Chris Martins

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  • Oscars Frozen Idina Menzel Let It Go Performance Queen Elsa

    Queen Elsa Herself Booked to Perform 'Let It Go' at the Oscars

    In Frozen, Snow Queen Elsa is pressured into suppressing her powers, but on March 2, the actress who voices her will at last get to demonstrate the might of her pipes in person. Idina Menzel will perform the Disney film's Oscar-nominated song at the 86th Academy Awards, to be broadcast live on ABC. While she sings "Let It Go" in the animated feature, Demi Lovato recorded the single version that's helped propel the soundtrack to the top of the Billboard charts.The powerhouse track written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez is up against some stiff competition in the Best Original Song category. Pharrell's Despicable Me 2 cut "Happy" is in the running — the hatted wonder will also be performing at the main event.

  • Kan Wakan 'Forever Found' Video Moving On

    Kan Wakan Score Urban Cowgirl's Adventure in 'Forever Found' Video

    Kan Wakan combine deep soul, dramatic folk, and orchestral pop for a noir-kissed sound that could re-score a vintage James Bond flick with ease and grace. At the heart of the Los Angeles band are Bulgarian-born composer Gueorgui I. Linev, bona fide chanteuse Kristianne Bautista, and ace guitarist/producer Peter Potyondy, and above you can hear their combined might."Forever Found" swoons and saunters magnificently thanks to a fleshed-out studio band and the addition of the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra as conducted by Linev's uncle, Bulgarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra music director/conductor Stefan Linev. Meanwhile, a beautifully shot video follows an urban cowgirl through her strange and beautiful day.Kan Wakan will release their full-length debut, Moving On, April 29 via Verve.

  • Vic Mensa Disclosure When a Fire Starts to Burn Freestyle

    Vic Mensa Raps Laps Around Disclosure's 'When a Fire Starts to Burn'

    Alongside Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa was one of the early gifts from Chicago's SAVEMONEY crew — another lithe-tongued MC with a knack for sing-song and a colorful imagination. His free Innanetape set built on the promise of fizzy early shares like "Orange Soda" and now the man is tying off a year well-lived with a nice little bow: a freestyle set to Disclosure's "When a Fire Starts to Burn." The opening seconds alone make it a win — that expert sampling of Dave Chappelle's spoof of MTV's Da Band drop-out Dylan Dylinjah — but Mensa's rapid-fire, pop-culture-checking rhymes offer even more delight, especially the bit when he borrows Azealia Banks' high-energy "212" cadence.

  • Karen O Ezra Koenig Moon Song Her Soundtrack Duet

    Karen O Duets With Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig for 'The Moon Song' EP

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs leader Karen O is the queen of collaborations. Earlier today, we heard her yodel with the Walkmen's Walter Martin on "Sing to Me." Late last month she appeared on a remake of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" by N.A.S.A., a.k.a. Sam Spiegel. And now she's added Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig to "The Moon Song," the Oscar-nominated lullaby she recorded for Her, the critically acclaimed latest film from Spiegel's brother (and her ex) Spike Jonze.The new version is streaming exclusively at Rolling Stone but will be included in a three-song EP of "The Moon Song" set to hit iTunes this week. "I wrote the song as a duet," O told the magazine. "I was really excited at the prospect of getting to record it with a male vocalist. Ezra was super cool and open, he slipped into character like a champ and damn he's got the goods....

  • Seth Meyers Fred Armisen Late Night Les Savy Fav Band

    Seth Meyers Taps Fred Armisen, Les Savy Fav for 'Late Night' Band

    Jimmy Fallon raised the talk-show-house-bands bar incredibly high when he brought the Roots to NBC's Late Night. ?uestlove and co. will accompany the man as he takes over Jay Leno's Tonight Show, which leaves a gaping ensemble-shaped hole behind, of course. But Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers has got a plan: He's making Fred Armisen his bandleader when he takes over Late Night on February 24.As Vulture points out, Meyers shared a photo of his players on Twitter today (above). Les Savy Fav members Seth Jabour and Syd Butler will join on guitar and bass, respectively. Keys will be handled by Girls Against Boys' Eli Janney, and drums by session player Kimberly Thompson (Beyoncé, Kanye West).

  • Pussy Riot Letter Membership Response Ideology

    Freed Pussy Riot Members Weren't Fired From Pussy Riot

    Nadezhda "Nadia" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina refute claims that they've been ousted from Pussy Riot. Last week, an open letter was posted to the Russian activist organization's blog criticizing various elements of the recently freed duo's Amnesty International performance and dubbing their newfound interest in prisoners' rights as off-message. "We have lost two friends, two ideological teammates," read the anonymous post from the "all-female separatist collective."But in speaking to reporters on Sunday, February 9, the recent Colbert Report guests illustrated their vision for a more broadly defined collective: "Pussy Riot can be anyone, and no one can be excluded from Pussy Riot," Tolokonnikova said.

  • Marissa Nadler 'Was It All a Dream' Video July Stream

    Marissa Nadler Haunts Your Memories in 'Was It All a Dream' Video

    Boston-based ghostly folkie Marissa Nadler released her seventh album last week. July finds her sounding more haunted then ever thanks to the power of her own voice and strum, plus understated production courtesy of Randall Dunn [Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room] and strings arranged by Eyvind Kang (Mike Patton, John Zorn, Bill Frisell). Above, via Stereogum, you can watch a freshly released video for one of the LP's most lush songs, "Was It All a Dream," wherein an older man brings our gothic heroine to life via an ancient film reel complete with Le Voyage Dans la Lune-style effects and title cards to help tell the story. July is out now on Sacred Bones Records.

  • Rick Ross War Ready Jeezy Mastermind Track List Stream

    Rick Ross Unites With Former Enemy Young Jeezy on 'War Ready'

    Rick Ross' Mastermind at last has a release date and a track list. We've heard the early Jay Z-assisted single "The Devil Is a Lie," and now there is a second taste worth savoring from the March 4 platter. On "War Ready," the Bawse and his former rival Young Jeezy put aside their differences to go hard and heavy over a bleakly burbling trap-imbued track punctuated with a wide selection of gun sounds. Ross sounds confident as ever as he shouts out various real-life gangsters (including his sometimes sworn enemies the GDs), while Jeezy rhymes like he has an AK-47 lodged in his throat. Other Mastermind guests include Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, the Weeknd, and Big Sean. Stream "War Ready" below, and preview the rest via the trailer above.

  • Walkmen Walter Martin Karen O 'Sing to Me'

    The Walkmen's Walter Martin Yodels With Karen O on 'Sing to Me'

    The Walkmen declared an extreme hiatus in December, then confused the issue by announcing a reunion show in January. Of course, that NBA All-Star Weekend gig is a charity one-off, and there are other signs that the New York band is taking some time off — namely, this lovely little ditty that finds multi-instrumentalist and group co-songwriter Walter Martin yodeling alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. Play "Sing to Me" and read along with the lyrics below.This is the first taste of Martin's solo debut We're All Young Together, out May 13 on Family Jukebox. Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser and drummer Matt Barrick will appear on the album, as will O's ax-wielding bandmate Nick Zinner, Matt Berninger of the National, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Lyle Lovett collaborator Kat Edmonson.

  • Olympics Sochi Blondie Human Gay Rights Russian Police

    Blondie 'Pass' on Sochi Olympics Gig, But Russian Police 'Get Lucky' Again

    Like the legend of the phoenix, the Russian Police Choir's performance of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" has risen once again. This time, the group reprised its Opening Ceremony cover for NBC's Today live from Sochi. You can watch Al Roker enjoy the heck out of that moment on the special NBC Olympics site. Ironically, the same men singing "We've come too far to give up who we are," are the same theoretically tasked with ridding their nation's streets of "gay propaganda."It is for that exact reason and other institutionalized human rights violations therein that Blondie rejected an invitation to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Debbie Harry hit Twitter over the weekend to share a scan of an offer letter promising the band a 45-minute set on the same stage where the athletes receive their medals each night.

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