Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Sia the Weeknd Diplo 'Elastic Heart' Hunger Games Catching Fire

    Sia Soars With the Weeknd and Diplo on 'Elastic Heart'

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters November 22 and with an original soundtrack full of heavy-hitters. The first taste of it came with Coldplay's star-gazing "Atlas" and now we have a collaborative track from an impressive trio. "Elastic Heart" unites "Diamonds" writer Sia, Kiss Land R&Bist the Weeknd, and Major Lazer main brain Diplo under the roof of a single bubbling ballad that, yes, feels aptly cinematic.With lyrics about biting the dust, trusting no one, and conquering love, the song also seems like a perfect fit for this particular film franchise.

  • Michael Cera Islands Meredith Brooks Bitch Cover

    Watch Michael Cera and Islands Actually Cover Meredith Brooks' 'Bitch'

    Last week, Michael Cera appeared in a mockumentary celebrating Islands, whose fifth album Ski Mask is freshly out on Manque. This week, that band's main brain Nick Thorburn returns the favor by appearing in the Arrested Development star's "Bitch," which, believe it or not, is a cracked cover of the 1997 single of the same name by Meredith Brooks. The chronology of the video exchange could be a little off — former Islands drummer Luc Laurent appears — but the clip is timeless in its own way.Cera and Thorburn, who played in Mr. Heavenly together, pluck guitar and bass, respectively, while comedienne Jenny Slate (Parks & Recreation) sings lead. The very VHS-y looking footage finds the band (dubbed Molly the Daves) playing in a wood-paneled basement and hanging out at the park.

  • Sky Ferreira Drugs Arrest Addict Interview DIIV Boyfriend

    Sky Ferreira Denies Addict Accusation, Discusses Drug Arrest

    Just over a week ago pop starlet Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith, were arrested while driving to the Basilica SoundScape festival in upstate New York. The charges were certainly unflattering. His: holding 42 decks (up to 15 grams per) of heroin, and driving with a stolen license plate. Hers: possession of ecstasy, and resisting arrest. Until now, the couple's only attempt to address the incident publicly came via the DIIV Twitter account:what you're reading is a police blotter, not the outcome of a court case. these cops wanted to fuck us, and they did. sky did nothing wrong.— DIIV (@DIIV) September 16, 2013Now, Ferreira has spoken out in an interview with Billboard, again emphasizing that the Saugerties police, who pulled Smith over for what they called "several vehicle and traffic infractions" — were out to get them.

  • CHVRCHES Internet Sexism Casual Feminism Editorial Essay

    CHVRCHES on the Internet: Stop the Misogyny

    CHVRCHES' singer is stricking back against the glut of sexist messages the Glaswegian band regularly receives via social networking and online comment threads. Lauren Mayberry, who holds a Masters in journalism, has written an editorial for The Guardian in which she calls out the atrocious behavior she's witnessed on the Internet since the group launched in October 2011."I am in a band that was born on the internet," she begins, explaining that she and her bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty field their fan interactions personally because "the blogosphere and social networks have arguably been the key reasons anyone knows about us at all." But the good comes with a whole heaping lot of bad, she reveals."Last week, I posted a screengrab of one of the many inappropriate messages sent to the band's social networks every day," Mayberry writes, referencing a solicitous message sh

  • Forest Swords 'Thor's Stone' Video Engravings

    Forest Swords Birth Dancing Man-Baby in Creepy 'Thor's Stone' Video

    England's Forest Swords released his Engravings LP debut in late August, but the excellent album has delivered a new gift. The first sign that the elusive SPIN feature star Matthew Barnes had returned was an early share called "Thor's Stone," which came out the gate walking a "very thin line between hip-hop instrumental and left-field rock drone," tapping into the elemental as it plods through a verdant, earthen soundscape.That dubwise delight now gets a music video courtesy of director Dave Ma (Foals, Movement, the Horrors), and the treatment similarly combines the organic and the unnatural to entrancing results. Therein, we find Madrid-based dancer Guzman Rosado in the middle of downtown Los Angeles at night. As the music begins, he emerges from a fetal position in fits and starts, born of the song, moving to its strange rhythms.

  • Katy B 5 AM Video Album Single

    Katy B Has Her Eyes Wide Shut in Creepy '5 AM' Video

    Katy B has plans to close out 2013 with her sophomore album — a set that's still without a title, but which is giving us every reason to get enthused. We were first introduced to her exuberant single "What Love Is Made Of," which then reappeared in a fast and furious video full of drag racing, and again as a devastatingly sweet unplugged piano-enhanced clip. "5 AM" followed exhibiting a different theme: love as a heady and dangerous thing, backed by a score of slightly off-kilter dance music. In the just-released video for the song, that idea is writ large as a woozy, anxiety-addled romp at a very unusual party. The scene borrows heavily from Eyes Wide Shut as Katy B moves through crowds of creepy hosts and revelers in features-twisting masks. Primal dancing, intoxicating drink, and lurky strangeness abounds. Will our heroine make it out unscathed? Watch above to find out.

  • Beck performs at Station to Station

    Beck, Dan Deacon, No Age Thrill at Levi’s Station to Station Innovation

    Last night the circus came to Los Angeles, but it wasn't your usual fare. Instead of tiptoeing elephants and performing seals, people were the focus — and not even freaks. Sure, there was a fella with a whip at one point, but he was only cracking that thing to the beat of a small marching band's thump 'n' thud. And those smart enough to follow the procession were rewarded handsomely for taking the chance.There, in the center of historic Union Station's idyllic courtyard were a pair of art-punk shred-men known to locals (okay, and fans all over) as No Age.

  • Sebastien Tellier 'L'amour Naissant' Video Confection

    Watch Sebastien Tellier Toy With Forbidden Love in 'L'amour Naissant'

    French sensualist Sébastien Tellier has returned just in time. As respect for Giorgio Moroder's incredible contributions grows once again, and Daft Punk's return warms the world up to disco's glitzy molten groove, and that old Drive soundtrack continues to ignite interest in noirish electro (is that all? did we forget any?), well, it's safe to say that the listening public is ripe for this man's picking. On November 8, Tellier is back with Confection via Record Makers (Kavinsky, um, Drive).While Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo produced the lothario's 2008 American breakthrough Sexuality, Cassius producer Phillipe Dzar and legendary drummer Tony Allen (Fela Kuti, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, Charlotte Gainsbourg) will reunite with Tellier for this one. Both were on board for his 2004 album Politics, as Brooklyn Vegan points out.

  • Tupac Shakur Afeni Royalties Death Row Lawsuit Unreleased

    Tupac's Mother Sues Death Row's New Owners for $1.1 Million

    Early this year, we shared the good news that Tupac Shakur's dear mama Afeni Shakur has plans to share her sorely missed son's "entire body of work." That, of course, would include all of the long-lost material that 2pac fans optimistically (and likely correctly) assume is squirreled away somewhere for future release. But there's been a hangup. The owner of rap legend's oft-embattled former home Death Row Records has yet to relinquish those songs, or royalties owed.Afeni Shakur filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (September 26) demanding $1.1 million in royalties from Canada's Entertainment One, which purchased the label earlier this year for a reported $280 million, according to Billboard. The motion also calls for eOne to surrender all master recordings of unreleased 2pac material, along with any unshared audiovisual works that may have been created.

  • Justin Bieber Zach Galifianakis Interview Video Between Two Ferns

    Watch Justin Bieber Get Spanked by Zach Galifianakis (Really)

    "It's really exciting to talk to you," says Zach Galifianakis to Justin Bieber in clip above, "especially right in the middle of your public meltdown." It's a good jab and one that's also instantly disproven by the fact that the Believe singer is even in that room, Between Two Ferns with a host whose job description likely includes "alienate at all costs." No celebrity visits the set of the Funny or Die show without knowing the gag, but that's testament all the more to: A) Bieber's acting ability, and B) the 19-year-old's sense of humor about himself. You might even say that we're starting to belieb in the guy.In truth, from the outside, Bieber's last year has looked ... in a word, embattled.

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