Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Moses Sumney 'Man on the Moon' Stream

    Hear Moses Sumney's Ghostly, Gorgeous 'Man on the Moon'

    We first heard the striking music of Moses Sumney last July, when the theretofore Los Angeles secret was caught looping his own voice into a soul-folk orchestra's worth of sound. Now we get a more dulcet taste in the form of "Man on the Moon," the first recorded studio track released by the rising talent (who's been noticed by Solange). The ghostly yet warm song hails from the April 7 release, Mid City Island EP, which, in Sumney's words, is "a lo-fi experimental concept project, made in my bedroom, straight to cassette tape on an '80s 4-track recorder." Though quieter, the results are no less stunning — be sure to stick around for the final note. Mo hits the road with Local Natives in April, and wraps up a residency at L.A.'s Bootleg Theater Monday night, March 31.

  • Paris Carney 'Run and Hide' D-WHY Stream

    Paris Carney and D-WHY's 'Run and Hide' Is Electro-Pop Candy

    Paris Carney describes her new single as "MGMT getting lost in the African jungle," but she's being modest — the Los Angeles electro-pop aesthete has got her own thing going. This latest share is her third self-released single this year and the swoon-inspiring serving of aural candy comes complete with a talkbox solo by Mary J. Blige keyboardist Marcus Kincy and a verse from rising West Virginia MC D-WHY. Hear that below, and keep your ears on Carney from here on out.

  • Billy Corgan Rumi Poetry Sufi Tea Shop Performance

    Another Ridiculous Billy Corgan Thing

    Sometimes we're forced to wonder: Does it take work to be as "Billy Corgan" as Billy Corgan is? Or does it come naturally to Billy Corgan to be so freaking Billy Corgan all of the time? Because even though he's the dude, it seems improbable that any human could accomplish such Billy Corgan-ness in such little time. Like, in the span of a month, he's: performed an eight-hour synth-provisation to Siddhartha; been green-lit for his own wrestling reality show on AMC; and announced not one, but two new Smashing Pumpkins albums for 2015.What's next? A performance at his tea house of four "sonic impressions on poems by the great Sufi mystic" Rumi? Wait. Really? We were joking, but it turns out Corgan will appear at his Madame Zuzu's Chicago shop on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. to do exactly that thing we just quoted.

  • Bjork Biophilia Movie Live Concert Film Tribeca

    Bjork's 'Biophilia' Movie Headed to Tribeca

    Björk is bringing Biophilia to the big screen. On April 26, the Tribeca Film Festival will debut a concert film titled, simply enough, Björk: Biophilia Live. The movie captures a concert at London's Alexandra Palace circa the titular 2011 album. There is a website and a pretty poster and everything. The LP-turned-app-turned-flick was directed and edited by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) and Nick Fenton (Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo). Revisit Biophilia-era video for "Mutual Core" and "Hollow," and also that wild Death Grips remix of "Sacrifice." Björk's last filmic venture was a documentary about the relationship between music, nature, and technology. Billboard reports that this year's Tribeca will also include films about Nas, James Brown, and Bob Weir, amongst others.

  • Tori Amos 'Trouble's Lament' Stream Unrepentant Geraldines

    Stream Tori Amos' Perfect Return 'Trouble's Lament'

    Tori Amos has shared the first taste of a brand new album titled Unrepentant Geraldines. As Stereogum points out, this will be the '90s baroque-pop piano powerhouse's first "real" album since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin. This, because her interim output has comprised classical originals, covers, and remakes of her own work. The first taste of the new set is "Trouble's Lament," and it's an undeniably good look. "Trouble needs a home, girls / Trouble needs a home / She fell out with Sata / Now she needs a home," the shadowy song begins. Folksy guitar and drums are met by roiling keys, and a little vocal nod to Kate Bush if you're listening closely enough. More Amos here.

  • Soundgarden Matt Chamberlain Live Video Peru

    Watch Soundgarden Thrash Peru With New Drummer

    As previously reported, Soundgarden had to give up drummer Matt Cameron to his side-project — a little thing called Pearl Jam — for the Superunknown greats' 2014 tour. Now, via Blabbermouth, we can see the Seattle grunge gods in action with their replacement skins-hitter Matt Chamberlain. The man has played with everyone from Pearl Jam (circa Ten) to Tori Amos (for quite awhile) and contributed to albums by Fiona Apple and the Wallflowers (for which he won a Grammy) amongst many others. The footage above ("Spoonman") and below hails from Soundgarden's March 27 show in Lima, Peru, and it finds the band in top form. This, of course, bodes mighty well for their forthcoming dates with Nine Inch Nails and Death Grips."Outshined," from 1992's Badmotorfinger:"Rusty Cage," also from Badmotorfinger:"Pretty Noose," from 1996's Down on the Upside:

  • Parks and Recreation Yo La Tengo Decemberists Jeff Tweedy

    'Parks and Rec' Finale Books Yo La Tengo, Ginuwine, Jeff Tweedy

    The Parks and Recreation season finale is shaping up to be a major event for music fans. Previously known guests of the April 24 show Jeff Tweedy and the Decemberists will now be joined by Yo La Tengo, Letters to Cleo, and Ginuwine. The A.V. Club got the scoop from the NBC series' executive producer Michael Schur, who explained that at least one of the groups will not be appearing as themselves."There was a total throwaway joke [in 'New Slogan'] where Andy discovers Duke Silver and tells Ron, 'You're going to play the Unity Concert, I have you on right after Bobby Knight Ranger. It's a Night Ranger cover band that wears red sweaters,'" said Schur, referencing the famously red-sweatered basketball coach Bobby Knight.

  • Migos Shootout Miami Van Drive-By Highway Shot

    Migos Involved in Miami Highway Shootout

    SPIN profile subjects Migos were involved in a highway shootout in Miami Thursday night. As TMZ reports, the Atlanta trio and their personnel were traveling in a van after a nightclub appearance when a second vehicle pulled up alongside and people inside began shooting. Migos' manager claims someone in his camp fired back, saying. "There was at least 40 rounds being blasted on those niggas."WSVN Miami/Fort Lauderdale quoted authorities as saying a member of Migos' entourage had been shot in the leg and dropped off at the Jackson Memorial Hospital. The group's manager says their driver took them in to the hospital assuming someone had been injured, but that everyone on board was safe.

  • Sir Sly Gold Vic Mensa Peter CottonTale Remix Stream

    Vic Mensa Shines on Sir Sly's 'Gold (Petter CottonTale Remix)'

    Los Angeles band Sir Sly get taken to Chicago on the Peter CottonTale remix of their electronics-fed folk-ish hit "Gold." The SAVEMONEY-affiliated producer wrangles crew boss (and SPIN favorite) Vic Mensa and Leather Corduroys member Kami de Chukwu to contribute original vocals. We first heard Mensa on Chance the Rapper's incredible Acid Rap tape, and we were last treated to his talents via a freestyle set to Disclosure's "When a Fire Starts to Burn." Hit play below for a grimier sort of "Gold."

  • MC Ren 'Rebel Music' Stream NWA SoundCloud

    N.W.A. OG MC Ren Is Still Making 'Rebel Music'

    Compton's own Villain in Black, MC Ren, is back with a new album on deck and a freshly activated SoundCloud account chock-full of goodies. Last we checked, the former N.W.A. member is in his mid-40s and living in Palm Springs — according to Jeff Weiss' for LA Weekly — but he sounds mightily menacing over a surging, trap-addled E-A-Ski beat on "Rebel Music." That's the titular track from a forthcoming album of the same name. Stream it below, and beneath that, three older tracks: "Nigga Called Ren," "Same Old Shit," and the classic "Final Frontier." (Beware strong language regarding beat-downs, "bitches," slugs, and Sega gaming consoles.) "Rebel Music" throws back to a few gangsta themes but swaggers like a Dead Prez anthem — smart, confident, and hard.

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