Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Forest Swords 'The Weight of Gold' Video Engravings

    Forest Swords Visits Israel for Gorgeous 'The Weight of Gold' Video

    The music of Forest Swords is inspiring in strange ways. Last year's bewitching Engravings album seems just as apt to encourage long bouts of zonked headphone listening as convulsive solo dance sessions apt to cause injury. Thankfully, there are professionals who can handle the last bit while the rest of us get stoned and stare. Above you'll find the stunning video for "The Weight of Gold," a dubbed out beat excursion that here scores the engrossing moves of dancer Billy Barry as he moves through a series of remarkable landscapes in Israel.

  • Usher Stepson Death Verdict Homicide Jet Ski

    Man Charged for Homicide of Usher's Stepson

    Jeffrey Hubbard will be held responsible for the death of Kile Glover, the stepson of musician Usher Raymond IV. Tragedy struck the family in July of 2012 when the 11-year-old boy, son of the artist's ex-wife Tameka Foster, was hit by a jet ski while being towed behind a boat in an inner-tube on Georgia's Lake Lanier. TMZ reports Hubbard has been convicted of five counts, including homicide by vessel, reckless operation, and unlawful operation of a personal watercraft.Usher was not present at the time of the incident — Kile was vacationing with his father Ryan Glover when Hubbard hit him. The boy was hospitalized immediately following the accident, but quickly declared brain dead and removed from life support on July 21.Just over a year later, Usher's 5-year-old son Usher V was hospitalized after his arm got stuck in a swimming-pool drain, trapping him underwater.

  • Katy Perry Juicy J 'Dark Horse' Video Prism Egyptian

    Katy Perry Is a Man-Zapping Cleopatra in Superpowered 'Dark Horse' Video

    Katy Perry borrowed Cleopatra's look for her performance at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night, and now we know why: The official video for her trap-minded Juicy J team-up "Dark Horse" takes place in "Memphis, Egypt, a crazy long time ago." So says the title card at the start of the colorful new clip, but the theme is more than apparent in the elaborate stagecraft and costume, the dancing cat gods and the weird genie dudes, and also that gigantic CG pyramid that our heroine climbs toward the end. As for narrative, Perry plays a living goddess who's brought various fineries by would-be suitors — diamonds, gold, Hot Cheetos... you get the idea."Dark Horse," which hails from Prism, no doubt looks to extend its four-week run on the top of the Hot 100.

  • Chris Brown Bodyguard Washington DC Hotel Assault

    Chris Brown and Scary Bodyguard Sued for $3 Million

    It's pretty much a full-time job being Chris Brown, defendant. A week ago in Los Angeles, a man sued the R&B star for allegedly beating him up over a basketball foul. That news came shortly after a judge ruled Brown could continue his live-in anger rehab stint instead of going to jail because, according to the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, "he continues to pose an increasingly violent danger to society." Now he and his bodyguard are being sued for $3 million.Today's legal action stems from an event that Brown rubberneckers should be familiar with by now. The singer and his hulking bodyguard Christopher Hollosy stand accused of beating up a male fan outside of the W Hotel in downtown Washington D.C. last October. The details of the event are hazy but alternately have involved Parker Isaac Adams, the plaintiff, either photo-bombing Brown, or trying to get onto the tour bus.

  • Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Black Keys Dan Auerbach

    Lana Del Rey Teams With Black Keys' Dan Auerbach for 'Ultraviolence' Album

    Lana Del Rey has all-but confirmed that Black Keys man Dan Auerbach is producing her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence. On Thursday, she tweeted a photo of herself sitting on the singer/guitarist's lap, along with the words, "Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence." He picked up a Producer of the Year Grammy in 2013, and has manned the boards for not only his own band, but Dr. John, Hacienda, Hanni El Khatib, Grace Potter, and others.News of the new album originally came at the screening of Del Rey's December short film, Tropico. Little else is known about the LP yet, except that it's expected to arrive in May. Her recently leaked song "Behind Closed Doors" and the "Once Upon a Dream" cover for Disney's Maleficent are not expected to be included. Also, Lana has yet to respond to Jerry James and Ariel Pink's attemps to bed her down.

  • Jon Stewart City Gardens Bartender New Jersey X

    Jon Stewart Was Literally Left Holding the Gun at an X Gig

    America's most trusted newsman spent four years tending bar at one of the grungiest and most inspired punk clubs in the nation, and now he's talking about it. In an interview with Vulture, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart fondly recalls some of his grittier memories from his stint (1984 to 1987) serving booze at Trenton, New Jersey's City Gardens, a revered shithole that played host to the Ramones and Nirvana, and which will soon be immortalized in a book and a film.It's hard to pick the single greatest anecdote from the conversation, but the time he wound up holding someone else's gun during a brawl at an X show is a strong contender: "There was an off-duty cop there [and] there was a bit of a disagreement between this gentleman and two other people who felt that his face should be hit by their fists.

  • Jezabels 'Psychotherapy' (Aaron Harris Remix) Stream

    Palms' Aaron Harris Remixes the Jezabels 'Psychotherapy'

    Sydney quartet the Jezabels specialize in a richly textured sort of rock/pop that blurs the lines between acoustic and electronic, atmospheric and active. Lead singer Hayley Mary is a force unto herself, with a warm voice that sails across the songs on The Brink, the group's new album. And now a song from that set, the lush "Psychotherapy," gets a remix from an unlikely source — Aaron Harris, best known as the drummer for Isis and Palms, but also a part-time producer and touring engineer for a handful of bands, including the Jezabels.

  • 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.

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