Chris Martins

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  • Colette 'When the Music's Loud' album stream

    Colette Weds Hard House to Italo-Disco on 'When the Music's Loud' LP

    "This is our time, the feeling is right," sings Colette on the opening track from her forthcoming album, When the Music's Loud. Chicago's First Lady of House drops her Italo-disco-owing new platter on August 27 via her own Candy Talk Records, but she's streaming the entire thing here. Active in her hometown scene since the early '90s, the DJ/singer/songwriter taps into a wealth of rich dance music history, and of course she's right to; it's hard to imagine a better time for Colette to make a full-length return. While tracks like "Hotwire" would play perfectly alongside a Disclosure-produced R&B jam, the electro-indebted "Electricity" could just as easily slip into the Drive soundtrack without raising any suspicions. Dive into ;When the Music's Loud below, and take a cue from the title when you do.

  • Bad Rabbits 'Dance With You' Teddy Riley 'American Dream'  Stream

    Bad Rabbits New Jack Swing With Teddy Riley on 'Dance With You'

    Boston quintet Bad Rabbits team up with New Jack Swing titan Teddy Riley on their brand new single "Dance With You." The man behind Blackstreet (not to mention Michael Jackson's Dangerous) is in full effect on the the funk-fueled R&B groove, lacing the track with those familiar go! go! go! go! background chants, and holding forth on the talk-box like Zapp circa "Computer Love." Hitmaker Clinton Sparks also assists (Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Akon) on the production end, but main Rabbit Dua Boakye deserves credit for the strength of that growled-out delivery. "Dance With You" hails from the band's recording sessions with Teddy Riley for the American Dream project, which will be produced by Riley, the original rump shaker, start to finish.

  • Thao Get Down Stay Down Kindness Be Conceived Acoustic Video

    See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Strum 'Kindness Be Conceived' in the California Light

    Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's latest album, We the Common, reveals the San Francisco artist to be as adept an arranger as she is a songwriter. But to see the mastermind Thao Nguyen sans bells and whistles is to realize what an incredible player she is as well. SPIN recently had a chance to witness her work at San Francisco's Outside Lands (we also interviewed her for our ongoing festival podcast) and some of her set's best moments were the barest. Above you'll find Nguyen alone and at home, playing her Joanna Newsom team-up, "Kindness Be Conceived" on a seasoned old hollow-body. She blows on her hands before starting and fakes a sizzle sound as she touches the mike, but it might as well be real.

  • Wavves Bug Video Interview Monster Energy Drink Shotgun

    Watch Wavves Shotgun Energy Drinks and Sing Papa Roach

    In spring of last year, punk-pop hooligans Wavves joined Los Angeles comic/director Andre Hyland for a taping of The Jesse Miller Show. Though the Comedy Central pilot wound up getting shelved, its creator has now shared the footage featuring the band, which kicks off with a performance of "Bug" (from the Life Sux EP) and gloriously devolves into a gonzo interview from there. The show has Hyland playing the titular host, a nü-metal-loving redneck with Hollywood-sized hopes.During the song, Miller moshes into the in-studio audience* but things get wilder after the two-minute mark. Offered complimentary cans of Monster Energy Drink, the band decides bassist Stephen Pope should shotgun the thing.

  • Polica 'Chain My Name' Stream Shulamith

    Polica Make Bubbly Synth-Wild Pop on 'Chain My Name'

    We've heard Poliça team-up with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for "Tiff." We've heard the Minneapolis crew remixed by the Weeknd producer Don McKinney. We've even heard 'em featured on a buoyant R&Beats track by Supreme Cuts, "Envision." But it's time that we heard Poliça for Poliça. Thankfully, we've a new single for that: "Chain My Name," which hails from the synth-loving Gayngs affiliates' forthcoming sophomore album Shulamith. The darkly tinted dance track finds singer Channy Leaneagh holding forth on an inescapable yet clearly flawed relationship atop a mix of wildly elastic sequences and relentlessly driving drums. Enjoy that and take in the full track list below.Poliça, Shulamith track list:1. "Chain My Name"2. "Smug"3. "Vegas"4. "Warrior Lord"5. "Very Cruel"6. "Torre"7. "Trippin"8. "Tiff"9. "Spilling Lines"10. "Matty"11. "I Need $"12. So Leave"

  • Janelle Monae Miguel Primetime Stream Electric Lady

    Janelle Monae and Miguel Find 'Primetime' Under the Stars

    When last we heard from Janelle Monáe she was dishing out "Special Education" flanked by a revitalized Goodie Mob. But now we're back to the welcome business of stoking anticipation for the Kansas City star's second album, The Electric Lady. We've seen the ArchAndroid boogie while the world burns in "Dance Apocalyptic" and smash stereotypes from outers pace with Erykah Badu in "Q.U.E.E.N." Now we've got her highly anticipated Miguel team-up to consider.While previous tracks were playfully upbeat, "Primetime" is a classic R&B ballad shaded in with Lynchian '50s haze and powered by the strength of the featured duet. Monáe and the Kaleidoscope dreamer are a natural fit, trading verses and uniting for the chorus — "It's the primetime for our love / Ain't nobody peeking but the stars above." — which should be enough to make Mariah Carey just a little bit jealous.

  • Nine Inch Nails 'Everything' Stream Hesitation Marks

    Nine Inch Nails Go Major-Chord on Punked Up 'Everything'

    Nine Inch Nails have shared a third song from their forthcoming eight album, Hesitation Marks. "Everything" might be one of the most radio-ready tracks in Trent Reznor's illustriously industrial and often profane career (via "Closer"). Compared to the twitchy throwback that is "Came Back Haunted" and the patiently searing "Copy of A," this latest leak is surprisingly poppy, powered by major chord riffage and an upbeat backing track. That's not to say it isn't fierce in its own way — the track swerves in and out of fiery punk passages that offset the catchier songwriting quite nicely.In speaking to SPIN for our Nine Inch Nails cover story, Reznor said, "I want as many people as possible to be aware that [Hesitation Marks] is out there. I'm not gonna cater to your tastes: 'Oh you're into dubstep? Check out this thing. What else do you like?' Not that.

  • Major Lazer 'Scare Me' Video Terry Crews Peaches

    Major Lazer Hires Old Spice Guy to Slay 'Workaholics' Dude in 'Scare Me' Video

    They say success is the best revenge, and while fictional superhero Major Lazer might argue for a different sort of justice, his master knows this well. Last month, Diplo offered to fight Flo Rida after accusing the latter of ripping off his inventive video steez, then recanted the threat, tweeting he'd rather just return to his own work. Now we know the reason for the change of heart: Major Lazer has come to life in the new video for "Scare Me."Old Spice ab-master and Arrested Development newcomer Terry Crews plays the beret-wearing badass in the clip alongside actress Lauren London (The Game, Entourage, ATL) as the pair embark on a murderous mission to depose a supervillain named General Rubbish.

  • River Tiber 'The City' Video

    River Tiber Brings Beatwise Quiet Storm to 'The City' Video

    It might be most helpful to think of Tommy Paxton-Beesley as Toronto's one-man answer to Rhye, though he's been doing his thing since 2010. As Riber Tiber, the 22-year-old channels Sade-like soul with a beatmaker's touch, cooing wistful beauty over crunchy rhythms and lush atmosphere. On his gorgeous Synapses standout "The City," our host lends his delicate quaver to sing, "We could have had it all." In the corresponding video, we find Paxton-Beesley alone at night in a mystical version of his hometown. He's washed in a rainbow spray of lights in one scene, and levitates on a soccer field in the next. Meanwhile, the skyline is caught from strange angels, and portions of buildings break off to become triangular prisms. "Thought you would be here," he says but instead, all of that strange romance is his to experience without accompaniment.

  • Black Moth 'The Articulate Dead' Stream Killing Jar

    Black Moth Pummel the Living on 'The Articulate Dead'

    Save your super-rainbows for another band — England's Black Moth deal in punishing, pummeling riff-rock that splits the difference between Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. Better yet, singer Harriet Bevan can growl and howl with the best of 'em, but she also packs a wicked riot-grrrl shout that can be heard on "The Articulate Dead." This grinding shred-bomb hails from the five-piece's debut album The Killing Jar, produced by Grinderman/Bad Seeds member Jim Sclavunos. His brutal touch can certainly be heard on the track, which kicks off with some desert-rock gnarl and ends up a double-time punk-metal firestorm. The Leeds crew have set an October 1 release date for the entire thing, via New Heavy Sounds.

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