Chris Martins

writer

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  • Cut Copy 'Take Me Higher' Stream Free Your Mind

    Cut Copy Aim to Transcend on Soulful 'Take Me Higher'

    Cut Copy are aiming for transcendence on their new album. Not for, like, criticspeak "transcendence," but for the actual thing, apparently. Entitled Free Your Mind, the November 5 LP has already blessed us with the hippie-dippie titular song (plus that video starring True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård as a half-naked cult leader), and also the Summer(s) of Love-inspired "We Are Explorers" — both of which are as soulful and wholesome as they are futuristic and danceable. Now via Stereogum comes the Melbourne band's "Take Me Higher," which opens with a folksy guitar figure and a moaned ohm, and soon finds the beat. Enjoy those ecstatic six-minutes below, whose keys and drum-work hark back to the Rolling Stones a might bit.

  • Pussy Riot Prison Abuse Threat Deputy Rejected Hunger Strike

    Prison Guard's Alleged Death Threats to Pussy Riot Member Will Be Ignored

    Russian authorities say they will not look into Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's allegations that a prison security official threatened to kill her during her confinement at Central Russia's facility No. 14 in Mordovia.

  • Arcade Fire 'Reflektor' Full Album Stream Listen Hear Video

    Hear Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Right Here, Right Now

    Shortly after news hit that Arcade Fire's Reflektor has leaked, the band tweeted out a link to their homepage, which now sports a full stream of the entire thing. The "Full Album Teaser" can be found above, and indeed features all 14 songs (including the disc one bonus track) set to the classic Brazilian film Black Orpheus. The Montreal collective shared the song "Afterlife" accompanied by footage from that movie, which is much about the afterlife.Of course, that's a recurring theme in Arcade Fire's work, so though the clip above was no doubt rushed out, it fits quite nicely. And we're not ruling out the possibility that Reflektor was written to play along with old Orfeo Negro, considering the many moments of odd synchronicity that take place.

  • Angel Haze Comes in Like a 'Wrecking Ball' on Miley Cyrus Cover

    Angel Haze Comes in Like a 'Wrecking Ball' on Miley Cyrus Cover

    Hidden beneath all of the shock and aw-geez-what-now of Miley Cyrus' public image is the fact that "Wrecking Ball" is a pretty poignant ballad. Hidden beneath Angel Haze' incredible rapping dexterity and lyrical might is the fact that she can sing. Like, really, really sing. Now the world gets a chance to reconcile itself with both of those ideas, and the New York MC has chosen the Bangerz star's heartbreaker of a single for her ongoing #30GOLD series. If you're unfamiliar, Haze is working her way through covers/"freestyles" of/over 30 songs on her way to releasing Dirty Gold, her long-anticipated studio debut. She most recently took a brave stance atop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," and kicked off the series with back-to-back takes on Kanye West and Jay-Z. Hear "Wrecking Ball" below:

  • Run the Jewels 'Get It' Video Killer Mike El-P Kool A.D.

    See Run the Jewels 'Get It' All the Way to the White House

    El-P and Killer Mike forged a powerful alliance in 2012 on the latter's R.A.P. Music. The bond was so strong they decided to start a whole new project: Run the Jewels, which resulted in an excellent self-titled album this year and a likely follow-up in 2014 (El-P recently confirmed Run the Jewels 2 is in the works). Though the two told SPIN their bond involves the bygone era of dookie chains and LL Cool J, El's futuristic aural dystopias and Mike's on-the-nose tear-down of modern politics are equally crucial to their sound. More than that, though, these guys rap their asses off — a timeless art if ever there was one. In the new clip for "Get It" above, we witness the pair doing exactly that while on tour, plus get excellent images of them rolling and smoking blunts, chilling in tropical climes, doing ridiculous dances, and mean-mugging with Das Racist's Kool A.D.

  • Arcade Fire Reflektor Leaked Full Album Download Irish Stores

    Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Leaks Following Early Irish Release

    UPDATE: Seemingly in response to the leak, Arcade Fire are streaming Reflektor for free.Oddly, Arcade Fire's fourth album Reflektor went on sale yesterday at a single record store in Ireland — Rollercoaster Records on Kieran Street in Kilkenny, according to multiple reports. Oh, and possibly in the Czech Republic as well, according to one Twitter user abroad.

  • The Crystal Ark 'Rain (XXXTended Version)' Video DFA

    See the Crystal Ark Dance on Walls in 'Rain (XXXTended Version)'

    "Come on, stay a little longer," the Crystal Ark intone on "Rain," a disco-addled slab of righteous weird originally found on their 2012 self-titled DFA Records debut. Now we can do exactly that via the "XXXTended Version" and the video above, which finds the members of the bilingual New York collective dancing on the sides of buildings and across the breadth of billboards. All of that gravity-defying comes courtesy of projections, of course, which blow the band up to a size big enough to match the sound dreamed up by Gavin Russom (instrument builder and acid techno auteur) and Viva Ruiz (dancer, filmmaker, singer). "Open up your heart to make the party start," they command, and it's hard not to succumb as they turn an otherwise quiet night into their own outsize rave. Locals can catch the Crystal Ark at The Jewish Museum Thursday night (October 24).

  • Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Cover NSFW Track List

    Against Me! Use Grisly Pound of Flesh for NSFW 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' Cover

    Above you'll find an, um, segment of the cover of Against Me! highly anticipated new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The January 21 LP will be the Gainesville, Florida band's first since 2010's White Crosses and, more significantly, since singer Tom Gabel became Laura Jane Grace. The title directly acknowledges that — while riffing on Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" — and so does the kinda NSFW, kinda icky artwork.You can see the entire cover below along with the track list — titular highlights include "Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ" and "FUCKMYLIFE666." White Crosses featured a nude woman whose face and breasts were distorted. This one takes it a step further, displaying a cube of marbled meat topped by a breast — terrifyingly as if the entire thing was carved from a human's chest.

  • Latyrx Tune-Yards Gift of Gab 'Watershed Moment' Stream

    Latyrx Team with Gift of Gab and tUnE-yArDs for a 'Watershed Moment'

    Lateef and Lyrics Born are Latyrx, two Bay Area-based Solesides O.G.s who helped redefine hip-hop alongside DJ Shadow and Blackalicious in '90s. But in all of this time, they'd only recorded a single album (1997's The Album) together, instead spreading their skills liberally across other projects. Enter The Second Album, out November 5 featuring an incredible array of talent ranging from left-field rhymer Busdriver, to MPC kingpin Jel, to the Decemberists' Chris Funk, to Living Colour singer Corey Glover (really).Below you can hear the bewitchingly hypnotic "Watershed Moment," which features not only an ace verse from Quannum compatriot Gift of Gab, but production (and additional vocals) from tUnE-yArDs. Stream that aptly titled track, check Latyrx's tour schedule here, and see if you can't add a few more dates to it via Kickstarter.

  • Better Off 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' Video

    Better Off Would Rather Be Cliff-Jumping in 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' Video

    The boys of Better Off handily give raw rebirth to the sounds of albums like Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, which captured the moment when emo merged with the mainstream. With a power-pop boost and a little slack cribbed from the alt-rock pantheon (see: Dinosaur Jr., et al.) the Nashville quartet create a noise that's ultimately their own, as the song "A fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf" shows. That highlight from Better Off's now-out debut album (I Think) I'm Leaving gets a fitting video treatment above via director Andy Reale. The clip features shots of the band playing inside of a small house while Luke Granered sings of missing out on what the world has to offer. Meanwhile, everyone outside is cliff-jumping with glee.

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