Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Icona Pop 'Girlfriend' 2Pac Shakur Me My Video

    Icona Pop Have a Need for Speed in 2pac-Inspired 'Girlfriend' Video

    If you've been paying attention to Sweden's latest pop export Icona Pop, then you already know that the twosome transformed 2pac's "Girlfriend" into a lady-power anthem of the bubbliest degree. This delectable digression came along as a stopgap between the inescapably fizzy "I Love It" and just-out single "All Night," but now there's a video to go with it. As Stereogum points out, the Tim Nackashi-directed clip fittingly finds Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo Thelma-&-Louise-ing it up, driving through the desert like they just don't care, hopping on moving trains to feel the wind in their hair, and, well, looking cool amidst lasers (which, really — not that difficult). But these ladies "wanna feel the sun, the waves ... the speed, the chase," and surely they will, commercial rail transit laws be damned.

  • Deap Vally Bad for My Body Sistrionix stream

    Deap Vally Are Looking for Trouble on 'Bad for My Body'

    When SPIN sat down with Deap Vally back in January, we learned a startling fact: howler/shredder Lindsey Troy and the kit-smashing Julie Edwards met at a Los Angeles crochet class, taught by the latter no less. Such a setting seems out of place for pair of musicians who worship at the throne of Led Zeppelin and sound like the White Stripes at their loudest and blooziest, albeit without all of the cutesiness. But Deap Vally are all about repping their own badass brand of femininity, and they're fairly certain their elders wouldn't approve even with the knitting thrown in for good measure. "If our mothers only knew / The trouble we get into," Troy belts out over grinding guitar and pounding drums on "Bad for My Body" from the duo's debut album Sistrionix. That LP isn't out stateside until October, but this new single is out tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30.Deap Vally, Sistrionix U.K.

  • Medicine 'To the Happy Few' Band Shoegaze Album Stream

    Stream Medicine's Blissful Psych-Gaze Reunion LP 'To the Happy Few'

    With all due respect, shoegaze's history wasn't written by English bands alone. Out in Los Angeles, a group called Medicine were adding to the '90s art form in their own way, tempering all that guitar wash and rhythmic drone with bright, psychedelic notions and unexpected shifts in arrangement. Though prolific founder Brad Laner released an album under the Medicine name (The Mechanical Forces of Love, featuring accompaniment from Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee) the band's original lineup has been inactive for the past 18 years.

  • Outside Lands 2013 Schedule Set Times Conflicts

    Outside Lands 2013's 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts

    The San Francisco Bay Area is a famously mellow zone that happens to be quite amenable to festival culture. But that doesn't mean it's all granola bowls and, um, other bowls when it comes to navigating a talent-packed event like Outside Lands. The S.F. fest's sixth edition goes down Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11 at Golden Gate Park, a thousand-plus acres of gorgeous greenery that butts up against the Pacific Ocean on its west side. Sounds idyllic, yes, but when you've got a belly full of Anchor Steam and sourdough and mere minutes to bridge the geographic gap between Jessie Ware and Band of Horses, well, things can get ugly. That's why we're here to help settle some conflicts before they totally harsh your mellow.5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Grizzly Bear, Saturday, 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.Classic.

  • William Onyeabor 'Good Name' Who Is Luaka Bop

    William Onyeabor's 'Good Name' Will Finally Get Its Due on New Compilation

    William Onyeabor is a mysterious man with a beloved back catalog. Despite growing a deeply loyal cult following over the decades, the Nigerian electro-funk/Afro-beat innovator has only a mere paragraph's worth of a Wikipedia entry to his name. But as the story goes, after releasing a winning string of incredible dance records from 1978 to 1985, Onyeabor became a Born Again and disavowed all secular music. There are also rumors about a stint studying cinematography in the Soviet Union, a law degree obtained in England, and contract work for the Nigerian government so who knows what actually happened. The point is, no one has been successful at legally licensing the man's music ... until now, of course.David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years by rebooting its excellent World Psychedelic Classics series.

  • Sirah

    Sirah Moves 'On to the Next' With Big Hooks and Tight Rhymes

    Los Angeles rapper-singer Sirah walks a rare line. Though she'd been spitting prior, she rose to fame as the voice of Skrillex's "Bangarang," cites Cincinnati psych-rap collective WHY? as an influence, and has shared bills with Action Bronson. Her chameleonic approach is her strength, in fact — it's exactly what makes a track like "On to the Next" so dangerous.With an able cadence and a strong sense for hooks, Sirah holds forth over a snappy mix of EDM bigness and summer-pop groove, making her a shoo-in for Queen of Whatever-She-Needs-To-Be, Dammit. The track below hails from her forthcoming EP Inhale, due out August 13. In order to celebrate, Sirah will be hitting the road with K.Flay — a fellow White Girl Rap list alum, due respect — in support of Icona Pop (known 2pac fans, for the record).

  • Supreme Cuts divine ecstasy envision channy

    Supreme Cuts and Polica 'Envision' Hard-Hustling Electronic R&B

    Chicago's Supreme Cuts production team initially got our attention by dipping their town's frenetic footwork music in purped-out goop and slathering the results in darkly burbling synthery. That approach made Mike Perry and Austin Kjeultes the perfect pair to accompany evil rhymework of Haleek Maul as they continued to push their own sound to its outer limits via last year's Whispers in the Dark long-player. Now the Herbie Hancock-loving beatmakers are plotting their next evolution via Divine Ecstasy, an October 1 album for Dovecote that will feature Maul, Portland R&B outsider Shy Girls, French singer Mahaut Mondino, and — as can be heard below — Channy Leaneagh of Poliça.

  • Duck Sauce 'It's You' Remix Craiglist Free

    Duck Sauce Dish Out Free 'It's You' Remix via Craigslist

    A-Trak's Duck Sauce collaboration with producer Armand Van Helden is back in full swing again, this time pimping a swinging little number called "It's You." We heard the exquisitely silly, totally soulful new groove dropped last month and was followed by a hair-larious video featuring the fellas running things at one of the strangest barber shops that ever was. The pair have now shared a reworking of the track dubbed the "?@#! Remix" — a big-beat-and-airhorn affair that isn't surprising in and of itself, but the method of distribution is more than worthy of note. A Craigslist post for "free duck sauce" includes a link to download the revision for free via SendSpace. "new duck sauce available for sampling," the listing begins.

  • Lady Gaga MTV VMA Performance Awards

    Lady Gaga to Bring 'ARTPOP,' Not Meat, to 2013 MTV VMAs

    Lady Gaga will be performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, says, well, MTV. The ceremony will go down on August 25, airing at 9 p.m. regardless of your time zone, and Mother Monster is only the first guest to be announced. The network has confirmed that she's prepared to reveal the first official single from her forthcoming third studio album ARTPOP.As the VMAs have relocated to Brooklyn's über-successful Barclays Center all the way from Los Angeles' Staples Center, we're guessing Gaga will have to enquire after a new couture butcher who knows how to mold meat to her specific measurements.

  • Girls Against Boys 'The Ghost List' GVSB Ep Stream

    Girls Against Boys' Bass-Powered Punk Proves '60 Is Greater Than 15'

    As much as we're loathe to cite a Wikipedia page, it's quite telling that Girls Against Boys' sidebar stats include a heading for notable instruments, under which you'll find the single entry, "2 basses." These D.C.-bred post-hardcore heroes don't skimp when it comes to the low end. Formed in 1988 with an assist from drummer Brendan Canty (who left to focus on a little project called Fugazi), they've always had a thing for nasty, gut-curdling noise. Though the quartet's last album came way back in 2002 (You Can't Fight What You Can't See), they pick right up with "60 Is Greater Than 15," from GVSB's September 24 Epitonic EP The Ghost List. The track opens with electronic hum and guitar thrum as sing-speaker Scott McCloud holds forth on "psychic thrills" and earthly cravings.

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