Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Karen O Ooo Video Elle Fanning Spike Jonze Crush Songs

    Elle Fanning Twirls to Karen O's 'Ooo' in a Surprise Spike Jonze Video

    Karen O's debut solo album, Crush Songs, arrived this week without a whole lot of fanfare. That's all right, because the music speaks for itself just fine, but that "Rapt" video was pretty nice and, since you mention it, wouldn't it be nice to have another? Leave it to the master Spike Jonze (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, countless classic music videos) to deliver a surprise clip that also happens to star actress Elle Fanning (The Boxtrolls, Maleficent, We Bought a Zoo), shot at the New York Metropolitan Opera House no less. The video is for the song "Ooo" and it follows our star as she listlessly drifts and improvises ballerina moves through the guts of the venue. It's clearly an informal affair (shot while the gang was rehearsing for a Fashion Week play), but that's consistent with the roughshod, homemade feel of the music that echoes overhead while Fanning spins and skips.

  • Slipknot 'The Devil in I' Video Prepare For Hell Tour

    Do U Even Satan, Bro? Here's a New Slipknot Video

    Slipknot may be the most outwardly unlovable-looking band to genuinely deserve the descriptor "beloved." Rock deities like Dave Grohl consider 2001's Iowa album a classic, and excitement is building toward the release of the Des Moines alt-metal collective's fifth full-length in 20 years, .5: The Gray Chapter, due October 21 on Roadrunner Records. Late last month they dropped an appropriately epic and evil-sounding single called "The Devil in I," and now there's a video that is pretty much the most dastardly and disturbing non-real thing you'll see on the Internet today. In truth, it's testimony to the incredible B-horror directorial skills of percussionist M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown.Things start innocently enough, with a disco ball and a bunch of people in potato sacks grooving to the sweet sounds of Slipknot, house band at your local cathedral/asylum-type venue.

  • Grandma Grandmaster Flash Facebook Tag Accidental Tagging

    Grandmas of Facebook Are Accidentally Tagging Themselves as 'Grandmaster Flash'

    Your grandma is a super sweet old lady who bakes delicious cookies and gives warm hugs. Grandmaster Flash is a rap pioneer who serves up tasty beats and rose to fame with his late '70s crew the Furious Five. (Meanwhile, she's in her late 70s.) He was in a group with the guy who invented the term "hip-hop." She plays bridge with a fella who claims to have invented the manssiere. She ... you get the idea: They're not the same.Nevertheless, adorable elderly matriarchs with a tech fetish have been accidentally tagging themselves as "Grandmaster Flash" while attempting to post Facebook statuses aimed at grandchildren. Such as, "Blah, blah, blah.

  • Rihanna NFL Ray Rice Ravens Thursday Night Football CBS Cut

    Rihanna Is the Latest Victim of Ray Rice and the NFL's Terribleness

    Do two PR wrongs make a right?CBS Sports and the NFL will find out when Rihanna's voice doesn't introduce tonight's game pitting the Baltimore Ravens against the Pittsburgh Steelers.This game, and future Thursday Night Football matches, were set to open with a pre-recorded performance of Jay Z and Rihanna's "Run This Town," which came out in 2009 — you know, the same year Chris Brown brutally assaulted her. Unless you've been living in an RF anechoic chamber of late, you've likely read a thing or two about the Ravens.If not, the team's running back Ray Rice is facing the consequences of committing a horrifying act of violence against his now wife, and the entire league's collective calloused foot (balls too, we hope) is being held to the fire while they change their policy regarding their massive muscle-bound players (employees) beating the shit out of women.So: Bad PR Move No.

  • Gwen Stefani No Doubt New Album Pharrell Recording Produced

    Gwen Stefani Is Working With Pharrell on New No Doubt and Solo Albums

    Gwen Stefani is in the studio with Pharrell Williams and she claims to be working on both a solo album, and the next No Doubt full-length. As Stereogum points out, MTV News spoke with the ska-pop icon at a New York Fashion Week event. Seen below, the Voice coach reveals, "Right now, I'm all about doing music." And in fact, "I'm going into the studio tonight with Pharrell."Cut to Pharrell, who then stonily yet enthusiastically babbles weird complimentary (?) things about Stefani's looks and mindset — "She does not look her age. She doesn't look like she's had three children. But that's the cool part. That she is her age, and she's had had three children and she is killing it." — while confirming that she is, indeed, on another another level. No doubt.In the clip below, Stefani says she's already been recording new material.

  • Ellen Nicki Minaj Anaconda Video Iggy Azalea Black Widow

    Ellen Edits Herself Into Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video

    Ellen Degeneres found herself smack dab in the middle of the Summer of Ass on Tuesday, celebrating Ellen's premiere week with not only a rump-tastic performance by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, but a remake of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" clip featuring the talk show host front and center. Or would that be back and down-low? Judge for yourself by watching the newly edited visual above, and find "Black Widow" below.

  • White Arrows In Bardo Stream Album

    Stream White Arrows' Glorious Tropi-Pop Album 'In Bardo'

    Los Angeles tropical-pop purveyors White Arrows made some good noise in 2012 with their RAC-produced debut LP, Dry Land Is a Myth. But they truly come into their own sound on the now-streaming In Bardo. Heard below, the new album combines wirey guitar ("Get By"), slinky electronics ("Scream"), sunny grooves ("We Can't Ever Die"), and powerful percussion ("I Want a Taste") to gauzy, entrancing effect."Bardo is a transitional state of being, the phase of existence between death and rebirth," notes the album's press release. "It marks the end of one thing and the beginning of another.

  • Will Ferrell Chad Smith Drum-Off Seattle Sequel

    The Will Ferrell, Chad Smith Drum-Off May Get a Sequel in Seattle

    The drum battle of the century may beat on. As noted by just about anyone anywhere who cares about music and/or comedy, in May, Will Ferrell went up against his more musically inclined doppelgänger, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, in a cutthroat "drum-off" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Though the funnyman was declared the winner, his performance raised eyebrows, and the pair faced off again, verbally, in an interview with SPIN.Now it looks as if Smith may have a chance to clear his name, as the drummer's recent posting to Facebook teases another rumble to come: "Will Ferrell claims he's coming to Seattle on September 19," Smith writes. "I'll bet he pops off about his alleged 'Drum Off' victory. I just might have to be there to call him out on it and settle the score once and for all.

  • Channing Tatum Rap Video The Dick Graze Diplo Funny Or Die

    Here's Channing Tatum Rapping About Penis in a Video With Diplo

    There's a new handshake between gentlemen, it'd seem. As Channing Tatum will tell you above, in a rhythmic cadence, "The Dick Graze" is a move dudes should (totally never) do when saying hey to their boys, or possibly meeting new fellas out and about. We're assuming that super-producer Diplo is on board since he appears in the clip. Then again, he's conspicuously surrounded by women which would limit his ability to take the overly friendly gesture for a trial spin. All of this arrives in order to promote 22 Jump Street, and co-star Jillian Bell appears in the video as well to offer a female alternative to the just-the-fingertip weiner-bump. Click play above to learn her technique, and check for Diplo DJing a Spring Break rager in the actual movie, which hit theaters in June.You don’t know the #DickGraze? It’s time to get educated...

  • Paul McCartney Johnny Depp Jam Video Blues

    Watch Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp, and a Bunch of Bluesmen Jam It Out

    This is one of the things that you get to do if you're Johnny Depp: pull up a chair and play guitar in a sitting circle with living music deity Paul McCartney and a whole bunch of genuine Southern bluesmen, whose art form is nothing less than the foundational stuff of pretty much all popular Western music... for 30 whole minutes. Fine, 29 minutes and 53 seconds. Still, quite the accomplishment. Why is this happening, exactly? Well, as Rolling Stone reports, one result of director Vincent Haycock's July video for Macca's "Early Days" was this jam session. The clip included a Depp cameo and followed a pair of musicians in the '50s, doing there thing. Except while they only went through the motions, the dudes gathered above are truly doing it (though, in Los Angeles). The roll call: Roy Gaines, Al Williams, Dale Atkins, Henree Harris, Motown Maurice, Lil Poochie and Misha Lindes.

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