Chris Martins

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  • Mad Men Zombies 'This Will Be Our Year' Credits Music

    'Mad Men' Compels You: Listen to the Zombies

    No spoilers here, unless you need the song placements in your favorite shows' closing credits  to remain a mystery until viewing. Sunday night's episode of Mad Men, dubbed "A Day's Work," wrapped up with a timeless number from an era-appropriate act: "This Will Be Our Year," by the Zombies.The group led by Rod Argent and Colin Bluntstone are, of course, best known for their 1968 single "Time of the Season." Miguel did a version of that track for Kaleidoscope Dream; it's also been sampled by everyone from Eminem to ScHoolboy Q to Necro.

  • Jel Steady Video MPC Anticon Late Pass

    Watch Jel Crush the MPC in His 'Steady' Video

    Chicago-bred beatsmith Jel not only co-founded the influential Anticon collective and helped define their sound in the late '90s, he pushed the art of live sample-playing to new heights. Above, you can witness the Berkeley-based artist at work on his MPC, pounding out a buzzing boom-bap crusher while repeating the mantra: "Keep it steady, even keel, keep it steady." Recalling his early days with Themselves, the man born Jeffrey Logan spits a verse over the smashing drums and rattling atmosphere, then lets the immortal Eazy-E speak on his behalf: "I don't give a fuck about fame."WC Tank directs the trippy clip for "Steady," which hails from Jel's out-now solo LP, Late Pass. We previously premiered the title track and the "Breathe" video. His inimitable touch has also been heard on recent works by Serengeti and, ahem, Kenny Dennis.

  • Arcade Fire Secret Show Los Angeles Roxy

    Arcade Fire Give Away Tickets to Secret Los Angeles Show

    Arcade Fire mightily dominated Coachella 2014, closing out each weekend with a fiery set that included a tasteful guest appearance: Blondie's Debbie Harry (plus, Aaron Paul) and Beck's, um, Beck (plus, Daft Punk sorta). But those who weren't able to witness the Reflektor-celebrating performances out on the polo grounds have a chance to watch the Canadian crew do their thing in a far more intimate environment tonight (Monday, April 21) at Los Angeles' Roxy club.Local station Alt 98.7 is giving tickets away every hour via The Woody Show. AF fan hub Arcade Fire Tube tweeted out the info, and also shared the following info directly from the band, via Facebook: "We're playing a small show at The Roxy in Los Angeles tonight and have 30 pairs of tickets to give away. Upload your Reflektor photos to our Facebook wall or Instagram Gallery for the chance to win a pair.

  • Amen Dunes 'I Can't Dig It' Colin Stetson Stream Godspeed

    Hear Amen Dunes Team With Godspeed, Bon Iver Players

    Shambolic psych-rock doesn't come much more tasty and unbound then "I Can't Dig It" by Amen Dunes. For this cut from the New York crew's May 13 Sacred Bones album, Love, boss man Damon McMahon press-ganged bari-sax buster Colin Stetson (Bon Iver) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor guitar-god Efrim Menuck, which goes a long way to explaining the echo-y excellence of what you'll hear below. It's dirty. It's pretty. And turns out we can dig it just fine. Hope you do too. Tour dates beneath the song.Amen Dunes tour dates:April 16 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern w/ Thee Silver Mt. Zion OrchestraApril 17 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Thee Silver Mt.

  • Neil Young A Letter Home Covers Album Jack White

    Neil Young Covers Bruce, Willie on 'A Letter Home'

    Neil Young's covers album A Letter to Home is out now on Jack White's Third Man Records. The surprise release comes with the long-awaited track list (and a $20 price tag for vinyl), which includes everything from Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown" to Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" to the Everly Brothers' "I Wonder if I Care as Much." As previously reported, the 10-song set was recorded at White's Nashville HQ, in Third Man's '40s-era Voice-O-Graph booth.As Young described the thing to SPIN last month, "[It's] a phone booth. It's all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl ... It's a funky old machine, it sounds like Jimmy Rogers or something." While rumors initially circulated that he and White were doing an entire album of duets, it soon became clear that the latter is only explicitly appearing on two songs.

  • OutKast Coachella Setlist Songs Live Reunion

    OutKast's Next Coachella Set May Feature Five More Songs

    Outkast's inaugural reunion set at Coachella wasn't without its hiccups. As reported, André 3000 and Big Boi's performance was cut off before it was over, leaving a just-arrived Killer Mike with a microphone in hand, but no electricity to assist. And fans' reactions were mixed, with some wishing the duo had eschewed the middle third (broken into two solo halves, basically) in favor of cramming in more hits. The Hollywood Reporter brings good news to those critics.Big Boi spoke briefly to the trade mag at the same Levi's Haus of Strauss party that saw the debut of Odd Future offshoot DJ Billy Jole. Asked about his and Dre's return to the stage, Daddy Fat Sax responded, "It's been good. It's been fun. It's been one date so far. A lot of family and friends came out.

  • Foo Fighters New Album Butch Vig Interview

    Butch Vig: Foo Fighters' Album Almost Halfway Done

    Dave Grohl has been a little distracted from his main project of late. There was little old Grammy win for the Sirvana— erm, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, and Grohl Sound City team-up "Cut Me Some Slack." And we're not sure if you noticed, but Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about a week ago, with a little assistance from Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde. But now we've got some Foo Fighters news.Mega-producer and Garbage man Butch Vig spoke to Kerrang (via NME) and said the band's made significant progress on their eighth album: "We've been recording at some different locations, but we're almost halfway done with the recording and it's going well. It sounds different — we've thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel.

  • Miguel Santana 'Indy' Stream Corazon Religious

    Miguel and Santana Want to Know You, Biblically

    While Frank Ocean seems content to stand on the banks of the mainstream and toss great ideas at passing vessels (i.e. Beyoncé), Miguel happily dove right in following the stellar reception of his breakout album, Kaleidoscope Dream. His list of collaborators seems to grow monthly — Mariah Carey, Big Sean, Wale, J. Cole — and now he's adding a very veteran name: Carlos Santana. The legendary guitarist has gotten the old band back together for the May 6 album Corazon, and now we can hear the Miguel team-up, "Indy." The spare song is half prayer, half come-on, as the vocalist says things like, "I would like to lay ya, way up in the Himalayas," and asks the female subject if she hurt herself falling from heaven. Listen to the slow-burner below.Here's Miguel speaking on his next album:

  • RZA Wu-Tang Christ Bearer Penis Cut Comment

    RZA Calls Wu-Tang Affiliate's Penis-Severing 'Mythical'

    There's been no shortage of weird Wu-Tang news lately, and now the Clan leader is weighing in on the strangest story making the rounds. On Wednesday, we reported that Andre "Christ Bearer" Johnson, a rapper affiliated with West Coast Killa Bees and one half of the duo Northstar, cut off his own penis and jumped off of a balcony. He survived, thankfully, but the RZA-discovered artist's actions leave more questions than answers. XXL posed a few of those to RZA.The Wu god currently on Raekwon's shit-list weighed in on the incident, saying, "That shit sound mythical," before sharing his condolences and deeper thoughts:I feel sad for his family first and foremost; I know he has children. I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he been in jail recently, he's been in trouble. Maybe he's mentally unstable.

  • ANTEMASQUE EP Stream Mars Volta

    Post-Mars Volta Band Antemasque Stream First Four Songs

    The Mars Volta's newest iteration, Antemasque, are gearing up to release their full-length album on July 15, and you can pre-order the entire thing now, for $4. Really. Below you'll find four of the group's songs, all streaming in one place. Purchase the official singles "4AM," "People Forget," and "Hangin' in the Lurch" via Bandcamp, and you'll not only get bonus track "Drown All Your Witches," but the entire Antemasque album on July 1 — two weeks ahead of the official release. We previously heard a preview of that last one, but now it can be experienced in all of its (intentionally) Rodriguez-channelling might. Although you've likely got the membership memorized by now, the group consists of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López, and drummer Dave Elitch, with some guest bass-work by Flea.Get into it:

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