Chris Martins

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  • Janelle Monae The Electric Lady Stream Album Full

    Hear Janelle Monae Funk With Prince and Solange on Full 'The Electric Lady' Stream

    Janelle Monáe is streaming her entire new album The Electric Lady a week early. Due September 10 via Bad Boy/Wondaland, the 19-track set features collaborations with Prince, Miguel, Erykah Badu, Solange, and Esperanza Spalding. We've also seen videos for "Dance Apocalyptic" and "Q.U.E.E.N.", each of which was set in a future where, respectively, zombies roam and revolutionaries are kept behind glass. Taken in its whole, The Electric Lady is clear-headed and free to be as funky as it wants to be — a worthy follow-up to 2010's The ArchAndroid that makes good on Monáe's enthralling in-person energy.As Consequence of Sound points out, a Target-exclusive two-disc version of the Kansas-reared artist's sophomore album is on the way as well.

  • Titus Andronicus Rock Opera Film Videos New Album

    Titus Andronicus' Next Album Is a Rock Opera About Manic Depression

    Above you'll find a brand new Titus Andronicus song dubbed "Fatal Flaw." According to main man Patrick Stickles, it's the opening salvo of a 30-odd-song rock opera about manic depression that will serve as the New Jersey band's fourth album. The ambitious new project should contrast markedly with the group's last offering, 2012's tight 10-song album Local Business, but we already knew Stickles has been interested in long-form works of late. To wit, read his masterful novella-length review of the Replacements' first show in 22 years.The Titus songwriter unveiled his plans in a talk with the Missoulian, explaining that the plot will be fictional, though inspired by his own struggles with the afroementioned condition, and also by Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy From the Spirit of Music, plus other literary works involving philosophy and psychology.

  • Arctic Monkeys 'AM' Album Stream iTunes Full

    Arctic Monkeys' Entire New 'AM' Opus Is Streaming Right Now

    Arctic Monkeys' fifth album AM handily made SPIN's 50 Fall Albums That You Gotta Hear. Well, the summer is sticking around for a few more weeks, but the iTunes is streaming the full Josh Homme-helped LP right now. The 12-track set was produced by longtime collaborator James Ford and songwriter Ross Orton (M.I.A., the Fall, Roots Manuva).Heretofore, we'd heard a handful of tracks — "Do I Wanna Know?", "Mad Sounds," "I Want It All," and "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" — displaying the group's classic writing chops paired with gritty, slightly glammed rock'n'roll and a whole lot of lusty heartache. Now the band offers us the bigger picture. Stream Arctic Monkeys' AM on iTunes now.

  • Cults 'High Road' Stream Static

    Cults Send Motorik Pop Swooning on 'High Road'

    Cults will release their second album, Static, on October 15, and the picture is getting ever-clearer as that date approaches. We heard snippets of "We've Got It" and "So Far" in July, which showcased the expansive production prowess of the band in consort with Washed Out go-to Ben Allen and Shane Stoneback. And August brought "I Can Hardly Make You Mine," a garage-grounded slab of swooning rock-pop. Now we've got "High Road," a slinking and dreamy example of the duo at their most in-the-pocket. While Madeline Folin's coo could fall right into formation on a Stereolab record, Brian Oblivion's instrumental accompaniment is mightily motorik. Get into it below, and peruse the group's upcoming dates and Static's track list after that.Cults, Static track list:1. "I Know"2. "I Can Hardly Make You Mine"3. "Always Forever"4. "High Road"5. "Were Before"6. "So Far"7.

  • Moby Wayne Coyne 'The Perfect Life' Video NSFW Mariachi

    Moby and Wayne Coyne Are Pied Pipers of Weird in 'The Perfect Life' Video

    Moby and Wayne Coyne's on-camera collaboration can be seen at last, and it's every bit as freaky, fun, and flesh-filled as you'd expect. About a month ago, Los Angeles' posivibes electronipop king and the Flaming Lips' wizard-in-chief issued a bizarre casting call in order to populate the video for their song, "The Perfect Life," which appears on Moby's October 1 LP Innocents. Then we were given a preview of the thing, which turns out to be B-roll footage of a hippiefied sing-along atop a helipad in downtown L.A.Now we can take in the finished product, which finds our two heroes walking the streets on the look for fellow misfits and strangeoids who might appreciate their vision of the title concept.

  • Zeds Dead Shut Up Sing Greta Svabo Bech Stream

    Zeds Dead and Greta Svabo Bech Sweetly Demand 'Shut Up & Sing'

    Back when SPIN first met Zeds Dead at 2011's HARD Haunted Mansion, the Toronto electronic duo were dressed up as Jesus and a rabbi, respectively. "When you're in costume you have all this weird confidence," Hooks, a.k.a. Zach Rapp-Rovan, told us. "You just don't give a fuck." Nearly two years later, he and Dylan "DC" Mamid sound more confident than ever and — um, aurally speaking — as naked as the day they were born."Shut Up & Sing" may have a tough name, but the song is melodically rich and genuinely sentimental thanks to singer Greta Svabo Bech (she of Deadmau5 hit "Raise Your Weapon"). One might even call it wubdued in parts.

  • Kill the Noise 'Black Magic Remixes' EP Stream OWSLA

    Kill the Noise Streams Wild and Wooly 'Black Magic Remixes' EP

    Kill the Noise's OWSLA-released BLVCK MVGIC EP opened a lot of doors for the electro-step producer. Of course, Jake Stanczak was already plenty well known in the scene, but that 2012 landed the man in the Billboard 200 and, more importantly, spawned a handful of songs that are staples of DJ sets the world over. Now those peers/fans have a chance to truly put their own spin on the material thanks to the nine-track Black Magic Remixes set streaming below.GTA's "Saturn" reworking returns alongside Kill Paris' melodically blessed version of the same one, plus Harry Fong's big beat rave interpretation of "Mosh It Up," a positively bonkers Bro Safari & UFO! interpretation of "Rockers," Kill the Noise's own amped-up revision of "Thumbs Up (for Rock n' Roll)," and Brillz trap-meets-moombahton take on "Talk to Me." There are others of course, but that's what the playlist is for. Enjoy.

  • Notorious B.I.G. Petition Street Name New York Wallace Way

    Notorious B.I.G. Petition Asks New York to Name Intersection in His Honor

    One inspired Brooklyn resident has begun a petition to have a local street corner officially named after the Notorious B.I.G. The intersection of Saint James Place and Fulton Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood marks the block where the late, great rapper was raised, and citizen LeRoy McCarthy would like the area to bear Biggie's birth name as "Christopher Wallace Way." The petition was launched over at Change.org and so far has broken through its initial reported goal of 500 signatures. As of press time, it was closing in on 700. There are also fledgling Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook accounts devoted to the cause. "During Christopher Wallace time in music he was considered the best at his craft," McCarthy writes. "[His story] continues to have a resounding influence on new generations although he passed away in 1997."

  • Jay Z Made in America Documentary Ron Howard Trailer Skrillex

    Thanks Jay Z: Watch Skrillex Teach Ron Howard How to Wub

    As previously reported, Jay Z enlisted none other than Ron Howard to direct a documentary about his Made In America festival, which took place in Philadelphia last year and featured performances from Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator, and Drake among many others. With a Toronto film fest premiere planned for September, the team behind Made in America, the movie, have shared a very effective trailer for the film. Chock-full of slow-motion crowd shots, eerie smoke, intense scoring, a crew guy who speaks exactly like Jesse Pinkman, serious thoughts from Janelle Monáe, and Beyoncé staring wistfully out of car windows, the clip is as dramatic as anything that preceded The Da Vinci Code. Also, there's a moment where Howard requests a music lesson from Skrillex.

  • Fiona Apple Off Stage Louis Vuitton Japan

    Fiona Apple Walks After Crowd Fails to Be Quiet for Length of a Bell Ring

    When you're Louis Vuitton and you throw an event honoring "Timeless Muses," you shouldn't be surprised if you wind up with a timeless performance of sorts. Especially if Fiona Apple is on the bill. Though the baroque-pop queen was not among the titular women — a list that included Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola — she became a focus of Thursday night's party at Japan's Tokyo Station Hotel when she reportedly told the audience to kindly STFU and stormed offstage.According to Women's Wear Daily, Apple became agitated while attempting to perform amidst excessive room chatter. She evidently climbed onto her piano early on in the set, requested quiet and, when that request wasn't granted, produced a small bell. She rang the thing after challenging the crowd to remain silent for the duration of the tone (no luck).

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