Chris Martins

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  • Sundance Score Dock Ellis Ad-Rock Ben Gibbarg Laggies

    Ad-Rock and Ben Gibbard Score Sundance Films About LSD and Growing Up

    The annual Sundance Film Festival returns to Park City, Utah, on January 16 bringing with it plenty of highlights for music fans, from Memphis starring Willis Earl Beal, to the fictionalized Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. But now, some unexpected news: Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard scores a new film called Laggies, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz scores another dubbed No No: A Dockumentary.The former is directed by Lynn Shelton (Humpday, The New Girl) and will star Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, and Chloë Grace Moretz, among others. The Sundance film guide describes the feature as "a coming-of-age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence." Meanwhile the Beastie Boys co-founder will take on the legendary tale of Dock Ellis, the MLB pitcher who threw a no-hitter while on acid.Both soundmen have scored films before, as Indiewire points out.

  • Future Maison Margiela Video Honest Fashion

    Future Flies the Friendly Skies in 'Maison Margiela' Video

    In his recent interview with SPIN, rapper/singer Future spoke on his love for outer space. He again takes to the skies in his new video for "Maison Margiela," though this time he stays within the atmosphere (physically speaking, at least). Seen above, the Atlanta Auto-Tune guru rhymes about Rosetta Stones and cashmere sweaters from inside of a private jet, then visits the hangar to blow smoke with buddies. It's not as showy as the clip for the man's Miley Cyrus team-up, "Real and True," but Future has enough inherent glitz that the sheen isn't missed. DJ Spinz and Metro Boomin produce. No word yet as to whether or not this one will land on the long-anticipated Honest LP.

  • Music Documentaries Netflix Best Streaming Movies

    The 15 Best Music Documentaries Streaming on Netflix Now

    Whether it's a snow day where you are, or simply the waning holidaze keeping you indoors, we've got enough Netflix-streaming music documentaries below to program a 24-hour festival (and change). With the Oscars approaching, and Sundance set to unleash a new slate of films later this month, it's a fine time to look back anyhow.

  • Def Leppard One Direction Midnight Memories Sugar Lawsuit

    Def Leppard Won't Sue One Direction So Stop Asking Already

    It's no secret that the titular single from One Direction's platinum-selling Midnight Memories album strongly evokes Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Our own reviewer wrote of the LP, "Maybe Louis Tomlinson — whose name dominates the credits — has a hair-metal playlist in which Def Leppard dominates." And when "Midnight Memories" came out, British tabloid Mirror UK started a rumor that the English rock giants were suing their boyish countrymen.That wasn't true then, and it's not true now. TMZ spotted drummer Rick Allen doing a little New Year's shopping and asked the one-armed skinsman about the trumped-up drama. "I see the similarity," he said cheerily, "but those three chords have been used for decades. It's not new. And if anything, we felt as if it's a huge compliment.

  • Kinks Reunion Ray Davies Book Uncut Interview

    Ray Davies Says Kinks Reunion Is 'As Close as It's Ever Been'

    Ray Davies says a proper Kinks reunion is "as close as it's ever been to happening." The frontman, co-founder, and songwriter of the iconic British Invasion band teases the possibility in the latest issue of Uncut alongside the group's remaining original members: brother and guitarist Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory, who the magazine says are "mainly positive" about coming back together. Bassist Pete Quaife passed away in 2010. The Kinks last played for the public in 1996.It's worth noting that Ray released his second autobiography, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road, in October. But his brother Dave — who had a new solo album, I Will Be Me, in 2013 — is, well, mainly positive.

  • Clay Aiken Congress Office Political American Idol NC

    Clay Aiken Reportedly Wants to Run for Congress

    Clay Aiken is "actively considering" running for office in 2014. According to The Washington Blade, the American Idol favorite is looking at North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, eying the historically Democratic seat currently held by Republican representative Renee Ellmers. Of course, we already know the man can get votes — he was a close runner-up in Idol's second season in 2003. As long a Ruben Studdard doesn't enter the race, he may have a shot at this thing.Aiken, 35, is a Raleigh native, a father to a five-year-old son, a many-times-platinum singer, a tireless advocate for many charities, and — not for nothing — an openly gay Southern Baptist. In 2006, George W. Bush appointed him to the Presidential Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities. He's also traveled to Afghanistan, Africa, and Mexico as a UNICEF National Ambassador.

  • Rick Ross LMFAO Lawsuit Party Rock Anthem Hustlin

    Rick Ross Sues LMFAO for Shufflin' Over His Hustlin'

    As noted earlier today, Rick Ross' legal horizon is looking a bit brighter in 2014. A judge only just ruled that the Maybach Music Group bawse can continue to rap about fake cocaine sales using a real drug dealer's name (that'd be the infamous "Freeway" Ricky Ross).

  • Warner Music Group Class Action Settlement Royalties Digital

    Warner Music Close to Settling With Artists Over Digital Royalties Dispute

    Warner Music Group has submitted a settlement offer of $11.5 million in a class action lawsuit filed by its own artists having to do with payment for downloaded music and ringtones. There will now be a hearing on January 23 to determine whether or not the offer is satisfactory. If the deal is accepted, it will merely be a stopgap in the greater issue of how to handle artist payouts for digital audio.Filed on February 2, 2012 by named plaintiffs Kathy Sledge-Lightfoot of Sister Sledge, "Dream Weaver" writer Gary Wright ("Dream Weaver"), and singer/actress Ronee Blakely, the suit alleged the label improperly paid its roster royalty rates instead of licensing rates for music distributed via digital outlets. Royalty rates are worth 6 to 20 percent, and based on physical sales models.

  • Maynard James Keenan Denzel Washington

    Maynard James Keenan Calls Denzel Washington His 'Comfort Blanket'

    Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Puscifer, leader of A Perfect Circle, big boss man at Tool, winemaker at Merkin Vinyards, has now been revealed as Denzel Washington's biggest fan. The A.V. Club asked the man to dream up a lineup for his very own hypothetical 24-hour film festival, and after sharing deep knowledge on such arty classics as Blue Velvet and Gummo, he closed with an unexpected 4 a.m. feature: "Anything With The Denzel."Asked to explain his love for the Two Guns star, Keenan couldn't: "I guess I'm a product of American living. Germans love David Hasselhoff and I just love the Denzel Washington. I can't explain it. It's that guilty pleasure. It's almost like when you're a kid and you have your blanket. He's my comfort blanket ...

  • Beyonce Billboard Charts Album Eminem One Direction

    Beyonce Continues Album Chart Reign With Third No. 1 Week

    First! Beyoncé's Beyoncé will be, once again, No. 1. And in selling an additional 310,000 copies on its third week, that essential eponymous album handily smashes through the platinum mark, notching 1.3 million in 17 days in the United States alone. Furthermore, this is the first full-length since Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience to rack up three weeks at the top, and the first by a woman to do so since Taylor Swift's Red. What's more, the last time any album sold more than 300K in each of its debut three weeks was in 2009 — Susan Boyle's record-smashing I Dreamed a Dream. Stay tuned to find out how many Target higher-ups are getting the ax for refusing to sell Beyoncé.2 to 10: Virtually zero new releases came out last week, so it's repeats across the board (throughout the entire top 50, in fact).

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