Chris Martins

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  • Black Keys Turn Blue World Tour Announcement Video

    Black Keys Announce 'Turn Blue' World Tour in Odd Video

    The Black Keys are going on tour. That news is, of course, no surprise considering their forthcoming eighth album Turn Blue is pretty much upon us, but the Akron-hailing, Nashville-based rock-blues duo made the announcement with their own inimitable aplomb. In the video above, they call a press conference, seemingly in an FBI building, essentially so they can be laughed at by the friends, fans, and possibly family gathered.Of course, it's all to say the band is launching the North American leg of a world tour kicking off in September, with support from Cage the Elephant, St. Vincent, and Jake Bugg. Presale begins Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. local and can be accessed by pre-ordering Turn Blue via the Black Keys site only.

  • Beastie Boys 'Girls' Feminist Version Sizzy Rocket Video

    See Beastie Boys' 'Girls' Get a Pro-Woman Makeover

    If Goldie Blox did one thing right, it was to playfully knock the Beastie Boys' 1987 single "Girls" on its ass, recasting the über-sexist message as an anthem for actual girls — as in, "female human beings who are not not yet young adults." But that clever remake was used to sell products, which wound up ruining the whole thing for everyone. Enter Sizzy Rocket, a savvy 22-year-old songwriter signed to Universal (she's done some writing for pop-rap dudes Timeflies) who's recorded her own version of the track and converted into a pro-woman anthem. "I was never targeting the Beastie Boys with my cover flip," she told BuzzFeed. "I love them and I take a lot of my punk influence from them. I tried to keep that attitude in the cover." Watch the Eve Del Prado-directed video above. More Sizzy here.

  • Future 'I Won' Video Game Browser Flash Kanye West

    Kanye West and Future Throw Chains at Women in 'I Won' Video Game

    SPIN cover star Future has released a second browser-based video game celebrating a single from his excellent new album Honest. In March, we got to "Move That Dope" in a funky little Flash app dubbed (for the kids) "Move That Doh." Now we've got the lo-bit equivalent of the beach-y video for his single with Kanye West, "I Won." Below, you click to play as both boundary-pushing rappers, who take turns throwing heavy necklaces at the bikini-clad women stalking the sand. "Click the left mouse button to toss a chain on your trophy," the screen directs, with about as much care toward issue of objectifying humans as Juicy J's stripper game. Play below if you must, and watch Future's recent appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and 106 & Park.Behind the scenes of our cover shoot:

  • Smith Westerns Gap Ad Wardell Andra Day

    Smith Westerns Star in Gap Ad

    When SPIN interviewed Smith Westerns last year, the garage-glam dudes admitted that they'd ride for Long John Silvers. Now the Chicago trio is repping another iconic name in strip mall history: Gap. Seen above, Max Kakacek, Cameron Omori, and Cullen Omori sport the clothing giant's duds in blue-hued ad that's apparently making the rounds IRL as well. "So I guess my face is all over the trains/buses," Cullen tweeted. "Take a selfie with it so I don't have to leave my house!" Other potential homebodies include San Diego singer Andra Day and sibling folk duo Wardell. See 'em all below, via Stereogum. So I guess my face is all over the trains/buses, take a selfie with it so I don't have to leave my house!— Cullen Omori (@SmithWesterns) May 7, 2014This summer, our ads celebrate the season through music. Meet the cast.

  • 2 Chainz 'Trap Back' Video Freebase EP

    2 Chainz Rides a Bike Through Compton in 'Trap Back' Video

    The inimitable 2 Chainz released his Freebase EP on Monday, and now there's a video celebrating the keyed-up seven-track release. Seen above, the Alex Nazari-directed clip mostly finds the oddball Atlanta MC cruising through the titular trap (Compton, to be specific) on a lowrider bicycle. He casually drops rap knowledge ("This flow come from Drizzy / He got it from Migos, they got it from Three 6") and unique brags ("I am now balling so hard / I should be on my own box of Wheaties"), and also there's a snippet of Will Ferrell's Step Brothers film which only kind of makes sense. Download Freebase over at LiveMixtapes, and stream it below. The freshly freed Lil Boosie appears on "Wuda Cuda Shuda," and Rick Ross trades bars with A$AP Rocky on "Crib in My Closet."

  • Flying Lotus 'Phatasm' Video Laura Darlington

    New Flying Lotus Video Is a Sci-Fi Mini Masterpiece

    It's been a minute since we've heard from Los Angeles' shining beat-music beacon, Flying Lotus, but the wait was worth it. Above you can watch the video for "Phatasm," an eerily gorgeous Until the Quiet Comes cut that finds the Long Lost's Laura Darlington on guest vocals. Lush keys and synths meet warm bass-lines, stirring strings, and rattling percussion as the clip opens on a strange desert scene. Filmed in New Zealand by Markus Hofko (the Bow), the beautiful short follows two odd characters as they traverse a dusty panorama. One looks not unlike that mop-dog from the cover of Beck's Odelay (crossed with something more Star Wars-ian) and the other holds a human form, but hides something else beneath his mummy's rags. Enjoy above, and pick up Until the Quiet Comes via Warp if you haven't. Flying Lotus also recently let loose a slew of lost songs called Ideas+drafts+loops.

  • Drunk Girlfriends Cat Babysit Chrome Sparks Video Marijuana

    Cat Gets Hammered Listening to Chillwave

    An industrious dude was asked to babysit his girlfriend's cat, and made the above video in the process. Shared to Reddit, via Gawker, the clip presents a day in the life of a very alcoholic orange tabby, set to the soothing/trippy sounds of Chrome Sparks' "Marijuana." Our feline lush rolls out of bed and heads straight for the martini glass then travels to an increasingly dark place via all manner of boozy additions. The production — a mix of Washed Out-style chillwave and Flying Lotus-owing electronica — is truly the perfect fit to this visual. (Also, in a strange stroke of coincidence, Kitty just announced her new Impatiens EP, which will feature her rapping over the very same song.) Perhaps the YouTube user identified only as Tous (Leicor on Reddit) can provide the official video when the time comes.

  • Pussy Riot Twitter Magnitsky List Cecily McMillan

    Pussy Riot Join Twitter, Shout Out Senators at 'Capital Hell'

    Pussy Riot are now on Twitter, in English. The Russian punk protest posse's de facto representatives, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have long had their own Russian-language social media accounts, but as their clout as voices in international politics continues to grow, at a time where their home country can't seem to stay out of the news, the move should give them access to an even broader audience than that garnered by their recent public appearances.Last month, of course, Nadya and Masha visited the Today show, and before that they threw their support to Wisconsin, "visited" the Sochi Olympics, participated in a star-studded tribute show featuring Madonna, and held their own against Stephen Colbert.

  • Kitty Pryde Emobounce Stream Impatiens EP

    Hear Kitty Pryde's Dream-Trap Track 'Emobounce'

    Kitty (née Pryde) has completed a transformation of sorts. As the press release announcing her forthcoming Impatiens EP words it, she's now a "former-bedroom rapper and ex-Claire's Boutique glitter-peddler," and her newest song indeed suggests evolution. The woman born Kathryn-Leigh Beckwith still has her heart on her sleeve and her indie-rap tastes intact, but her voice is clearer and the dreamy production is stronger on "☆:*・°☆:* emob0unce °☆.*・°☆," which you can hear below. If emoji titles exhaust you, don't scroll past the player below for the five-song EP's track list, but if you're delighted by such flourishes, Kitty's based magic is just the thing to lift ya over Hump Day's round middle.

  • Tori Amos '16 Shades of Blue' Stream Unrepentant Geraldines

    Hear Tori Amos' Electronically Art-Popped '16 Shades of Blue'

    In March, Tori Amos made a pretty perfect return with "Trouble's Lament," the opening salvo from her forthcoming album, Unrepentant Geraldines. And last month in New York, she took over Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC to unveil more of her 14th long-player, which will be her first non-classical release since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Now we can all hear "16 Shades of Blue," an electronically assisted brooder that finds our heroine asking, "Could your heart be slowly ripping into pieces, disconnecting from the circuits of your mind?" Plodding piano and flourishes of strings accompany her coos. Listen to it all here, and revisit our 15 Quick Questions With Tori Amos for kicks.

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