Chris Martins

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  • People Get Ready Physiques Video Album

    Watch People Get Ready's Transfixing, Exuberant 'Physiques' Video

    On June 24, New York City's People Get Ready release their second album, Physiques, and it may very well be excellent enough to rival the group's live presence. That's no slight. In fact, it should come across as high praise to any who've witnessed this band/performance art ensemble do their thing in person. (It involves dance, props, projections, homemade instruments, auxillary members, etc.) For the rest of us, though, the above video for the Brassland LP's titular track should make for an apt introduction.The "Physiques" clip finds singer Steven Reker front and center, feet fixed to the ground while the rest of his body does wild things in time with People Get Ready's equally lithe art-pop. The background keep changing and so do his bandmates' activities. It's the kind of thing you watch twice (maybe thrice) in order to catch all of the nuances.

  • Jack White Meg Stripes Interview Relationship Today

    Jack White Isn't Friends With Meg White

    Jack White has at last spoken in detail on his current relationship with Meg White, which seems pretty much non-existent: "I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I'd have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it's almost never."That quote comes from the former White Stripes leader's new interview in Rolling Stone, as excerpted by Consequence of Sound. The same feature spawned White's Wednesday self-comparison to Larry David, but the revelations on Meg, his ex-wife, come from the full print version. The man born John Anthony Gillis shed a little light on their previous working relationship as well, explaining that her general temperament affected the band as well."She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown," he said.

  • Billy Corgan Paws Chicago Magazine Cover

    Billy Corgan Cradles Cats on Cover of 'PAWS Chicago'

    This is really a thing: the tickled-pink mug of Billy Corgan cradling two adorable kittens on the cover of PAWS Chicago, the magazine put out by the region's largest "no kill" humane organization. It gets tough keeping up with the Smashing Pumpkins boss, but amidst a handful of endeavors ranging from weird (that experimental solo album AEGEA) to weirder (that eight-hour Siddhartha synth jam) to weirdest (his wrestling reality show for AMC), but there's nothing confusing or confounding about seeing this alt-rock icon cuddling Sammi and Mr. Thom over a headline that reads "Billy Corgan's Siamese Dream." Click over here to read a PDF version of the issue. Meanwhile, there are two new Pumpkins albums on the way (with Tommy Lee on drums), and a six-disc reissue of Adore to boot. 

  • Robin Thicke Get Her Back New Album Wife 2014

    Robin Thicke Plans to 'Get Her Back' With New Album

    When Robin Thicke was remade in the image of a bona fide pop star, the Justin Timberlake comparisons began to fly. Now the Los Angeles-reared singer, songwriter, and producer is taking another page from the book of his boy band-bred buddy — he's releasing two albums within a year of one another. On July 1, Thicke will follow up his incredibly successful Blurred Lines with a brand new set, though this one aims to be a return to his older, more humble sound.While few details have yet been shared about the album, we know it'll be released on Pharrell Williams' Star Trak (with Interscope), but that the entire thing will be written and produced by Thicke.

  • Made in America Los Angeles Lineup Weezer Kendrick Lamar John Mayer

    Jay Z's Made in America Los Angeles Lineup: Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer, and More

    Earlier today, we learned that the Philadelphia lineup for the Jay Z-founded Budweiser Made in America Festival will be topped by Kanye West, Kings of Leon, and Tiësto. Now we've got the lineup for the Los Angeles edition, to run concurrently on August 30 and 31. The biggest hitters include — for better and for worse — Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Chance the Rapper, Sublime With Rome, Juanes, Steve Aoki, and Afrojack.Also of note for SPIN readers: Metric, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet, YG, Dr. Dog, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, and A Tribe Called Red. And the rest of the bill: Gareth Emery, Capital Cities, R3HAB, Borgore, DVBBS, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Jay Rock, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, and Scavenger Hunt.

  • Peanut Butter Wolf Charizma Interview Circa 1990-1993 Box Set Stream

    Peanut Butter Wolf Breaks Down His 10 Favorite Songs From the Charizma Box Set

    December 16, 1993 was a fateful day for the future of hip-hop. Up-and-coming Bay Area MC Charles "Charizma" Hicks was murdered during a mugging on that date, and it was enough to force his production partner out of the business entirely. That man behind the music was San Jose's Chris Manak, a.k.a. Peanut Butter Wolf. The pair were both a creative duo and best friends, and each was an incredibly promising artist.

  • Moody Good Album Teaser Video Owsla 16bit

    Preview Every Song on Moody Good's Wild and Wobbly Debut Album

    If you don't yet know Moody Good, you're overdue for an introduction. Good thing, because it's hard to imagine a more succinctly effective crash course than the video you'll find above. Therein, the MTA Records-minted London producer offers up a gorgeously rendered black-and-white visual teaser for his self-titled June 3 album, co-released by OWSLA, complete with snippets of all 15 songs contained therein. Follow along via the track list below.All told, it's a thrilling trip through the wild mind of Eddie Jefferys, former 16bit member and a key hand in sonically shaping Björk's Biophilia. The man covers a staggering amount of ground, from the sampledelic jazz of the "Eulogy" pieces, to the 3D beat music of "Living Off the High," to the African chant of "Ziambey," to the power-tool dubstep of "Docbond." Also: breakbeat, house, two-step, ambient, R&B, rap...

  • Hopscotch 'Satisfaction' Stream Archer EP Remixes

    Hear Hopscotch's Bass-Blessed R&B Bomber 'Satisfaction'

    Los Angeles producer/singer Angela LaBaw has been unfurling bass-blessed gem after soul-steeped jam as Hopscotch for a couple of years, and now she's back with the 12-track Archer EP & Remixes. Arguably the set's strongest cut is "Satisfaction," a burbling, bleak-sounding slab of wobbly R&B that feature our heroine's creepily yearning vocals: "Feed, feed, feed us more." Stream that below, and visit the Hopscotch SoundCloud account for remixes from the likes of Rex Riot, Sigrah, Dimond Saints, Sounds What, Jantsen & Dirtmonkey, Brooksbrown, Christopher Norman, and Champagne.

  • Riff Raff 'How to Be the Man Video' Neon Icon Track List

    RiFF RaFF Schools Kids in Wild, Weird 'How to Be the Man' Video

    RiFF RaFF will finally, definitely, 100 percent release an actual album. The long-awaited NEON iCON now has a release date of June 24 via Mad Decent. Guests will include Mac Miller, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Mike Posner, while the producers tapped are, among others, Diplo, Harry Fraud, and DJ Mustard. The latter Los Angeles-based beatsmith provides the track for RiFF's first single, "How to Be the Man," which now has an appropriately insane music video, viewable above. Therein, our cornrowed hero demonstrates that titular feat by cradling babies, spinning basketballs, summoning cartoons, and just generally surrounding himself with scantily clad women. A young Jody Husky appears as well. Peep the track list below.NEON iCON track list:1. "iNTRODUCiNG THE iCON"2. "KOKAYNE"3. "WETTER THAN TSUNAMi"4. "JODY 3 MOONS" (SKIT)5. "VERSACE PYTHON"6.

  • Morrissey Sips Whiskey in 'Istanbul' Spoken Word Video

    Morrissey Sips Whiskey in 'Istanbul' Spoken Word Video

    UPDATE: Stream the actual sung version of "Instanbul" is out on iTunes and streaming on Spotify.Morrissey continues to redefine the lyric video. After dropping strange spoken-word versions of his new album's titular track "World Peace Is None of Your Business" and follow-up song  "The Bullfighter Dies," he now shares a similar clip for "Istanbul." Watch it now, above or on iTunes, because we're guessing it'll disappear soon. The clip is equal parts poetry-reading and Most Interesting Man in the World monologue, finding the Smiths boss clinking ice in a whiskey tumbler next to a flower-filled gramophone while we hear about "prostitutes, stylish and glum." As a parting thought, we get a strange meditation on baby-making and personal doom: "I lean into a box of pine, identify the kid as mine."In related news, Moz seemingly joined Twitter, and then didn't.

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