Chris Martins

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  • Gathering of the Juggalos Infomercial 2013 Video ICP

    Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos 2013 Infomercial Is Here!

    Insane Clown Posse have shared the latest infomercial for their annual five-day Illinois blowout, the Gathering of the Juggalos. The 30-minute clip continues a legacy of wonderfully hammy videos promoting the event now entering its 14th year. This next iteration goes down August 7 through 11 at the historic outlaw outpost of Cave-in-Rock. In order to make the announcement, our pals Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have become the demented news anchor duo known as Fats Pepper and Guy Gofrey. Headliners include Vanilla Ice, Brotha Lynch Hung, Tech N9ne, and, of course, ICP. It feels like Christmas morning, doesn't it?The massive festival includes a mix of clown-faced horrorcore stars, hardcore rap acts, and nü-metal loyalists.

  • Zorch Zzoorrcchh Album Stream Shmu Sargent House

    Stream Zorch's 'Zzoorrcchh,' a Maximal Pop Masterwork

    We heard from Austin's Zorch back in February when they shared the maximal pop explosion that was "We All Die Young." Despite the track's outwardly macabre name, the song was a celebration of our time spent on Earth: "What a day, let's celebrate it!" Keyboardist/singer Zac Traeger and drummer/singer Shmu apply that same exuberant and experimental take on the YOLO Doctrine across their entire debut album, Zzoorrcchh, out July 23 via Sargent House.Traces of Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Hella, and Jaga Jazzist can be heard, as can the glitched bliss of chiptune music and the indomitable thrust and pacing of punk. But considering the incredible verve that these two apply to swirling up their influences, the end result is truly their own.

  • Hieroglyphics the Kitchen Album Stream Sleeprockers

    Stream Hieroglyphics' Gargantuan Return LP, 'The Kitchen'

    Oakland underground rap legends Hieroglyphics have returned with their first collective album in a decade, The Kitchen. With an assist from Sacramento DJ crew the Sleeprockers, the new set functions as a mixtape combining brand new material with various recordings from the crew's last few years hustling behind the scenes. The continuous blend bumps, grooves, and jitters with soulful loops and acrobatic turntablism, naturally functioning as a perfect platform for the lithe rhymes of the group: Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and Souls of Mischief (Phesto, A-Plus, Opio, and Tajai).The timing couldn't be better, as 20th anniversaries abound. Del's classic No Need for Alarm dropped in 1993, as did Souls' enduring 93 'til Infinity.

  • U.S. Open of Surfing USOS Modest Mouse Faint Twin Shadow

    Modest Mouse, the Faint, Twin Shadow Hit the Beach for U.S. Open of Surfing

    Southern California's long-running annual surfing competition, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, returns to Huntington Beach later this month and will bring with it an impressive array of musical talent. Two days of free concerts will follow once the daily wave-riding wraps, July 25 and 26, featuring no less than Modest Mouse, the Faint, Twin Shadow, Matt Costa, and FMLYBND.The Thursday, July 25 show will find the Faint headlining with support from Twin Shadow and local up-and-comers FMLYBAND. On Friday, July 26, Modest Mouse will play following Matt Costa, a folk-pop fella who was in fact raised in Huntington Beach. Collectively, the shows are being billed as "the largest free concert of the summer.""Being a bunch of grungy kids growing up surfing and skating all over Southern California, we feel incredibly honored to be playing the U.S. Open this year," said FMLYBND via statement.

  • Hit-Boy Amanda Bynes Jay-Z Somewhereinamerica Remix Rockie Fresh

    Jay-Z Producer Hit-Boy Does His Own Amanda Bynes Edition of 'Somewhereinamerica'

    Earlier this week Hit-Boy dropped "New Chains," a reworking of Kanye West's "New Slaves" that found the SoCal producer showing of his very able skills as a rapper. The 26-year-old's biggest credits to date have been in service of Ye's G.O.O.D. Music collective, but the man wrapped his contract before Yeezus came together, so his touch was absent from that impressive platter. Hit-Boy's name pops up, however, on Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail — specifically on one of the three (give or take) worthwhile songs, "Somewhereinamerica."Here, he repeats his earlier trick, recording fresh verses to the original track and this time bringing along a friend: Chicago Maybach Music Group MC Rockie Fresh.

  • DJ Spinn DJ Rashad 'She Turnt Up' Kitty Pryde Video

    DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn Party With Kitty in 'She Turnt Up' Video

    Chicago footwork king DJ Rashad and his ghetto-house Teklife crew compatriot DJ Spinn have teamed up for "She Turnt Up," a sufficiently wavy trunk-rattler replete with trapped drum kits and hypnotic repetition. The track revolves around the misadventures of the titular woman: "She off the molly, smoking reggie, sipping orange juice / She bust it open for the bros, your ho be getting loose." So it's not a particularly feminist message, but it is undeniably celebratory. Oddly, Kitty (née Pryde) is one of the central figures in the accompanying Jon Casey-directed music video, which finds our musical guides hopping from venue to house party to club to "summer trap festival," according to the YouTube description. Booties get oiled, booties get slapped, people get high, and booties do clap. The visuals are as psychedelically swirling as the track itself at times. The weekend has arrived.

  • YACHT Eric Andre Dr. MDMA, M.D. Mixtape Adult Swim

    YACHT and Eric Andre Advocate for 'Medical Crystal Meth' in 'Dr. MDMA, M.D.' Mixtape

    Gonzo comic and Adult Swim television host Eric Andre has teamed up with DFA disco revisionists YACHT to create a 48-minute mixtape chock full of smooth grooves and medical advice. Dubbed Dr. MDMA, M.D., the 13-track set features highlights from sources as seemingly disparate as Can founder Holger Czukay and house music upstart Julio Bashmore, plus "drops" from Andre in which he reveals such profound truths as "I have HPV. Most people do," and "I don't ... I don't exactly have my medical license." Still, we're fairly sure the Adult Swim-assisted mix will cure some ailments — summertime blues, dance malaise, and self-seriousness chief among them. The collaboration comes in honor of a pair of live gigs that Andre and YACHT are sharing: July 16 at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre, and July 20 at the house of Blues in San Diego in collaboration with Comic-Con.

  • Damon Albarn Alex Kapranos Nick Zinner Fresh Touch Latest Style Stream

    Damon Albarn's Supergroup Song Is Disappointing, But at Least It's for Charity

    Earlier this week, we alerted you to the forthcoming Fresh Touch track set to include contributions from Blur/Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn, Franz Ferdinand's charismatic singer Alex Kapranos, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitar-slayer Nick Zinner, and the bass god Flea. That song, called "Latest Style" is now streaming below and it is immensely disappointing. None of those able men do any of the things that they're famous for, instead turning in what sounds like a pretty cool field recording from an African village. There's a whole lot of percussion, some stringed tinkering, a little bit of electronic buzz, some melodic lines, and the charming warbles of the Shiromeda Polyphonic Singers.

  • don't talk to kanye

    Don't Talk to Kanye!

    Wearing his magical Gray Hoodie of Anonymity, Kanye West attempted to make it through the Los Angeles International Airport without harassment today (July 12), but his efforts were thwarted by a member of TMZ's Celeb-Auguring Coven. The paparazzo began by addressing the man as Yeezus, and attempted to butter him up with some casual flattery. But West wasn't having it. Not in the least. In a rant that begs to be AutoTuned (Gawker has already turned it into poetry), Ye began, "Don't talk. I appreciate it ... but don't talk." He went on along those same lines, reaching a crescendo of sorts toward the end, when he said, "Don't talk to anyone I know at all. And tell everybody never talk to anyone that anyone knows. Don't talk to themselves. Don't talk ever again." Then, when pressed about a sequel to Watch the Throne he made a strategic lunge at the camera.

  • Arcade Fire New Album Announcement Twitter Art

    Arcade Fire Share Explosive Artwork With New Album Announcement

    Arcade Fire have set the release date for their fourth album. In response to a simple tweet from a fan ("You're my favorite"), the band responded, "Thanks. Our new album will be out October 29th." They included a bizarre blown-out photo with the message excerpted above and appearing in all of its collaged and overexposed glory below.As previously reported, LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy has leant an hand in the production department, alongside the Montreal band's longtime collaborator Markus Dravs (Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Björk). The latter worked on Arcade Fire's Grammy Award-wiFnning 2010 LP The Suburbs.

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