Chris Martins

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  • Shirley Manson Meets Le Butcherettes on Moody 'Shame, You're All I've Got'

    Shirley Manson Meets Le Butcherettes on Moody 'Shame, You're All I've Got'

    Last week we heard Garbage singer Shirley Manson break down the history behind one of her band's best songs of recent vintage. Now she lends her inimitable voice to another group's work: Le Butcherettes track "Shame, You're All I've Got." The moody piece features bass by Omar Rodríguez-López and appears on Cry Is for the Flies, the new album out now on the Mars Volta/Antemasque'd man's Nadie Sound label. As Rolling Stone reports, though the album was released last week, those who purchased it previously only just received the bonus cut you can now hear below. 

  • Chris Schlarb Making the Saint Album Stream Psychic Temple

    Stream Chris Schlarb's Gorgeously Meditative 'Making the Saint' Album

    If you don't recognize Chris Schlarb's name, it's because he's the kind of man whom music flows through, rather than the sort who spends his time corralling sound into the spotlight. Through his Psychic Temple project — which has looped in everyone from Mike Watt to Serengeti to Nedelle Torrisi to Sufjan Stevens — the player/composer has earned a rep for combining rock, jazz, and soul to stunning effect. But in approaching his new album Making the Saint, out May 27 on Asthmatic Kitty, the Long Beach artist did something different. Schlarb gathered his instruments and drove out to an 1870s cabin, by himself."When I started driving up into the mountains, I didn't have any new music prepared," he writes. "As I drove, I found myself yearning for an intimate, unpolished sound. Even though Psychic Temple is a big deal, I love small records.

  • Dasher 'Go Rambo' Video Single Atlanta

    Atlanta Punks Dasher Are Unhinged in 'Go Rambo' Video

    In early April, we met Dasher, a trio of Atlanta rippers led by drummer/vocalist Kylee Kimbrough. The song was "Go Rambo," from a recent 7-inch single on Die Slaughterhaus, and its unhinged intensity can now be visually mainlined via the Tommy Taylor-directed video above. The track itself is brief-but-barreling collision of post-punk sonics and punk-rock energy. And as for the clip, it's similarly simple, finding our heroine, bassist David Michaud, and guitarist Kelly Stroup shredding in a dingy rehearsal space while an unseen entity does unkind things to a dismembered doll. Word is a Suicide Squeeze single is coming later this year ("Soviet" b/w "Teeth), with an album to follow.

  • Matthewdavid 'Artforms' Stream In My World Brainfeeder

    Matthewdavid Slings Psychedelic Beats on Mercurial 'Artforms'

    A fixture of Los Angeles' psychedelic electronic underground, Matthewdavid is not only a Dublab radio resident and the founder of Leaving Records, he's an artist in his own right. On July 1, the producer/vocalist will release his second album, In My World, on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and it's set to be a lush and colorful trip into the man's inimitable ear. For evidence, look no further than "Artforms," streaming below. The new track opens with a record scratch but soon gives way to soothing voice and organic instrumentation. Later, the beat surges to the fore, and the picture shifts again. "I'm feeling all the art forms start to blend together," Matthewdavid coos. That could be the drugs taking hold, but more likely it's our host's way with sound. Listen here:In My World track list:1. "In My World"2. "Cosmic Caller"3. "The Mood Is Right"4. "Perpetual Moon Moods"5.

  • Garbage Felt Song Exploder Interview History Shirley Manson

    Hear Garbage Dissect 'Felt' on the Song Exploder Podcast

    Shirley Manson is still one of our favorite interview subjects, and in a brand new installment of the Song Exploder podcast, you can hear her explain the history and making of Garbage's 2012 single, "Felt." Butch Vig joins in as well, and gets into the nitty gritty of not just the song, but the band's powerful comeback album, Not Your Kind of People. The audio — streaming and downloadable below — is the 10th episode in a series created and hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, a.k.a. the One A.M. Radio.Each clip is an in-depth exploration of what makes a song the song that it is, featuring insight from the artist responsible for the thing. Previous participants include Poliça, Baths, Daedelus, YACHT, and the Postal Service.

  • As I Lay Dying Tim Lambesis Wife Murder Plot Sentence

    As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Gets Six Years for Marital Murder Plot

    Almost exactly one year after he attempted to hire an undercover cop to assassinate his estranged wife, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis begins a six-year stretch behind bars. He was given that sentence, without probation, Friday, May 16, in a San Diego courtroom. As Blabbermouth reports, his former bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, and Josh Gilbert were there. As previously noted, Lambesis, 33, in February pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder.But before that, he'd argued that steroids warped his mind, inspiring him to order the death of Meggan Lambesis. As previously reported, the vocalist told a man at his gym his spouse wouldn't let him divorce her, and had been keeping him from their three adopted children. He revealed that he wanted to contract a killer, and the man reported the information to authorities.

  • The Mars Volta to Reissue Old Albums on Vinyl

    The Mars Volta to Reissue Old Albums on Vinyl

    The Mars Volta may have called it quits, but like At the Drive-In before them, that doesn't mean it's all over for the band founded by Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala — especially since the two are collaborating once again (cross-reference all things Antemasque). As it turns out, the vinyl-loving dudes at the center of that whole prog-punk experimental-rock universe are plotting something special for their fans:There will be a proper reissue of Early Volta records. That bootleg is poor quality & some idiot is pocketing the $.— CEDRIC BIXLER ZAVALA (@cedricbixler_) May 16, 2014Bixler-Zavala's followers pointed out that he's likely referring to a May 20 European issue of 2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium coming courtesy of Music on Vinyl. The company's site describes their M.O.

  • FYF Fest 2014 Lineup Death Grips Blood Brothers Strokes Interpol

    FYF Fest 2014: Death Grips, Blood Brothers, Strokes, Interpol, Haim, Phoenix

    FYF Fest returns to Los Angeles on August 23 and 24, finding a new venue at the L.A. Sorts Arena and its adjacent Exposition Park. The summer weekender boasts an impressive lineup topped by Phoenix, the Strokes, Slowdive, Interpol, Haim, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Grimes, and Julian Casablancas' other band the Voidz. Also: seven years after they broke up, the Blood Brothers are returning to the stage. Presidents of the United States of America are back as well.Weekend passes go on sale May 22 at noon PST at $129 a pop.

  • Bars of Gold 'Blue Lightning' Video Wheels

    Bars of Gold Exude Post-Punk Soul in 'Blue Lightning' Video

    Late last year, Detroit quintet Bars of Gold made a quiet return with their album Wheels. We use the Q-word hesitantly here though — while it's the sort of LP that's still amassing fans, it's hardly a calm, whispery sort of thing. Comprising members of Bear vs. Shark and Wildcatting, this modest supergroup trades in exuberant post-punk and experimental rock cut with strange soul and tangible earnestness. All which is to say that while the record's been out for a few months, we're plenty pleased to share the brand new video for "Blue Lightning." Not only is it a trippy introduction to the increasingly less hirsute (keep watching) men who make up this unit, it's a chance to open a few more ears to a slept-on gem.Get into it above.

  • Modern Rivals 'The Dead Leaves' Video Cemetery Dares

    Modern Rivals Dabble in Dark Arts for 'The Dead Leaves' Video

    Modern Rivals have an ear for pop but a restless hankering for something more. That comes across handily on the Brooklyn-via-St. Louis band's new album Cemetery Dares, whose songs are equal parts inviting and itchy. To sample the sound, look no further than "The Dead Leaves (Danse Macabre Before Midnight)." The track's brand new Michael Fails-directed video strikes that same balance, pitting beauty and innocence against choppy GIF-like editing and some sort of black-magic-derived psychedelia. We won't give much away, but watch and be transported from a plain old bathtub to an oddly lit graveyard, all thanks to some pretty delicious-looking green goop. Pick up Cemetery Dares now.

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