Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Austin City Limits Vampire Weekend Grizzly Bear Video ACL Live

    Watch Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear Woo Texas for 'Austin City Limits'

    The new season of Austin City Limits is in full swing and paying heavy tribute to the young gods of indie. Earlier this month the PBS series aired a 14-song set from Phoenix, and a new episode airing Saturday, October 26, will split the hour between Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. Above, the former play their juantily blessed "Unbelievers," from this year's Essential Modern Vampires of the City. And below, the latter deliver "Yet Again," which of course arrived in 2012 via the excellent Shields. Preview the bands' set lists below, via Pitchfork.Vampire Weekend's Austin City Limits set list:"Diane Young""Ya Hey""Unbelievers""Cousins""M79""A-Punk""Giving Up the Gun"Grizzly Bear's Austin City Limits set list:"Speak in Rounds""Ready, Able""Sleeping Ute""Yet Again"

  • Beyonce Sky Tower Building Jump Video Auckland New Zealand

    Only Beyonce Looks Amazing While Falling 630 Feet Through the Air

    Beyoncé Knowles has jumped off of a building — Auckland, New Zealand's Sky Tower, which is made for such things. In the clip above, she suits up, gives the camera a ceremonial, "Effin' aye!" and then reappears on the edge of an impossibly high structure. She's reportedly 630 feet up, or 192 meters, when she works her way to the edge and spreads her arms like a human-eagle hybrid who also has the gilded voice of a goddess, plus can do that cool twisty-shake thing with her hands. Queen Bey then gets a little push from the attendant and she's off, careening toward the urban floor with her hair flying yet still picturesquely tousled at all times. She's supported by a cable, but the fall is very, very real and she's gleeful the entire way down, because she's amazing and fierce and an Emmy-winner also the better half of the richest celebrity couple on earth. Oh, and she can fly.

  • Lord Echo 'Molten Lava' Curiosities Stream Leila Adu

    Hear Lord Echo's Funky House-Soul Hybrid 'Molten Lava'

    Lord Echo is the alias of New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Fabs, a man whose ear for blending dub, soul, funk, and dance is finely honed indeed. He's gearing up to release a second album on November 12 (via Bastard Jazz) entitled Curiosities, a set that will feature a handful of guest vocalists, including Fat Freddy's Drop singer Toby Laing and fellow Kiwi Leila Adu. The latter appears below on "Molten Lava," and opens with a shout-out to DJs like Fabs himself: "When I walked into the bar and you were dropping my favorite song / Some esoteric stuff, made me look into your eyes." Her voice sounds beamed in from '60s Brazil, but the production soon ramps up and we find ourselves in the middle of a modern dance floor.

  • Lady Gaga 'Gypsy' Live Video Artpop Germany

    See Lady Gaga Belt Out Her Nomad's Ballad 'Gypsy' Live in Berlin

    Lady Gaga has just shared the previously unheard ARTPOP song "Gypsy" via a live clip capturing her first performance of the intense nomad's ballad in Berlin. Taking the stage with her hair slicked back and a fake mustache on her face — not to mention lingerie elsewhere — Stafani Germanotta sat down at a grand piano and belted out the six-minute song after explaining, "I wrote this song when I was traveling around the world. They say that a gypsy doesn't have a home, but I do have a home with you always." Her fans clearly felt that sentiment, as the camera captures tears and loving looks (not to mention those heart hands that Google is trying to patent). Watch above.

  • David Bowie SiriusXM Channel Stream Next Day Radio Beck

    Let's Dance: David Bowie's Entire Oeuvre to Stream on SiriusXM

    For a limited time, satellite radio provider SiriusXM will play host to The David Bowie Channel, a commercial-free station drawing from the iconic artist's entire body of work. The broadcast will begin Wednesday, October 30 at noon eastern, and run through November 12 on channel 111 for subscribers. It will also be available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week during that time period, via the SiriusXM site and mobile app.In addition to the Bowie oeuvre, the channel will include covers by a diverse array of artists including Beck, Annie Lennox, Nirvana, Tears For Fears, Barbra Streisand, the Wallflowers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Scott Weiland, and Dinosaur Jr.

  • Flaming Lips Break Up Twitter Wayne Coyne Troll Hoax Hacked

    Rumors of Flaming Lips' Death Greatly Exaggerated, Confirms Rep

    The Flaming Lips have not broken up, despite a since-deleted tweet from the band's account saying so. That announcement was up for a handful of minutes before the next one came reading, "lol just kidding," and then a third urging fans to listen to a boy band called Union J. Those have also been deleted, and Wayne Coyne jumped on his own Twitter account to declare the following:The Flaming Lips twitter has been hijacked!!!!— Wayne Coyne (@waynecoyne) October 24, 2013 Further mayhem followed, including a handful of retweets of posts by Marble.it LTD (perhaps pursing headstones for a certain supposedly dead psych-rock band?) and shout-outs to a dude named Callummm, who is apparently in need of fresh followers. This post went up and stayed, possibly at the behest of the actual band:That last announcement was a bit premature.

  • 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:

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