Chris Martins

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  • Classixx 'All You're Waiting For' Nancy Whang Video LCD Soundsystem

    Classixx and Nancy Whang Rock a Yacht in 'All You're Waiting For' Video

    Los Angeles disco revisionists Classixx have teamed up with a member of (retired) East Coast compatriots LCD Soundsystem on "All You're Waiting For." The glistening dance track features the vocals of Nancy Whang, who also stars in the well-suited new video for the Hanging Gardens highlight. The clip finds our songstress lounging on an ultra-chic yacht whose moves appear to be coordinated by Classixx masterminds Tyler Blake and Michael David (they make a brief cameo below deck in a scene that recalls the off-kilter drama of A Life Aquatic). Whang appears in a series of fabulous outfits, sporting incredible nails and gigantic hats, hanging out with awesome puppies and otherwise being waited on hand and foot by a very dedicated crew. In an interview with Urban Outfitters, who commissioned the clip, director Tim K.

  • Dismemberment Plan 'Waiting' Call Phone Stream

    Dismemberment Plan Offer Call 'Waiting' Experience to Song-Starved Fans

    The Dismemberment Plan bring a 12-year recording hiatus to a close on October 15 with Uncanney Valley, the D.C. math-pop band's first album since their excellent 2001 LP Change. Thus far we've had to divine their current direction from live leaks of demos-in-progress, but that ends now — if you dial the following number: 252-64-DPLAN. Travis Morrison and crew have decided to debut their new single "Waiting" by casting it as call-waiting music.The group relaunched their site today with the image seen above: a sculpted torso with no head, arms, or bottom half, accompanied by the words, "Have you seen me?" Whether or not you've located the dismembered fellow in the photo, you should give that number a ring.

  • Indie Labels Sales Major 2013 Mid-Year Report Billboard

    Indie Labels Combined Are Outselling Each of the Majors in 2013

    Justin Timberlake may be outselling everyone album-wise in 2013 but it's important to remember — much as we'd like to forget — that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are running circles around the competition where single song sales are concerned. The significance? While JT is signed to a major, those dweebs are technically indie, and their popularity looms large in a new figure revealed in Billboard's mid-year SoundScan report.As it turns out, independent labels have racked up 34.4 of music sales thus far this year, a record high up from 2012's 32.9 percent that amounts to a larger market share than any one of the Big Three major labels (Universal, Sony, Warner).

  • Azealia Banks Paul Oakenfold Venus Ibiza Edition Stream

    Azealia Banks Is Ready to Rave on Paul Oakenfold-Produced 'Venus (Ibiza Edition)'

    Harlem attention-hound and/or Illuminati puppet Azealia Banks is due to release her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste any day now. The probability that the long-delayed platter will actually arrive sometime soon has been growing thanks to a spate of recent releases. The woman went full-on Queen of Darkness for her disturbing "Yung Rapunxel" video.

  • 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.

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