Chris Martins

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  • Made in America Los Angeles Lineup Weezer Kendrick Lamar John Mayer

    Jay Z's Made in America Los Angeles Lineup: Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer, and More

    Earlier today, we learned that the Philadelphia lineup for the Jay Z-founded Budweiser Made in America Festival will be topped by Kanye West, Kings of Leon, and Tiësto. Now we've got the lineup for the Los Angeles edition, to run concurrently on August 30 and 31. The biggest hitters include — for better and for worse — Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Chance the Rapper, Sublime With Rome, Juanes, Steve Aoki, and Afrojack.Also of note for SPIN readers: Metric, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet, YG, Dr. Dog, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, and A Tribe Called Red. And the rest of the bill: Gareth Emery, Capital Cities, R3HAB, Borgore, DVBBS, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Jay Rock, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, and Scavenger Hunt.

  • Peanut Butter Wolf Charizma Interview Circa 1990-1993 Box Set Stream

    Peanut Butter Wolf Breaks Down His 10 Favorite Songs From the Charizma Box Set

    December 16, 1993 was a fateful day for the future of hip-hop. Up-and-coming Bay Area MC Charles "Charizma" Hicks was murdered during a mugging on that date, and it was enough to force his production partner out of the business entirely. That man behind the music was San Jose's Chris Manak, a.k.a. Peanut Butter Wolf. The pair were both a creative duo and best friends, and each was an incredibly promising artist.

  • Moody Good Album Teaser Video Owsla 16bit

    Preview Every Song on Moody Good's Wild and Wobbly Debut Album

    If you don't yet know Moody Good, you're overdue for an introduction. Good thing, because it's hard to imagine a more succinctly effective crash course than the video you'll find above. Therein, the MTA Records-minted London producer offers up a gorgeously rendered black-and-white visual teaser for his self-titled June 3 album, co-released by OWSLA, complete with snippets of all 15 songs contained therein. Follow along via the track list below.All told, it's a thrilling trip through the wild mind of Eddie Jefferys, former 16bit member and a key hand in sonically shaping Björk's Biophilia. The man covers a staggering amount of ground, from the sampledelic jazz of the "Eulogy" pieces, to the 3D beat music of "Living Off the High," to the African chant of "Ziambey," to the power-tool dubstep of "Docbond." Also: breakbeat, house, two-step, ambient, R&B, rap...

  • Hopscotch 'Satisfaction' Stream Archer EP Remixes

    Hear Hopscotch's Bass-Blessed R&B Bomber 'Satisfaction'

    Los Angeles producer/singer Angela LaBaw has been unfurling bass-blessed gem after soul-steeped jam as Hopscotch for a couple of years, and now she's back with the 12-track Archer EP & Remixes. Arguably the set's strongest cut is "Satisfaction," a burbling, bleak-sounding slab of wobbly R&B that feature our heroine's creepily yearning vocals: "Feed, feed, feed us more." Stream that below, and visit the Hopscotch SoundCloud account for remixes from the likes of Rex Riot, Sigrah, Dimond Saints, Sounds What, Jantsen & Dirtmonkey, Brooksbrown, Christopher Norman, and Champagne.

  • Riff Raff 'How to Be the Man Video' Neon Icon Track List

    RiFF RaFF Schools Kids in Wild, Weird 'How to Be the Man' Video

    RiFF RaFF will finally, definitely, 100 percent release an actual album. The long-awaited NEON iCON now has a release date of June 24 via Mad Decent. Guests will include Mac Miller, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Mike Posner, while the producers tapped are, among others, Diplo, Harry Fraud, and DJ Mustard. The latter Los Angeles-based beatsmith provides the track for RiFF's first single, "How to Be the Man," which now has an appropriately insane music video, viewable above. Therein, our cornrowed hero demonstrates that titular feat by cradling babies, spinning basketballs, summoning cartoons, and just generally surrounding himself with scantily clad women. A young Jody Husky appears as well. Peep the track list below.NEON iCON track list:1. "iNTRODUCiNG THE iCON"2. "KOKAYNE"3. "WETTER THAN TSUNAMi"4. "JODY 3 MOONS" (SKIT)5. "VERSACE PYTHON"6.

  • Morrissey Sips Whiskey in 'Istanbul' Spoken Word Video

    Morrissey Sips Whiskey in 'Istanbul' Spoken Word Video

    UPDATE: Stream the actual sung version of "Instanbul" is out on iTunes and streaming on Spotify.Morrissey continues to redefine the lyric video. After dropping strange spoken-word versions of his new album's titular track "World Peace Is None of Your Business" and follow-up song  "The Bullfighter Dies," he now shares a similar clip for "Istanbul." Watch it now, above or on iTunes, because we're guessing it'll disappear soon. The clip is equal parts poetry-reading and Most Interesting Man in the World monologue, finding the Smiths boss clinking ice in a whiskey tumbler next to a flower-filled gramophone while we hear about "prostitutes, stylish and glum." As a parting thought, we get a strange meditation on baby-making and personal doom: "I lean into a box of pine, identify the kid as mine."In related news, Moz seemingly joined Twitter, and then didn't.

  • Shirley Manson Meets Le Butcherettes on Moody 'Shame, You're All I've Got'

    Shirley Manson Meets Le Butcherettes on Moody 'Shame, You're All I've Got'

    Last week we heard Garbage singer Shirley Manson break down the history behind one of her band's best songs of recent vintage. Now she lends her inimitable voice to another group's work: Le Butcherettes track "Shame, You're All I've Got." The moody piece features bass by Omar Rodríguez-López and appears on Cry Is for the Flies, the new album out now on the Mars Volta/Antemasque'd man's Nadie Sound label. As Rolling Stone reports, though the album was released last week, those who purchased it previously only just received the bonus cut you can now hear below. 

  • Chris Schlarb Making the Saint Album Stream Psychic Temple

    Stream Chris Schlarb's Gorgeously Meditative 'Making the Saint' Album

    If you don't recognize Chris Schlarb's name, it's because he's the kind of man whom music flows through, rather than the sort who spends his time corralling sound into the spotlight. Through his Psychic Temple project — which has looped in everyone from Mike Watt to Serengeti to Nedelle Torrisi to Sufjan Stevens — the player/composer has earned a rep for combining rock, jazz, and soul to stunning effect. But in approaching his new album Making the Saint, out May 27 on Asthmatic Kitty, the Long Beach artist did something different. Schlarb gathered his instruments and drove out to an 1870s cabin, by himself."When I started driving up into the mountains, I didn't have any new music prepared," he writes. "As I drove, I found myself yearning for an intimate, unpolished sound. Even though Psychic Temple is a big deal, I love small records.

  • Dasher 'Go Rambo' Video Single Atlanta

    Atlanta Punks Dasher Are Unhinged in 'Go Rambo' Video

    In early April, we met Dasher, a trio of Atlanta rippers led by drummer/vocalist Kylee Kimbrough. The song was "Go Rambo," from a recent 7-inch single on Die Slaughterhaus, and its unhinged intensity can now be visually mainlined via the Tommy Taylor-directed video above. The track itself is brief-but-barreling collision of post-punk sonics and punk-rock energy. And as for the clip, it's similarly simple, finding our heroine, bassist David Michaud, and guitarist Kelly Stroup shredding in a dingy rehearsal space while an unseen entity does unkind things to a dismembered doll. Word is a Suicide Squeeze single is coming later this year ("Soviet" b/w "Teeth), with an album to follow.

  • Matthewdavid 'Artforms' Stream In My World Brainfeeder

    Matthewdavid Slings Psychedelic Beats on Mercurial 'Artforms'

    A fixture of Los Angeles' psychedelic electronic underground, Matthewdavid is not only a Dublab radio resident and the founder of Leaving Records, he's an artist in his own right. On July 1, the producer/vocalist will release his second album, In My World, on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and it's set to be a lush and colorful trip into the man's inimitable ear. For evidence, look no further than "Artforms," streaming below. The new track opens with a record scratch but soon gives way to soothing voice and organic instrumentation. Later, the beat surges to the fore, and the picture shifts again. "I'm feeling all the art forms start to blend together," Matthewdavid coos. That could be the drugs taking hold, but more likely it's our host's way with sound. Listen here:In My World track list:1. "In My World"2. "Cosmic Caller"3. "The Mood Is Right"4. "Perpetual Moon Moods"5.

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