Chris Martins

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  • Seth Meyers Kanye West Late Night John Mayer Joe Biden

    Seth Meyers Will Face Kanye West on First Week of 'Late Night'

    Jimmy Fallon can't have all the fun. When Seth Meyers takes over NBC's Late Night on February 24, he'll be welcoming a stacked deck of guests. Sure, his predecessor has scored the likes of Justin Timberlake and U2 in the music department for the Tonight Show, but Meyers is kicking off week one with Kanye West — a bold move considering what happened the last time the Yeezus-maker did a talk show — and also the John Mayer Trio featuring Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan.Country's Brad Paisley will also appear, as will Christina Aguilera's "Say Something" partners A Great Big World. And while Fallon will host First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Farrell, Meyers will nbd Vice President Joe Biden and his former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-host Amy Poehler. Others coming to Late Night include Lena Dunham, Kelly Ripa, and Patrick Stewart.

  • The Wytches 'Wire Frame Mattress' Stream

    The Wytches Surf on Sabbath's Back for 'Wire Frame Mattress'

    The Wytches count Leonard Cohen and Black Sabbath among their primary influences and these three English dudes are dark indeed. But their heaviness is offset by an, ahem, bewitching catchiness and the occasional burst of roiling surf-rock. Heard below, "Wire Frame Mattress" opens as a grungy, metallic slog before picking up steam, stalling out, and surging forth like an early White Stripes song made somehow both scrappier and heftier than the original article. "You sit there and laugh while my dignity collapses," Kristian Bell literally hisses, and then we're treated to a bout of blackened Dick Dale wildness as the entire thing careens toward a head-banging finish. Throw up the devil horns and feel this band's pain. The album arrives in May via Partisan.

  • Nicki Minaj 'Lookin Ass Nigga' Video Nabil Pink Print

    Nicki Minaj Takes Literal Shots at 'Lookin Ass Nigga' in Video

    Nicki Minaj has released what appears to be the first taste of her forthcoming album, The Pink Print. Rap-Up shared the above video for "Lookin Ass Nigga," a song also slated for the March 11 Young Money/Cash Money compilation, Rise of an Empire. The track, which owes a bit to Mos Def and Q-Tip's 1999 cut "Mr. Nigga," finds our lithe-tongued heroine hating on cheap dudes, lying dudes, dudes with no dicks, dudes who defraud, dudes who share things with dudes, and dudes who fly her and her friends to Dubai but turn out to have no dicks, ultimately (to name a few). In the black-and-white Nabil-directed clip, she wears lace and pasties and flashy jewelry and shoots gigantic guns into the air when not straddling a tastefully minimal chair.Of late, Ms. Minaj has been flexing her undeniable skills over remixes: YG's "My Nigga," and PTAF's "Boss Ass Bitch."

  • Nas Street Dreams TV Show Xbox Queensbridge

    Nas to Celebrate Queensbridge Projects With '90s-Set TV Show

    Not to be outdone by Jay Z collaborator Baz Luhrmann, Nas has teamed up with the creator of The Wackness to develop his own show about hip-hop history.Writer/director Jonathan Levine is taking the reigns on Street Dreams, a half-hour series funded by Xbox Entertainment Studios that will be based loosely on the formative years of Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones. It will be set in early '90s New York, in the Queensbridge housing project where Nas was raised.

  • Shirley Temple Was Only Two Degrees Removed From Kurt Cobain

    Shirley Temple Was Only Two Degrees Removed From Kurt Cobain

    Legendary entertainer Shirley Temple Black passed away at the age of 85 on February 10. She died of natural causes and was survived by three children, one of whom — as impossible as it would seem — played bass for Melvins, the Northwestern sludge-metal kings whose history is intertwined with Nirvana's. On April 9, 1954, Temple and her husband Charles Black, a Navy intelligence officer, welcomed daughter Lori Black into the world. You might know her as Lorax.The Hollywood Reporter dug into the history therein, quoting Buzz Osborne from Mark Yarm's 2011 book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. The Melvins boss dated Lori Black and had intimate insight into the world that she came from.

  • Drake Flappy Bird Theme OVO Owl Necklace Lawsuit

    Drake Is the New Flappy Bird

    Flappy Bird had its wings clipped, but the game's legend flies on. The app's creator has been in the news constantly for his decision to discontinue the lucrative program, and those who already own the thing now have reason to celebrate: Flappy Bird OVO Edition. As the video above shows, you pilot Drake's disembodied head through a series of Mario pipes — every success is greeted by a "We made it!" Designed by Jake, and available via Cydia for jail-broken devices only.Lest we forget Drake has been an app-friendly theme before.In other avian-related Aubrey Graham news, Drizzy is defending his right to distribute owl necklaces to his friends.

  • Now 49 Billboard Chart Frozen Bruno Mars Album Sales

    Apocalypse: 'Now' Compilation Debuts at No. 1

    First! It couldn't be worse. In a week where the top 10 sports plenty of viable alternatives — really, we'd take Little Mix over this — the coveted No. 1 slot goes not to an artist, or even a real album, but the Now That's What I Call Music set's 49th U.S. installment (98,000). See? Horrendous. As Billboard points out, compilations have topped the 200 only 24 times since the chart formally launched in 1956, and 17 of those have come from Now — a series that began in 1999, nearly 15 years ago to the day. Every installment so far has reached the top 10, and only the first one didn't debut there. Hey isn't it good luck to end on a prime number?2 to 10: Disney's Frozen soundtrack slips to No. 2 this week but sells big with another 88K copies moved, bringing its total to 952K — next week: platinum status.

  • Early Winters 'Love Won't Leave Me Alone' Stream Carina Round

    Carina Round's Early Winters Can't Outrun the Past in 'Love Won't Leave Me Alone'

    Carina Round has never been easy to pin down. As a solo artist, the English singer/songwriter/shredder has garnered comparisons to everyone from Jeff Buckley to Björk to Robert Plant, but she's also a frequent player in Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer band and has moonlit as a touring member of Tears for Fears. All of that's impressive, but on February 25, Round's band Early Winters will shift the picture once more with their new album Vanishing Act.Below you can hear a stand-out taste from that set, which trades in the sort of rough-but-pretty Americana we've come to seek from Lydia Loveless and Caitlin Rose.

  • Lego Movie Everything Is Awesome Tegan Sara Lonely Island

    Tegan and Sara Declare 'Everything Is Awesome!!!' in Manic 'Lego Movie' Video

    By pretty much all accounts, The Lego Movie is, well, awesome. The thing has a 95 percent score with critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 93 percent with the 46,021 audience-goers who've been inspired to rate it — and it's only been out for 10 days. In addition to an original score helmed by Devo dude Mark Mothersbaugh, the film sports a maximalist dance-pop beast of a theme song by Tegan and Sara with the Lonely Island assiting: "Everything Is Awesome!!!" The track's four-four beat, "party forever" refrain, and general totally aggressive happiness give it a creepily plastered-on grin. Now, the frenetic new video seen above doubles down on the manic insanity with scenes from the movie, bits made to match up with the lyrics (the "brand new pants" part being our favorite), and little Lego versions of the musicians bouncing around taped to the tops of pencils. Bad? Good? Creepy? Cute?

  • Onyx 'Wakedafucup' Stream Reunion Album Snowgoons

    Onyx Command You to 'Wakedafucup' and Smell the Reunion

    Early-'90s hardcore rap crew Onyx are coming back together this year to release brand new album Wakedafucup, and the titular track is now streaming below. Produced entirely by German crew Snowgoons, the forthcoming set seems to feature a throwback East Coast sound to match the record's reminiscent name — Onyx's 1993 debut LP was dubbed Bacdafucup, for those who missed the boom-bap history lesson (Joey Bada$$ can help with that).Dutch crew Dope D.O.D. appear on the darkly surging single — one of them goes pretty damned tasteless — which features all of the gruff-voiced, super-aggro shout-rhyming you've come to expect from the dudes who brought us "Slam." Onyx, whose membership include Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, and Sonny Seeza, reappeared last year on A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord LP. Their onetime Queens neighbors Mobb Deep are also back in action for 2014.

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