Chris Martins



  • Mikky Ekko 'Smile' Stream Time Album

    Stream Mikky Ekko's Gleaming Soul-Pop 'Smile'

    "Smile, the worst is yet to come," coos Nashville pop/soul man Mikky Ekko on his brand new song, "Smile." The SPIN Best New Artist alum is at last gearing up to release his debut album, Time, via RCA Records, this fall, and we're hoping it'll include the Clams Casino collaboration that put him on our map, "Pull Me Down." Of course, it was his stellar voice-and-piano turn on Rihanna's "Stay" that positioned him square on top of the globe. And now, Ekko's got a lot to look forward to, even if his latest offering features such a foreboding line.And to be fair, "Smile" is very bright sounding — a sunny song that about living in the moment that, musically, expands ever outward while marching forward to a stomp-along beat.

  • Flying Lotus You're Dead Video Trailer Snoop Dogg Shintaro Kago

    Hear Snoop Rap in Flying Lotus' Gory/Glorious Album Trailer

    As we learned earlier this week, Flying Lotus' October 7 album You're Dead! not only features the eye-boggling artwork of Japanese artist Shintaro Kago, but musical contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, and Niki Randa. Also: the Los Angeles electronica guru's Captain Murphy rap alias will make a couple of appearances as well. We've got the full track list below, and snippets of the music above.Warning: the Kago-powered video above is decidely NSFW and not for the easily queasy either, or those prone to seizures. The gory but gorgeous imagery seen on FlyLo's Tumblr (there's a tarot-style card for each of the 19 songs) comes to life and flies by in a hail of blood, guts, nude bodies, creative vivisections, and wild colors.

  • Violent Soho 'Saramona Said' Video Hungry Ghost

    Violent Soho Incite a Flash Mob in 'Saramona Said' Video

    Australia's Violent Soho released their third album abroad last year, but the grungified gem that is Hungry Ghost is only just now coming to the states. The quartet recenlty shared their shredded, Smashing Pumpkins-channelling "In the Aisle" over at the A.V. Club (along with a nude bicycle ride), and now we've got the impressive video for "Saramona Said." Seen above, the clip employs not only a single camera, but a single shot, following a car-load of Brisbane-area youth as they pick up friends, brake for beer-bongs, and eventually join a pack of their peers who are all running in the same direction. The suburb where Violent Soho filmed "Saramona Said" is Mansfield — the very same in which they grew up. "Let's start a fire," Luke Boerdam sings over all of that Pixies-like punk-pop, and one gets the feeling he's done just that not far from the streets that the camera captures.

  • Flying Lotus Youre Dead Kendrick Lamar Herbie Hancock

    Flying Lotus Album to Feature Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg

    UPDATE: Flying Lotus has shared the art for additional songs includes one called "Dead Man's Tetris" featuring Snoop Dogg and Lotus' own rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy, and another dubbed "Siren Song" featuring former Dirty Projectors vocalist and solo artist Angel Deradoorian. See below.Flying Lotus' October album will feature Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, and others yet to be revealed. The Los Angeles electronica guru has been releasing the track list for You're Dead via individual Instagram posts coming roughly every hour today (Monday, August 11).

  • Robin Williams Dead 63 Suicide Death Actor Comedian

    Robin Williams, 63, Dead by Apparent Suicide

    Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63. The celebrated actor and comedian passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 11 — the Los Angeles Times reports the Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed a 911 call had be received at 11:55 a.m. PT regarding an unresponsive man found in his Tiburon, California home. That man was indeed Williams, and there is speculation, partly fueled by an official statement on the matter, that the cause of death is suicide. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," read said statement from a representative of the performer. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.

  • The Lumineers Walking Dead Stream Visions of China Songs Survival

    Hear Lumineers' Haunting 'Walking Dead' Song, 'Visions of China'

    Perhaps the one thing more terrifying (for us, at least) than a world full of zombies is a world without music. Thankfully the people behind AMC's The Walking Dead refuse to subject us to that torture, and maintain their commitment to solid music placements in the series and beyond. The Complete Fourth Season is available for pre-order now and it comes with a bonus disc dubbed Songs of Survival, Vol. 2. Thanks to Idolator, we've heard Colbie Caillat's "The Way I Was," and now we're proud to premiere a haunting number by the Lumineers, "Visions of China." Heard below, the track is hardly the heys-and-hos stuff of breakthrough singles. Instead, it's a meditative piece that recalls Radiohead's OK Computer to some degree, perhaps channeled through Fleet Foxes folksier paradigm.

  • Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Video Album Track List Tattoo

    Foo Fighters Announce 'Sonic Highways' Album Details, Share New Music

    Foo Fighters have shared the details on their upcoming (multi-)studio album. It will share its name with Dave Grohl's forthcoming HBO series: Sonic Highways. A new press release promises, however, that this is "not a soundtrack album by any stretch." As previously reported, the eight songs set to feature on the album correspond with the eight cities visited by the Foos in the process of making their show, which highlights iconic U.S. studios and historic music scenes.Sonic Highways, the album, will see a worldwide release on Monday, November 10, and is available for pre-order in CD and vinyl form now. The wax version will arrive on 180-gram vinyl and feature eight alternate covers themed for the different cities — Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

  • Kiesza Nirvana 'Heart-Shaped Box' Cover Video Live

    See Stripped-Down Kiesza Stun With Nirvana 'Heart-Shaped Box' Cover

    House-pop singer Kiesza has got a hit song on her hands in "Hideaway," but she's not afraid to venture far afield to expose unlikely audiences to her art. For instance, her recent Late Show With David Letterman performance, the rising Canadian star danced her way out on the streets of New york City. Now, as Idolator notes, she travels back to the '90s to cover Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box." While the video you see above may not be the wild re-imagining that Kawehi's synth-and-loops version was, her acoustic version is enchanting in its own way. Recording for NME, she finger-picks her way through the 1993 classic while her striking voice does its acrobatic thing overtop. Watch the video for Nirvana's original below, and the impressive "Hideaway" clip beneath that.

  • Alt-J 'Left Hand Free' Video Quad Racing Dog Fighting

    Alt-J Capture Quad Races and Cliff Dives in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    Funny thing about Alt-J's "Left Hand Free," which is hardly the art-rock outfit's typical fare: They recorded the almost Black Keys-y single as a shrugged-off fuck-you/appeasement to their U.S. label, Atlantic. As singer joe Newman told Guardian, "I say, 'Gee whizz,' which I'm not sure is a phrase I've ever uttered before. I can imagine it appealing to American truckers with 'Good Riddance To Bin Laden' stickers." Now that odd but effective song has a highly appropriate video. Seen above, the Ryan Staake-directed clip features cattle, trucks, beer, tubing, dogs, fireworks, quads, tattoos, pool, bad haircuts, and hot rods — just an apple pie short of a full American deck. But as Stereogum points out, the footage is beautifully shot, and the moments captured are evocative.

  • Drake Lil Wayne Tour Game App Street Fighter

    Get the 'Street Fighter'-Style Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour App

    The Drake and Lil Wayne tour begins Friday night in New York with a little help from a very unlikely sponsor: Capcom, the video game house best known creating the Mega Man and Street Fighter franchises. As Billboard reveals, the company is also getting involved in unexpected ways. In the Apple and Google app stores, you'll find the DvsLW app which isn't much use yet, but will be put into play during the "rap battle" portion of the evening.Using a classic "button mash" approach, fans can send power-ups to their preferred MC of the evening. According to the App Store description, those bumps will travel "from your phone to the on-stage screens, boosting either Drake or Lil Wayne's meter." We're not sure how that will actually affect the fellas themselves — perhaps they'll keep an eye on their power bars and save their power bar (get it?) for when they're really fired up.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
Now Playing
  • 1 Brandy Zdan — More of a Man " 03:33
  • 2 Tiësto & KSHMR — Secrets " 04:28
  • 3 Mercies — Every Echo " 00:00
  • 4 Jimmy Whispers — Heart Don't Know " 02:32
  • 5 GRiZ — For The Love " 04:41
  • 6 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard — God Is in the Rhythm " 03:46
  • 7 FlatbushZOMBiES — Did U Ever Think feat. Joey BadA$$ & Issa Gold " 05:02

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA