Chris Martins

writer

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  • Chris Brown probation marijuana Rihanna

    Chris Brown Fails Pot Test While on Probation

    Another day, another story about Chris Brown doing something foolish. Breezy's rocky ride continues with the news that the singer has tested positive for marijuana despite the fact that he's still on probation for brutalizing Rihanna in 2009. (Thanks for doing something weed-related on the 30 Most Commercially Successful Pot Songs day, though!)At a hearing on Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also expressed concern over Brown's commitment to his prescribed community service hours, which he'd been whittling away in Virginia where he was tested for the pot in June. "You are not an average person sitting in a living room," said Schnegg according to the Los Angeles Times. We raised a similar point when he showed up with a Rihanna-resembling neck tattoo.

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    Watch David Byrne Cover KC and the Sunshine Band With Arcade Fire and the Strokes

    Canada's POP Montreal fest hosted its second annual POP vs. Jock charity basketball game over the weekend, resulting in one of the most wondrously bizarre halftime shows you'll ever see: David Byrne leading members of Arcade Fire and the Strokes through covers of "96 Tears" and "That's the Way (I Like It)."Team POP included Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture, actor Martin Starr (of Party Down fame) and pro-baller Luke Bonner (currently a free agent). Win's wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne played the Teen Wolf-inspired mascot, and the former Talking Head held down the bench.But for the break, Byrne went hard in the paint backed by the brothers Butler, Chassagne, and Fraiture as he covered ? and the Mysterians' 1966 garage-rock game-changer and KC and the Sunshine Band's 1975 arena-sized disco hit.

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    Watch Lil Wayne Threaten a Lawyer, Get Amnesia in Court

    Earlier this month, we found out that Lil Wayne is suing film producer Quincy Jones III for using Lil Wayne music in, of all things, a Lil Wayne documentary that Weezy himself had greenlit. As if that line of logic doesn't seem confused enough, the superstar rapper now appears to be obstructing his own case.TMZ has edited together highlight reel of Weezy getting deposed by Jones' lawyer Pete Ross, in which Lil Wayne fakes amnesia, claims to be psychic, reminisces over "a crazy stupid thick" woman he recently performed for, and maybe kinda sorta threatens the opposing attorney.It's unclear why the presiding judge tolerates Weezy's stubborness, but it makes for a good watch. It's hilarious and also a little worrisome, especially when Wayne says to Ross "You know [the judge] can't save you, right? In the real world? That guy right there.

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    Watch Daphni's Prismatic Clip for Second Post-Caribou Single 'Pairs'

    In 2010, the man then known as Caribou dropped his most Balearic-boosted set of beats to date, the lush, psychedelic, and deep house-informed Swim. The change in sound seemingly necessitated a change in identity, as Dan Snaith has since returned as Daphni, an alias that allows him the freedom to be as danceable as he wants to be. His new album JIALONG is due out digitally October 9, physically October 16, via Merge, and we've got the second track from it here. The percussive and minimalistic "Pairs" comes paired with the prismatic imaging of Jane Eastlight, making for a fully immersive audio-visual experience. Dive in.Daphni, JIAOLONG1. "Yes, I Know"2. "Cos-Ber-Zam - Ne Noya (Daphni Mix)"3. "Ye Ye"4. "Light"5. "Pairs"6. "Ahora"7. "Jiao"8. "Springs"9. "Long"

  • Lee Fields 'Faithful Man' Video

    Watch Soul Legend Lee Fields' Surreal 'Faithful Man' Clip

    Lee Fields is that rare obscure artist from soul's rich past who's mounting a comeback not by way of some DJ's dusty vinyl collection, but in the flesh. The North Carolina native toured with Kool and the Gang in the late '60s and eventually earned himself the nickname Little JB on account of his James Brown-like onstage vim. He released a brand new album earlier this year dubbed Faithful Man, and we're pleased to share the video for the song of the same name.This slick slab of Memphis-style soul is well matched by the Tiombe Lockhart-directed clip, which finds Fields taking a seat at a barroom piano in order to unspool a tale of temptation.

  • 10 albums streaming Flying Lotus Miguel Muse

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Muse, Flying Lotus, Miguel, More!

    Yet another bounty of streaming platters is upon us. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, served:1) Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes. "Intricate enough to make listeners scramble to dissect every little flourish in the mix, but… so sonically brash and powerful that it's hard not to let the whole body of sound wash over you." (via NPR)2) Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream. "The Los Angeles-born singer took a hard look at R&B, pop, rock, funk and 'club-aware electronic soul,' gleefully smashed those plates and glued them all together. Sounds repeat, refract and coalesce." (via NPR) 3) WHY?, Mumps, etc. "[Lyrical] intensity doled out with an off-kilter smile and a kaleidoscopic array of sounds. A sonically satisfying mix of folk, rap, chamber music, and psychedelia." Includes artist's track-by-track breakdown. (via SPIN)4) Muse, The 2nd Law.

  • Best Coast covers Nirvana

    Best Coast Cover Nirvana's 'About a Girl' as 'Nevermind' Turns 21

    Best Coast played Brussels on Sunday night where they delivered an unexpected gem. "We'll play a Nirvana cover now. Feel free to film it," declared singer Bethany Cosentino before launching into "About a Girl." Film it someone did, of course, and now the world can see Bobb Bruno shredding to some vintage grunge revisited, via Pigeons and Planes.The cover was a few days early — and culled from the wrong Nirvana album — to have been a deliberate tribute to Nevermind, which turns 21 today, but that's one reason why we're posting it now. (We could trot it out again in exactly one month: the version of "About a Girl" the band made famous on 1994's MTV Unplugged celebrates its 18th birthday on October 24; the original, of course, appeared on 1989's Bleach.) The song's hooky fuzz seems to fit the So Cal surf-poppers' dirty fizz just about perfectly.

  • Crystal Castles Plague video Wrath of God single

    Crystal Castles Explore Possession in Creepy 'Plague' Video

    If there's a band that understands the confluence of beauty and terror, it's Crystal Castles. Their July-leaked grave-rave freakout "Plague" has met its visual match in a new video shared by the band via Facebook, as WAWSTSF points out.The clip was actually put together by Serbian fan Ivan Grbin, who has a history of syncing up film footage of possessed women to gothy songs. In this case, the images come from 1981's Possession, by Polish director Andrzej Żuławski.The band included a message with their post: "new single 'Wrath of God' coming Wednesday." Crystal Castles' third album is due out in November. It's still untitled, but so were the last two, so who knows. Alice Glass shed some light on the LP via NME in July:"I didn't think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it just... the world is a dystopia," she said.

  • Sonic Youth stolen guitars recovered 1999

    Sonic Youth Get Stolen Guitars Back 13 Years Later

    While Sonic Youth's future remains unsecured after the separation of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, two guitars stolen from the New York band 13 years ago at a SoCal show are now home safe thanks to tips from fans.As the story goes, the band's rented Ryder truck was stolen in the middle of the night before an Orange County festival appearance in 1999. It was, of course, filled to the brim with the band's much modified gear. A few days later, it was found completely cleaned out in Los Angeles.Guitarist Lee Ranaldo issued a plea for help at the time detailing the missing bounty, which included several guitars, "mostly modified to hell...

  • Green Day Billy Joe Armstrong rant rehab Voice

    Rehab Won't Deprive World of Billie Joe Armstrong on 'The Voice'

    Green Day may have lost a little of their punky ferocity over the years, but the band's camp moves faster than a Minor Threat song. On Friday night, Billy Joe Armstrong went on a violent rant at the band's Las Vegas performance. Sunday, Green Day's announced via Facebook that the singer had begun rehab. Now, via Rolling Stone, there's a new and noticeably barebones music video for ¡Uno! song "Stay the Night."Also worth noting is the fact that Armstrong will still feature in the upcoming season of The Voice, says Deadline, since the footage of him appearing as a mentor to Christina Aguilera's team was taped in the summer.

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