Chris Martins



  • Katy Perry 'Roar' Video Prism Jungle Eye of the Tiger

    Katy Perry's 'Roar' Video: From 'Me, Jane' to 'Me, Tarzan'

    The video for Katy Perry's "Roar" arrives just as the single is crowned the biggest song in the land, thanks to Billboard — good news, it would seem, for Dillon Francis, who took issue with her emoji-powered lyric clip. While the pop star went full-on Rocky for her MTV VMA performance, the fantastical new visuals take the animalistic imagery ("eye of the tiger," duh) more literally.As the video opens, "Filmed in Junglescope" by directors Grasy Hall and Mark Kudsi, we find Perry as one of two explorer types who've survived a plane crash intact. But her male companion quickly reveals himself to be a douche, and summarily gets devoured by a junglecat. Left to her own devices, our heroine discovers her spirit animal (one guess) and soon becomes a regular old Mowgli. Albiet one who tints her lips with pomegrante juice.

  • The Blow 'From the Future' Stream Album

    The Blow Fight Against Time 'From the Future' on New Single

    After a seven-year break from releasing albums, the Blow have returned mightily. Portland pair Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne will release The Blow on October 1 via Kanine Records, and what we've heard thus far implies it's deserving of the eponymous treatment. At the top of August, "Make It Up" found Maricich "still cooing clever observations about romance over fidgety synths that aspire toward homemade Top 40," as we put it. Now we've got a second entry to consider: "From the Future," which finds our heroine fearing the march of time, and considering heeding the imaginary words of the moon. The chorus, in fact, is attributed to the moon herself: "Stay up all night, day is fake and you know I'm right / It shoots all that excessive light and just distracts us from the facts: / We're floating in a vast expanse of black," La Luna sings, voiced by Maricich.

  • Sylvan Esso Moog

    See Sylvan Esso Holler 'Hey Mami' From the Moog Sound Lab Studio

    North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso combines the distinct talents of Mountain Man singer Amelia Meath and Megafaun's bass-wielding producer Nick Sanborn. The latter's warm but deeply electronic touch creates an unlikely yet enticing backdrop for the lithe vocals of the former, evidenced on their out-now double-sided single "Hey Mami"/"Play It Right." For shorthand, one might imagine a folksier yet more booming Purity Ring — or one might just hit play on the clip above to watch the pair do their thing. Stepping into the Moog Sound Lab (see previous visits by Megafaun, Little Dragon, Twin Shadow, the Antlers, and Ra Ra Riot), Sylan Esso are in their element: a space where there's no limit to the number of ways in which Meath's voice can be bent. On this live re-creation of "Hey Mami," Sanborn loops and layers her at first, then delivers the beat around 1:30.

  • Killer Mike Prince Paul Interview Scion AV

    Killer Mike Gets Grilled by Prince Paul on 'All Purpose Show'

    Prince Paul has long been a man of many hats, and though he always saved the fanciest ones for his Handsome Boy Modeling School guise Chest Rockwell, he's recently unveiled his prowess as a talk show host as well. In the clip above, Dungeon Family great and Run the Jewels ripper Killer Mike visits the set of the man's All Purpose Show, a late-night style web series launched by Scion AV. In the extended interview culled from "Episode 5" (which also features appearances from A$AP Rocky, Bootsy Collins, and Arizona thrash band Vektor), Mike discusses the origins of his rap name, his original introduction to OutKast's Big Boi, and his M.O. in working with El-P — nothing less than to become the new EPMD. Oh, and the Killer's original nickname growing up in Georgia was "Skunk."Check out the entire episode below:

  • Big Boi Little Dragon Killer Mike Thom Pettie Video

    Watch Big Boi and Killer Mike Dance (a Lot) in 'Thom Pettie' Tour Video

    Big Boi's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is jam-packed with thrilling collaborations, but one of the most electric finds the OutKast founder teamed up with Dungeon Family relative Killer Mike and Swedish band Little Dragon. "Thom Pettie" is a darkly burbling track replete with searing guitar and loud drums, built off of a pitch-warped vocal loop that plays the perfect foil to Yukimi Nagano's weightless cooing.The song has a certain live energy to it, so it makes sense that it'd wind up the score to a new video that captures Big Boi's recent travels. In the visual above, Mike hypes the crowd before his buddy arrives, and then the two proceed to dance. A lot. A whole lot. In between, we see footage from the road, of drinks raised and basketballs passed, of thrilled fans and familiar friends. A Mac Miller here, an El-P there.

  • Caitlin Rose the National Cover 'Pink Rabbits' Video

    See Caitlin Rose Transform the National's 'Pink Rabbits' Into Alt-Country Gold

    It seems obvious in hindsight, but the National's sad-guy songs are nothing if not country tunes moonlighting as baroque-pop gems. Leave it to Nashville's Caitlin Rose, who got into George Jones after hearing a Mountain Goats cover, to expose this fact ever so beautifully. Back in July, she shared the EastSide Manor Sessions, an EP collecting live studio versions of her SPIN Essential still-fresh album The Stand-In. Now she goes from reimagining her own "Pink Champagne" to reworking the National's "Pink Rabbits" in the same space.

  • Jonwayne 'Reflection' Rap Album One Stream Stones Throw

    Jonwayne Unveils 'Rap Album One' With Truly Ambitious 'Reflection'

    Stones Throw Records has always had an ear for worthwhile new voices in rap and Jonwayne is no exception to the rule. The Los Angeles-area MC/producer has been teasing his true arrival with a series of actual mixtapes — see Cassette, Cassette 2, and Cassette 3 with its lost J Dilla beat — and the notable beat collection Oodles of Doodles, all of which seemed impressive enough to place within the young man's proper oeuvre. But the label now reveals that this has all been warmup: enter Rap Album One, the official Jonwayne debut now set for an October 29 release date.With the exception from a pair of production assists and one vocal from Scoop DeVille (Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Game), everything within the 11-song set comes from the mind of the fella actually born Jon Wayne.

  • Kurt Vile Day Wakin on a Pretty Daze Video Philadelphia

    Kurt Vile Given Philadelphia's Highest Honor in 'Kurt Vile Day' Video

    To think, we almost let Kurt Vile Day pass without celebrating our favorite rock'n'roll dream-weaver. As previous reported, the City of Philadelphia formally named August 28 in honor of their favorite hirsute son, and even threw a parade in his honor immortalized in the "KV Crimes" video. Considering the wonderfully chill vibes traded on Vile's SPIN Essential Wakin on a Pretty Daze, we couldn't be happier to see the man get his due in the clip above.Therein we see a city official praise Kurt's Philly-repping ways and present him with a miniature Liberty Bell ("As our mayor likes to say, 'This one actually works!'") before the musician tunes up and plays his semi-titular jam, the wonderfully sprawling "Wakin on a Pretty Day." All in all, the experience warms the heart as much as the album warms the ears. For more, read David Bevan's in-depth feature on the estimable Mr.

  • Avenged Sevenfold Hail King Katy Perry Roar Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Eminem, Big Sean, and Juicy J Score for Rap but Avenged Sevenfold Beats All

    First! Save your exclamation points — it's Avenged Sevenfold with Hail to the King and 159,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, though we have our doubts. Nay, the fix is not in ... just turns out America as a collective entity has terrible taste (surprise!). As another Billboard 200 chart-topper once suggested, we try to not stop believing, but it gets tough. Maybe one day A7F will too become the stuff of novelty karaoke jams. That's the next stop for Disturbed's "Down With the Sickness," right? Sigh. When Deafheaven hit No. 1, we'll eat our collective hat.2 to 10: We can thank those Huntington Beach metalbros for pushing Nashville countrybro Luke Bryan down to No. 2, though. Crash My Party holds strong with another 92K sold and a Country Albums No. 1. Far more heartening are the No.

  • The Internet Feel Good Partners in Crime Stream Syd Kyd

    Odd Future's the Internet Become a Band on Chad Hugo-Assisted 'Feel Good' LP

    Odd Future's neo-soul experts the Internet will release their first album as a proper band via Odd Future Records on September 24. The follow-up to Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians' humble 2011 debut Purple Naked Ladies will be dubbed Feel Good and feature production from Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Flying Lotus affiliate Thundercat, and Incubus guitarist and songwriter Mike Eizinger, who picks up an executive producer credit.The first taste of the set arrives below: "Partners in Crime Part Two," which includes guitar from the Stepkids ax-man Jeff Gitelman. Additional vocal duties will go to Malaysian singer Yuna, Chicago R&Bist Jesse Boykins the III, and Earl Sweatshirt's Doris pal Mac Miller. The Internet recently toured with Miller, and served as his backing band as well.

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