Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Beatles Ed Sullivan Anniversary Salute Concert Lineup Grammy

    Beatles Tribute Taps Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, John Legend, and More

    On February 9, CBS will air The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, but the event is already in the bag. On Monday night, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and a host of guest performers gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center — next door to Staples Center, where the Fab Two played for the 56th Annual Grammys the night before — to play the hits and reminisce in honor of the 50th anniversary of the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.As the Associated Press reports, viewers at home can look forward to highlights including John Legend and Alicia Keys doing "Let It Be," Katy Perry covering "Yesterday," John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming for "Don't Let Me Down," and Brad Paisley playing "Here Comes the Sun" with — who else? — Pharrell Williams.

  • Vampire Weekend Trent Reznor Grammys Mad Nine Inch Nails

    Vampire Weekend Thought They Incurred the Wrath of Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor made a lot of Grammy haters and Nine Inch Nails fans happy when he tweeted out "a heartfelt FUCK YOU guys" after the show cut short his band's incredible live team-up with Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham. But, to be fair, the man didn't specify his beef when he renamed the awards spectacle "Music's biggest night... to be disrespected."Earlier in the night, NIN's Hesitation Marks lost the Best Alternative Album trophy to Modern Vampires of the City by SPIN's Band of the Year, Vampire Weekend. And the thought at least occurred to drummer Chris Tomson that Reznor's ire might have been directed at that particular snub.

  • Pete Seeger Communist House Unamerican Activities Testimony

    Pete Seeger Was a Boss During His House Un-American Activities Inquisition

    Folk lion Pete Seeger passed away on Monday at the age of 94. President Barack Obama has honored his legacy with a touching statement, calling him "America's tuning fork," and an artist who "used his voice — and his hammer — to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation." But there was a time when the United States government wasn't a fan of Seeger's voice on the grounds that his hammer appeared to be paired with a certain sickle.On August 18, 1955, the musician was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was then committed to stamping out the Communist cause on American soil. Following in the footsteps of the Hollywood Ten, however, when asked about his history with the party and their events, he refused not only to name names, but to invoke the Fifth Amendment as his defense.

  • Lorde Disclosure Brit Awards Performance Collaboration

    Lorde and Disclosure Will Team for BRIT Awards Performance

    Disclosure and Lorde will perform together at the BRIT Awards, scheduled for February 19 at London's O2 Arena (to be broadcast on ITV). The collaboration was all-but confirmed on Monday when the U.K. ceremony's Twitter profile posted a photo of the Grammy-dominating young star doctored in a style that'll be familiar to fans of the British garage-house duo (see also: Mary J. Blige, AlunaGeorge). Now, it's been confirmed. Pharrell was also recently added to the bill.We recently ran the full list of nominees, but here are the highlights: Disclosure are tied with alt-rock crew Bastille for the most nominations with four. Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, and Ellie Goulding all received multiple nominations. Also, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars are up for international awards. And all of the aforementioned are scheduled to perform.

  • Lolawolf EP Stream Zoe Kravitz Drive Reputante

    Zoe Kravitz's Lolawolf Band Streams Darkly Pop, Electro-R&B EP

    Lolawolf's debut EP begins with a, um, bang: "Would you take me to the west side? / Would that be alright?" Zoë Kravitz coos on "Drive (Los Angeles)" before finishing the couplet: "I could stare out your window / And fuck you tonight." But there's something in the dead-eyed delivery that separates this from a standard come-on. In a dryly comic turn, the singer/model/actress (Californication, X-Men: First Class, After Earth) reveals that she doesn't own a car, while the track blooms with billowy synths and gorgeous vocals.A song later, on the surging and sprightly "What Love Is," she blithely asks about that titular quandry, and then coquettishly adds, "I really hope that it's not you." Backed by Reputante members, James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoulos, Kravitz unspools five tracks of electro-tinged alt-R&B.

  • Tiesto 'Red Lights' Stream Fred Falke Remix 2014 Album

    Fred Falke Cakes Tiesto's Blissful 'Red Lights' in House Grit

    Tiësto is full of surprises these days. First, the Dutch EDM icon shows up as the secret guest on a rave cruise headlined by hard-hitting producers Skrillex and Diplo (Holy Ship!!!, of course), and now he offers up this remix of his new "Red Lights" single by French house DJ Fred Falke, a man who's worked over songs by Grizzly Bear, U2, La Roux, Lykke Li, and Elton John to name a few.Each is a bliss-merchant in his own way, but while Tiësto's original derives rapturous results from candy-coated choruses, big builds, and glistening beats, Falke's takes a grittier approach, cutting those chiming keys with dark fuzz and downplaying the drop in favor of a constant thump. "Fred's added a very summery, Balearic vibe to 'Red Lights' and I think it's beautiful," Tiësto told SPIN.

  • N.A.S.A. Karen O Bob Marley I Shot the Sheriff Cover Stream

    N.A.S.A. and Karen O Drop Disco Cover of Bob Marley's 'I Shot the Sheriff'

    It's been awhile since we're heard from N.A.S.A., but there are worse ways to stage a comeback than with a dub-disco version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" sung by Yeah Yeah Yeahs leader Karen O. The new collaboration helmed by Sam Spiegel debuted in a Sonos ad on a Grammys commercial break Sunday night (see the clip below), so it's unclear whether or not the arrival hails the coming of a proper sequel to 2009's The Spirit of Apollo to which Ms. O contributed alongside a rogue's gallery of music-makers including David Byrne, Lykke Li, Kanye West, M.I.A., RZA, Ghostface Killah, Santigold, Chuck D, George Clinton, and so many others. That said, December also brought a new N.A.S.A. song — "Hide," featuring Aynzli Jones.

  • Sundance 2014 Winners List Whiplash Nick Cave Belle Sebastian

    Nick Cave, Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Win Sundance Prizes

    The winners of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and music reigns supreme.The top dramatic film is Whiplash — that "bebop Black Swan," starring J. K. Simmons as a maniacal drum teacher, nabbing both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic race. Meanwhile, Nick Cave's reality-blurring 20,000 Days on Earth is the only other feature to nab two awards (lower profile though they may be): one for directing, and one for editing in the World Cinema Documentary category.What's more, the musical written and directed by Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch has nabbed the honor with the longest title on the list, which has got to count for something.

  • Todd Terje 'It's Album Time' Bryan Ferry Cover Track List

    Todd Terje Teams With Bryan Ferry for 'It's Album Time' Debut

    Norwegian summer-jam genius Todd Terje will release his debut album on April 8. Perfectly, the 12-song platter will be called It's Album Time. Unexpectedly, Roxy Music man Bryan Ferry will guest on a song called "Johnny and Mary." Below the official video for album closer "Inspector Norse," you'll find the track list and cover art. The latter comes courtesy of Bendik Kaltenborn, the in-house illustrator for Terje's Olsen Records, and features a version of the mustachioed disco-dropper in a leisure suit, leaning over a piano with an array of tropical cocktails at his disposal. Late last year we heard new tunes "Spiral" and "Q," but neither will reappear here. For more Terje, check out some of SPIN's Best Dance Tracks of 2013, and his ever-excellent June gift "Strandbar."It's Album Time track list:1. "Intro (It's Album Time)"2. "Leisure Suit Preben"3. "Preben Goes to Acapulco"4.

  • Grammys Backstage Imagine Dragons Queen Latifah Paul McCartney

    Backstage at the Grammys With Paul McCartney, Queen Latifah, Imagine Dragons, and More

    Darius Rucker is talking over Beyoncé. The queen is straddling her throne, grinding her surfbort on a pair of televisions to his right and left, but no one in the 2014 Grammys pressroom can appreciate this moment, because Hootie won't shut his smug craw. He won a country statue for "Wagon Wheel," a song sketched by Bob Dylan, made famous by Old Crow Medicine Show, and recorded by Rucker after he happened to stumble across it via a performance at his daughter's high school talent show."Now I've got a Grammy," shrugs the Blowfish. "It's pretty awesome."We only wanna be with Bey.

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