Chris Martins

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  • Best Coast to Open Green Day Arena Tour

    Best Coast Join Massive Green Day Arena Tour

    Between calling for fans to crash the stage during their Video Music Awards performance and stocking their "Oh Love" clip with semi-nude baby-faced models, Green Day seem to be on a quest to capture youth from any angle they can wrangle. Add the name Best Coast to that list, as the so SoCal surf-pop duo will now join the East Bay punks' upcoming arena tour.While it's clear to everyone with ears that Wavves would be the Best Choice for the bill, Nathan Williams will have to cede this honor to his GF and fellow SPIN cover star Bethany Cosentino. Green Day is set to release three new LPs between now and January 15 — the titularly sequential Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos! and Green Day ¡Tré! — and the corresponding jaunt is a doozy. Best Coast join the trek January 8 in Illinois and stick around until the band's final U.S. gig on February 8 in Vegas. Green Day ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRÉ!

  • Fiona Apple / Photo by Hudspeth County/Splash News

    Fiona Apple Arrested for Drug Possession in Texas [Updated]

    Fiona Apple was arrested at a border stop in Sierra Blanca, Texas, yesterday for allegedly holding hash. According to TMZ, who have posted her mug shot, this is the exact same place where Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have been nabbed in the past.Arrested in Texas: 15 musicians caught holding in the Lone Star State.The freshly free-from-hiatus folky was between an Idler Wheel tour stop at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, Arizona, and tonight's Austin City Limits show at Moody Theater (which, yes, is on Willie Nelson Blvd.). Apple is supposedly being held at Hudspeth County Jail.Apple's publicist didn't have any further information to share. "My guess is that there won't be any sort of statement given," Ambrosia Healy told SPIN. Seems like everyone's hoping to for a quick end to the dope debacle.No word yet as to how her tour will be affected.

  • Turbo Fruits / Photo by Kate Brock

    Watch Turbo Fruits Ride With a Biker Gang in 'Harley Dollar Bill$' Video

    The garage-punkin' Nashvillians in Turbo Fruits are looking more badass every day. First, they cleaned house and added dudes who can grow facial hair (apologies to main man Jonas Stein), then they dropped that coiffed swooner called "Sweet Thing," and now they're hanging out with biker gangs in the video for "Harley Dollar Bill$."As it turns out, these boys have a thing for hogs, which is what this song is all about. But instead of witnessing from afar, the band basically stalked infamous local motorcycle club, Best of Both Worlds MC, until they so deeply got within their good graces that the outlaws let director Michael Carter in to capture a ton of candid footage.

  • Amanda Palmer paying crowd-sourced musicians

    Amanda Palmer Is Paying Her Crowd-Sourced Musicians Now

    Amanda Palmer hasn't been able to stay ahead of her own controversy this week, but she's doing a decent job of cleaning up the mess. She recently came under fire for raising a cool million via her fans on Kickstarter and subsequently asking those same fans to volunteer to perform in tandem with her regular band on her current tour.Although Palmer initially defended her stance, she's now announced on her blog that she will pay all of her guest musicians because "we have the power to do it, and we're going to do it," and also that, "in fact, we started doing it three shows ago." Those shows, btw, have been "sick, glorious communions of awe."She went on: "for better or for worse, this whole kerfuffle has meant i’ve spent the past week thinking hard about this, listening to what everyone was saying and discussing. i hear you. i see your points ...

  • Lady Gaga / Photo by Getty Images

    Lady Gaga Rap 'Leak' Fools Fans: Hear 'Cake Like Gaga'

    Perhaps inspired by Lil B's genre-fording foray into surf-pop yesterday, Lady Gaga may have sorta secretly attempted to launch her trap-rap career this evening with a song we're calling "Cake Like Gaga." But, like, not really. See, from what we can glean, this entire thing is a goofy stunt played by Gaga and her producer DJ White Shadow, who made it seem like the song was an anonymous fan submission.There's been some confusion (via Oh No They Didn't) as to the freshly leaked song's origins, but here's what we know. White Shadow hit Twitter earlier with the following announcement: "I just made this TRAP shit, so I am going to put it on my soundcloud. Then I am going to give everyone a couple hrs to make a song.

  • 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.

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