Chris Martins

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  • Pixies 'Magdelena' Video Tour Dates EP-2

    Pixies' Mean 'Magdelena' Comes to Life in Odd, Arty Video

    Alt-icons Pixies continue their return run with the video for "Magdelena," a freshly shared cut from their surprise release, EP-2. We previously heard the howling, cowbell-bolstered rock stomper "Blue-Eyed Hexe," but this track trades in a low-and-slow grind not unlike a Queens of the Stone Age cut. In a cool falsetto, Black Francis sings of the song's cruel titular subject while director Judy Jacob brings the character to life with help from British performance artist Nando Messias. Sandwiches are stolen, black-lit rice falls from the heavens, and there's some very strange behavior involving a hard-boiled egg. Catch the Boston-reared band on tour via the dates below.

  • David Lynch 'And Light Shines' Stream Big Dream Deluxe

    David Lynch Is a Sage Spirit-Guide on 'And Light Shines'

    David Lynch released his second album, The Big Dream, last year and continued his impeccable legacy of out-of-time art — an entrancing combination of shadowy enigma, curious philosophy, and wide-eyed wonder — that never fails to deliver to its devoted audience. Today, the man behind Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Nine Inch Nails' "Came Back Haunted" video, and oh-so much more will give that LP a "Super Deluxe Edition" re-release.The deluxe box set is delivered via Sunday Best Records and contains the following: Three CDs (the album, bonus tracks and remixes, instrumentals); a vinyl 7-inch featuring new song "Bad The John Boy" and Bastille's "Are You Sure" remix; a large booklet; a fold-out poster; and an embossed metal keyring numbered one through 500.

  • Tensnake Nile Rodgers 'Love Sublime' Video Fiora

    Tensnake, Nile Rodgers Take Deep House to the Disco in 'Love Sublime' Video

    Whether or not Daft Punk and their "Get Lucky" buddy Pharrell Williams have achieved maximum market saturation is a matter of debate, but even the toughest cynic should melt in front of Nile Rodgers' grin. The Chic guitarist beat cancer last year just in time to score a front seat to his own career's renaissance. Thanks to his trio of Random Access Memories assists, he's recorded with Disclosure, rocked with Bono, and sat in with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Now he teams with German deep house producer Tensnake and vocalist Fiona for "Love Sublime," a song that does not in fact appear to be an admission of guilty pleasure where the works of a certain Long Beach reggae-rock band are concerned. Instead, we get a disco-kissed dance track that sulks and soars in turn, and whose video offers a mysterious night in the City of Angels.

  • Adele Phil Collins Working Together New Album

    Adele and Phil Collins Are Working Together

    Phil Collins has revealed that he's working on music with Adele. The former Genesis leader and solo '80s icon gave an interview to Inside South Florida in which he explained that the 25-year-old powerhouse soul singer reached out to him about collaborating."I've just started to work with Adele. She contacted me to write together," he said, according to MTV before going on. "I wasn't actuality too aware [of her]. I live in a cave [but] she's achieved an incredible amount and I really love her voice and I love some of that stuff she's done. So, to me, it's always an eye-opener [to work with new people]. Educational."Collins has considerable chops as a producer, having taken on that roll not only for his own material, but on albums by others including Eric Clapton, Adam Ant, and the Four Tops.

  • Cat Power 'Free' Girls Remix Stream HBO Soundtrack

    Cat Power's 'Free' Gets Dance Remix for HBO's 'Girls'

    On Cat Power's "Free," Chan Marshall coos, "True romance ... when you dance." Now a reworked version of that You Are Free standout arrives tailor-made to elicit that very response. Remixed for the second Girls soundtrack, the 2003 classic gets a pulsing new beat, some serrated synths, and a little bit of reverb-assisted urgency. We've heard other original highlights from the HBO show ahead of this: Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" and Lizzo's "Paris," with more on the way from Miguel, Beck, Lily Allen, and Christina Perri. Everybody, come together, courtesy of Stereogum.

  • Grizzly Bear Baths Remix 'Will Calls' Stream Tour

    Baths Gives Grizzly Bear's 'Will Calls' a Glistening Beat

    Late last year, Grizzly Bear reissued an expanded version of 2012's Shields featuring demos, B-sides, and remixes relevant to that masterful album. Familiar figures like Liars and Lindstrøm reworked some of the original songs wth aplomb, but now we have a later entry: Los Angeles singer/producer Baths takes on "Will Calls (Marfa Demo)," which is fitting not just because he has shown ample capacity for the kind of beautiful darkness heard on the original, but also because, well, his real name is Will. Get it? In any case, Mr. Wiesenfeld here completely reinvents the song, giving it skittering beats, swelling sequences, and his own choral vocals. (Compare that to Diplo's version, also below.) Baths is soon touring behind his excellent 2013 platter Obsidian. Review the dates below, along with a few for Grizzly man Daniel Rossen, who hits the road in March.

  • Deer Tick 'Big House' Video Negativity

    Deer Tick Strum Sweetly on Heartbroken 'Big House'

    Providence saloon shit-kickers Deer Tick are back with a new video for "Big House," a quieter number from their rock-solid 2013 platter Negativity. The clip above is pretty frills-free — a pileup of images colored by late-night neon glow and the occasional exploding rocket. We see a lot of band boss John McCauley, strumming as he sings about a certain someone who's done him wrong: "It's a deep hole that you've dug with all your lyin'." Intermittent shots of a female figure suggests that his scorn is romantic at its root. If that's the case, the man's no doubt in a better headspace these days, having been wed to Vanessa Carlton by Stevie Nicks in December. For some heavier spleen-venting though, check out Deervana's full-album cover of Nirvana's In Utero.

  • Band of Horses

    Band of Horses Tease Live Album With Gossamer 'Detlef Schrempf'

    There's a musical axiom known by modern festivalgoers: whether or not you start the morning as a Band of Horses fan, if you see them play in the evening, you'll be a devotee by day's end. The Charleston-based quintet combine Southern rock warmth with indie's urgency, and lace just about every song with feelings-heavy hooks that beg to be shouted by crowds. Which is why a live release is a long time coming. Acoustic at the Ryman is due February 11 via Brown Records, and features the 2007 song below, "Detlef Schrempf," as performed at that beloved Nashville venue.Keyboardist Ryan Monroe shared a memory from the April 2013 set: "We were getting a bear hug from the audience the entire set, so we felt the love and were surprisingly comfortable on stage. It reminded me of jamming at one of our grandparents' houses. Maybe that's why we brought out the old lamps and tables.

  • Kurt Cobain Day Aberdeen Washington Nirvana Proclamation

    Smells Like Town Rivalry: Kurt Cobain Day Declared in Aberdeen, Washington

    Not to be outdone, the small Washingtonian city of Aberdeen has declared that February 20 will henceforth be known as Kurt Cobain Day. The legendary musician was born there, of course, on that exact day in 1967. But that didn't stop Hoquiam, a town four miles west, from proclaiming April 10 Nirvana Day a month ago. A little friendly municipal rivalry, perhaps? For the record, the sign welcoming visitors to Aberdeen has read "Come as You Are" since 2005.And city mayor Bill Simpson is prepared to escalate if need be — according to local radio station KXRO, he confirms that the official proclamation will be read in full on February 12, and that Cobain Day could evolve into an entire Cobain Week.

  • Jade de LaFleur 'Blue Notes Green Trees' Video Jaded

    Jade de LaFleur Plots Drug Heist in 'Blue Notes and Green Trees' Video

    We first met Jade de LaFleur via Solange Knowles' Saint Heron compilation, but like so many others on that album, the Brooklyn singer stands strong on her own two legs. But if there was any doubt, look no further than the video above, for "Blue Notes and Green Trees" from her just-out EP Jaded. The song itself is a pained blues ballad about the wages of romance: "Why call it love when it's a war?" de LaFleur coos in the beginning, pensive piano and lonely trumpet echoing the mood perfectly. Meanwhile, director Jordan Riggs of High5Collective (Frank Ocean, the Weeknd) gives us a silent film to go with. Therein, de LaFleur plays an indentured crack cook with an ulterior agenda that includes a clutch assist from fellow vocalist Ro James. Stay tuned for part two.

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