Chris Martins



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    Pussy Riot Member May Be Freed by Putin's Amnesty Bill

    The imprisoned members of Pussy Riot may be released early, according to a Russian paper referencing an amnesty bill submitted to Parliament by President Vladimir Putin himself. NPR cites "Kremlin-friendly daily Izvestia" as breaking the news that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina would be included in the legislation, which is meant to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, adopted on December 12, 1993.The bill itself does not name names, says NPR, though it refers to the release of non-violent offenders including women who have children — both of the jailed Pussy Rioters are mothers, and their two-year sentence for staging a "Punk Prayer" protest at Moscow's primary cathedral wraps in March.

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    CEO Turns Kanye West's 'My Liquor' Into a Warped Lullabye

    The Tough Alliance member Eric Berglund has returned to his CEO moniker to release a new single, "Whorehouse," backed by an unexpected cover of Kanye West's Chief Keef/Bon Iver team-up "Hold My Liquor." The two-song set arrives via the Swede's own Sincerely Yours label, and both tracks can be heard below. Co-produced by Team Rockit, "My Liquor" is a darkly bursting reimagining that echoes with choral gorgeousness and experimental production à la Animal Collective. It's a brief but strange cover of that poignant Yeezus moment, which helped make West's latest SPIN's Album of the Year. Meanwhile, "Whorehouse" as a gleefully bounding mass of pitch-warped vocals and pop prettiness — think the Knife meets Beach Boys. CEO's upcoming album Wonderland, the follow-up to 2010 solo debut White Magic, gets a February 4 U.S. release via Modular.

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    Hear Justin Bieber Not Suck on Chance the Rapper Collab 'Confident'

    Justin Bieber's collaboration with SPIN's Rapper of the Year, Chance the Rapper, is here. Fans of the latter may have initially scoffed at the idea of this team-up, which arrives hot on the heels of Childish Gambino's "The Worst Guys," but the embattled pop star has thankfully been letting the music speak for him these days, and it hasn't been half bad. Meanwhile, our favorite young Chicago MC is always excellent, so the math actually adds up for "Confident."The latest entry in the Biebz's #MusicMondays series finds our host cooing a very Frank Ocean-like "oh no no" between yearning lines about encountering a bold woman from another land. The slowly bubbling beat, built on a slight reggae groove, is a solid foundation for the acrobatic scat-raps of Chance, who opens with, "Tattoos. Piercings.

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    Grammys Nominations Concert: Watch Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and More

    The 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations are in and Jay Z is leading the pack. Par for the course, the news didn't arrive in the form of your standard press release. The announcements came accompanied by a concert (or vice versa), featuring performances from Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Keith Urban, Robin Thicke, T.I., and members of Earth, Wind, and Fire (but no Drake). Find those below.Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"Lorde, "Royals"Katy Perry, "Roar"Keith Urban and Miguel, "Ain't No Sunshine" Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" (sorry, we couldn't help it)

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    Jay Z's Robinson Cano Deal Could Offset 'Big Pimpin' Lawsuit

    We believe it was the philosopher Notorious B.I.G. who first widely publicized the "Mo Money Mo Problems" doctrine back in 1996. If only his friend Jay Z had taken note before recording "Big Pimpin'," that unforgettable year 2000 ode to uncaring excess. That very song has been the source of much money-driven legal stress over the past six years, due to disputes over the vegan-not-vegan MC's use of that crackerjack flute-and-percussion sample.On Tuesday, despite the hopes of Hova, a U.S. district judge ruled that the confusing copyright case still has merit. While an earlier settlement between the "Big Pimpin'" camp and EMI seemed to grant Jay a legit license for the 1960 sample of "Khosara, Khosara" — which hails from the score of the Egyptian film Fata Ahlami — the deal was only temporary.

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    Live-Stream Lorde and Arcade Fire's 'Not So Silent Night' Sets Here

    'Tis the season for radio-backed holiday concert blowouts. San Francisco Bay Area alt-rock bastion Live 105 kicks off its annual Not So Silent Night gala Friday afternoon in Oakland, while Los Angeles' KROQ launches Almost Acoustic Christmas on Saturday, December 7. Each spans two days and features sets from Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, AFI, and SPIN's Band of the Year, Vampire Weekend.Not in California? Not a problem. Both shows will webcast for free. You can watch Not So Silent Night right here, above (hit play to check on the countdown clock or dive into the action, depending). Meanwhile, you'll have to hit the KROQ site to catch Almost Acoustic Christmas, but we know you were planning on watching both simultaneously on Saturday, so multiple browser tabs are a must.

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    Tinashe Is Not 'Vulnerable' in Acrobatic Dance Video

    Last week, Los Angeles R&B triple-threat Tinashe dropped her Black Water mixtape, a late entry that sneaked onto Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of the Year list. The 13-track set is a shadowy, silken showcase of the 20-year-old RCA artist's production prowess and singing skills, but there's one clutch ability left out: Tinashe can dance. Like, dance dance, as seen above in the bare-bones new clip for "Vulnerable," a bleak and Weeknd-y highlight featuring a Yeezus-inspired verse from Travi$ Scott. Watch that above — moves choreographed by JaQuel Knight — and stream Black Water below. Meanwhile, catch SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013.

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    Jerome LOL Gives Bjork's 'All Is Full of Love' a Nü-Rave Remix

    Last month, Los Angeles' Jerome Potter blessed us with the shuffling "Always" from his forthcoming Deleted/Fool EP. Now, the former LOL Boys member handily known as Jerome LOL shares a couple of excellent edits to help feed the frenzy. We've heard the man's bona fide cover of Coldplay's "Yellow," and here he once again crosses eras and genres in order to flex his skills. Streaming below — and offered as instant free downloads to those who pre-order his February 4 Friends of Friends release — you'll find "All Is Full of Love" by Björk and "Corcovado" by Stan Getz, João Gilberto, and Astrud Gilberto, both flipped into modern nü-rave thumpers. Meanwhile, Jerome LOL has got a brand new homepage, which, par for the course, is a feat of Web 2.0 design brilliance.

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    Kanye West Apologizes to Nike, Nerds Out With Rap Bros

    Kanye West recently made headlines for screaming at Sway in one interview and espousing antisemetic views in the next. But that was last week. On Wednesday, he visited Miami's Art Basel exhibition and wound up sharing news about his follow-up to Yeezus, SPIN's Album of the Year. Then, in a chat with Power 99, he shed light on his childhood, discussing the year he spent in China, and the time he discovered beat-making while creating a computer game.In short, the man has been in a better mood of late, and he's now continuing that streak. In a brief chat with a "multi-dimensional media personality" called Tall Boy (his description), West actually apologizes to Nike, his former Air Yeezy shoe partner and the most recent punching bag for Ye's well-publicized frustrations with breaking into the fashion world.

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    Hear Songs: Ohia's 'The Big Game Is Every Night' Ahead of Jason Molina Tribute Shows

    Jason Molina passed away on March 16, but his contributions to music are far from over. Secretly Canadian just released the lovingly assembled 10th anniversary deluxe edition of his classic sorta-self-titled album, Magnolia Electric Co., which was originally issued under the Songs: Ohia name. Now the Bloomington, Indiana label is pulling together the musicians who worked on that 2003 set for a short run of memorial concerts also featuring Hiss Golden Messenger.In honor of the occasion, we've got an exclusive gem from the reissue set to stream — "The Big Game Is Every Night," a bewitching 10-minute sadcore epic that encompasses so much of what's great about Molina's work, and that period of songwriting in particular. Stream that below, and read an excerpt of the heartfelt announcement from Secretly Canadian.

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