Chris Martins

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  • Britney Spears Jesus Christ Musical Gospel According To Opera

    Jesus Spears Superstar: Musical to Tell Life of Christ Using Britney Songs

    A new musical aims to portray the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ using the music of Britney Spears. As a fundraising announcement for Spears: The Gospel According to Britney explains, "Not one word is spoken, and not one lyric is changed, technically making the musical an opera." Two advance showings of the in-development production are taking place November 7 at New York's Foxwoods Theatre, open for potential investors only.Still, you might want to Gatsby your way into a ticket, because there are no shortage of reasons for the possible on-the-vine demise of Spears. Copywrite, for instance, as Brit songs confirmed for the show so far include "Stronger," "...Baby One More Time," and "(You Drive Me) Crazy." Creator Patrick Blute, 23, to his credit seems pretty damned, er, blessedly serious about the whole endeavor."These are Britney's lyrics.

  • Pussy Riot Member Missing Prison Transfer Nadya Tolokonnikova

    Imprisoned Pussy Riot Member Disappears

    Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is missing, according to family members who say she hasn't been heard from since October 21. While news reports from Russia have been difficult to parse, BuzzFeed has spoken to the imprisoned protester's husband and father, who've helped clarify some of the confusion around the woman's recent prison transfer.As previously reported, Tolokonnikova staged a hunger strike in order to raise awareness of poor prison conditions and "slave-like" work requirements at central Russian labor colony FGU IK-14 in Mordovia (read her open letter via the Guardian).

  • Odd Future Ghost of the Hotel Short Film Tyler Taco Earl Jasper

    Earl Sweatshirt Plays an Angry Detective in Odd Future's Horror Short

    In honor of Halloween, the goofball content farm that is Odd Future made a scary movie. At six and a half minutes, "The Ghost of the Hotel" follows the adventures of Detectives Ray (Earl Sweatshirt) and Tony (Lionel Boyce) as they investigate the death-by-ghost of a "little white girl" (that'd be Taco, of course). The lunkheaded, catchphrase-bumbling cops wind up meeting Donstell (Tyler, the Creator) and Mishon (Jasper Dolphin) in the process — two buddies who were simply looking for a cheap place to get high. Or so it seems. A note from the erstwhile Loiter Squad crew: "Tyler, Jasper, Lionel, Taco And Earl Thought Of This At 4 In The Morning Knowing It Would Be One Of The Greatest Movies Of All Time." Decide for yourself by watching the DIY short above. The music comes courtesy of MellowHigh, whose self-titled album is out now.

  • Lil' Kim 'Dead Gal Walking' Hard Core 2K13 Miley Cyrus

    Lil' Kim Adopts Bad Gal Patois for 'Dead Gal Walking' Return

    Everyone is throwing back to their halcyon days of late. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is presented as a sequel to his turn-of-the-millennium classic, and now Lil' Kim is gearing for the November 29 release of Hard Core 2013, a mixtape whose title harks back to her never-been-topped 1996 debut Hard Core. The Brooklyn-born Queen Bee's last official album came in 2005 and her flirtations with the free-music game have been spotty (see Black Friday), but new song "Dead Gal Walking" is a strong return. The former Junior M.A.F.I.A. member adopts a dancehall patois to spit fierce melodic fire over a horn-blaring, dubbed-out, stuttering hulk of a beat. The song arrived on Halloween, begging the question: Since she and Miley Cyrus are "besties" (via Idolator), was the Bangerz star's costume a ploy to shine some of that glaring light on Lil' Kim?

  • Songs for Slim Benefit Compilation Rockin Here Tonight Steve Earle

    'Songs for Slim' Dunlap Benefit Compilation Will Be Packed With Stars

    Singer-songwriter and former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a debilitating stroke in February of 2012, but if a silver lining can be found in such a thing, the outpouring of both support and music in that unfortunate event's wake has been a mighty thing. The 'Mats themsevles intitially reformed and recorded Songs for Slim, a benefit EP sold at auction.Then came the monthly 7-inch series, which wrangled covers of Dunlap's music by such luminaries as John Doe, Vanessa Carlton, Deer Tick, Jeff Tweedy, Lucero, Frank Black and others.

  • Kanye West Yeezus Tour Cancelled Dates Truck Accident

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour Derailed by Truck Accident

    Kanye West's Yeezus tour features an incredibly ambitious stage setup — no surprise there, but it no doubt takes a handful of hefty vehicles to transport an entire pyramid, that massive screen above, and the Son of God from city to city. That much ado over something creates extra room for error, and now it seems a highway accident has damaged vital equipment and delayed the tour.West was originally scheduled to hit Vancouver on October 20 but postponed the show until October 31. Now that date has been cancelled too, and an announcement from the man's camp reveals that one of the trucks met ill fortune on the road, rendering a custom video truss and the aforementioned 60-feet-wide LED screen useless.

  • Vanilla Ice Ice Baby Ninja Turtles Today Show Halloween

    Vanilla Ice Performed 'Ice Ice Baby' in 2013 Next to Ninja Turtles

    If you don't already know, the gods were feeling trick-y on Halloween in 1967, when Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born into this world. Of course to us he'll always be Vanilla Ice, and at the grown-ass age of 46, the man undoubtedly understands this now (please, no more nü-metal). So we hope it didn't hurt his ego too much to visit the Today show in order to perform "Ice Ice Baby" next to break-dancers wearing Ninja Turtles costumes.Because that really happened, and you can watch it above. Van Winkle announces his presence with a resounding, "Awwwwwwww yeeeeeaaaahhh," and then launches into his 1990 song, which, yes, everybody still knows the words to (he tests the crowd at the start).

  • Four Tet Twitter Album Cover Arcade Fire Reflektor Beautiful Rewind

    Four Tet Teases 'Arcade Fires' for Stealing His Album Art

    Four Tet's Kieran Hebden has fired shots at Arcade Fire! Okay, the dude was likely tongue-in-cheek teasing when he wrote on Twitter, "arcade fires really loved the artwork for my new album." He is, of course, referencing the heretofore unseen circle-inside-of-square motif displayed on his excellent slab of experimental dance music, Beautiful Rewind — upon which a grayscale prismatic disc sits atop a kaleidoscopic rainbow blur.Not for nothing, Arcade Fire's now streaming, equally good-weird new album Reflektor is covered by a cosmos-evoking circle of black set within an iridescent square of marble/woodgrain/topography. Those Montreal men and women switch it up with a marble statue depicting a man and a woman, which exists outside of the circle/square confines entirely. Meanwhile, Hebden's circle is slightly offset, raising many important questions.Nah.

  • Spike Jonze Lady Gaga Arcade Fire YouTube Music Awards Video

    Spike Jonze to Direct 'Live Music Videos' for Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire

    The first ever YouTube Music Awards take place on Sunday, November 3, with Jason Schwartzman hosting ahead of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Spike Jonze acting as creative director in tandem with the Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa release. Now the latter has revealed to NME that he'll be attempting to create "live music videos" for some of the performing artists, including Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga.While his choice of words could amount to putting lipstick on an awards show performance, the groundbreaking music-video director insists it's something more. "It'll be really interesting to try and pull it off," said Jonze. "We have a whole handful of directors. We're mixing the music video film world in with the live broadcast world and trying to make live music videos ...

  • Despacio James Murphy 2manydjs Club Soundsystem London

    James Murphy and 2manydjs Take Insane Soundsystem on the Road

    Back in July, LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy debuted an actual soundsystem at the Manchester International Festival. He used the rig alongside brothers David and Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax, 2manydjs) for an all-vinyl three-man DJ experience that they dubbed Despacio (Spanish for "gradually"). Now that name has been revived for what's become an ongoing nomadic club night, and the whole thing is heading to London in December.The "revolutionary new club experience" is actually radically regressive (in a good way), as the computer-free sets are blasted out of seven 50,000-watt, 11-feet-tall speakers surrounding the audience — "the biggest audiophile soundsystem in existence." The December 19 and 20 gigs will go down at the ballroom within the Hammersmith Town Hall, which really is a town hall.

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