Chris Martins

writer

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  • New Wilco animated video

    Watch Wilco's Unexpected Animated 'Sunloathe' Video

    When the Sex Pistols can drop a music video more than three decades late, what's a year and some change for Wilco? Although the Chi-town alt-folk heroes released their excellent The Whole Love back in September of 2011, they've got a fresh video for the easy-rolling single "Sunloathe," via CoS.The clip is directed by Peter Glantz (Andrew W.K., OK Go) using over 100 illustrations by Nathaniel Murphy, who contributed art to 2007's Sky Blue Sky. The style is roughly Marcel Dzama meets Where the Wild Things Are, and follows four misunderstood monsters on a journey to reunite.

  • Flying Lotus'

    Watch the Robots Win in Flying Lotus' 'Putty Boy Strut' Video

    Flying Lotus has been a busy beat guru. His highly anticipated fourth LP Until the Quiet Comes is out October 2, but he's remixed Frank Ocean, collab'ed with Earl Sweatshirt, dropped a new Gaslamp Killer album, and released a short film all within the past few weeks. Now he's got a playful new animated video for highly bump-able on-album track "Putty Boy Strut."The clip is directed by Brighton's Cyriak, and while it starts innocently enough — a bunch of cute little robots feeling the groove — it's soon clear that the machines have something else in mind. A cascade of bass notes from Thundercat accompany the fall of the city's first skyscraper. From there, it's an adorable dystopian nightmare, much like 2010's "Kill Your Co-Workers" short.

  • The xx / Alexandra Waespi

    Who Charted? Dave Matthews Band, the xx Coexist at the Top

    First! We were happy to learn the last week's chart-topping adult contemp alt-bros Matchbox Twenty were pushed off of the throne... until we saw who was responsible: Dave Matthews Band. The impossibly unstoppably dominant world-funk jammers debuted at No. 1 for a record-setting six times in a row thanks to their new long-player, Away From the World. Haters can take solace in the fact that the album's sales weren'texactly a windfall at 266,000 (via Nielson SoundScan) considering 2009's ridiculously named Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King did 424K. Ugh, college towns.2 Thru 10: Better news down here. MB20's North took a deep sales dive from 95K to 28K, so consider them Back 2 Bad, and that unholy Now 43 comp is finally slinking toward the exit, falling from No. 4 to No. 9 (24K).

  • 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.

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