Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Arcade Fire 'Breakglass' Reflektor Teaser Video

    Here's Another Arcade Fire Clip Teasing the Arrival of 'Reflektor'

    With the October 29 release date of Reflektor fast approaching, Arcade Fire continue to troll tease the forthcoming album at an exponentially increasing rate. Above you'll find a 30-second clip dubbed "Breakglass," which is not one of the new songs' names, but the handle of the Montreal studio in which they once played as Les Identiks. The video features some audio in reverse, which will undoubtedly hit SoundCloud or YouTube playing in the proper direction sometime soon. Meanwhile, we've recently heard all of "Afterlife" and witnessed the band temporarily known as the Reflektors play The Colbert Report. 

  • Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt Lorde Royals Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney, Amidst Flagging Figures

    First! Those purveyors of all things grungy and keepers of the World Series score, Pearl Jam score No. 1 with Lightning Bolt. Eddie Vedder and co. sold 166,000 copies of their 10th album according to Billboard, following up 2009's Backspacer, which did 189K. In truth, this is PJ's smallest first-week sales number ever, but it's the largest for any rock act in nearly a year (Phillips Phillips hit 169K in November). Perhaps the fight to keep guitar music alive really is "life or death." Then again, Alternative is the new classic rock, as SPIN's Rob Harvilla noted in his review, so maybe this is just what a genre's retirement looks like.2 to 10: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz lands at No. 2 on its second week following a 73 percent sales drop-off (72K). On a stronger week, that'd land her far closer to the bottom of the top 10 heap.

  • The Flaming Lips 'Is The Black At The End Good' Stream

    The Flaming Lips Find Sunshine on 'Is the Black at the End Good'

    The Flaming Lips release their Peace Sword EP on October 29, but are streaming the first taste of the thing here. As aforementioned, Oklahoma's favorite freaky sons have written six songs inspired by Ender's Game — one composed specifically for the film, which hits theaters on November 1; and five also inspired by the book, which hit shelves in the year 1985. Following the digital release, the short-playing set will get a physical issue (CD and vinyl) in conjunction with Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday festivities on November 29. But you can now hear "Is the Black at the End Good," a cinematically titled song that rolls back the clouds found on The Terror for a little sunshine and space dust.

  • Empty Flowers 'Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)' Stream

    Empty Flowers Go Transcendent on 'Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)'

    Philly crew Empty Flowers have some friends in high places and it's not hard to understand why. Their new album Five is a pile-up of wild and heavy ideas — bass-rattling post-punk, storm-bringing post-rock, and sharply honed post-hardcore, with lyrics that zoom in on minute details in order illustrate the bigger scene. It also doesn't hurt that the band shares members both past and present with the beloved Cable.The forthcoming remix set The Air You Found speaks volumes as to the group's influence.

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