Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Miguel Big Sean Ashley Video Elton John Cover Album

    Miguel Scores Elton John Cover, NSFW Video for Big Sean's 'Ashley'

    Miguel is making moves to secure a huge 2014 for himself. The Los Angeles-based singer/producer is aiming to release his third album this year, and he's laying down a pretty solid, ahem, yellow-brick road ahead of that goal. Along with Beck and Jenny Lewis, he's premiering a song on the third season of HBO's Girls. There's a brand new video for his Big Sean team-up "Ashley" (above). And he's also being tapped for an Elton John cover on the reissue for, yes, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.The very NSFW clip for Sean's Hall of Fame single finds the MC on a pretty terrible adventure involving sex, drugs, violence, and duct tape.

  • Franz Ferdinand Pharrell Paloma Faith Ripoff Cant Rely

    Franz Ferdinand Boss Implies Pharrell Stole His Riffs for Paloma Faith's New Single

    Heavy is the head that wears the gigantic hat. The hit-making, Grammy-recognized mountie otherwise known as Pharrell Williams has been accused of musical thievery once again. But while it was the Marvin Gaye estate before, using a court as their venue for complaint, this incident finds Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos firing shots on Twitter. He has implied that Pharrell stole the "Take Me Out" riff for Paloma Faith's new single "Can't Rely on You."Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask... https://t.co/UInlWYxcKg— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) January 31, 2014When a fan responded, "Maybe you could buy him a new hat once he's paid up?," Kapranos wrote back, "Let's hope it's a hit, then. Again." He also tweeted, "Oh, by the way, I didn't 'accuse' anyone of anything. ;-)," but the implication is pretty clear.

  • Kid Rock SeaWorld Blackfish Alan Jackson Concert

    Kid Rock, Alan Jackson to Play SeaWorld When No One Else Will

    The acclaimed Blackfish documentary put a lot of people off from SeaWorld by holding a lens to the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity. A few of those people: Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, Pat Benetar, Heart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Barenaked Ladies, and 38 Special. Each pulled out of the aquatic park's Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series as a result. Good thing Kid Rock and country star Alan Jackson were around to pick up the slack.Yes, it's true, those two are perfectly willing to step right into the muck at SeaWorld Orlando this weekend, despite public outcry that previously resulted in online petitions and social media messaging campaigns calling out any artist associated with SeaWorld.

  • Aaron Paul Josh Wiggins Interview Hellion Jake Bugg Radiohead

    Aaron Paul and Josh Wiggins Talk Heavy Metal, Pearl Jam, and House Shows

    Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman will be with us always, but Aaron Paul has got his own life to live. In addition to being a dedicated music fan (we'll get to that), he's co-starring in Hellion, an unflashy but highly effective broken-home drama that just premiered at Sundance. Director Kat Candler casts Paul as a widower too caught up in grief to show up for his two young sons. As a result, the older brother — 15-year-old rising force Josh Wiggins — is forced to play dad when all he really wants to do is play Slayer, ride motocross, and break shit.The complexities of their relationship make the film, but it's the ease of their friendship that stands out in person. Paul and Wiggins took a break from the usual Park City movie chatter and the biting Utah cold to share a couch and talk tunes with SPIN.

  • The Megaphonic Thrift If You Shiver (Overload) Video

    The Megaphonic Thrift Are Kraut-Shred Heroes in 'If You Shiver (Overload)' Video

    The Megaphonic Thrift is a supergroup of sorts; they comprise four in-the-pocket players from Bergen, Norway's prolific music scene. Members from Stereo 21, Casiokids, and Low Frequency in Stereo come together here to grind out barely candied noise-rock that owes equally to the Krautrock experiments of the early '70s and the alt-rock explosion of the late '80s. Look no further than new song "If You Shiver (Overload)" for an example of what they're capable of: the bass growls, the guitars howl, and the drums snap, while Richard Myklebust and Linn Frøkedal lend their cool voices to warped harmonies and sticky melodies.The song hails from the band's forthcoming third album, but the video is its own beast.

  • The Mighty Hannibal Dead 74 Funk Soul James Shaw

    The Mighty Hannibal, Funk-Soul Iconoclast, Dead at 74

    The Mighty Hannibal has died. According to Norton Records founder Billy Miller, the man born James Timothy Shaw passed away on Thursday, January 30, at the age of 74. The funk-soul singer, songwriter, and producer released precious few album in his time — 1973's Truth, 1998's Who Told You That, and the 2001 Norton compilation Hannibalism — but he was influential among and beloved by his fellow musicians.His passing seems to have been quite sudden. "Very, very sad news," wrote Miller on Facebook, sharing a vintage photo of the Atlanta born, raised, and based artist wearing his signature pink turban, a blue tie, and a sharp-looking suit. "Norton Records superstar The Mighty Hannibal has passed away. We do not have the full details. He called Norton HQ this morning and was his usual upbeat self and all seemed fine. This is devastating news.

  • SXSW Film Hendrix ASAP Rocky Swedish House Mafia Movie

    SXSW Films: Andre 3000 as Hendrix, A$AP Rocky, Swedish House Mafia, More

    With a guestimate of 1,789,579 bands (give or take) attending Austin's South by Southwest in March, it's easy to forget that the event also includes an entire film festival. A tech one, too, but the movie lineup has just been announced, and Billboard has handily broken down the music-related films set to play. Many of them are U.S. or world premieres, including the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000, and documentaries on A$AP Rocky and Swedish House Mafia.All Is by My Side is John Ridley's drama about the legendary guitarist — it's gotten mixed reviews outside of the States, but in light of the OutKast excitement, it can't help but be a must-see. SVDDXNLY digs into the daily grind of a certain gold-grilled Harlem MC and his A$AP Mob, with input from Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Kathy Griffin, Jeremy Scott, Rihanna, and others.

  • Jay Z Stash Spot Empire State of Mind for Sale Apartment

    Own Jay Z's 'Empire State of Mind' Stash Spot for $870,000

    At last, a gift for the diehard Jay Z fan and/or crack-cocaine history aficionado who has it all: the very apartment where Sean Carter used to "cook." For $870,000, you can own unit 10C at 560 State Street, New York City, New York, Hov's Brooklyn "stash spot" identified by address in the smash hit "Empire State of Mind." There's an open house planned for February 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. if you're in the area (and in the market). Better still, there's a virtual tour set to stock piano music.No really. Click on that last link and marvel in the experience of listening to those hopeful keys, dramatic synths, and chill drums while coasting through Jay's old drug den like the ghost of crack-mas future. We'll wait. Anyhow, the listing is up on real estate hub Zillow, and explains how the c. 1900 townhouses "were repurposed to create a unique enclave of 39 residences ...

  • Ms. Lauryn Hill 'Final Hour' Live Video Miseducation

    Watch Ms. Lauryn Hill Rip Through 1998's 'Final Hour' Live

    Ms. Lauryn Hill has shared another visual highlight from her first post-prison show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on November 27 and it's just as striking as the last clip. In December, fans were treated to an 11-plus-minute dubbed-out performance of "Ex-Factor," the second single from her 1998 landmark record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Now we get the deeper album cut, "Final Hour," which finds her once again at the helm of her incredibly in-the-pocket band, but this time rapping rapidly over a heavy funk groove. The "working hard" refrain at the end seems particularly apropos considering this band's hustle. For upcoming dates, visit the Ms. Lauryn Hill site.

  • Yuck 'Athena' Stream Southern Skies EP

    Yuck Preview Surprise EP With Dreamy 'Athena'

    Yuck dropped one of the more excellent and underrated albums of 2013 with Glow & Behold, which also happened to be their first release after losing singer Daniel Blumberg (now Hebronix) and promoting guitarist Max Bloom to the position. The transition was surprisingly painless for the listener, and the Londoners are now celebrating their renewed chemistry with a brand new EP dubbed Southern Skies. You can hear the first taste of that four-song spring release below. "Athena" begins with a characteristically dreamy vibe — lilting rock and shoegaze warp — and eventually explodes with clanging heaviness.

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