Chris Martins

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  • Wu-Tang Clan Once Upon a Time in Shaolin Preview Cher

    Wu-Tang Clan Preview One-of-a-Kind Album, Which May Feature Cher

    There's a new development in the Wu-Tang Clan's potentially $5 million album, and who better to bring us the latest than the wealth-obsessed Forbes. As it turns out, the "hand-carved, silver-and-nickel box" set to contain the only copy of The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is being kept in a vault in Morocco. Reporter Zack O'Malley visited the Royal Mansour hotel for billionaires in order to preview both the package and the music, which you can experience in brief above."Flying more than 3,500 miles from New York to Casablanca for less than a minute of music may seem a bit extravagant," O'Malley writes for Forbes. "Renting a car and braving Moroccan traffic for 150 additional miles (with a malfunctioning GPS unit, no less) may have been unwise.

  • MCA Day Breakdancing Monks Adam Yauch Beastie Boys Video

    Watch Monks Breakdance to the Beastie Boys in Honor of MCA

    If the lineup for the third annual MCA Day seemed a little lackluster, that's because they failed to advertise the breakdancing monks. Seen above, four men dressed in Tibetan garb pay physical tribute to the late, great Adam "MCA" Yauch, executing acrobatic moves in Union Square while the Beastie Boys' "Ch-Check It Out" plays on an unseen boom-box. Their performance actually took place ahead of the official event, which happened in Brooklyn on May 3.Yauch was a practicing Buddhist married to Tibetan-American activist, Dechen Wangdu. He founded the Milarepa Fund devoted to raising money for and promoting awareness of the Tibetan independence movement, and also launched the Tibetan Freedom Concert series back in 1996. Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012 after a three-year battle with cancer of the salivary gland. Revisit our gallery, Beastie Boys: 25 Years of Mad Genius.

  • Jack White Lazaretto ULTRA LP Hologram Vinyl Details

    Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Vinyl Will Create a Hologram When It Spins

    Jack White has done the expected by loading up the vinyl version of his forthcoming Lazaretto album with a ton of unexpected features. Naturally, everyone knew that the man who cut the world's fastest record would give his June 10 set the Third Man Records treatment, but who could have predicted a holographic angel floating above the grooves while the ULTRA edition spins? Or "dual-groove" technology that allows for alternate electric and acoustic intros to the same song?Yes, as the press release words it, "No single innovation would suffice." There are so many bells and whistles, in fact, that it takes White and TMR's Ben Blackwell nearly 10 minutes to demonstrate all of them in the video above (hologram at 6:25, FYI). We've listed all of the features below, and you can review them while listening to "High Ball Stepper" or "Lazaretto" itself.

  • Courtney Love 'You Know My Name' Video

    Watch Courtney Love's Decadent, Destructive 'You Know My Name' Video

    Courtney Love has debuted the video for her surprise single "You Know My Name." We'd seen previews of the glitter-filled clip via the erstwhile Hole singer's Instagram account, though due to the nuptial theme, assumed it would accompany her other surprise single, "Wedding Day." In a preview, Love explained her role in the Maximilla Lukacs-directed clip: "I'm supposed to look like an old Victorian doll crossed with a Dickensian character called Miss Havisham, who got abandoned on her wedding day at the altar and lived to be a hundred." Indeed, she appears all dressed up with no one to wed, seemingly confined to a fancy boudoir bedecked with disco balls, red roses, and fluffy fabrics. The song itself is a solid mix of punk angst, metal shred, and melodic might — a bona fide ripper.Both of the aforementioned songs are out now digitally and will arrive on pink vinyl May 26.

  • Classically Cannabis Colorado Symphony Orchestra Concert

    Colorado Symphony Launches 'Classically Cannabis' Concert Series

    The State of Colorado made retail sales of marijuana legal in January, and ever since they've been having all of the fun. Now, the Colorado Symphony is set to roll out a run of concerts dubbed "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series." In order to combat flagging audience numbers and general budgetary lack, the region's premier orchestra is tapping into the region's premiere burgeoning business, controversy be damned."The cannabis industry obviously opens the door even further to a younger, more diverse audience," symphony CEO Jerome Kern told Associated Press. He said he's heard objections from at least one member of his orchestra and from preexisting fans as well.

  • Krist Novoselic Super-Earth Peter Buck Corin Tucker REM

    Krist Novoselic Joins Super-Earth Supergroup With Peter Buck, Corin Tucker

    Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has seemingly been added to the star-studded membership of new Portland band Super-Earth. Though the name of the group is subject to change, the core is set: Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck debuted their project live last week. As reported by The Oregonian, their lineup was rounded out by guitarist Scott McCaughey (Minus 5), drummer Bill Rieflin (Swans, Ministry), and guitarist Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks)."The new material, speedy and loud, was full of power chords, enthusiasm and the occasional signature Buck arpeggio — less punk rock than power-pop but always knife-sharp," wrote David Greenwald, adding that the band played "12 songs so fresh, Tucker had lyric sheets."Now it seems Super-Earth's outing may have been a test run for a full album recording.

  • St. Vincent 'Digital Witness' PS22 Chorus Children Choir

    Watch Adorable Schoolchildren Sing St. Vincent's 'Digital Witness'

    Aside from releasing an essential new album, St. Vincent has, of late: fronted Nirvana, appeared on Portlandia, and booked a Saturday Night Live performance for May 17. Perhaps it's time Annie Clark let someone else take a crack at being as excellent as she clearly is. Who better, then, than the gifted Staten Island elementary students of the PS22 Chorus. Seen above, these grade-schoolers take on the New York artist's angular St. Vincent single, "Digital Witness." As director Gregg "Mr. B" Breinberg accompanies on piano, the children sing about tossing TVs from windows and improvise all kinds of adorable motions to go with. Over the years and through different lineups, PS22 has actually accompanied artists as ranging as Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks, Chris Daughtry, Santigold, and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

  • The Black Keys 'Turn Blue' Album Stream iTunes

    Stream the Black Keys' New Album 'Turn Blue'

    The Black Keys are now streaming their eighth album, Turn Blue, via iTunes Radio's "First Play" series. We've experienced a few highlights from the Danger Mouse co-produced LP to date: the televangelical video for "Fever," the gloomy title track, the stormy single "Bullet in the Brain," and also that weird prank call from drummer Patrick Carney to his band's label, Nonesuch. Now all 11 tracks of the official follow-up to 2011's El Camino can be heard. In related news, singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach has been lending his considerable skill-set to Lana Del Rey's next album.

  • Star Wars Cantina Band Auditions Video Ben Folds Jordin Sparks

    'Star Wars' Cantina Band Auditions: Watch Ben Folds, Mark McGrath, More

    Star Wars Day came and went, but we might as well call 2014 Star Wars Year as anticipation (and promotion) builds for Episode VII. As A.V. Club points out, there's no shortage of comedic tributes to George Lucas' greatest gift to the planet Earth, but one co-produced by Lucasfilm is rare indeed. Now, thanks to CollegeHumor, we can watch the (faux) audition tapes for the cantina band at Mos Eisley.Seen above, a wide array of known musical talents try out, though in their Star Wars universe alter-egos. Chris Daughtry appears as "Chris Darthry," followed by Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Lisa Loeb, and Adult Swim star mc chris.

  • Garbage Brody Dalle Girls Talk Video

    Garbage and Brody Dalle Shout It Out in 'Girls Talk' Video

    Garbage sneaked out a new single on Record Store Day led by the excellently acrid Brody Dalle team-up, "Girls Talk." An early stream of the track wound up getting taken down, but now you can see the official video for the song above, via Stereogum. The spare, black-and-white clip shot by Butch Vig captures Shirley Manson and the erstwhile Distillers singer trading growled-out lines in the studio. "You can do what it is without some little bitch in your ear," they scream. It sounds brutal, but the video ends in triumph. Here's hoping "Time Will Destroy Everything" gets a similar treatment.Meanwhile, Vig has been working on that new Foo Fighters album...

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