Chris Martins

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  • Lights All Night 2011 / Photo by Calder Wilson

    Tiesto, Avicii Head Up Dallas' Lights All Night NYE EDM Bash

    Dallas just wants to dance. Lights All Night, the city's annual New Year's Eve EDM bacchanal, is expanding to three nights for its fifth installment, which sports a beefed-up lineup topped by Tiësto, Avicii, Bassnectar, Diplo, Zeds Dead and Zedd. (You could say this fest has a regular Zed Bias, except that guy's the only one not playing.) The big event kicks off at Fair Park on December 29 and stretches into the wee hours of 2013. Early bird discounted tickets are already gone, so get in while ya can at the $159.99 to $205 range. Or get all fancy with it and nab an $875 Platinum VIP. Because you deserve it.

  • Jack White, king of Virgin, Voodoo, and ACL / Photo by Getty Images

    16 Fall Festivals You Need to Know, From ACL to Voodoo

    People still refer to "the festival season" like that's a thing. Used to be massive music meet-ups mostly took place in the summer, but these days you can find a park full of dirty bands and dirtier fans just about anywhere, anytime, in any town with a population above 80,000 and a proclivity for parties. (Or on a boat, but we'll save the cruise ship rundown for another day.) With autumn officially kicking off on Saturday, September 22 — in the midst of a particularly fest-saturated weekend — we've done our due diligence so that you don't have to.

  • Sex Pistols New Video Holidays in the Sun

    Sex Pistols Drop 'Holidays in the Sun' Video 35 Years Late

    Only 35 years after the song was released, there's a genuine music video for the Sex Pistols' 1977 Never Mind the Bollocks single "Holidays in the Sun." According to Band Weblogs, the group's longtime documentarian Julien Temple edited the clip together using footage of their March 1977 trip to Berlin, "where the band had decamped for a few days to help escape media glare after their infamous sacking" from their label of nearly seven days, A&M Records.The song was, in fact, inspired by that same trip. Said John Lydon, via the "Track By Track" feature on the Pistols' site, "I loved Berlin. I loved the Wall and the insanity of the place. The communists looked in on the circus atmosphere of West Berlin, which never went to sleep, and that would be their impression of the West.

  • Two Gallants' 'My Love Won't Wait' Video

    Watch Two Gallants' Triumphant 'My Love Won't Wait' Video

    It's been five years since their last album, but Two Gallants make a triumphant return with the song and accompanying clip for "My Love Won't Wait." This fuzzed up delight of a folk-blues clanger hails from the San Fran duo's new long-player for ATO, The Bloom and the Blight, which dropped September 4 and is the group's first since parting ways with their longtime home, Saddle Creek.On the rise Los Angeles director Vice Cooler (Deerhoof, Peaches, Feistodon) is at the helm, Tyson Vogel in flannel and Adam Stephens rocking a G-Unit shirt as they do battle with a bunch of cloaked warlock types who seem intent on burying them in trash. Things begin to look bleak just as Stephens howls, "There's no escape!" but his partner has a trick up his sleeve. Two Gallants are currently on a headlining tour across North America. 

  • The Killers World Tour Unstaged

    Killers Livestream Snared by Bad Weather

    As of this post, the Killers' American Express "Unstaged" performance is supposed to be live-streaming and in full swing, but the Werner Herzog-directed event isn't working so well. "Apologies, we're currently experiencing tech difficulties due to tornado warnings. Pls stay tuned for updates," AmEx tweeted as many viewers got a still image reading "Stay Tuned: Due to inclement weather, this camera is currently unavailable." There are major storms currently rolling through New York City, where the show is taking place.Before the stream went dead, we saw no signs of wild donkeys or bighorn sheep, but with Herzog behind the lens, you never know what'll happen. The camera strapped to drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. is kinda nifty, and the LED panels lining the stage at New York's Paradise Theater are projecting images submitted by fans online.

  • Lil B Goes Rock California Boy

    Based (Rock) God? Lil B Goes Surf Pop for 'California Boy'

    It's long been evident that Lil B is bigger than hip-hop, so it should come as no surprise that the Based God has blessed rock'n'roll with his presence at last. He's released a brand new song and accompanying video, dubbed "California Boy," and it's a garage surf-pop single that hails from an untitled upcoming rock album.The clip alternates between shots of B jamming with a three-piece and roaming the UC Berkeley campus with a young blonde who could have been the song's inspiration: "Every time I see those light blue eyes/ I start to think about you and I... Yeah, I look kinda strange but it's okay." Because at the end of the day, even the Based God is still "just a California Boy." One who doesn't use Auto Tune, as he proclaimed on Facebook.

  • Bat For Lashes All Your Gold New Song

    Hear Bat For Lashes' Gotye-Channeling 'All Your Gold'

    After making us wait three years to hear her third album, Bat for Lashes now has three new songs from next month's The Haunted Man in circulation. You've heard the dramatic "Laura" and the dreamy "Marilyn." Now it's time to meet "All Your Gold," the poppiest one of the bunch which, as Stereogum noticed as well, seems borrow a little bit of its bounce from Gotye's megahit "Somebody That I Used to Know." The spare electric plucking that opens the track eventually breaks into throbbing dance beat as Natasha Khan sings about wanting to be set free from a claustrophobic relationship with a good man. In fact, it could be a prequel to the hit that launched Kimbra's career. That's not to, ahem, paint Bat for Lashes into a corner — Khan has got her own thing going. See for yourself via the clip below, which pits the songs' ebb and flow against that of the actual ocean.

  • Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley in Greetings From Tim Buckley

    Is the Jeff Buckley Movie Starring Penn Badgley a Rom-Com?

    At long last, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, there's a full trailer for the upcoming Greetings From Tim Buckley, a biopic and (as we can now glean) indie rom-com starring Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley as the titular folk star's troubled singing son, Jeff Buckley. Yes, there's a lot to unpack in that last sentence, but the preview clip itself is pretty cut and dry.Musician living under his famous father's shadow is called upon to perform at a tribute to "the father he never knew." Along the way to "the concert that changed his life," he falls in love with a peppy girl who challenges his introvert tendencies. He eventually, as in real life, plays the hell out of that tribute and winds up with a career for himself, almost overnight. You pretty much get the entire movie in about three and a half minutes.

  • The Killers Werner Herzog American Express Unstaged

    Watch Werner Herzog Grill the Killers About Vegas, Wild Donkeys

    For a credit company, American Express has a shockingly reciprocal relationship with brilliant film folks. They've commissioned ads from Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, they've backed contests for the Tribeca film fest, and via current live-streaming concert series "Unstaged," they've been pairing bands with idiosyncratic directors. Thanks to this, we can now see a thing we never could've imagined: Werner Herzog interviewing the Killers about wild donkeys.Tonight, the Killers play New York's Paradise Theater for "Unstaged," and camera duties will be handled by Herzog, the strange mind behind Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss, and the unfortunately literal Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. In honor of that, the man and the band teamed up for a seven-minute mini-doc which finds them touring the surreal landscapes of Las Vegas.

  • 7,000 fans sued for downloading Lacunca Coil

    7,000 People Being Sued for Sharing Lacuna Coil Songs

    Perhaps inspired by the final verse in the Ballad of Jammie Rasset, in which it was deemed fair to charge a mother of four $222,000 for allegedly sharing 24 songs, record label Century Media is going after more than 7,000 BitTorrent users for downloading and sharing music by pop-oriented metal groups Lacuna Coil and Iced Earth.According to the A.V. Club, the suit was filed by New Jersey lawyer Jay R. McDaniel, who hopes to change infringement precedent by charging groups of violators as collective "swarms" instead of going after individuals. His efforts so far have been thwarted as his actions risk sweeping up BitTorrent users who never traded Century's songs.But McDaniel is hedging. He's got 17 suits filed concurrently, and has plans to charge over 14,000 people when all's said and done. And he's not alone.

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