Chris Martins

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  • Chris Brown / Photo by Getty Images

    Chris Brown's Insane Neck Tattoo Looks Like Battered Rihanna

    Chris Brown has a new neck tattoo that bears an overwhelming resemblance to the widely circulated police photo taken of Rihanna after he viciously assaulted her in 2009. TMZ says the singer insists that it is not "a bizarre homage" to the woman that he beat, but the fact that we can ask this at all — that Brown is wearing a mauled female rictus on his body like some kind of trophy — it's enough. Much ado was made about the two sharing a brief kiss at last week's VMAs. Speculation abounded over what was most likely a polite gesture on Rihanna's part. As gestures go, this latest one from Brown seems more like a call to arms. The tattoo's chin and left eye seem tailor-made to mimic Rihanna's bone structure and some of the illustrated wounds line up with the real ones Brown inflicted.

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    Tyga Wood: Young Money MC Gets Into Porn Biz With 'Rack City XXX'

    At 22, Young Money rapper Tyga would fall into the "barely legal" category, but that's not stopping the heavily tatted Compton native from starting his own porn site named after his biggest hit. Rack City XXX is now live, and Tyga has also announced that he's directing and starring in a similarly named flick. The news comes via AVN, who fluff the hell out of their story: "He could very well be smiling after charting four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the past year ... but today [Tyga] is grinning from ear to ear because he's watching Sophie Dee getting railed by Lexington Steele on the deck of an infinity pool." Lest his fans get too excited, however, the man will not be participating in the action.

  • Feeding People's 'Island Universe' Video

    Feeding People Unspool a Domestic Murder Fantasy In 'Island Universe' Clip

    "The Island Universe is a solitary space that every human being is stuck in individually," says Feeding People's 19-year-old singer Jessie Jones. "The idea in the song is that I want to create an Island Universe with another person — either the listener or a lover — so that we can share the same feelings and things." It's a lovely sentiment, and the Los Angeles group's new single "Island Universe" is a breezy, catchy nugget of '50s-flavored pop, but there's a just perceptible darkness that lurks in Jones' delivery — a tinge of creep that suggests that any other occupants of that special space might not end up there of their own free will. She and bandmate Louis Filliger play off of this dichotomy in the Dick Thompson-directed video for the song, which hails from the just-out EP of the same name, courtesy of rising L.A. powerhouse Innovative Leisure.

  • Airbird

    Hear Airbird's Full Mariah Carey-Sampling 'Romance Layers' EP

    With Ford and Lopatin, Joel Ford earned a rep for playful, sci-fi tinged dream beats. Under his solo guise of Airbird, he cuts through the haze to deliver deep disco-damaged grooves with a touch of computer funk and trill — just a hair — thrown in for good measure. Oh, and Mariah Carey. The '90s R&B queen and upcoming American Idol judge's "Prisoner" is sampled blatantly and beautifully on "Free Mind," a standout cut from the Romance Layers EP we're streaming below. Ford utilized a new technological loophole dubbed Legitmix to record the song. In fact, each of this set's four songs offers a reconstruction of something borrowed. "Your Love is Gone" pulls from Basia's "Drunk On Love," while "Long Lake" samples "The Continent" by Steve Roach, and "Lower Magalloway" pays tribute to "Mac Man" by Allan Holdsworth. Check out the colorful electronic tuneage below.

  • The Killers

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr., More!

    Another bounty of full-album streams is upon us! Our one request: read our story about how Grizzly Bear and their Brooklyn cohorts have changed pop music while listening to the first LP on the list. Bonus Listen! We just learned the Killers are streaming Battle Born on iTunes right now! 1) Grizzly Bear, Shields. "Showcase[s] the considerable gifts of four guys willing to hover patiently through the detours, without sacrificing the beauty that makes the journey worthwhile." (via NPR) 2) Band of Horses, Mirage Rock. "Produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year [for] his work with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who ... and too many others to list." (via Band of Horses) 3) The Sea and Cake, Runner.

  • Ty Segall Takes Bong Rips in Furry Suits in 'The Hill'

    Ty Segall Takes Bong Rips in Furry Suits in 'The Hill'

    Ever seen an eagle shred? Ever seen a dog playing the drums ... on weed? Thanks to San Fran psych rocker/band Ty Segall, the music video-viewing public can now witness both. (And for the record, it's the dog that's on weed — what you do on your own time is none of our business). He and the rest of the band don animal suits in the fittingly lo-fi clip for new single, "The Hill." The Segall-directed video features a guest appearances from Thee Oh Sees' Brigid Dawson, who sings on the original track, and includes a whole lotta fuzzy VHS-style footage of the crew rocking out as furries, plus some around-town adventures and a pink-wigged dinosaur lady all rolled up into one happily screwed acid trip of a visual experience. "The Hill" comes from Twins, out October 9 on Drag City.

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    Sonic Youth to Release Brand New Old Live Album

    On Sunday, Sonic Youth hyped up some forthcoming news via Twitter, promising a noon announcement for Monday. In light of Lee Ranaldo's recent hinting that the band will truck forth following the October separation of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, fans undoubtedly had high hopes for the follow-up tweet. Could a new album be on the way? The first since 2009's totally rad The Eternal? Nope. Instead, the band have their eyes on the past. On November 14, they'll release a live set from their 1985 show at Chicago's Smart Bar via their own label Goofin' Records.

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    President Obama Doesn't Think Nicki Minaj Endorsed Mitt Romney

    In a radio interview with Orlando's Power 95.3, the President of the United States of America took time to address a nation's burning concern that rapper Nicki Minaj has endorsed his Republican opponent in the upcoming election. Clearly, it was a slow day on the campaign trail. Still, that doesn't take away from Barack Obama's coolly executed victory over the potential beef. Last week the Lady in Pink made headlines when, in a freestyle for Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 mixtape, she dropped the line: "I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy." The song's release seemed to coincide with a strange fluke of the collective conscious, whereby everyone forgot that rap often employs similes. But the impossibly busy leader of the free world didn't forget.

  • Paul McCartney Joins Damon Albarn's Africa Express Tour

    Paul McCartney Joins Damon Albarn's Africa Express Tour

    Damon Albarn's Africa Express is truly a remarkable thing. The Blur singer and Gorillaz main brain has been touring the U.K. in a commandeered train that's become the temporary home for over 80 musicians hailing from both Africa and the West. At Saturday's London finale, Sir Paul McCartney himself joined in to perform a pair of Wings songs with help from Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals, Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Malian singer Rokia Traoré, Albarn and others. The group played 1979's "Coming Up" and "Goodnight Tonight," and the former Beatle also contributed to a Traoré original, "Dounia." Only hours before, McCartney had been awarded the French Legion of Honor for his contributions to music.

  • Mumford & Sons Drop Epic Red Rocks Clip for 'I Will Wait'

    Mumford & Sons Drop Epic Red Rocks Clip for 'I Will Wait'

    Mumford & Sons' summer U.S. tour just came to a close, but you can still get a taste of their high-octane banjo theatrics via the cinematic new live video for the band's most recent single, "I Will Wait." Shot at Colorado's picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the clip is a fitting way to experience the British folk four-piece: equal parts epic and intimate, with overhead sweeps of the seething mass of fans, each of whom seems to be experiencing his or her private show. The crowd's breathlessness seems deserved. The Sons slay their new harmony-stacked bluegrass anthem as if they're tearing through a speed-metal song. It's explosive and full of grace and totally in line with what we know about Mumford. Oh, and there's a blazing horn section. According to singer/keyboardist Ben Lovett, the band's sophomore album, Babel, out September 25, is inspired by this very sort of thing.

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