Chris Martins

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  • Tree Probably Nu It MCTREEG EP Download Stream

    Download MC Tree's Bluesy Soultrap Track 'Probably Nu It'

    Chicago MC Tree is dropping a surprise set on January 21 — the @MCTREEG EP, which so far seems chock-full of the rapper-singer's signature soultrap music. Last week we heard the meditative "Like Whoa," and now we've got the free-to-download "Probably Nu It." Heard below, the song is a bluesy dedication to an unnamed muse that stays true to the man's statement that these songs find him at "his most vulnerable yet strongest." For more from Tree, check out last year's Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out and earlier offering Trillin'. The Chi-celebrating album cover for the new set can be seen at the bottom of the post, via Scion AV.

  • OutKast Festival Reunion 2014 Tour Shows

    OutKast Are Playing 40 Festivals in 2014

    First there were whispers of an OutKast reunion for 2014. Then there was the Coachella lineup confirmation — Big Boi and André 3000 will indeed headline this year's California desert fest. Then came the Governors Ball gig for New York City. And now: OutKast's Facebook page tells us that the once estranged Atlanta duo will "return to the stage with a full festival run of over 40 dates to celebrate 20 years since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik."That, of course, would be the group's debut, which helped put southern rap on the map back in 1994. The gents had some kind (if not canned words) for their fans on the occasion of the announcement. "Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast," André 3000 is quoted as saying. Big Boi, a.k.a.

  • Sam Smith 'Money on My Mind' Video

    Sam Smith Shrugs Off Success in 'Money on My Mind' Video

    After winning ears the world over with his Disclosure collaboration "Latch," Sam Smith is prepping a debut album, In the Lonely Hour, for a May 26 release. The 21-year-old British songbird now shares that set's second single — following the suave "Safe With Me" — and the new track mixes shuffling dance-pop with yearning soul and R. Kelly-style R&B. Dubbed "Money on My Mind," the song finds Smith singing about not getting caught up in his newfound success — he's doing it "for the love," not the dollars.The video above plays off of that theme by placing our hero in one of the most cash-obsessed places on the planet, Las Vegas.

  • Liars 'Mess on a Mission' Stream Album

    Hear Liars' Rave-Punk Ripper 'Mess on a Mission'

    "Facts are facts and fiction's fiction," goes the chorus of Liars' new song "Mess on a Mission," but the Los Angeles-based experimentalists seem to take particular glee in blurring that line. Their excellent 2012 set WIXIW was promoted with a series of images and videos designed to confuse the viewer, and their next album Mess so far seems to celebrate yarn doing all sorts of things yarn doesn't normally do. Now we can hear the aforementioned first taste of that March 25 set — a ripping pileup of pounding beats, rave fuzz, and droning vocals that bodes well for the other 10 songs. See Mess' track list and album cover below, and make sure to check out SPIN's 50 Albums You've Gotta Hear in 2014 for more highlights from the new year.Liars, Mess track list:1. "Mask Maker"2. "Vox Tuned D.E.D."3. "I'm No Gold"4. "Pro Anti Anti"5. "Can't Hear Well"6. "Mess on a Mission"7.

  • Cass McCombs Karen Black Brighter! Video

    Cass McCombs Honors the Late Karen Black in 'Brighter!' Video

    The late actress Karen Black is honored in the new video for her haunting Cass McCombs collaboration "Brighter!," from last year's double album Big Wheel and Others. Her final song with the nomadic folky — she also appears on sublime Catacombs track "Dreams-Come-True-Girl" — was recorded before she died of cancer on August 9, 2013, and her husband Stephen Eckleberry managed to capture footage from an at-home rehearsal on his iPhone. Seen above, that material, as well as bits taken from Black's films, are projected over a bleary-eyed McCombs while he plays the guitar. Below, you can read the widowers words about the video he directed.

  • Pharrell Williams at Holy Ship!!!

    Holy Ship!!! 2014: Pharrell's Helicopter Lands, and the 5 Best Things We Saw Saturday

    Follow SPIN's adventures on the high seas as we selflessly embed ourselves at Holy Ship!!!, the third-annual electronic music cruise thrown by the curatorial wizards at HARD. We embarked from the Port of Miami on Thursday, January 9, and return on Sunday, January 11. In between, we stop at two private islands for genuine Bahamian beach parties, plus see the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Duck Sauce, and Disclosure perform from within the hull of a mega-ship hauling ass through international waters. There are 4,000 revelers, a never-ending buffet, and the music goes until 6 a.m. It's a pirate's life for us.Check out the five best things we saw on Thursday, and our Friday round-up as well. Now, on to Saturday:1) Ryan HemsworthIt's 10:30 a.m.

  • Dillon Francis at Holy Ship!!!

    Holy Ship!!! 2014: Disclosure Crack a Few Smiles, and the 5 Best Things We Saw Friday

    Follow SPIN's adventures on the high seas as we selflessly embed ourselves at Holy Ship!!!, the third annual electronic music cruise thrown by the curatorial wizards at HARD. We embarked from the Port of Miami on Thursday, January 9, and return on Sunday, January 11. In between, we stop at two private islands for genuine Bahamian beach parties, plus see the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Duck Sauce, and Disclosure perform from within the hull of a mega-ship hauling ass through international waters. There are 4,000 revelers, a never-ending buffet, and the music goes until 6 a.m. It's a pirate's life for us.Check out the five best things we saw on Thursday. And now, on to Friday:1) Gina Turner's YogaOf the myriad ways one could choose to deal with Friday morning's party hangover — the most popular being "rage further" —a small group gets it oh-so-right.

  • Tiësto, Zedd, and Skrillex at Holy Ship!!!

    Holy Ship!!! 2014: Tiesto's Surprise Set and the 5 Best Things We Saw Thursday

    Follow SPIN's adventures on the high seas as we selflessly embed ourselves at Holy Ship!!!, the third annual electronic music cruise thrown by the curatorial wizards at HARD. We embarked from the Port of Miami on Thursday, January 9, and return on Sunday, January 11. In between we stop at two private islands for genuine Bahamian beach parties, plus see the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Duck Sauce, and Disclosure perform from within the hull of a mega-ship hauling ass through international waters. There are 4,000 revelers, a never-ending buffet, and the music goes until 6 a.m. It's a pirate's life for us.1) DIY door décorBefore the ship leaves port, there are matters of serious business to attend to: security check-in, the mandatory oceanic safety class, and perhaps most solemn of all, the ceremonial decorating of the cabin doors.

  • DJ Pone 'M.F.E.' Stream 'Erratic Impulses' EP Ed Banger

    Birdy Nam Nam's DJ Pone Drops Surging Electro Stunner 'M.F.E.'

    If you don't already know DJ Pone, there's a good chance you've heard the Frenchman's expert touch. While his Birdy Nam Nam crew has been triumphant in the international turntablism scene since the early aughts, they had a major breakthrough in 2013, teaming up with Skrillex to helm the beat on A$AP Rocky's "Wild for the Night." But Pone is a DMC champion in his own right and an ace producer, too, it turns out. On January 14, beloved Parisian label Ed Banger Records will release the DJ's solo debut, the Erratic Impulses EP. Below you can hear "M.F.E.," a dancefloor stomper that sets Jean Michel Jarre's ambient vision to shaking atop surging electro burble. Oh, and Justice's Gaspard Augé plays keys.

  • Coachella 2014 Lineup OutKast Beck Skrillex Arcade Fire Muse

    Coachella 2014: OutKast, Beck, Skrillex, Arcade Fire, Muse, Pharrell, and More

    The poster for Coachella 2014 has been released and the rumored OutKast reunion is confirmed. Muse and Arcade Fire are the other headliners, followed by such big-font names as Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, the Replacements, the Knife, and Motörhead. View the lineup below. Coachella's Twitter account advises you "Share it like a polaroid picture."Many of the artists confirmed made it onto SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013, and a handful are on our 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014. For more on this year's upcoming slate of festivals, check out our constantly updated Festlove rundown. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place in Indio, California, with the lineup repeated across two weekends: April 11 through 13, and April 18 through 20. Further info here.

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