Chris Martins

writer

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  • Prince 'Let's Go Crazy' Live Video Manchester Academy

    Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' Live Video Is Kingly

    Prince has been blessing audiences abroad with his lavender magic. Earlier this month, we got to see the royal Minneapolitan rip through 1996's "Chaos and Disorder." Now, thanks to February 23's two-and-a-half-hour set at Manchester Academy, we get to witness a furious minute of "Let's Go Crazy." Well, sort of. It's only the final moments of that 1984 hit from Purple Rain, but it's priceless — that shreddage, the blues outro, the part where he drops to the floor like a bird just flew at his face, and the weird messages that scroll up the screen toward the end. Who does this guy think he is? Oh, right, he's Prince. Catch him on New Girl too.

  • The Books Yo No Se Video Deafkids Dance Lemon of Pink

    The Books Inspire Brilliant Dance Video 'Yo No Se'

    The Books may have called it quits in 2012, but that doesn't mean the New York-born experimental duo can't continue to inspire others with their incredibly inventive approach to arrangement and instrumentation. Above you'll find a brand new video for a dance piece dubbed "Yo No Sé." Choreographed by Alan Danielson and directed by Natalia Chinchilla, the vibrant performance is built around two tracks by the Books, who are now backing it as an official clip. Each cut hails from one of the duo's gilded full-length classics. We open with "Explanation Mark" from 2003's The Lemon of Pink and quickly move into "Deafkids," which closed out their debut album Thought for Food (2001). Watch that above, then head to Temporary Residence to review recent rarities releases by the Books. Co-founder Nick Zammuto is hard at work on his second solo album.

  • Figgy 'Between Us' Mixtape Stream Remix Drake Banks

    Stream Figgy's Sumptuous, Dance-Addled R&B Mixtape 'Between Us'

    New York producer Figgy used to be a jazz trombonist, but now he channels his creativity into the electronic arts. Not only does the man handcraft his own sumptuous pile-ups of house, garage, and R&B (see his For the One EP), he's renowned for remixes that reinvent everyone from Justin Bieber to Frank Ocean, and is a resident DJ at Brooklyn's popular monthly party Broke City. So when the young Boston-reared producer offers you an exclusive mixtape, you step away from the turntables (or laptop, or whatever) and let him do his thing. Case in point: Between Us, the 45-minute blend streaming below that includes a few of Figgy's famous edits (Drake, T-Pain, BANKS), two unreleased mystery originals, and a whole lot of undeniable vibes.

  • Sup Pop Airport Store Seattle Tacoma Records Shop

    Sup Pop Is Opening an Airport Store

    This spring, Sub Pop Records will open up a shop in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Last week, the iconic indie label quietly put out a "Help Wanted" ad for an "organized and self-motivating Retail Store Manager" to run the new operation, which we assume would include vinyl, CDs, and a whole bunch of merch from their roster and possible partners. Their online Mega Mart additionally sells tees, posters, hats, backpacks, skateboards, beer glasses, totes, and more.Sub Pop had a brick-and-mortar Mega Mart in the '90s as, um, Nordstrom fondly remembers. The label launched a pop-up version of that store in 2013 in honor of their 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee. The temporary space was equal parts museum and record shop, with a Sub Pop gumball machine, and a "Button-O-Matic" pin dispenser. Below, you can see a video of the Mega Mart's most recent iteration.

  • Meshuggah Leonardo DiCaprio Bonnaroo Petition Video

    Help Us Beg Leonardo DiCaprio to Sing With Meshuggah at Bonnaroo

    First, hit play on the clip above if you haven't yet had the pleasure of watching Leonardo DiCaprio, as the titular Wolf of Wall Street, performing Meshuggah's "Rational Gaze" to a room full of turnt-up stockbrokers. It's insane, and an incredible fit. So it's no wonder there's a petition going around to get the film star on stage with the Swedish metal extremists at the 2014 installment of Bonnaroo. The Change.org request was creeping on 3,000 signatures at press time.The petition is addressed to the actor, the band, the festival, and President Barack Obama, and suggests that, "Leonardo DiCaprio needs to fully embrace his newly found importance in the metal scene by joining Meshuggah on stage for at least one song. He must wear a suit, and everyone in the crowd must pound their chests just like in the video. Leonardo DiCaprio will gain even more fans. Meshuggah will, too ...

  • Fred Armisen's 'Late Night' Band Sounds Like This

    Fred Armisen's 'Late Night' Band Sounds Like This

    Seth Meyers officially becomes the new host of Late Night on Monday, February 24, but we already know a few details about the incoming administration. Earlier this month, the Saturday Night Live graduate shared a photo of the 8G Band, his in-house ensemble led by Portlandia star Fred Armisen (late of Trenchmouth) and featuring members of Les Savy Fav and Girls Against Boys: guitarist Seth Jabour, bassist Syd Butler, keyboardist Eli Janney, and drummer Kimberly Thompson. Now, via the NBC show's Facebook page, we get our first taste of the crew in action. Sure, it's only 13 seconds, but it's enough to confirm our suspicions — 8G sound exceedingly tight and play a driven-but-drifty, bass-powered brand of terse post-punk. Hopefully that'll mesh with whatever Kanye West has planned for his appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers.  // Post by Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  • Flaming Lips Ben Folds Usher 'Love in This Club' Video Bonnaroo

    See the Flaming Lips and Ben Folds Messily Cover Usher's 'Love in This Club'

    The Bonnaroo Line-Up Announcement Megathon (B.L.A.M.) broadcast brought with it the exciting news that the Tennessee fest's 2014 lineup will include Kanye West, Elton John, Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Jack White, Disclosure, and so many more. But it delivered another gift as well — the footage above of the Flaming Lips and Ben Folds covering Usher's Vegas-sleazy, Jeezy-assisted 2008 hit, "Love in This Club." Oh, and Sautrday Night Live's Taran Killam joins them as Bricen "Hey Man" Heymen, a living spoof of the "HEY!" thing that Mumford and Ed Sharpe and Arcade Fire and Lumineers foisted upon us in recent history.In truth, the thing is a hot mess, but it's an entertaining one.

  • Onyx 'We Don't Fucking Care' A$AP Ferg Sean Price Stream

    Onyx, A$AP Ferg, and Sean Price Declare 'We Don't Fucking Care'

    Onyx's mad-faced march into 2014 continues. Earlier this month, we heard the '90s hardcore crew's return single, "Wakedafucup," which also happens to be the titular track from their March 9 album. While that hard-charging track and its fitting video included a questionable cameo (Dutch crew Dope D.O.D.), a brand new share is far more promising. Fresh off of Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg returns Onyx's feature favor by contributing a verse to "We Don't Fucking Care," and Brownsville rap hero Sean Price drops by as well. The title pretty much says it all, but the bars below showcase a strong array of very New York styles. Meanwhile, the Snowgoons-produced beat rattles and clangs like an old-school classic.Speaking of, here's SPIN's 50 Best Rap Albums From 1993, Hip-Hop's Other Greatest Year.

  • Pink Oscars Performance Live Academy Awards

    Pink Will Bring Her Trapeze to the Oscars Probably

    Pink will perform at the 86th annual Academy Awards set to air live on ABC, Sunday, March 2. "Big news!!!" the Truth About Love star tweeted on Friday, February 21. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy for inviting me to perform on the #Oscars on March 2nd!! #holycow." Of course, she shouldn't be surprised — she had the third highest grossing tour last year, and her genuinely death-defying performances have become standard at awards shows.To wit, at the Grammys she teamed with Cirque du Soleil for an aerial acrobatic performance of "Try" that ended in her landing on the stage in time to sing "Just Give Me a Reason" alongside fun. guy Nate Ruess. She also has a history of acting.

  • Le1f 'Boom' Stream Terrible Records Hey EP

    Le1f Announces Record Deal With a 'Boom'

    SPIN favorite Le1f has signed with XL Recordings in a joint venture with Terrible Records, the label co-run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. A proper album is in the works, but first we'll be treated to the Hey EP, which will include a re-recorded version of the man's beloved breakout "Wut" (the one with the video starring those Pikachu studs), along with four brand new songs. The first of those, "Boom," can be heard below in all of its left-field "Southern Hospitality"-recalling excellence. Dubbel Dutch lends his production prowess to the darkly popping cut, while beats for the rest of the March 11 digital release (May 6 for vinyl) come from Matrixxman, Harry B, and Boody (remember "Soda"?). To date, the man born Khalif Diouf has released three praise-worthy mixtapes: Dark York, Fly Zone, and Tree House. In a statement, Le1f called working with XL "my teenage dream." Hey track list:1.

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