Chris Martins

writer

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  • GWAR Restaurant Richmond Virginia GWARbar

    GWAR Restaurant Will Feature 'Gourmet Junk Food'

    Heavy metal monsters GWAR suffered a major setback in March when frontman Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Orungus, died unexpectedly at the age of 50. Now they aim to move forward once again, while honoring their fallen leader, with help from their fans. As it turns out, Brockie had a dream to open up his very own restaurant in the band's hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and his pals are now using Indiegogo to fun the so-called GWARbar.GWAR announced this uncharacteristically not-evil plan on their website, explaining they've teamed with local restauranteur Travis Croxton to launch this summer. The menu is being designed by guitarist BalSac the Jaws of Death, a.k.a. Mike Derks, the culinary genius behind GWAR-B-Q Sauce who also has "30+ years of restaurant experience." Also promised: "endless flagons of liquid glee" and "a shrine and showcase to ...

  • Apple Beats Music Electronics Deal Acquisition Billion

    Apple Buys Beats, Welcomes Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine

    Apple has acquired Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats brand for $3 billion. The long whispered-about deal has at last been confirmed, via an announcement which clarifies that the tech behemoth is purchasing both the Beats Electronics company — specializing in headphones, speakers, and audio software — and Beats Music, the subscription streaming service seemingly meant to rival Spotify. Dre and music mogul Iovine will join Apple, though their roles haven't been announced.As Billboard points out, 36-year-old John Janick, founder of the independent Fueled by Ramen label, will replace Iovine as the chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M. Universal Music Group, which owns IGA, will lose their 61-year-old leader but they stand to gain around $500 million for their previous investment in Beats.

  • Spoon R.I.P. June Release Single Album

    Spoon Will 'R.I.P.' in June

    Spoon will either be dying or releasing something on June 10. The Austin-born band on Wednesday updated their Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter profiles with the ominous image you see above: white letters on a black background, reading, "SPOON R.I.P. JUNE 10." Most likely it'll be a single, but the group's eighth album has reportedly been done since March, when we shared that noisy and mysterious video preview, so perhaps they'll release it all.And a few concrete details are actually known, too. Yesterday, Billboard reported that Spoon left their longtime home of Merge Records for Loma Vista (St. Vincent, Little Dragon, Rhye, Manchester Orchestra), which is distributed by Universal Republic.

  • Lydia Loveless 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud' Live Video Session

    Watch Lydia Loveless' Powerful 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud' Session Video

    Somewhere Else isn't Lydia Loveless' first album, but it's a major breakthrough for the country-punk heroine from Columbus, Ohio, and the kind of release that sticks around long past its due date. Thankfully though, Loveless and her band are on the move, touring that stunner of a 10-song set across the U.S. deep into August. There are dates below, but first you'll want to watch the "Verlaine Shot Rimbaud" video above, recorded live as part of Myspace's ongoing Wilcox Sessions series which has in the past tapped Bleached, the Growlers, Junip, and Moby to name a few.The Dick Thompson-directed clip is fittingly too-the-point, finding Loveless likening her love life to the tumultuous affair of two French symbolists: "Well Verlaine shot Rimbaud 'cause he loved him so / And honey that's how I love you." She looks as serious as a speeding bullet when she sings it too.

  • Zara McFarlane 'Move' Atjazz Remix Stream

    Zara McFarlane and Atjazz Team for Shuffling, Soulful 'Move' Remix

    London jazzist Zara McFarlane possesses a powerful voice and a helluva ear for soulful songwriting — it's no wonder, then, that she sounds incredible over an innovative dance beat. Her If You Knew Her album, out now on Brownswood Recordings, is a lovely listen unto itself, but we've been particular wowed by the remixes it's spawned. Late last year, we shared Osunlade's house-inspired reworking of "Angie La La," and now we've got a revision of "Move" courtesy of English producer Atjazz. Heard below, the track ditches the original warm organic instrumentation and subs in looped orchestral flourishes, a bounding beat, chopped vocals, lively synth, and effects snippets.

  • Teklife's DJ Taye Shares Jittery, Wobbling 'Fuck 'Em' Stream Footwork

    Teklife's DJ Taye Shares Jittery, Wobbling 'Fuck 'Em'

    We lost a great when footwork godfather DJ Rashad passed unexpectedly last month. To paraphrase the introduction to our favorite tracks by the man: When Frankie Knuckles died, we lost a vital piece of Chicago dance music's history; when Rashad Harden left us, we lost an unfathomably large chunk of the music's future. His legacy does live on, however, in those he inspired and fellow members of his Teklife crew — the backbone of the city's juke-inspired sound. We've heard from DJ Spinn. Now meet DJ Taye, the group's youngest star whose minimal but effective approach has landed him a Hyperdub cosign and plenty of hometown hype. On June 3, he'll drop TEK x TAR Vol. 3, the next installment in a cross-label collaboration with the titular Los Angeles imprint.Run by Paul Preston, a.k.a.

  • Mac DeMarco 'Passing Out Pieces' Video Salad Days

    Mac DeMarco Takes Life, Give Birth in 'Passing Out Pieces' Video

    In case you missed it, the manic Canuck dubbed Mac DeMarco made a great album this year called Salad Days. In a brand new video for highlight "Passing Out Pieces," the record's title gets a very literal treatment thanks to lunatic director Pierce McGarry — for the first few seconds, at least. What begins as a televised lesson on how best to prepare a lettuce-blessed delight quickly turns into a gory lo-fi murderfest with some highly psychedelic happenings on deck. To say much more would be to ruin to fun, so we'll leave you with this, from the clip's description: "Out for revenge with seemingly no good reason, no one is safe with this cretin roaming the street."

  • D'Angelo RMBA Lecture Video Stream Nelson George Questlove

    See D'Angelo Talk Sly Stone, 'Space Jam,' and the Future of His Music

    You can now watch, stream, download, and read a transcript from D'Angelo's Red Bull Music Academy lecture Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Author Nelson George hosted and Questlove occasionally joined the pair onstage to contribute invaluable overdubs to the proceedings. As NPR reports, about 500 audience members partook in person, though onlince participation was significant, with Twitter hashtag #AskDAngelo trending at No. 1 locally.Topically, the elusive R&B god hinted at a collaboration with Sly Stone; discussed his need to "go deep, deep in the onion" while recording; explored Richmond, Virginia's unique creative vigor; talked about discovering young talent in church; shouted out Slipknot; remembered meeting Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson for the first time; mentioned Space Jam; explained a lot of his influences; and ... well, the entire thing is 85 minutes long.

  • Smashing Pumpkins Machina Machines of God Reissue

    Smashing Pumpkins May Re-Record for Expanded 'Machina' Reissue

    As previously reported, the Smashing Pumpkins are prepping an extensive, six-disc reissue of their 1998 album Adore. Also as previously reported, here's Billy Corgan actually smiling while cradling cats on the cover of the PAWS Chicago magazine. Well, now the man and his band have announced plans to lovingly revisit their 2000 LP, Machina/The Machines of God. Most surprisingly, the Pumpkins are interested in commissioning remixes and having current artists re-sing parts.Corgan has spoken before on his plans to, as the band's site puts it, "present MACHINA in the original form in which it was written ... as a theatrical narrative" meant to play as a double or triple album.

  • Foo Fighters Dave Grohl New Album HBO Show Interview

    Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters: 'We Could've Made a Radiohead Record'

    Dave Grohl has shared more details about the forthcoming Foo Fighters album and accompanying HBO series. In an interview with Billboard's Shirley Halperin, he laid out his overall M.O. thusly: "As we were coming down from the success of the last record, I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird. If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out.' Then I thought, 'Fuck that.'" Oof — not in front of Mr. Thom, Dave.Instead, he took a page from the critical success of his Sound City documentary and set out with his band and a camera crew to record in eight different iconic studios in eight different U.S. cities: Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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