" that combines warped tropical percussion with yearning vocals and echoing effects. Also, in keeping with the theme, it looks rather tasty.

  • Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Details

    Against Me! Promise 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' Will 'Absolutely Destroy'

    It's safe to say that following Tom Gabel's brave public rebirth as Laura Jane Grace, anticipation is running high for Against Me!'s sixth album. Content-wise, we know a bit of what 2013's Transgender Dysphoria Blues is about — the singer's personal struggle with the titular condition, of course, and it will also serve as a concept album about a transgender prostitute.But in an interview with MTV Hive over the weekend, bassist Andrew Seward gave us an idea of what to expect musically following the Floridian band's unlikely dip into "crowd-pleasing power pop" with 2010's White Crosses: "It just sounds fucking killer," he said at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. "I don’t know if ‘brutal’ is the right word, but it just sounds really fucking tough, and good."Against Me!

  • Gary Clark Jr Ain't Messin Round Video

    Gary Clark Jr. 'Ain't Messin' 'Round' in New Retro Video

    We already know how the ghost of Tupac Shakur influenced Gary Clark Jr.'s freshly released Blak and Blu. In the new video for the fiery blues taunt, "Ain't Messin' Around," the Austin guitar hero channels the spirit of the '60s instead, playing for a fire-lit room full of modern folks who seem to get more Flower Power'ed with every blast from the bald-headed horn-blowers. Clark recently performed the song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where he was joined by that same brass section, but this Noble Jones-directed clip does the triumphant track real justice.

  • chris martin coldplay paradise live

    Coldplay Preview 'Live 2012' DVD With DayGlo 'Paradise' Clip

    Coldplay's Live 2012 concert film is due out physically on November 19, but the band has delivered an early treat to their legion of DayGlo-painted fans. In a new clip, Chris Martin and co. perform "Paradise," which, if you'll remember, Ariel Pink claimed to have influenced: "That over-melodiousness, that whole keyboard bit. That was all me. Seriously. They don't even realize." In truth, they probably don't, since they're busy regaling a Parisian stadium with this innately epic, piano-powered megahit. Coldplay Live 2012 will get a one-night-only theatrical release around the world on November 13, and will be streaming across various mediums on November 17 at 8 p.m. EST via EPIX. Put on your neon seatbelts, kids — this is going to be one mild ride.

  • Kanye West Cruel Winter Trailer Fake

    Kanye West's 'Cruel Winter' Trailer Isn't a Trailer for 'Cruel Winter'

    Last week we shared (and live-blogged) what seemed to be an official trailer for Kanye West's wishfully whispered-about Cruel Summer followup, Cruel Winter. As it turns out, while the brief video clip was made by a pro, it did not come from the G.O.O.D. Music camp, as Fuse explains. They spoke to the clip's director, Austin Christianson, and he broke it down:"Without getting into many details, I will say that the trailer was independently made and the video is essentially a concept trailer," he said. "It's used for pitching an idea and/or concept to a client. With that said, the video was being used for pitching purposes and it's naturally intended only for the client to see." He would not confirm whether West is actually a client.Of course, if West was, he might not be now.

  • Nicki Minaj Freedom Reloaded Stream

    Nicki Minaj Compares Herself to Jesus in 'Freedom'

    After a news year fraught with trumped-up drama, Nicki Minaj is making a point to clear the air and reinvent herself in a more flattering image. In last night's first episode of Nicki Minaj: My Truth, her new three-part reality special on E!, the Pink One confronts heinous gossip blogger Perez Hilton about his love of beef (he's been having a field day with her supposed spat with fellow American Idol host Mariah Carey). And in her just-leaked song "Freedom," no doubt aiming to give listeners a new framework by which to view her outsize good deeds, she compares herself to Jesus Christ in the opening line. Also, despite having a reality show spinoff of her talent-judging spinoff of her actual music career, she laments all of the attention she's getting and poses the timeless philosophical query, "Do I really want this fame?" Spoken like a true martyr.

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