Chris Martins

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  • Alsarah & The Nubatones 'Soukura' EP Stream Remix

    Stream Alsarah & the Nubatones' Vibrant 'Soukura' EP

    Sudanese-born, Yemen-raised, Brooklyn-based Alsarah has been dubbed "the new star of Nubian pop" and one listen to her forthcoming Soukura EP more than justifies the designation. The singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist has a knack for creating songs that are the result of both study and experience, which encompass ancient ideas and brand-new sounds, that feel effortless although they require a great deal of skill to make. Her February 25 short-player not only captures the sound of Alsarah's incredible band, the Nubatones, it includes remixes from others in the Wonderwheel Recordings stable: African house artist Boddhi Satva, dub dude the Spy From Cairo, and Giant Step producer/DJ Nickodemus.

  • Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Skrillex, Jack White

    Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Skrillex, Jack White, Frank Ocean

    Bonnaroo will return to Manchester, Tennessee, on Thursday, June 12, and run through Sunday, June 15. That's four days to fill, but organizers apparently had no trouble stacking the lineup with impressive talent. The top line includes Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, the Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Kaskade, Damon Albarn, and Neutral Milk Hotel.There will also be a SuperJam starring "Skrillex & Friends" (hopefully he leaves Korn's Jonathan Davis at home) — previous hosts have included ?uestlove (remember D'Angelo's surprise stateside return?), members of the Black Keys, and the RZA.

  • Conor Oberst Rape Defamation Lawsuit Joanie Faircloth

    Conor Oberst Sues Woman Who Claims He Raped Her

    This year got off to a very sobering start for Conor Oberst. In January he was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl by an anonymous netizen who said she'd kept the information secret for years. Now, the Bright Eyes founder is taking legal action to protect his name, suing a woman named Joanie Faircloth for defamation to the tune of more than a million dollars, says TMZ.In the comments section of an XOJane article, Faircloth had claimed Oberst assaulted her a decade ago after a North Carolina concert. She'd said his older brother was her English teacher and that he'd introduced her to one of her favorite musicians as a 16th birthday gift. But according to her, Oberst came onto her backstage and forced himself on her after she turned him down."Conor took a lot from me including my virginity, my dignity, and self-esteem," Faircloth wrote.

  • Bonnaroo 2014 Video Flaming Lips Ben Folds Announcement

    Watch Bonnaroo's Performance-Packed 2014 Lineup Video

    It's time once again for the Bonnaroo Line-Up Announcement Megathon, a.k.a. B.L.A.M. The annual broadcast has begun on the Tennessee festival's homepage (watch it here), and features performance footage from the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and plenty of others due at some point to take on the famed SuperJam mega-band configuration. The pre-show portion runs from 7:00 tp 9:00 p.m. EST, and the main event continues on until 9:30. Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam and SPIN pal Hannibal Buress are co-hosting the stream, which will eventually devolve into a scrolling list of musicians' names, which is what we're all waiting for, of course.Watch on Bonnaroo.com, or via the festival's app on Xbox if you've got one. The beloved annual event's 2014 iteration runs from June 12 through June 15.

  • Actress 'Miami Retirement Condo' Stream Download Free

    Actress Offers 'Miami Retirement Condo' as Free 'Ghettoville' B-Side

    Actress' new Ghettoville album is, as Philip Sherburne put it, a spectacularly icy riot of grouchy, grimy outsider dance music. It also may very well turn out to be Darren Cunningham's final album under the alias, so we're thankful for all of the extras we can get. Following up the sensuality-warping "Rap" stream and his eerie black-label single "Grey Over Blue," the London producer now shares an unreleased cut called "Miami Retirement Condo." The moody and minimal track weaves through a strange soundscape of broken beats, disembodied voices, and snaking synths. Download the song for free via Sendspace, or stream it below.

  • The Wytches 'Gravedweller' Video Download Free

    The Wytches Aren't Scared of the Dark in 'Gravedweller' Video

    A week ago the Wytches took us by storm with "Wire Frame Mattress," a heavy-meets-catchy collision of Black Sabbath sonics, Jack White weirdness, and Dick Dale wilding. They've followed that up with a brand new video for "Gravedweller," another surf-sludge win that finds Kristian Bell wailing about darkness and death while bassist Dan Rumsey, and drummer Gianni Honey do their thing. The Hoodbats-directed clip is public access television meets Blair Witch Project. Download "Gravedweller" and two B-sides for free using the widget below. Expect an album on Partisan in May.

  • Warner Music Group Shazam Label Spy Sign Artists

    Warner Music Will Use Shazam to Spy on Us Now

    Shazam will no longer be the friendly little helper app we've all come to rely upon in moments of face-palming forgetfulness or new-music discovery. It will still identify songs in the same manner that it always has, but thanks to a new partnership with Warner Music Group, the program will be studying our interest and habits in order to figure out which emerging artists it should sign. Yes, the world's first robotic record label has been born.Warner is launching a Shazam-branded label "that will identify unsigned artists by combining traditional A&R with the music ID app's massive fan activity data." And of course, "The partnership will also market existing WMG artists." That last part has already begun — Chromeo's video for "Come Alive" and Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz" single were premiered/unlocked using Shazam.

  • Arctic Monkeys Brit Awards 2014 Acceptance Speech

    See Alex Turner's Mic-Dropping Album of the Year Acceptance Speech at the 2014 BRIT Awards

    Arctic Monkeys picked up their fourth Best British Group and third Best British Album at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday, and singer Alex Turner marked the occasion with a memorable speech and a bona fide mic drop. After picking up the night's biggest honor for their September set AM, the 28-year-old SPIN Interview subject waxed poetic on one of his known favorite subjects:"That rock'n'roll, ay? That rock'n'roll, it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands that it acquiesce to some of its rules. But it's always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock'n'roll, it seems like it's faded away sometimes, but it will never die.

  • Oscars Bette Midler Performance Academy Awards 2014

    Bette Midler Booked for Debut Oscars Performance

    Bette Midler will make her Academy Awards performance debut on Sunday, March 2, at the 86th annual Oscars. Though she's been twice nominated for Best Actress over the years, she's yet to take the stage. Her most recent work placed her in the lead role of Broadway's I'll Eat You Last, about late Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers."We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time," Academy Award producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Jel 'Breathe' Video Late Pass Anticon

    Jel DJs With Fire (Literally) in 'Breathe' Video

    Anticon beatsmith and MPC king Jel dropped Late Pass last year — a mostly instrumental opus that highlighted the Chicago-bred, Bay Area-based producer's remarkable knack for crafting richly textured head-bobbers that connect boom-bap's noisy past to the deep grooves of dub and the melodic might of psych. We shared the titular track back then, but now there's a video for "Breathe" to consider. "Don't get too comfortable," warns Jeffery "Jel" Logan, but the music has a hypnotic effect nonetheless. Meanwhile, the playful video clip follows the delinquent activities of three characters in animal masks armed with unusual weapons and a keen sense of rhythm.

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