Chris Martins

writer

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  • Bernard Sumner / Photo by Getty Images

    New Order Will Return to the States, But Where's the Hook?

    For stateside New Order fans, Monday just got a little less blue. The pioneering English synth-pop/post-punk outfit has announced its first set of North American dates since playing New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in 2005. Seven new shows — kicking off in San Francisco on October 5, hitting Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, NYC, Chicago and Toronto — in exchange for seven years of noticeable absence. Unfortunately, bassist Peter Hook will not be showing up for roll call. The disgruntled original member quit via a Xfm radio interview in 2007 when, without consulting the others, he declared that New Order had broken up.

  • The Growlers

    Hear Growlers Take on the Government on 'Uncle Sam's a Dick'

    The famously surf-friendly beaches of Costa Mesa are a long way from Wall Street, but the five wastetoids in SoCal surf-psych band the Growlers are gonna occupy it nonetheless. On "Uncle Sam's a Dick," a SPIN exclusive and A-side to 7" single they've self-released for tour, singer Brooks Nielsen sounds beamed in from the shrapnelled sands of '60s Vietnam, protesting against the Man in an opioid drawl: "I don't need another mom and dad, Uncle Sam's a dick / I'm up to my neck in debt, I can't afford this shit." The group's yet untitled October LP is to be produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

  • Slug Guts, 'Playin' in Time With the Deadbeat' (Sacred Bones)

    Aussie Goth-punks gut the pub, throw a Birthday Party for scum-bopping to blackened sax.

  • MoZella, 'The Brian Holland Sessions' (Beverly Martel)

    Detroit popstress and Motown vet spin soft candy for those wanting Adele-lite or edgeless Amy.

  • JJAMZ, 'Suicide Pact' (Dangerbird)

    Los Angeles supercrew is marooned on a Rilo-esque planet, mines most vanilla bits out of Madonna, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac.

  • Hot Panda , 'Go Outside' (Mint)

    Vancouver weirdos turn Destroyer's blues into noisy brilliance with big fuzz, fucked beats, body over brains.

  • The Shrine, 'Primitive Blast' (Tee Pee)

    Shit-kicking SoCal pool-skaters bridge Blacks Flag and Sabbath via Cro-Mag hooks and high energy sludge.

  • Portable Sunsets, 'Mercy' (Magical Properties)

    A techno heart beats while sweet 'n' cool vocals swirl with warm Eno ambiance: Romantic evenings for robots.

  • Bonde Do Role, 'Tropical/Bacanal' (Mad Decent)

    Brazil brats offer uneven shitstorm of Western wildness, nursery rhymes, electro-kitsch and punk-pop.

  • Drop the Lime, 'Enter the Night' (Ultra)

    NYClub bro inexplicably goes greaser; sings, axe-slings, covers Springsteen. Dude, where's my drop?

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