Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Fiona Apple Rusty Fleming Hudspeth sheriffs respond

    Texas Sheriffs to Fiona Apple: 'I'm Already More Famous Than You'

    Applegate 2012 has taken an unusual turn. Things are getting genuinely beef-y as Fiona Apple and the Texas sheriff's department that arrested her for hash possession last week continue to trade words via truly bizarre public statements.

  • WHY? stream Mumps etc tracks

    Hear WHY?'s Kaleidoscopic Folk-Rap Opus 'Mumps, etc.'

    "What can I say? I'm a hopeless psychotic romantic with a very big heart." So writes WHY? main man Yoni Wolf to SPIN whilst explaining the themes of his band's new long-player, Mumps, etc. It's fair to say there's a bit of sickness running through the Cincinnati band's aptly titled fifth album, though it's more of the variety Wolf is hinting at: a stalkerish obsession with the women that occupy his lyrical world, and a preoccupation with his own impending death that he just can't shake. But there's hope here too — "Jonathan's Hope," being the most obvious example — and anyway, all of this potential intensity is doled out with an off-kilter smile, dressed up in a kaleidoscopic array of sounds played both by the band and the dozen-plus North Texas music students they press-ganged into the group for this recording.

  • DC Punk 80s Salad Days documentary

    '80s D.C. Punk Scene's Story Will Be Told in 'Salad Days' Doc

    The upcoming Salad Days documentary offers much more than a Steady Diet of Nothing. It aims to make The Argument that Washington, D.C.'s '80s punk scene was much more than a Repeater of what'd come before. Unfortunately, it's in the Waiting Room until Fall of 2013, but you can read about it now and help fund it via Kickstarter to make sure this thing doesn't just end up a Margin Walker. Okay, we're out of Fugazi puns. Whew.Despite the far-reaching influence of bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Rites of Spring, Slickee Boys, Jawbox and so many more, the story of the capital's hardcore heroes has yet to be committed to celluloid.

  • Linkin Park YouTube one billion rock band

    Linkin Park Are the Biggest Band on YouTube, Hit 1 Billion Views

    Rock'n' roll isn't dead — it's just a little slow. Sure, Lady Gaga became the first music-maker to score a billion YouTube views back in 2010, but Southern California's enduring fusionistas Linkin Park have finally caught up, making them the first rock act to hit 10 digits, via their LinkinParkTV channel.They'd hit 1,006,691,614 by press time and although they've uploaded 72 videos since March of 2007 — starting with their CG-addled post-millennial anthem, "In the End" — more then a tenth of their YouTube haul comes from 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen theme, "New Divide," which has racked up over 131 million plays to date.According to NME, the next two YouTube-dominating rockers can barely muster twice what LP's nab be on that single video.

  • Radiohead! / Photo by Getty Images

    In Their Right Place: Ranking 10 Radiohead 'Creep' Covers

    Twenty years ago yesterday, Radiohead released the song that put them on the map in a big, big way. Oddly enough, it was an incredibly sullen (yet tersely gorgeous) single about having a gnarled body and a broken soul in a shiny happy society that couldn't ever in a million years find such features attractive. And yet, here we are, in 2012, and "Creep" is still Radiohead's most recognizable song, even though the band roundly refuses to play it at their shows. That's fine, turns out, because everybody and their mom have recorded their own versions. Here, we line up the 10 most famous ones and knock them down or pump them up accordingly.10. Kelly Clarkson, Bakersfield, 2012What She Brings: That husky-voiced femininity that Radiohead's long been lacking. And, um, thundering drums.Bonus Points: Is that Tom Petty on her left?Deductions: It should be clear.9.

  • Young Jeezy Freddie Gibbs Go For It Collab

    Hear Young Jeezy and Freddie Gibbs Get Nasty on 'Go For It'

    Like a lot Midwestern industrial towns, Gary, Indiana, hasn't had the best past couple of years. But the city's favorite son Freddie Gibbs has been steady putting in work. Last month, we saw the druggy video for his Madlib collab, "Shame." This week, he dropped "Kush Cloud" with weed-addled paranoiacs Krayzie Bone and SpaceGhostPurrp.And now we've got a Young Jeezy teamup called "Go for It," a raunchy, bass-buttressed club bumper that hails from a September 25 Gibbs and DJ Drama mixtape named Baby Face Killa (#BFK), which is a minor shift in punctuation away from either beefing with an R&B legend or outing Gibbs as a horrible, horrible monster of a man.That said, if you're a woman, there's a good chance this track won't endear ol' Grindin' Gibbs to ya any better. Jeezy, on the other hand, would like to offer you a Swisher. Take it for a spin.

  • How to Destroy Angels Columbia An Omen EP

    Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels to Release 'An Omen' EP

    Trent Reznor has announced that his How to Destroy Angels project will be dropping a second EP on November 13 dubbed An Omen. Despite the Nine Inch Nails singer's noted aversion to major labels, the release will come via Columbia Records in digital and vinyl formats. "Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia," Treznor noted in his Facebook announcement, "independent releasing has its great points but also comes with shortcomings." Well, well, well.How to Destroy Angels is rounded out by Reznor's wife, singer Mariqueen Maandig, plus his frequent score collaborator Atticus Ross, and NIN's longtime graphic designer Rob Sheridan.

  • Led Zeppelin Black Dog video live Celebration Day

    Celebration Day: Led Zeppelin Reunite for a Press Conference

    Despite widespread hope that Led Zeppelin had called a press conference today in order to announce a fresh run of shows — or even just one mega-show — it turned out they only wanted to talk about an old concert: 2007's colossal reunion gig at London's O2 Arena, which is coming to us in DVD form, as Celebration Day, on October 17.Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones took the stage following a London press screening of the two-hour live doc, but they reportedly dodged every question about the band's future together. As Billboard reports, when one journalist asked if the band would "do it again," Plant made a funny: "With you?" Cheeky bastard.Page was even more oblique. "Can I ask you a question? You've all been to see the film. Did you enjoy it?" Yes, yes, pops, we dig the flick.

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